Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Review #500. I chose this particular beer for two reasons - both celebrations, but of very different natures. First, I chose this to celebrate my gratitude at the birth of my first daughter two weeks ago - healthy, happy, and already (along with her mother) the love of my life. Second, to celebrate the life of my friend Dev (buckeyesox), a great BA and an even better person, who passed away far too soon yesterday. In both of these instances, I am extremely grateful that I have had the chance to include these individuals in my life. Hence, Gratitude. Alice, I love you, and Dev, you will be missed, my friend. I'm truly grateful that you've found peace.
Probably the most amazingly packaged bottle I've ever seen, orange wax, 2006 vintage, number 302/1300. Thanks to Dan (CoalCellar) for the chance to try this beauty, and it's only appropriate that the trade for this included a beer sent to me by Dev (Dark Lord '09). Poured into red wine glass. Drank very close to room temperature. Gorgeous bottle.
Pours murky dark red-brown, rich, with a 1.5 finger head that settles into a thin but extremely persistent light-khaki cap, very nice stickage and decent lacing. I had to assign some bonus points for the fantastic packaging.
Nose is phenomenal. Massive notes of sweet tropical fruits - mangos and even pineapple, almost candied, brown sugar, light caramel that hints at butterscotch; a bit boozey, but not over the top by any stretch. Decadent and fantastic.
This one is by far at its best around room temp. Taste is sweet and rich up front - notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar, with loads of buttery ripe fruit (cherries, dates, even a bit of rindy tangerine) rolling over the tongue in wave after wave. A prickly, earthy bitterness is still just a bit resiny, emerging towards the middle of the palate and staying ever present, though never coming close to stealing the show from the fantastic richness from the malts. Spicy alcohol lends another layer of bite (especially in the back of the throat at swallow) and takes a decidedly boozy bent at times, but never out of control. Finish starts off rich and sweet, if prickly, before easing into a lingering, moderate bitterness that sticks around on the palate for some time.
Mouthfeel is very nice - soft and a bit fluffy, wonderful light prickle of carbonation with a very full body that avoids ever becoming syrupy. Hits all the possible high points while avoiding all the pitfalls that tend to plague beers of this size and type. Very well done.
Drinkability is actually not bad. Obviously, in grading this, I'm treating it as a slow sipper - a fantastic after dinner drink. But there's so much going on, and the alcohol is prominent enough, that I can't imagine drinking more than a bottle of this. Even this single bottle will surely take awhile.
All in all, the perfect beer for today. Rest in peace, my friend - I'm grateful that I knew you well enough to understand how much you'll be missed.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2009 20:09:23 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Purple waxed bottle.
Appearance: opaque light brown. No head present. It's really nothing outlandish; it's very simple and straight forward.
Smell: Ton of vanilla, dark fruits, and some ripe bananas. Also a touch of oak. Very sweet and inviting.
Taste: Wow, it's so delicious. It starts out really sweet and mellow; some bitterness just gradually comes in but nothing too aggressive. Tasted notes of vanilla, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness. This really is outstanding, it's such a simple barleywine that doesn't over complicate things. But what really blew me away is it's sweetness. It's sweetness was concocted so well yet it's not cloying.
Mouthfeel: very smooth and silky with minimal carbonation
Overall: this is outstanding. It's not a complicated barleywine; instead its simple, sweet, and mellow.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 04:34:05 | More by Benish
4.34/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, purple wax. Thanks to Matt B for bringing this one over to share. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.
App- Dark brown, hazy, with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing or retention.
Smell- Holy molasses and brown sugar! There is a small citrus (grapefruit, lemons) bite to this but this is mostly the malts here. Which is certainly not a bad thing. Dark fruits, toffee.
Flavour- Citrus, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, a bit of honey. A bit of alcohol, but in a good way. Very sweet beer for sure. The hops are a bit subdued here.
Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, on the verge of syrupy. Easy to drink despite the 11% ABV not showing up at all. Aftertaste is a very sweet molasses-type flavour that sticks for a while.
Overall- Tasty American barleywine. Complex with a lot of different sources of sweetness to it. The hops are clearly secondary to the malts, which is what I like in a non-BA barleywine. Thanks for this one Matt.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 06:30:34 | More by Stevedore
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
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a dark red with some brown. Quite cloudy. Tall, dense and thick dark tan head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Pretty substantial thick and dense chunks of lacing.
S: Loaded with dark fruits. Loads and loads of raisins primarily. Some dates and prunes too. Typical dried dark fruit aroma. Big heavy bread malts. Hints of brown sugar dance in and out when swirled.
T: Oh yeah, some decent hoppiness up front. Was not expecting that. Citrusy, primarily orange with some grapefruit I'd say. Heavy dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Heavy heavy liquid bread maltiness with lots of stale crust flavor. Minor hit of bitterness in the finish with bursts of citrus. Lingering grainy breadiness, toffee and hop bitterness, leaving this almost dry in a way.
M: Heavy, borderline syrupy. Medium to low carbonation.
O: Nice mildly hoppy barleywine. Great layers of complexity that are quite well balanced. Big and heavy without being too sweet or boozy. Though some barrel aging would certainly accentuate this one, I think. Still delicious, any way you slice it.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 03:02:42 | More by Dope
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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