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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 577
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 5.62%
Wants: 797
Gots: 155 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergeek279 on 12-23-2005

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
2014 - red wax, label made to look like paper
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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 577
Photo of Viggo
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insane return of DrJay tasting, day 3. Jay brought 2005-2007 vintages.

2005 - 4.9/5 Bottle #91/600

Pours a clear dark orange/coppery red, thin off white head forms, drops some lace spots and settles to a thick ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is amazing, very rich, tons of toffee, light pine, brown sugar, figs and raisins, more caramel, light earthiness, very insane rich, just amazing. Taste is similar, very rich and malty, tons of toffee, bread, brown sugar, maple, light citrus, more caramel, buttery oak, lots of fig and raisin, just perfect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, some warmth, insanely smooth and drinkable. Wow, best American barleywine ever.

2006 - 4.3/5 Bottle #587/1300

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring, nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, alcohol, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, quite fragrant, really nice and malty, some floral. Taste is nice too, brown sugar and toffee, very caramelized, some pine/grapefruit, raisins, very rich malts, bready, a lot rougher than the 2005. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, some heat. Definitely not as smooth as the 2005 but still a great barleywine.

2007 - 4.4/5 Bottle #1244/1500

Pours a clear dark orange/red, very thick off white head forms, drops to a solid layer, tons of lace on the glass, very nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, toffee, some pineapple, brown sugar, pine, butterscotch and oak, very rich, nice and malty. Taste is very rich, toasty up front, thick toffee, some brown sugar, gingerbread, some spicy alcohol, figs, an oaky/ash-like finish, slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, some warmth. Great barleywine as well, I found it better than the 06 but no where near the 05. Thanks a ton for these beers Jay! (1,909 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

Great beer all-around. Not overly hoppy like most American BWs. Nice balance. Great roasted, nutty taste.

A: deep copper with red hues
S: caramelized sweet
T: like a well-aged, mellow English style BW, roasted, slightly cloying, good balance, chocolatey
M: smooth
D: very (287 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. I brought the 2005-07 vertical and we tried them all back to back.

2005: 4.5/5/5/5/5
Bottle 91/600. This beer poured a clear copper colour with a fine, beige collar and skim of tiny bubbles. What foam was there had great retention and there was a bit of sticky lace. The aroma was awesome, lots of malt complexity. Caramel and toffee were abundant, cracker and biscuit, bread crust, and sweet. Fruity notes were citrus, mostly oranges. Light alcohol. Moderate bitterness with a lot of the same malt character as the aroma - caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, but with a sugary, candy sweetness. Dried fruits, raisins, figs, and citrusy hops. There was a hint of cinnamon as well. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very refined texture, super smooth, with a bit of alcohol warmth. This was an excellent barleywine. Elegant and smooth, superbly balanced and surprisingly drinkable. My only regret is that I don't have another bottle.

2006: 5/4.5/4/4/4
Bottle 587/1300. Slighly hazed coppery red colour with a big yellow/beige cap. Fine bubbles formed thick, chunky lacing that showed great head retention. Caramel and toffee, biscuit aroma, dried fruit, raisin and fig, with a bit of alcohol. Really quite nice smelling. Moderate bitterness, some grain and candy sweetness, caramel, toffee, citrus, sweet finish. Light alcohol. Just more than medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and warm. This one's solid, but not as refined as the 2005. Time will tell if it reaches those heights.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4
Bottle 1244/1500. Clear coppery red with a fluffy beige cap. Lots of thick lace and great head retention. There was a little bit of citrusy hop aroma that combined well with the candy sugar and caramel notes. Some toffee, biscuit, and a bit of dark fruit, but not as much as the earlier vintages. Moderate bitterness with a lot of malt up front, caramel, sugar, and toasted malts. Orange notes and light alcohol mid-palate, along with raisins. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles. Quite smooth with mild warmth. This one's good now, but seems like it should end up like the 2005 given enough time. I'll probably let my remaining bottles sit for a while. (2,239 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.35/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light hazy orange color. Really thick - you can tell by just looking at it and seeing how slowly the bubbles rise. Tiny head. Beautiful bottle! They must have used too much of the wrong kind of wax on the cap - it was really difficult to get it off.
Smells like English barleywine - sweet prunes and alcohol. Tastes kind of like English barleywine only WHOA that aftertaste is just wrong. Spicy bubblegum. It's like they used T-58 to brew this. Bleh. No hops detected. Wet cardboard in there, too. Whoa.
Too thick, sweet, undercarbonated.

