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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,143
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
665
pDev:
17.9%
Bros Score:
2.98
 
 
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1.94/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Sticking to their adage that beer must be clear, this one pours perfectly clear, even when cold. The color of shiny new pennies. Lacks some of the deeper red tones...but that must be the whole blonde thing happening. Head is bright-white, smooth, and thin.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, oak, and booze. Some toasted notes when cold gradually expand as the beer warms. It's like toasted booze. Lots of booze. Very rough. Touch of biscuit and minerality. Aromas don't really meld, they just assault and then back off making room for the next out of whack aroma. Hits on the English side of things with a big toffee compliment. Also, pears.

Taste: Vanilla, toast and caramel. Toffee and old bread crust. Booze, so much booze and sweetness. Very rough. It's like a shot of oaked vodka with a toasted piece of booze soaked toasted oak thrown in for good measure. Toast your booze son! Toffee struggles to break through. Aggressively full of citrus rind. Tastes like white Life Savers. Is that pineapple and coconut sneaking out?

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium. Dry on the aftertaste from the harsh ABV. Drinks like bad college vodka.

Overall: This was almost a drainpour. The toasted element sounded nice in theory but what a tragedy it became. No balance and any complexity it may have had was lost when the flavors refused to work together.

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1.3/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very light amber color, slightly hazy but still very clear with a thin lace of head that diminishes quickly. Smells like a ton of oak, earthy hops, toast, and a pinch of alcohol.

Lots of flavors, all of which taste as though they've been smoked with oak wood: vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, pine, citrus. Moderate in body and carbonation, slight warming sensation from the high abv. Aftertaste is malty and oaky, but it doesnt linger around too long which is nice. Malt presence is big but is balanced well by the hops which unfortunately to me don't play into to the flavor too much.

flavors are all there but really unbalanced and all over the place, almost couldnt finish it.

drinkable if you're really into the wood flavored things. Definitely far too much oak going on here unfortunately. decent attempt but not something I'd buy another of (except for the one extra I'm going to buy to age).

Speaking of which, does anyone think this beer would benefit from some aging? Would that overpowering oak flavor die down?

but as of right now, this beer is good for nothing but it's high alcohol content

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