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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Barleywine - American
3.52 | pDev: 17.9%
Apr 27, 2017
Oct 28, 2011
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Notes: 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
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Ratings by fdkayti:
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by fdkayti from Illinois

A- Pours a golden red with a fluffy pearl head floating on top. Crystal clear.

S- Candied grapefruits, lots of sugary sweetness. Some alcohol presence.

T- Brown sugar, honey. Tastes almost like a simple syrup with added spices (nutmeg?). Slight alcohol burn in the finish. An interesting hop bitterness also comes through, lending sweet citrus notes.

MF- High carbonation takes away from some of the creaminess and really spreads the flavors across all tastebuds. Slightly sticky.

O/D- Interesting and unique. Enjoying the warming effects of this immensely. Good price point. The complexity of this makes it a sipper moreso than the alcohol presence. Happy to stumble upon it.

Oct 30, 2011
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3.5 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
3.76 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Mar 09, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by craigbelly from Iowa

To sweet, to syrupy, just to much going on hear. That all boils down to a beer that's just hard to finish. SA just doesn't seem to grasp the style or thought the hops would take it somewhere new.

Feb 06, 2017
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3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

An auburn and brown kind of color scheme, small 1/3" head, off white on the top. Average retention. Aroma of burnt sugar, alcohol, plums, a little more dark fruit bitterness than I would expect. Hops are definitely there too. Its like damn, where were these for the first 20 years you were making beers.

Taste, more alcohol, dark fruit bitterness, the hopping is nice here. More caramel, burnt dark sugar, toffee. Some dankness in the mouthfeel, citrus, this is pretty layered. Mild oak presence. Lotta malt, a little thick, boozy and syrupy at times. Its decent, but at its format and price I doubt I will return or age any of these.

Feb 02, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by barczar from Kentucky

Batch 1, five years old, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is honey like, with notes of cardboard oxidation and a touch of dates and figs.

Flavor is sweet initially, with toffee notes becoming bready, oxidized, and moderately bitter in the finish. Still significant alcohol heat. Fairly banal.

Nov 16, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

The second of the re-releases by Samuel Adams during American Craft Beer Week, Griffin's Bow did not disappoint! This second brewing was a little bit lower in ABV, ringing in at 10% as opposed to 11.5%. Poured after aging about 4 months; small dissipating creamy head with very little lacing. Upon first opening I was a little disappointed at the smell coming straight from the bottle, as it was very similar to a slightly more potent Boston Lager. However, upon pouring into a 12oz snifter, all the fantastic aromas came out. Sharp notes of citrus and wine with underlying notes of burnt oak were clear, and I was surprised at how light-bodied this take on a barley wine was. Beautiful orange-amber color, seltzer-like carbonation. Extremely tasty beer, again with a slight but sharp citrus hop focus that sits on a toasted caramel aftertaste that lasts. Overall a very good beer, an interesting take on a barley wine. Samuel Adams was also spot on with pinpointing the experience, I was easily able to pinpoint all elements of this beer. 4 / 5!

Sep 14, 2016
3.73 by puftdank from Illinois on Jun 14, 2016
3.48 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 06, 2015
2.97 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Aug 31, 2015
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pat61 from Minnesota

Had a fresh bottle and one aged a year. L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” sudsy white foam collar that provides good lace.
S: alcohol, vanilla, oak, malt.
T: Malt loaf and toasty sugars – caramel to toffee, citrusy hops, some apricot. Malt driven with ample help from the hops.
F: Very creamy full bodied, medium low carbonation some warming
O: This is a good barley wine that gets even better after a year.

Jul 26, 2015
3.75 by BigBry from Canada (AB) on Jun 02, 2015
3.25 by rossracing from Illinois on May 12, 2015
3.35 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2015
3.71 by gouettn from Washington on Apr 29, 2015
3.12 by swierczt from Connecticut on Apr 19, 2015
3.41 by gopens44 from Virginia on Mar 03, 2015
3.21 by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois on Mar 03, 2015
3.53 by Dicers from Colorado on Mar 01, 2015
3.15 by SABERG from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2015
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2015
3.76 by lochef81 from Michigan on Dec 29, 2014
3.46 by tranquilocigars from Florida on Dec 20, 2014
3.75 by John-Robertson from Illinois on Dec 16, 2014
3.5 by wrightst from Maryland on Dec 13, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
by CHickman from New York

Batch No. 2, aged at least a year: pours hazy copper color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded slowly and very good foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of red wine, caramel, toffee, oak barrels that held a red wine like a merlot or pinot, grains, yeast and rotting fruit like a pear or apple that's brown and mushy. The 10% ABV comes through, but mixes well with the sweetness and oaky notes that are earthy and almost seem smoky.

Flavor is similar to the nose with a rich sweetness consisting of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, syrup, red wine, toasted grains, lemon, metallic funk/yeast, vanilla, floral hops, honey, and following the aroma the taste of oak barrels that held a red wine and that rotting fruit sweetness like a mushy pear or apple that's very sugary. Alcohol peeks through, but the sweetness gets close to cloyingly sweet when the oaky notes kick back in with some peat moss, earthy and smoky accents that right the ship. The aftertaste changes over to pineapple and sherry and is oddly different than the start of the bomber. A very different beer that is a little different with every sip. I didn't love the flavor, but I found it intriguing and it kept my interest so much that I polished off the whole bottle on a Tuesday night; why the fuck not, right?!?

Mouthfeel was heavy and thick, with a weighty feel and a slickness that went down smooth; there was hardly any carbonation, and the aftertaste was sweet and malty with very low bitterness and a light alcohol fade. It got more complicated and interesting as it sat in the glass, so I'm glad I let this develop for a while since it was pretty tasty. A different kind of barleywine, but good overall.

Dec 10, 2014
3.75 by BostonHops from Massachusetts on Dec 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
by lysergicdream from Colorado

aged for two years, so much better than fresh it's like a different beer. do not drink this fresh, age it and let it become the beer it wants to be!

Dec 01, 2014
4.88 by Perryhere from Connecticut on Oct 31, 2014
3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2014
3.25 by BabaBeer from California on Oct 24, 2014
3.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Oct 22, 2014
3.5 by moshea from Michigan on Oct 20, 2014
3.5 by thereal_adam from Texas on Oct 10, 2014
3.5 by Devil_Doc from Texas on Oct 06, 2014
3.76 by maxcoinage from Illinois on Sep 26, 2014
3.75 by StephRai from New York on Sep 25, 2014
3.5 by RBCBrams17 from Illinois on Sep 19, 2014
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Sep 09, 2014
2.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Aug 06, 2014
Samuel Adams Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 665 ratings