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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: 782
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bluebird version-2009, blue wax.
Pours peachy and look fruity, a white head. Above-average mouthfeel with a taste of blueberry,and other berries and fruit, and yeast. aroma is a little funky and sweaty.Alcohol well hidden.
Thanks Ken for sharing, and picking up from brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 12:11:15 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7%

09-25-2012 22:55:00 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage - blue wax.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice barleywine aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:14:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

11-14-2011 20:15:49 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing a bottle of the 2008 version at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a bright copper brown with a small head.

ST: Lots of sweetness coming through with a little bit of hops coming on near the end--more of an English Barleywine, at least at this age. There are also some candied sugars, brown sugar, and a tad of caramel.

M: Pretty thick for the style, but not overly so. Quite a bit of alcohol.

D: Fairly drinkable, but a little much overall. A very good barleywine, and one I'll definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 17:17:04 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a rocky beige head that spots the chalice with lace

Smell: Caramel dominant, but a lot of citrus and other fruit flavors underneath - nectarine, pineapple, strawberry and, I do believe, a hint of almond

Taste: The fruit and caramel flavors joust from the outset, with the prickly citrus flavors dominating by mid-palate; all of the flavor in the aroma arrives on the palate, along with some burning alcohol after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The bold flavors and the alcohol limit the drinkability a tad, particularly on the finish, although I suspect that some age will address this problem

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 00:05:49 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-18-2011 00:00:59 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me all three of these. I decided to go with oldest first and crack open the 2005. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark amber color with a good deal of haziness to it. Nice light head of off white rose up to about two inches at first, very lively, and then settled down to leave a mostly bare top throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of caramel malts here and a good bit of alcohol. Had a nice syrup like consistency and some biting spice on the tongue. Smooth as silk through with rich notes of candied sugar, earthy malts and a touch of warming alcohol. Delicate, smooth and perfectly aged, the balance was just a thing to behold. A big beer I could have sipped on for what would seem like forever, this was really a treat.

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, one of the best aged barley wines I have had in a vey long time. I would have no issue with getting this one again, and the best part is I still have a couple more years to tackle on it now.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:18:06 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of toffee and caramel malt with sweet malt base is enjoyable enough for style. Taste is also dominated by medium sweet toffee notes with some caramel malt and a sweet finish. Body was about average for style with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I must admit that while this beer was satisfying it was definitely below my expectation - no dry fruit or interesting ester.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 18:04:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

01-09-2012 15:15:29 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious and well aged Barleywine that fuses the styles of English and American varieties. This '07 release (yellow wax) is phenominal with two+ years on it.

The beer pours with a froathy and viscous looking pour, bringing a mohogany ruby hue, mild haze, and a thin blanket of foam that sits properly atop the beer. The foamstance laces well as the beer falls.

Mouthwatering aromas of sherry, stone fruits, toffee, brown sugar, red licorice, and cherries prove to be a powerful and elegant preview of the beer. Complex and inviting.

Flavors of grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, prunes, cherries, berries, anise, oranges, pineapples... the fruity descriptors can go on and on. Deep malts give a deep caramel, toffee, molassas, and brown sugar, and fruitcake flavors that give a lot of complexity, far more than just caramel sweetness. Hop flavor gives more orange peel and pineapple, nearly herbal in its lightness and smoothness. Bitterness adds a varying bite to the otherwise sweet beer. The hops are a bit under stated for an American Barleywine but is a testiment to the beer's age- beginning to give a more English-like flavor.

Full, rich, and decently weighted on the palate. Hop dryness and alcohols help to dry the beer out but the beer remains reasonably sweet and malty throughout. Pretty classic of Barleywines.

This is simply a jewel of a beer. Thanks Stiggs!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:46:27 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage shared generously by Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy cream colored head and some excellent lacing.

S: A fantastic nose to this beer! Lots of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, and mild alcohol. A touch of oxidation, but in no way a bad thing.

T: The flavor is just as good as the nose, perhaps a bit better. There's lots of the usual caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some good notes of molasses and toffee along with plenty of fruitiness. There's a bit of bitterness which is surprising after a few years.

M: The bot is medium with a low, smooth carbonation and a slight bitterness.

D: This is definitely a quality barleywine and I'm pleased to have tried a couple different vintages now (2007 and 2008), both fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:05:19 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-14-2014 18:27:04 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

2007 Vintage.

Appearance: Emerges from the paper-wrapped bottle a hazed, dark amber body capped with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Markedly sweet-scented, reasonably candyish bouquet sporting full notes of toasted toffee and light brown sugar. Chock full of punchy fruity notes, everything from apricots to grilled pineapple rings, figs, white grapes, and even juicy clementines. Small sniff of wafting booze as well.

