Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. Popped open in celebration of my graduation from Penn State on this day!
2010 vintage (Indigo wax), bottle #93/1500.
A - Pours a muddy mix between dark orange and brown, hazy with almost no visibility. A 1-finger, light tan head accumulates after a slow build-up, without much carbonation activity. It looks a bit still. Not a whole lot of lacing either; rather, thick bubbles slowly slide down the glass mixed with some alcohol legs.
S - The first thing I noticed about the nose is that it is pretty highly hopped for the style. It starts off pretty sweet, full of caramel, but abruptly shifts focus to hops. Orange peel and pine are the main notes I'm getting here, and it also has some slight hop spice to it as well. A little bit of alcohol rounds out the aroma at the end.
T - The taste is interesting due to the near excessive amount of hops in this. After my first sip, this almost comes across as an extreme East Coast (D)IPA that has a ton of hops but is also balanced with a supportive malt backbone. As the nose would suggest, it starts off fairly sweet, bringing the familiar toffee and caramel, but there's also a dark fruit component such as grapes that wasn't so apparent in the aroma. The hop spice is also more prominent, giving off a rather spicy, dry bite at the back end. The oranges and citrus are the main hop components here, as well as pine resin. The alcohol returns here, coming off as slightly solvent.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with low carbonation. This definitely ranks up there with one of the stillest barleywines I've had, and mixed with the bold flavors and above-average body, makes it a little bit syrupy despite the dry finish. I would've liked to see a little more carbonation out of this, as it's only a few shades away from flat the way it is now.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Honestly, I was a little bit let down by this bottle. After reading other reviews of various vintages, it seems that this is the most aggressively hopped version, so I'm hoping some time in the cellar will tame the hops and smooth out the alcohol on this. It's still fairly young for a barleywine of this magnitude, so I will be holding onto a few bottles of this to crack later. But if you have any of the 2010 laying around, I would recommend sitting on them for a few months at the least.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2011 06:33:43 | More by nhindian
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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
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