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

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Metalaero, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

SalTnutZ1, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Beermaine, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

jewellrunner, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of lwillitz
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

Batch #3

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.

lwillitz, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

jbertsch, Oct 22, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BUNZILLA, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Jame515, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Eric1Mess, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
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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.

Wasatch, Sep 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

scott2269, Aug 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

timjim1327, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Rheaume17, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

bigaddy, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jrhodes97, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

larryarms847, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

HisBoyElroy, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jdkitchi, Aug 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Joshuwutphilly, Jul 30, 2013
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.