Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
4.6/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2007 bottle out for the holidays - thanks Mike!
A: Dark brownish copper color with a modest white head. Suds and collar are well-retained.
S: Brown sugar, pancake batter, caramel roll. This has me thinking breakfast, which is a little unusual for a barleywine.
T:Orange, vanilla, pine, caramel apple flavors roll through, followed by a big buttery caramel burst. As a fan of English style barleywines like JW Lees, I was hoping this would be on the sweeter side, but this treads the line between sweet and bitter beautifully. Not sure what a fresh bottle is like, but the hopping here is restrained to a complementary role. Lots of depth, this seems to get better the longer it sits in the glass. Finishes with a faint alcohol bite.
M: Feel is thick and creamy with delicate carbonation, encouraging slow sipping.
Overall impression - splendid! Easily one of the best of its kind.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2012 04:33:28 | More by GeezLynn
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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 490 ratings.