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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%


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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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Review from notes.

Poured into a miniature snifter. Pours a burnt umber with minimal eggshell/tan head that quickly dissipated.

The nose is pretty subdued on this brew. I allowed it to warm up and yet still not a whole lot going on. Some caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Smells very sweet.

The taste is really nicely balanced with the toffee and caramels notes dancing around the bourbon flavors. Really enjoyable and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and thick; just what I'd want out of this beer. Nice.

Overall, I was happy to be able to try this one. It didn't quite live up to the expectations I had built up in my head but still, a very nice beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 15:40:47 | More by hippityhops85
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Poured into a snifter. This was the 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with no head.

Smell: Very sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes. There is a mild unpleasant smell that reminds me of sweat.

Taste: Very sweet with lots of caramel flavor and some dark fruit. There is some warm alcohol, but it is quite smooth. The sweat from the smell doesn't show up at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick. There is no carbonation and the finish is a bit chalky.

Overall: I was pretty underwhelmed by this one. It is a good beer, but It didn't live up to the hype for me. The smell was a bit weird.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 16:16:56 | More by oline73
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep orange color. The head was minimal intact it was just a thin white film on top of the beer. I believe the vintage was 2009 on this. The smell of the beer was sweet, good amount of hops on the nose and some boozy aromas too. The taste of the beer is sweet with some fruity notes and more booze. The mouthfeel was smooth. Overall this beer was really quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 06:56:12 | More by Knapp85
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a 9 oz snifter at Capone's Black Friday event. Pours a brilliant ruby bronze color with no head. Nose is rich with vanilla and bourbon notes. The taste is also rife with alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, and grapes. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Very alcoholic, but outstanding. I love this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 15:41:47 | More by Retail1LO
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Mad Mex meet during happy hour. 12oz pour in a tulip.

A - Looks nice, murky brown with little to no head which was expected for such a high abv offering.

S - Smells of raisins and other dark fruits mostly plum with a bit of caramel body.

T - Taste starts rather sweet with caramel malts and dark fruits, little yeast notes and a nice hop finish. ABV was way drinkable as I drank this with wing happy hour. Could use more carbonation.

M- Medium bodied which was great for such a high ABV. Smooth drinkable barleywine goodness.

D - This is the best barleywine I ever had. High ABV with a ton of flavors, yet little carbonation which was expected and some hop presence in the finish make this one smooth barleywine. Surely I will have this if found at the brewery on tap or local place. Top notch!

side note: they said the carbonation was due to the keg but during the end of the happy hour was shook up to reveal a nice half inch of foam on new fills. Too bad I didn't save this for my last offering since my only complaint was no carbonation (or head)

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 01:36:26 | More by DrDemento456
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's black Friday event on 11/26/10. What a rare treat to have this on tap. Vintage 2009.

Served in a wine glass, it appears a color of ruby highlighted amber that is lightly hazed. A thin Beas of white head sits atop the brew.

The aroma is primarily fruity hops and alcohol with a strong backing of caramelized sugars. Some tangy notes hang inside the nose with a bit of apple character.

The taste is fruity with a toasted grain quality. The abv is evident but masterfully blended for how high the alcohol level is. Some earthy hops linger in the mouth after the fact which is a nice contrast to the fruity sweetness.

This is a full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable. The carbonation is a bit strange in this brew, it doesn't look all that carbonated but it has a little pop to the feel on the tongue. Up until recently I have only enjoyed the 2009 version which is what this review is base off of. I recently got to try a bottle from 2007 (care of ClockworkOrange) and wow is that even better. You should seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 20:00:21 | More by stakem
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

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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jimbomill

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my third beer (I wasn't driving- thanks Sis!) at Capone's Black Friday event.

East End named their Gratitude predictively - after the first taste, I was grateful for the chance.

The appearance was a darker red/brown, akin to most barleywines I like. The nose was well balanced - hinting that a rich offering was on the way.

Taste was eye-openingly delicious, mouthfeel was rich, enveloping the tongue like a bear hug.

