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

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BA SCORE
80
good

645 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of shacawgo24
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Doyle
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Thads324
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1
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.

Photo of BillRoth
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of user785335
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Bjlps
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Steamer
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Metalaero
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.