Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by unclecrappy:
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I recently found a bottle of the 06 version at Bocktown and snagged it for a nice evening during the holidays. New Year's Eve seemed like as good a time as any, so I let it warm from the fridge, poured it into my Corsendonk goblet ... and away we go.
A: Sure is a pretty beer. Dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick tan head that faded to about a finger's worth.
S: The fun begins. I noticed berries and maybe citrus, mixed with a malty sweetness. There a tinge of something roasted and the alcohol is there as well. There's a lot going on in this glass, and that portends well for...
T: Holy crap. Some citrusy hops, ripe berries, brown sugar or molasses, spice ... that's all wrapped around a nice, slightly roasted malt base and alcohol that became more prominent -- but never overwhelming -- as the beer warmed in the glass. It might sound jumbled, but it wasn't -- it's just deliciously complex, almost more like a brandy than a beer.
M: Rich. Smooth. Right in my wheelhouse.
D: May I have another, please?
Scott at East End treats this as something special ... and it is. I'll be snagging a couple bottles of the 2007 version and stashing at least one for 12/31/08. I can't think of a better way to start a new year.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2008 21:58:40 | More by unclecrappy
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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.