As barleywine is one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent representation of the genre, I found it most drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 19:54:11 | More by jimbomill
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap for Capone's annual black friday event, which is always a doozy, but the outcome is worth it's weight in gold. Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Gratitude comes to me looking confrused because there is no head up above to protect the lucious liquid in the glass. There is a swirl of foam here and there but nothing that I can call a cap, or even a sparse cap, no lacing obviously. Smell is a bunch of fruit dipped in caramel. Apricots are up front with some plum, fig, and yes some alcohol. This is the 09' vintage by the way. Taste is superb but this loses something off the tap. A big malting causes for a big display of caramel. I did not pick up the werthers quality that I found in the bottle. Sweet caramel sided with apricot, plum, slight apple and cherry, figs, fruits, you know what it is. Yes, the alcohol pokes it's ugly head out but it does not distract from the beer, I think it boosts it's flavor profile some. The feel seems a bit thinner than out of the bottle, it's a big medium feel that is slick and leaves some fruit and alc. on the tounge afterwards. Carb is there but seems tame. All in all, I prefer my gratitude out the bottle, but it's no slouch off the tap as well. I drank my glass with ease. Thanks Matt and Bill for making this happen.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 14:39:17 | More by BARFLYB
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koopa

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage had on tap yesterday at Capone's Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours somewhere btw burnt orange and caramel with no head.

Smell: All about fruit and caramel here my friends. Strawberries, apricots, and peaches doused in heavenly caramel.

Taste: Same as the nose with a hint of jam on toast. The fruitiness was surprisingly more pungent than I was expecting it to be already on the newest vintage of this fine PA elixir.

Mouthfeel: Not creamy, but definitely smooth and on the heavy side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: The bit of booze this one shows and the small lack of body holds it back but this is a world class barley wine none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 13:27:05 | More by koopa
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter on draft at capones in norristown. Oh boy its black friday again. 09 on draft.

A- comes to me with just the faintest ring around the glass. Hazy burnt orange red in color with a spectacular glow.

S- candied peaches and caramel. Lots of fruits and a touch of strawberries. Honey and a bit of wheat bread.

T- sweet out front with a caramel toffee landslide in your mouth that rolls into a very bright yet deep fruit caracter. There's some earthy hop in the middle that cut the sweetness a bit but never really making a dent. I get a bit of toast at times but mainly this is a sweet brew. Just the smallest glimmer of booze.

M- full bodied but not super chewy. A bit sticky and slippery. Low creamy carb that does just enough to lift it up. Heat builds just a bit as the brew warms.

D- this is a special treat to see this on draft and oh boy did I enjoy it. That being said I do prefer the bottle version of this brew. I will say this its one of the finest bw in the world. At least to me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 16:34:23 | More by oglmcdgl
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yinzer

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft, 01/05/07. Kellys

Looking at the goblet of a very cloudy brew that acted as if it was on a Nitro. Lots of tiny bubbles forming a head that slowly dissipated. It looked like something a kin to when I would rack into the secondary with the yeast still in suspension. I really expected a layer of yeast on the bottom of the glass. Also there was a cask conditioned feel. The head didn’t give up too much aroma. Some yeast and what seemed to be some Belgian esters. No big hop punch

A very young taste. It reminded me of a strange experience that I had with Hop Devil on Cask. Once I got a glass that actually had some crushed malt in it that was thick and luscious that reminded me of straight Wort. Once again the EE Gratitude was yeasty with simple malts followed by a nice bitter possibly Chinook taste. No big late addition hops or nose present.

Mouthfell was very full with a nice malty feel, but not too much complexity.

Very drinkable, I sucked down my generous goblet in about 15 minutes.

I hope that there will be more reviews while this beer is on tap and so young. I’d love to hear what others think. I’m looking forward walking a long side this beer as it matures over the years to come.

appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

2nd review 11/2007 - Just purchased at the Brewery

The beer is now pouring slighly hazy w/a beautifull copper color. The aroma has opened up from what I remember. A bit more hops. The falvors are still sweet but much more in harmony with the hops. Nice American BW taste, the sweetness that makes it a BW and a nice the hop punch finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2007 01:52:36 | More by yinzer
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2013 bottle, violet wax

Appearance: Medium amber, with some nice copper, brown, and red tones - hazy and cloudy, just as a barleywine should be - pours with a medium sized, frothy, light beige head - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Big, sweet, cooked and caramel malts - caramel grains and caramelized malts - big toffee notes with a touch of brown sugar and molasses - rich malts - some interesting fruitiness, with light and dark fruits - definitely smells young (because it is), with some booze

Taste: Straight-up barleywine magic - cooked, caramelized malts - nice caramel malts with some hints of sugar, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, and straight-up caramel - some light fruits and some dark fruits, like grapes, plums - moderate amount of bitterness - minimal oxidation, thanks to the fact that this is young - will definitely mature and improve with some time, but it's surprisingly good now

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very smooth, nice level of carbonation

Overall: Dude, gratitude

This is a great barleywine. The most impressive thing is that it tastes great, even young. This will only improve in time. This is hard to get, but it's worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:32:19 | More by angrybabboon
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple waxed bottle.

