Ob.liv.i.ous | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine

Added by WCW on 09-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,752
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
62
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
22
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Phoodcritic
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to @ecoboostinst for this one.

2015 vintage

Copper orange color with no real head.

Smell is sweet wheatwine with some vanilla and slight slight barrel.

Taste is good. Nothing stands out as exceptional though. The Bruery makes a BA wheat wine that is much better imo. But this is not bad though.

Silky feel. Clean finish. Pretty creamy.

Overall this was good. But I was hoping for more to be honest since I am a fan of the style.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lazhal for this: I am on a quest to collect & pass through my bladder every wheatwine, everywhere. 22 oz. white-waxed bottle dated 2015 split with my wife.

The wax is both brittle & resistant to most man-made tools; I manage to get it off without shedding any blood. Pour is a fiery orange that I believe Guy Montag would approve of. Smells like birch syrup, vanilla sweetness. No beer. I’m OK with that.

OB.LIV.I.OUS…did I get the periods right? The bottle is all the way across the room. Super sweet malts with a heavy dose of vanilla to the right lung sac, & a soft backing of bourbon. Wood – probably St. Helena Gumwood – mingles socially with sherry, creamed oranges, with the wheat coming in gently on the finish. Appropriately heavy, & I could appropriate this whole bottle. Unfortunately my wife is enjoying her 11 ounces as well (OK, her 10.25 ounces).

My quest so far for the rye version hasn’t borne fruit, nor wheat, but after suckling at this teat, I’ll go at it again. Excellent beer & wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, copper color, with a half inch, quickly dissipating head and little lacing. Smell is lighter malt, bourbon, yeast, vanilla, caramel, a bit of a spicy aroma. The taste starts with the bourbon, then the lighter malt, caramel, vanilla, some orange and oak. Smooth, good body, well carbonated.

Good effort, true to the style, it's really bourbon forward when warm. Enjoyable to drink. The really high price point for this, makes it a little hard to solidly recommend a purchase, though.

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Photo of Richter525
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you strohme2 for this
22 oz bottle poured into tulip

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Sweet, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, some toasted wheat, some earth spice.

T- Sweet, caramel malts, toasted sweet bread, vanilla, bourbon, touch of fruit, some nice oak and earthy spice, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- A well balanced and very easy to drink wheat wine, 10% ABV is not noticeable. Nicely done!

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Photo of rkf1976
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and cream/silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aratcliffe
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at a New Year's Eve "party." $18 for a bottle I believe ... hadn't had a wheatwine for awhile, so decided to take the plunge.

Appearance: A clear orange-brown color with really no head or lacing. Some steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wish I did notes while drinking. I remember a super nice bourbon barrel aroma more than anything, with a clean caramel malt sort of undertone. Not super wheaty, and definitely not how I remember wheatwines tasting ... although I've only had a couple.

Taste/feel: Not very heavy, and there's an unexpected "crispness" to this beer that I wasn't at all expecting. I was looking to see a boozy, warm, lightly carbonated brew, but this actually has a decent bit of carbonation to it. The flavor is like the smell -- not much to it, but very pleasant. Nice bourbon barrel flavors predominately, with some caramel malts and a tiny bit of wheat.

Again, wish I took notes while drinking this beer. What I remember was, "This is really tasty, but not $18 a bottle tasty..." since it lacks depth. Not bitter, not very sweet, not very hot/boozy... just a nice tasting -- albeit overpriced -- beer.

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Photo of ljc973
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onespartan
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochef81
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color, very little head, but what little there is sticks around. Served in a snifter, very little aroma. Sweet with a bourbon bite at the end of the swallow. Good not great.

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Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ob.liv.i.ous from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 62 ratings