Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 789
Gots: 135 | FT: 13
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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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage, obtained some time ago in trade (thanks to whoever this was from). Poured into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Clear carmine body with amaranth highlights and a lasting smattering of beige foam. Sandy delicate lacing, and faint sticky legs. Good retention, especially for the age and ABV.

Boozy aromatics waft up from the bottle the moment I free the cap from its waxen grave. Dark fruit, wet leather, hints of sherry-like oxidation, burnt sugar, and some faint floral hop odors join the fray in the glass.

Intense flavor obliterates the palate - mountains of sweetness balanced by a cutting wave of bitterness (though the hop flavors are largely diminished by now) and a hint of sherry-vinegar tartness. Earthy, grassy, and somewhat spicy finish never quite dries out. Alcohol contributes big flavor and a bit of heat without being excessive.

Brisk well carbonated and medium-heavy bodied without being oily or sticky.

Impressive and powerful barleywine, glad I aged it though the fundamental muscular character isn't going to ever age out of this beer. While not as complex as I expected, this is s perfect after-dinner treat on a winter day...that said, a little goes a long way.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is time I put a review down for this. After many vintages, and just recently having the 2013 release...this is a great barleywine.

A: Pours a dark copper orange color. A one finger beige head rises and sticks around for a bit. Light lace is left as this recedes.
S: Toasted malts, burnt sugars, caramel. Baked bread, chocolate. Slightly piney hops in the finish. Incredibly warming and inviting.
T: Like the nose a huge malty character. Toasted malts, baked bread, burnt caramel sugars. Maybe some dark fruits and chocolate comes next. That finishes with a slightly spicy, piney hop bite.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and velvety. A great slow and warming sipper to hug all night. I love it.

One of my favorite barleywines. It actually reminds me a lot of aged Real Ale Sisyphus (which is a criminally underrated barelywine in Texas). Always a treat to drink, and I am glad I have had the chance to try it on many different occasions.

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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