Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by davod23:
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2007 edition, poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.
Nice pour. Deep red-amber color, pretty thick pour, with a very large billowing off-white head that takes a few seconds to form. Cascading carbonation is evident with a tilt of the glass. Very nice looking barleywine.
Smell is quite good, though perhaps more subtle than I expect from an American Barleywine. Sweet, sugary aromas emanate from the brew, including brown sugar, toffee, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of light molasses. Hop presence is virtually zero.
Ahh, this is good stuff. Quite sweet, but not cloying - which is what I hoped for. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee... this is candy in a glass. Some nuttiness, I believe it might be almond. Some hints at plum... maybe a hint of mango? Very nice.
Mouthfeel is superb. Sticky, chewy, viscous. Beautiful.
Drinkability: For the style, this is as drinkable as humanly possible. I just polished off the whole bottle myself without any trouble whatsoever. It was just as much a pleasure on the last sip as the first.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2009 01:34:29 | More by davod23
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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.