Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by Florida9:
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2008 Bottle: 94/700
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A: Slightly cloudy deep brown. Forms a very thin film of head. Appears flat.
S: Sweet scent of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. It was almost as if this one had seen the inside of a barrel at one point, though I know it never has.
T: Lightly sweet, caramel malt and honey. Alcoholic on the finish.
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation. A bit hot on the finish.
O: A great barleywine.
2009 Bottle: 184/1500
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A: Slightly hazed out orange in color. Forms a thin tannish head that quickly faded to absolutely nothing.
S: A rather odd and unappealing scent. Smells of stale orange juice.
T: The odd smell of orange juice comes through in the taste as well. Honey, peach, fruits. Sweeter than the 2008, yet slightly tart.
M: Medium in body, but on the lighter side.
O: I didn't care for this vintage very much.
2010 Bottle: 649/1500
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A: Deep, yet bright, orange in color. Forms a well carbonated, light white head that reduces quickly to a filmy surface coating.
S: Hoppy, much more hoppy than the 2008 and the 2009, though I imagine this characteristic would fall off with some more age. Sweet. Slightly herbal and a bit floral. Orange blossom.
T: Again, a lot more hops in this one as compared to the other two. Much less complex than the other two vintages. Sweet caramel malt. Citrus and floral hops.
M: Medium in body, though the heavy alcohol seemed to thin it out a bit. Carbonation was on the light side, but still heavier than the other two years.
O: I enjoyed this one for what it was worth - almost a borderline triple IPA or something of that nature. I imagine with age, this one will mellow out and develop a bit as it certainly lacked the complexity of the previous years.
Overall: Very surprised at the vast differences between the vintages. While I was expecting some variation, each of these beers presented quite differently, much more so than expected.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2011 01:52:15 | More by Florida9
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4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2013 vintage (violet wax) poured into my Great Lakes 25th Anniversary hybrid tulip...
A. Pours an extremely sexy copper with bit of summery haze. Head is robust. About two fingers of light khaki head that settles to a half finger. The suds are thick, creamy, leaving a consistent, tight coating along the glass. One of the prettier and creamier heads I've seen in some time. Beautiful beer.
S. Brown sugar, molasses, cherry, orange zest, burnt caramel. Hops notes are there...slightly citrusy and piney...but faint. This is a highly refined nose for an American Barleywine...the fruit and caramelized sugar is most apparent, while hops take a back seat. Smells like a hearty, thick, loaf of nut bread. Really nice.
T. Opens with cherry, grape, caramel, and brown sugar. Then notes of toffee and hints of pine. Finish is a toasted caramel sweetness tempered with drying hops. Wow.
M. Carb is light-moderate and the body is full, complex, and very creamy. It's on the sweeter side, but what a showcase in malt. It has a thickish mouthfeel, with big biscuit and toasted dough notes blended with stone fruits.
O. One of the best American Barleywines I have had. Easily the best non-barrel aged example of the style. An excellent balance of sweetness, drying hops, and booze. Amazing mouthfeel. Very complex and worthy of its praise. Outstanding.
P.S. The bottle presentation is the best I've ever seen. Truly a work of art. Sorry to see they won't be packaging it like this anymore, but happy to have a few vintages in my cellar to admire and enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 00:48:15 | More by siege06nd
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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