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Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
80
good

626 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barley wine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warmth.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Zeus
Malts: Two-Row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland Pale, Paul’s Caramalt
Aged on toasted oak

(Beer added by: sommersb on 10-28-2011)
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in Fall 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, tangerine, mango, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, oak, clove, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops notes with malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:08:00 | More by superspak
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-03-2013 17:36:19 | More by Kmlund
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-01-2013 20:16:56 | More by Jame515
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Eric1Mess

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-12-2013 21:12:47 | More by Eric1Mess
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-04-2013 02:11:41 | More by tommy5
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

09-02-2013 01:08:53 | More by jaydoc
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber
Batch 2
10% ABV

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus creamy thick off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing with a huge oil slick in the middle. The nose is mostly malty, with some nice hop notes, fruity, with a slight grapefruit note. The taste is malty, with some hops and fruity. Medium body. Overall a pretty tasty brew, but does not really remind me of a BWSA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:54:07 | More by Wasatch
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -43.2%

08-25-2013 01:35:34 | More by scxcrunner
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-21-2013 16:32:48 | More by scott2269
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-16-2013 19:34:07 | More by timjim1327
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Rheaume17

Vermont

3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-13-2013 17:14:53 | More by Rheaume17
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bigaddy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-13-2013 01:21:00 | More by bigaddy
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jrhodes97

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-12-2013 16:53:51 | More by jrhodes97
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

08-12-2013 02:41:49 | More by larryarms847
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HisBoyElroy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-09-2013 23:20:51 | More by HisBoyElroy
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-03-2013 00:59:53 | More by jdkitchi
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Joshuwutphilly

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.2%

07-30-2013 01:55:30 | More by Joshuwutphilly
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-17-2013 07:32:42 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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KDE

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-13-2013 22:24:22 | More by KDE
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-12-2013 13:21:56 | More by derkfromwi
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with a thin white head. Mild lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Hops, Citrus and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste hoppy with hints of citrus, and alcohol.

Overall: Not a big fan of Barleywines, this one was more like an IPA than a Barleywine. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:32:06 | More by Cavanaghty
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-07-2013 21:33:25 | More by neckbeered
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BrewSTL

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-06-2013 22:11:01 | More by BrewSTL
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brett606

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-03-2013 18:29:54 | More by brett606
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beergorrilla

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

07-03-2013 14:43:21 | More by beergorrilla
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.