Taste: Vibrant maltiness displaying lusciously sweet tastes of light caramel, light brown sugar, toffee, and toasted grains dusted with table sugar. As with the aroma, there's a bold fruitiness present. Predominately citrusy hop character with a modest bitterness lessened with time away in the cellar. Splash of sherry. Drying finish with plenty of belly-warming alcohol and a long, lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Medium-low level of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a rich, strong, but altogether inviting brew (at least with a couple years on it). Go get yourself some paper-wrapped goodness. I'll wait here.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 22:27:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2013 03:52:03 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-13-2013 22:27:21 | More by spycow
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to Florida9 and therealnomayo for making this mini-vertical possible!

We tasted the three most recent Grats ('08-10) side-by side, and I decided to let the '08 review do the talking for the group (I felt it was the best of the three). Bottle #94/700.

It pours a swampy sienna topped by a minor bit of off-white foam. A small population of minuscule floaties waltzes through the glass. The nose comprises potato skin, chive, toffee, light vanilla, graham crackers, honey, alcohol, cardboard, and oak. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, orange peel, orange zest, toffee, buttery caramel, honey, and chocolate. It all comes together in a very rich melange of tastiness. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel.

Overall, and I speak for all three bottles here, this is a damn fine barleywine, something I can see wanting to enjoy again in the future. Very much so. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 20:17:10 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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

2006 edition in brown paper and orange wax. Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this bottle at DLD last year (and the Ten Fidy bonus)...i've been admiring it ever since! Review from notes.

Ruby orange body, long lasting foam that ebbs with a sticky lace. Super tropical fruity nose, all mango, papaya, apricot. Dominant sweet fruit flavors, rich and savory dried apricot and papaya again, backed by firm malty traces of melted caramel. Very clean and not overly yeasty/alcoholic as some bw's can be. Finishes so clean. Probably the best barleywine i've ever had, nice over the top fruit and easy drinking...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:10:50 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-09-2013 23:01:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2009 vintage shared by Arbitrator a while back. Thanks.

Copper-hued with great clarity, topped by a half-inch head that retains well for a barleywine. Earthy and leathery aroma, some toffee sweetness, some wet paper oxidation. Prunes, dates, dark fruit. Very complex. On the tongue I pick up brown sugar and dates, leather, light oxidation. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, pretty lively for a heavy barleywine, and there's no trace of alcohol. Finishes sweet and slightly metallic with a hint of prune juice.

Enjoyable, but the 06 and 07 vintages I tried prior to this one were quite a bit better. Maybe this just needs some age.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:23:07 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 04:39:08 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a foggy ruby hued amber brown with a creme head.

Nose is chalky and fruity.

Flavor is amazing. Smooth sweet tones. Nice dark sugars and dark fruits. A smooth caramelized bundle o' joy. A touch of alcohol, but this one is young yet and I imagine it will fade away over time.

Feel is perfect. Smooth on liquid and a carbonation that is low but still strong enough to withstand some aging.

This beer. This beer is amazing. I fully intend to go to the '08 release and hold all persons hostage with a rubber band gun so that I may steal whatever '05s are in the cellar. I will then proceed to drink them. Hopefully they'll let me out of prison by the '09 release. Absolutely stunning.

Hey J.W. Lees and Thomas Hardy! Suck on this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:58:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously provided by soulforpeanuts in the last White Whale BIF. Shared with my bros on New Year's Eve. '05 Vintage, bottle #571/600.

A - A finger of lightly tanned foam settles to a thin partial cap, solid collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed ruby brown body.

S - Red fruits, twizzlers, burnt sugar, toffee, treacle, light sherry-esque oxidation, some toasted grains and bread. As it warms up it develops a honey cake note as well. Pretty mellow for 11.5%. I'm also surprised by how well this has held up.

T - The taste has a little bit less depth to it than the aroma. Heavy doses of toffee, burnt sugars, Sultana raisins, and a bit of light hop bitterness that's a unexpected surprise. Really smooth stuff, with a liquid caramel vibe to it, but a slightly hollow mid-palate due to the extended aging. Still, I doubt I would have guessed this was over 6 years old.

M - Smooth and silky medium-full body, lower carbonation, lightly sticky and juicy texture, and negligible alcohol presence. Goes down super easy.

D - This was a lot better than the '06 I had in late 2010, and was a lot mellower alcohol-wise than the '06-'09 vertical we tried at hoppymeal's around the same time. I actually liked the fresh ones better then and was curious if the '05 would buck the trend. It does to some extent, but I can't see these beers aging as gracefully as something like J.W. Lees does, so I'd recommend drinking up once the 2011 gets released.

I'll likely fill out this review with my notes on '06-'09 when I figure out where I put them.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 16:18:12 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from FreightTrain, cheers Jacob! Review based on notes, bottle 286/700

Pours brown/chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Murks up a bit at the bottom of the bottle, minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Fruitty & oaky, plums come to fronts as this warms, as well as leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, orange slices & oakyness up front. Leafy hops & fruittyness dominate as this warms, plus dryness & dark fruit. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Pretty darn chewy with low carbonation

Drank fairly well, this failed to wow me as an ABW, not enough hops presence to satisfy me, still pretty good

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:21:07 | More by russpowell
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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.