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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 782
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7%

t0rin0, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

zestar, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jul 25, 2009
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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!

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 21, 2010
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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.

mikesgroove, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
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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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
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!

TMoney2591, Apr 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

SocalKicks, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Mar 31, 2009
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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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 12, 2007
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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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