Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by mfunk9786:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From notes (2010 Capone's Black Friday event). Menu stated that this was a 2009 vintage:
A: Nearly no head in the glass. Reddish brown in color, a bit more in the way of ruby highlights than most barleywines I've had.
S: Well-balanced but sort of threatening. Dark fruit was cut with a little bit of aged barleywine musk, like a cologne for an older gentleman who still wants to be respected.
T: Whoa. The drinker is immediately socked in the face with a big fruit and malt character - apricots are particularly noticeable, with other savory fruit flavor kicking me back in my chair. Halfway through my sip I thought I might be let down by this beer as a whole, but the aftertaste comes quickly, and suddenly - a lovely, beautifully light passion fruit with a bit of citrus - starts musty and figgy and finishes light and summery.
M: The mouthfeel is nice, though the glass I had seemed a bit undercarbonated (surely because of age). Points also taken off because even after a year of age, alcohol was still quite present.
D: Definitely a sipper, and I can't imagine wanting another glass of this anytime soon. If there was an actual disappointment in the stellar lineup of beers I sampled on Friday, it was this - but what a glorious disappointment!
Serving type: on-tap
11-28-2010 01:28:49 | More by mfunk9786
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4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Slaying a personal whale. Split with angrybabboon. 2013 vintage.
Appearance: Ruddy dark copper. Head is dirty-white/pale tan, bubbly, creamy and dense. Sticky notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.
Smell: Mega malty. Deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Bready and then some. Biscuit with a touch of graham cracker. Sharp bite of alcohol with caramel, brown sugar, and a ton of toffee. Some pine and citrus hops layered over the top. Decently fruity with apple, pear, and some deeper almost jammy sweetness. Slight alcohol spicy esters. A ton of sweet malts. Bready, cooked, and caramelized in abundance. Slight toasted element with some minor roasted malts as well.
Taste: Cooked and crazy caramelized malt. Some molasses, a ton of caramel, a load of toffee. Graham cracker and a ton of raw biscuit dough. Sweet and boozy. Bit of alcohol on the back with some spicy alcohol esters. Some orange peel and marmalade as well. A touch of mint along with some solid pine needle bitterness and a solid smack of grapefruit. Hoppy, sweet, and boozy. Slightly roasted with a toasted undercurrent. Toast and the gamut of sugar.
Mouthfeel: Chewy nearly full body with a moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean.
Overall: Give thanks for the many splendored birds.
Need more bottles for science. Must age for comparison.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 17:42:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.