Appearance: opaque light brown. No head present. It's really nothing outlandish; it's very simple and straight forward.

Smell: Ton of vanilla, dark fruits, and some ripe bananas. Also a touch of oak. Very sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow, it's so delicious. It starts out really sweet and mellow; some bitterness just gradually comes in but nothing too aggressive. Tasted notes of vanilla, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness. This really is outstanding, it's such a simple barleywine that doesn't over complicate things. But what really blew me away is it's sweetness. It's sweetness was concocted so well yet it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and silky with minimal carbonation

Overall: this is outstanding. It's not a complicated barleywine; instead its simple, sweet, and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:34:05 | More by Benish
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, purple wax. Thanks to Matt B for bringing this one over to share. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark brown, hazy, with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing or retention.

Smell- Holy molasses and brown sugar! There is a small citrus (grapefruit, lemons) bite to this but this is mostly the malts here. Which is certainly not a bad thing. Dark fruits, toffee.

Flavour- Citrus, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, a bit of honey. A bit of alcohol, but in a good way. Very sweet beer for sure. The hops are a bit subdued here.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, on the verge of syrupy. Easy to drink despite the 11% ABV not showing up at all. Aftertaste is a very sweet molasses-type flavour that sticks for a while.

Overall- Tasty American barleywine. Complex with a lot of different sources of sweetness to it. The hops are clearly secondary to the malts, which is what I like in a non-BA barleywine. Thanks for this one Matt.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:30:34 | More by Stevedore
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from cparles.

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Bottle 806 of 1600

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Deep burnt orange or mahogany in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking barleywine.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, honey and toffee, red fruits, berries and sweet red apples on the nose. Some citrus hops as well, with grapefruit and lemon notes. Bold and enticing, advertising lots of sweetness.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and honey sweetness up front, with some nice red fruits, apples and berries as well. Complex with lots of sweet malts up front. Big flavors after the swallow as well, with more sweetness and red fruit flavors, some citrus and lemon hop bitterness, as well as some spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Good balance between sweet malts up front, bitterness and boozy alcohol after the swallow. It's still too hot, unfortunately, but the flavors are there.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Some solid heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. It's very complex and the cooperation between the sweet malts, bitter hops and boozy alcohol works very well together. Although it doesn't get in the way per se, it's still quite hot at the moment, so giving it some time might be a good idea. I'd like to get another bottle to sit on for a couple years, or even just get an older bottle of this to try out. Probably 3-4 years would be the sweet spot. Cheers again cparles. This was great.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 20:31:10 | More by Jeffo
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle.

A: Pours a dark red with some brown. Quite cloudy. Tall, dense and thick dark tan head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Pretty substantial thick and dense chunks of lacing.

S: Loaded with dark fruits. Loads and loads of raisins primarily. Some dates and prunes too. Typical dried dark fruit aroma. Big heavy bread malts. Hints of brown sugar dance in and out when swirled.

T: Oh yeah, some decent hoppiness up front. Was not expecting that. Citrusy, primarily orange with some grapefruit I'd say. Heavy dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Heavy heavy liquid bread maltiness with lots of stale crust flavor. Minor hit of bitterness in the finish with bursts of citrus. Lingering grainy breadiness, toffee and hop bitterness, leaving this almost dry in a way.

M: Heavy, borderline syrupy. Medium to low carbonation.

O: Nice mildly hoppy barleywine. Great layers of complexity that are quite well balanced. Big and heavy without being too sweet or boozy. Though some barrel aging would certainly accentuate this one, I think. Still delicious, any way you slice it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:02:42 | More by Dope
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danieelol

Australia

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With thanks to Owen & Pat.

Review for the '06 vintage.

Pours a burnt treacle. Resilient head/lacing.

Smell is aged barleywine honeycomb, sherry, mint, menthol.

