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Friday
Mar302012

Sam Adams Griffin's Bow

It's often easy to overlook Samuel Adams when thinking about craft brew, but this beer proves that they still have what it takes to hang with the smaller innovative craft breweries.  Griffin's Bow incorporates two beer concepts that I'm a huge fan of; Barleywine and oaking.  As you can see, it pours with a minimal head, typical to the style, and is a nice clear red color.  This is a very sweet oaky barleywine, with notes of caramel, toffee, pineapple, and... I know this sounds a bit crazy, but a hint of popcorn.  The oak flavor tastes a bit artificial and cloying, but not so much that it's offputting.   The ABV weighs in at a hefty 10%, which is what you'd expect out of a proper barleywine, and the mouthfeel has substance to it without being too syrupy.  All in all, this is a pretty great beer, and it's nice to see Samuel Adams still working to release quality innovative beers, despite now producing over 2 million barrels a year.