Suggestions if trying to make it American: mash a degree or two lower, use a different yeast, add a little color, pay more attention to splashing after fermentation, balance the sweetness with a lot of bitterness.
If trying to make it English: use a different yeast, pay more attention to splashing, add in small amounts of other grains to increase the complexity.

But, hey, the bottle, man, beautiful!

Edit: 2006 edition sampled end 2008. Who would have imagined that barleywines weren't meant to be aged? (1,049 characters)

Photo of grub
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005: 5/5/5/4.5/4.5 = 4.9
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with red wax. #91/600. sampled nov 29/08.

pours crystal clear deep red with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops fast but leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is excellent. big toffee and caramel. light alcohol. bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. light sweetness. this smells like heaven.

taste is amazing. medium bitterness level. caramel and toffee. bit of unrefined sugar. whole wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. this is a beer that has so much depth and complexity to hte malt profile that it's hard to capture. dark fruit, complex caramel, big malt, citrusy hops, and a big glass of amazing. the final sample poured from the bottle ended up with a bunch of yeast and came away with a big fruity component that i didn't expect but really enjoyed.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium carbonation level. slightly over medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. it doesn't get much better than this. near perfection on most aspects. great depth and a superbly complex and drinkable barleywine. just plain excellent. highlight of the day.

2006: 5/4.5/3.5/4/4 = 4.1
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with orange wax. #587/1300. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep reddish brown with a big yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves a huge thick sheet of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. has many aspects of the 2005, but a bit less refined and mellowed. a little rough around the edges.

taste is a bit more moddled. there's some fruit, malt, and caramel aspects, but not nearly as nice as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but next to the near perfection of the 2005 it just seems rough and uncouth. needs a little more time in the cellar.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4/3.5 = 4.15
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with yellow wax. #1244/1500. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep red-brown with a bit of haze. the yellow head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange. toffee. big bread and biscuit. nicer than the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

taste is good. sweet caramel and toffee. bread and biscuit malt. again, not as sloppy as the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, decent depth, but it's hard to compete with the 2005. with time i think this one will get there though. (2,884 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown with ruby highlights. This is a complete malt bomb. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose and in the mouth as well. Not much, but enough to notice. Regardless, this is an incredibly smooth beer. Very big and full on the mouthfeel. A bit of hops on the finish. It's amazing that there are any hops to be found with the amount of malts that are in this beer.
This is a sipper to be sure. Good beer, great for this time of year. Thanks Shane. (483 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget where I got this! (Oops) Shared with DrewOSU, Ftownthrowdown and pwoods last night. My bottle had no wax on the cap, strange...

Pours a thick orange/dark copper with a nice tan head with average retention.

Smells of a lightly spicy malt bomb, to be expected.

Slightly bitter/full flavored and medium to full bodied. Heavy malts, caramel and buttery mix.

Great, thick and hearty example of an American barley wine - worth a try! (442 characters)

Photo of Crosling
2.55/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Burgundy colored beer with a super thick, densely creamy head that lasts really well. Some nice elements in the nose (a touch of smoke, apple, grapefruit,) but it's mostly very unpleasant, shows a lot of oxidation, dullness and even a light manure note. Flavor is very dull and oxidized, with cardboard notes and a light note of manure. Has a pleasant caramel-like sweetness with some fruit notes. Not crazy about aged American barley wines as I think they tend to oxidize too quickly and this is another example that validates my opinion. Not enjoyable, basically a drainpour. (577 characters)

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.

It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach I've ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming. (979 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark amber, murky, small off white head reduces quickly to ring. Sudsy small lacing. Cascading bubbles around rim.

S - Geez Louise! Smack in the face with candied yams, caramel, brown sugar, booze and sweet malt. Incredible.

T - Even better. Thick caramel oozing, brown sugar mixed in, crazy volume of flavor.

M - Heavy, coating, creamy, mostly balanced. Only wish a little more carb and bite at the end.

D - Delicious, but ugly in quantity, I would bet. (469 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (743 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I managed to acquire this while on a work trip! glad I did.

A - rich reddish brown color, crystal clear with a light kahki head that settles to a touch of foam around the edges of the glass.

S - rich caramel malts, ripe fruits, subtle abv warmth.

T - sweet caramel malts swirled with figs, ripe fruit, hints of toffee and a light warming note.

M - full bodied, smooth carbonation, silky sipping beer

D - a heck of a nice sipping beer! Mellow, smooth and rewarding.

