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

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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

Added by sommersb on 10-28-2011

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From Batch #3, limited edition brews.

Aroma like honeysuckle and grapefruit. Pours a clear orange amber body with thick creamy whit head. Luxurious lacing on glass. Taste is very complex, boozy and fruited at same time. Odd , slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

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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.

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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.

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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 665 ratings