Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by crookedhalo:
3.7/5 rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Well, I purchased this bottle less than a week ago. It was delivered to the seller chilled, then stored chilled, and after purchase kept chilled. So, after the storms today, I returned home after work to discover that the power had been out for about an hour. I phoned the power company and the computerized lady voice told me that power might not be restored until tomorrow. I decided to eat almost everything in the fridge and to reluctantly tackle this brew instead of lettiing it it warm and cool again.
It poured up a nice medium copper with really creamy tan colored head that provided a lot of stickage. Aromas included a hefty dosage of Maris Otter or some 2-row, plum skins, faint mineral notes and tropical fruits like kiwi and papaya, and a decent hopping level. Tasting revealed a pleasant scorched malt taste with a light smoky feel to it. Some esters of peach and bubblegum mixed ito the malt sweetness. Some significant fusel acohols going on, Finish is lightly bitter and astringent. The only drawback is the off-presence of a slight medicinal, burnt rubber sort of taste, kind of plastic-like. Mouthfeel was really good, thick without being syrupy, and the carbonation was spot-on with a subtle presence. Overall, a pretty nice barleywine that I wish I could have sat on for a while longer.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2007 01:05:50 | More by crookedhalo
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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.