Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle with orange wax acquired in my first trade with hoppymeal over a year ago, 2006 vintage, bottle #583/1,300, shared at the Xmas in July last weekend with Carlos, Dyan, Chris, Shane, Scott, Eric, and a few others, poured into my Stone sampling glass, reviewed from notes on my phone, color is a dark red mixed with medium brown, one inch creamy light tan head that stands its ground, not much lacing, aroma consists of toffee, caramel, sweet malts, booze, dates, raisins, candied sugar, and pound cake, flavor starts off with caramel and sweetness from the very beginning, more rich malts in the middle with a slight bit of oxidization, spicy booze mixed with sweet dark fruits in the finish, served almost at room temperature so it did not have change much, sweet, boozy, and malty mouthfeel, full bodied, soft to moderate carbonation, taste lingers for a long time, smooth while being pretty sweet, high in alcohol and not all of it is hidden, but its drink well for its strength, even went down pretty easily outside on a hot summer day, quite good barleywine overall, this stuff seems to have aged wonderfully, had the 2007 with yellow wax and a different bird on the label a few weeks before but this vintage was superior, would drink again, recommended
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2009 15:43:11 | More by Floydster
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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
95 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.