Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jeffo:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from cparles.
From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 806 of 1600
APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Deep burnt orange or mahogany in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking barleywine.
SMELL: Lots of caramel, honey and toffee, red fruits, berries and sweet red apples on the nose. Some citrus hops as well, with grapefruit and lemon notes. Bold and enticing, advertising lots of sweetness.
TASTE: Caramel, toffee and honey sweetness up front, with some nice red fruits, apples and berries as well. Complex with lots of sweet malts up front. Big flavors after the swallow as well, with more sweetness and red fruit flavors, some citrus and lemon hop bitterness, as well as some spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Good balance between sweet malts up front, bitterness and boozy alcohol after the swallow. It's still too hot, unfortunately, but the flavors are there.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Some solid heat lingers.
OVERALL: This is really, really good. It's very complex and the cooperation between the sweet malts, bitter hops and boozy alcohol works very well together. Although it doesn't get in the way per se, it's still quite hot at the moment, so giving it some time might be a good idea. I'd like to get another bottle to sit on for a couple years, or even just get an older bottle of this to try out. Probably 3-4 years would be the sweet spot. Cheers again cparles. This was great.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 20:31:10 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
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.