Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
A-Murky golden-brown-orange. Burnt looking. Thick manila head that sticks throughout with good lacing. Held to light looks like a ripe peach in hue.
S-Pineapple. Dates. Honey. Booze, like a honey bourbon-whiskey.
T-Honey drizzled pineapple. Papaya. Dark fruits come to play as well. Prunes. Raisins. Dates. The sip is basically split into two, fruity, then smoked oaky. No mellow fluid transition. Slightest citrus, like a dried sugarcoated orange. Basically tropical trail mix held over a smoked oak pit. Too sweet and sour at times. Then the bitter smoke doesn't improve things. Too schizo.
M-Medium. Becomes very sticky. Slightly syrupy. Leaves palate dried, yet refreshed somehow. Wow too sticky. But maybe that's the point with the barley wine style. I'll rate mouthfeel to style, not preference.
O-Definitely hit or miss in enjoyment. An acquired taste. One will dissect certain traits they like of the beer. There definitely is something in it all can pinpoint and say that they like about Griffin's Bow. It does taste too sweet and woodsy though. But maybe that is the point with a barley wine keep in mind. An adventurous style. Would only drink to get buzzed. A cheap bomber won't hurt your pocket.
01-03-2014 01:01:08 | More by shacawgo24
3.79/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a beautiful hazy orange with fizzy off white head. Dissipates quickly to a very thin ring. I really like these bottles.
Aroma is big. It explodes the second you pour it. Booze, caramel, toffee, musty hops and a bit of sandy beach air. From afar (glass on the table, sitting up straight) you get hints of oranges that aren't quite ripe yet and some Belgian candied sugar. As it warns the oak comes out strong with hints of vanilla.
Taste is very watery at first. Sweet toffee syrup and caramel sauce. Corn syrup, table sugar and toasted white bread. Bits of oak and vanilla, smooth vanilla and butterscotch. There is a surprising amount of hop in it, while a bit musty it's still got citrus fruit rind essence. Slight grass bitterness at the end isn't enough to balance the sweetness. Finishes like the taste if a werther's original. There is a nice wood flavor as it warms.
Slick and oily. Low carbonation. Insanely well hidden alcohol.
An ok beer in some places. Really nice in others. Wicked sweet but has lots of depth and complexity. Dangerously drinkable. A really hard beer to grade.
12-13-2013 04:04:49 | More by Thads324
4.13/5 rDev +17.3%
22 ounce bottle, Batch #1, from what I've read this bottle is about 2 years old now. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch or so frothy off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like oak, citrusy hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango), bready and caramel malt, and some floralness. It tastes like caramel, oak, pineapple, mango, coconut, vanilla, toffee, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's one that I thought was better and better the longer I drank it. It's definitely worth trying if you come across it. I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future, but it does age well!
12-09-2013 00:50:46 | More by bluejacket74
3.21/5 rDev -8.8%
Light, hazy amber, almost golden. Smell: Orange, tangerine, a little alcohol. Taste: The alcohol is a bit overpowering, not much else comes through other than a little pine. Mouth feel: Some alcohol burn, heavy carbonation. Overall: The appearance and smell are the high points; maybe with a little aging it can achieve a little more balance.
11-02-2013 00:37:45 | More by Steamer
3.8/5 rDev +8%
22-oz bottle into New Belgium globe
A - 3 fingers off-white foam over transparent body of copper; moderate amount of visible carbonation; nice trail of lace
S - honey, pineapple, citrus (grapefruit?), wood, malty
T - tropical fruits, oak, citrus, toffee, toast, honey, buttery, earthy, touch of metallic, tobacco, peppery spice, loads of alcohol warmth
M - smooth medium body, well-carbonated, plenty of alcohol warmth
O - Starts with a fairly inviting and complex bouquet. Taste is good; tons of complexity keeps it interesting sip after sip. Like all the small batch brews from Sam Adams, this one's certainly worth a try if you're in the mood for something different.
10-23-2013 00:22:35 | More by lwillitz
3.91/5 rDev +11.1%
Bottle from batch 1, so this is 2 years old.
Appears hazy amber in color. White head dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.
Smells like sweet toffee, and a little citrus and maybe faint touch of green apple.
Taste is comprised of caramel, bittersweet pineapple candy, honey, burnt brown sugar, a little oak. Starts smooth, finishes sweet but not too much, and not nearly as much as other barelywines do. It really benefits from being close to room temperature... Smooths nicely.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Only a touch syrupy.
I dont know why this beer doesnt score better, i think its quite nice. Really nice pineapple flavors blend with honey and toffee nicely. One of my favorite sam adams beers ive had. I think the 2 years of age helped it.
10-22-2013 00:29:01 | More by jbertsch
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.