Heavy on the palate with a woody burnt deliciousness, actually quite dry. More honeycomb and roast. Bitter and still strong hops in the finish.

A good advertisement for aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 11:48:53 | More by danieelol
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spicelab

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with massive props to MrKennedy. Shared 2005 and 2010 version at same tasting with MrKennedy and mulder1010. This review is for the 2005, which was far superior.

Pours an impressively turbid mahogany amber with a moderate beige head that falls with minimal fuss to a collar.

The ageing has worked wonders here, as the nose is amazingly smooth, mellow and integrated. Strawberry jam, slightly tart cherries, raisins, cranberries, complemented by mild oxidation contributing woody spice notes.

Lush smooth raspberry jam and figs before, amazingly given the age, a piney hop bit kicks in. Some booze heat, but it's wanted.

Syrupy and full with mellow, just adequate carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness from the residual hop presence.

Such a joy to drink. Not overly complicated, just seamlessly integrated thanks in large part to the mellowing effects of age on the pungent barleywine yeast and alpha acid character.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:00:02 | More by spicelab
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the 2006 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to standardcherry for this finely aged masterpiece.

Appearance: Dark orange with a fluffy 2" head that manages to hang around and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee dominate the malty aroma.

Taste: Wow, same as the nose with caramel and toffee, plus some apricot flavor, all finished off with citrus from the hops, more toward orange than straight-up grapefruit. Despite having so many sweet flavors this beer was very, very well balanced. Never too sweet, never cloying. Just delicious start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Extraordinarily smooth and creamy yet finishing clean on the palate.

Overall: The best barelywine I have ever tasted. So, so much flavor. I feel lucky to have had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 19:47:48 | More by BobZ
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head on top made up of rather large bubbles. Quickly, the bubbles reduce to a ring on top, minimal lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar as well as a good amount of fruit - some raisin, fig, and plum.

T: Similar to the aroma, but better. A great mixture of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee, but much smoother and blended together better than the aroma (not that it was bad on the aroma, the flavor was just better). More dark fruit mixed in as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely smooth.

O: One of the best barleywines I have had, rich and complex, but extremely smooth and easy drinking for style and abv. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 21:27:17 | More by mdaschaf
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jlflorance for BIF-ing this to me!!!

From what I know, Gratitute wouldn't carbonate in the bottle, twice, so this is a force carbed growler pour. Epic.

Dark hazy orange, light head, Aroma of juicy fruits, caramel, sugar plums, baked molasses,

Taste is sweet and sugary, caramel, butter bread, sweet fruits, plums, dates.

Creamy, slick, and oily. Fully bodied and filling.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2013 00:14:43 | More by EgadBananas
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml paper wrapped bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours dark copper with a 1 finger light tan head. Large bubbles and some t.rails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, big citrus notes.

T- sweet caramel and brown sugar, toffee, lots of citrus with nearly no bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Crazy smooth and drinkable right now.

O- very good American Barleywine. Very sweet and citrusy beer that has a great mouthfeel. I wish I have had this fresh to compare if it has more bitterness and any other differences.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:41:12 | More by kawilliams81
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Force-carbonated FLATitude. Aka 2012 Gratitude. From growler to snifter. You don't even want to know what I had to go through to nab this (Ok, you do; but you don't).

Looks very hazy. Burnt orange/amber in color. The head of an inch fell pretty quickly. Looked cream-colored.

Toffee malts, citrus hops (grapefruit), leather, pancake batter, light roast, and a hint of vanilla. The 'lot' that is in the aroma blends together really nicely in the nose. Notes don't particularly isolate themselves right away, but they can be picked apart carefully. No obvious booze, mind you!

Dark caramel, toffee, spicy booze, more leather, grapefruit/orange hops, and light malty roast. Moderate bitterness seems a lot more gruff when paired with the alcohol. Slight brandied flavor that conjures up notes of raisin and dates. Very simply good.

Exceptionally smooth. Force-carbonation doesn't fail, nor does it go over-the top. Well-dispersed gases. The body is amazing. Full and silky. Alcohol turns out to be right where it should be. Excellent sipper.

It's a very well-made barleywine. Long finish and heady strength (but the aroma wouldn't justify that remark). I'm more and more tempted to crack my '07 bottle, every day.

Serving type: growler

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.