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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 781
Gots: 135 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A limited edition Barleywine Style Ale, brewed in November in the American tradition and hand packaged to specially commemorate the anniversary of the brewery each year.

Gratitude Wax Colors:

2005-Red Wax
2006-Orange Wax
2007-Yellow Wax
2008-Green Wax
2009-Blue Wax
2010-Indigo Wax
2011-no wax, blank cap (Flatitude)
2012-no wax, "12" on cap (Flatitude)
2013-Violet Wax

(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 12-23-2005)
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

East End Gratitude Red Wax 2005

#310 out of 600 on this hand written portion of the brown paper label, first I have to thank Margie from the Map Room for the opportunity to purchase this from her five bottle stash set aside for her brothers Christmas presents, well that fifth brother should have like beer a little more. Appears a ruddy orangish red tone with a real murky haze to it especially once the whole bottle gets poured forms a large sized fine bubbled creamy caramel tan head lacing forms with each sip and stayed on until I emptied my glass. Aroma has a brown sugar glazed fruit flow to it comes with pear, plum, raisin really overall a carmelized slightly burnt breadiness mildly spiced with tobacco leaf herbal effects, some vinous tartness and other well rounded earthy herbal hops thrown in. Flavor brings sugary esters and fruit tones galore more ripened plums, raisins, and a touch of passion fruit some pear/pineapple funk going on the sweetness is almost syrupy but enough of the burnt sugar comes from the wealthy malt bill to take the edge off not overly boozy but definitely detectable not US hopped takes the UK approach on this one in a good way earthy tobacco leaf in the finish really complements this barleywine. Mouthfeel is full bodied lucious creamy sticky texture really flows with an even carbonation incredibly smooth for such a big beer stays on the palate with a welcomed aftertaste. Drinkability an all out eye opener I got to sample this on cask at the East End open house and this stuff was incredible then with a bit of age on this bottle it's even better really will induce cravings for more after sharing with a my BA buddy jcdiflorio we both agreed we wished we had another bottle, only 600 bottles glad we had a shot at it. This is world class beer brewed in Pittsburgh, congrats again on Scott's recent recognition in the BA magazine.

East End Gratitude Barleywine Ale 2006 Orange wax seal 11.4% abv Pittsburgh, PA

Appearance is deep semi clouded blood orange amber with a tan head rising above the rim of my Piraat chalice. Lacing is thick and chunky in all of this beers aged beauty, unlike many others I've held onto this beer since the original release. A lot of the time was spent in jcdiflorio's cellar so I wouldn't be tempted to crack it prematurely, since yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday I decided now was the time to break out the 2006 Gratitude. I think I'll snag a bottle of 2007 to hold onto until my next birthday. Did I mention the head retention and intricate lacing effortlessly coats the entire chalice, great looking barleywine.

Aromatics offer a harmonious blend of juicy over ripened fruit notes with tropical pineapple and plum brandy colliding. Big luscious hops offer up citrus peels and pine cone scents that bring you back to nature. Caramelized brown sugar and a soothing alcohol with borderline medicinal qualities also play a role in the experience. Bold American hops stand up well creating one hell of an East Coast Barleywine bred and brewed right here in the Burgh, once again amazing stuff.

Flavor coats the palate with sweet pineapple semi tart drizzled with caramelized brown sugar and soaked in plum brandy. Somewhat hot with alcohol but what good Barleywine isn't. Aggressive high alpha acid hop bursts bring citrus and pine cone with an earthy organic quality. Flavors work well I have a feeling based off of the draft version from it's initial release that this one is drinking it's prime. After adding the yeast sediment to my glass another layer of liquid bread quality overcomes an already fantastic drinking experience. Perfect blend of tooth numbing sweetness and enamel eating hoppiness, either way my mouth is tingling.

Mouthfeel is amazing velvet smoothness in the carbonation, medium to fuller bodied. Sticky edges from residual sweetness definitely bind to my palate, with hop oils really lubricating the situation. Great overall mouthfeel I can't wait until I age another of Scott Smith's incredibly complex malt and hop extravaganzas.

Drinkability easy to hoard and drink in a dark room by yourself or share with family and friends at a party. Even if the crowd may not understand Barleywines like most of us on this site, I guarantee if you offer a few samples of this brew around the room that you will open some palates up to new experiences possibly peak enough interest to pass on the craft beer revolution. Complexity with stunning adhesiveness breeds excellence in this style of beer, so far since 2005 Gratitude East End has nailed just that. Signed by Scott bottle number 1093/1300 here goes a big cheers right back at ya my friend.

Serving type: bottle

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Yellow wax...2007 #566/1500 on Thanksgiving 2009. Perfect pour into my Brooklyn snifter- cascading 3 fingers of beige froth chesnut brown in appearance. After a few sips, wonderful spotted lacing with a nice beige ring throughout.
Aroma of nutmeg, molasses, old vine cherries, vintage port wine.
Mollassey hoppy up front with some prune kicked in. Dry and nutty quite the warmer. Subtle vinous and cinnamon...deeply complex. 2nd pour solidified my earlier observation- this is a genuine American Barleywine. Warming, blended to perfection.

I don't give 5's put often, but goddamm. I've drank a lot of Barleywine, and it can't get much better than this. Praise Marty Moose- Holy Shit!

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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