I'd call this an english barleywine over american. I also liked this much more than last years version. If I could I'd buy a case and enjoy over the coming years. Well worth picking up if you get a chance. (677 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent amber hue with a frothy, off white, 2 finger head.

S- Smells of mixed light fruits, apricot, sweet, brown sugar, spicy.

T- Tastes deeply of caramel, sweet, very full with almost a syrupy quality.

M- Very thick with minimal carbonation.

D- This is an excellent sipper. It was a little thick for me but the smell alone was absolutely mesmerizing. (371 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon the first pour, a clear and vibrant amber with shades of rusty red. Lovely carbonation and a beautiful head that caps it off with amazing retention. Hell, the bottle alone deserves a high appearance score. It was hard to open but I'm glad I did.

Seductive scents for sure. Lots of sweetness abound with a rich malt presence. Brown sugar, caramel and toffee soaked in a syrupy honey glaze. Some fruity scents including pear and apple. Not much of a hop presence noted here.

Taste is all kinds of wonderful as well. Amazingly, it's not as thick as I had anticipated with all the malt in the nose. Excellent fruit combined with the sweetness of the malt make a perfect combo. Aside from the incredible complexity and taste of the malt, hops do become a bit more noticeable, though I'm sure they've faded quite a bit. A light pine is present but then, ahhhh! A lovely peachy citrus comes through that I just can't get enough of. This is some seriously good stuff.

In the mouth it's full and has a definite warming sensation. At the same time, I can't say this is boozy at all. Such a lovely texture that isn't cloying or syrupy. Just the right amount of bitterness is left behind for the finish and the carbonation makes this sublime feeling.

This is a big brew, though it's one that I could sip for hours on end. Each sip provides similar flavors but it seems that you can pick up more as you go. I didn't want this experience to end and regret that it did. Still, I'm extremely thankful I had the chance to try this one. It lived up to the HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! and then some.

A huge, enormous thank you to Erik for providing me a bottle of this, you are a BA's BA my friend.

EDIT: I noticed I had one fewer rating and thus, Gratitude has been consolidated into one beer. This review is for the 2005, which is my favorite. Shiest! (1,837 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Egledhill on a lif. I was on an extended period away from the Burgh and he helped me out for sure (2006 vintage).

A nice colored body, a combination of orange, red and brown. A fairly small head with a lot of retention.

Smell has lots of fruit, some malt and some booze. Great smell for a Barleywine

There are some nice slighty roasted malt flavors up front. Next comes some hops. Obviously less hoppy than afresh 2006 or 2007, but still a little hoppy. The sweetness comes next. Grapes and plums, very nice.

A thin, lowly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet, but pretty dry.

Pretty drinkable considering the high ABV, this is a great barleywine. (664 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the release day of this and just opened my first 2007.

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a clear apricot copper with 2 finger cloud of a head that dissipates quickly leaving minor sticky lacing

S: Smells is jammed with tons of citrus combined with a boatload of brown sugar, slight molasses, and alcohol.

T: Taste is immaculate of very sweet bready malts, caramel, lighter fruits, white wine, and minor astringent alcohol that does not take from the taste

Overall, this is an excellent brew from East End, as usual. I was lucky enough to grab a few of these and will age the rest! (596 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EGledhill for this gem!

A: Lets start with the bottle. This one is wrapped with printed paper and waxed to keep everything sealed. It makes for the most beautiful presentation package wise I have ever seen. It pours a nice amber hue with a huge head. The retention is great and lacing is noted.

S: Big bold aromas with tons of sweet caramel malt and a blast of brown sugar and some nutty toffee. The booze is big in this one and it really makes itself known in the nose.

T: The wonderful sweet flavors really carry over. Tons of toffee and caramel with a hint of darkened brown sugar. Dark fruits push thru with just a touch of citrus.

M: Very thick and chewy. Wonderful brew.

D: It's made to be a sipper and a wonderful sipper it is.

Wonderful Barleywine! (772 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to receive 2 bottles (2006 vintage) of this from 2 very generous BA's jasonm, and EGledhill. Thanks again guys! This one is the most recent bottle I got from EGledhill, bottle 1208 of 1300.

I have been waiting for a reason to open this one. And I don't know why, but tonight seemed like a good night to do it.

Very attractive paper coated bottle, with nice artwork of a bird on the front. I've had a handful of bottles from this brewery, and they have always been beautiful looking bottles.

Pours a dark and cloudy amber color with a big rocky off white head.

Aromas are great, and very powerful. Noticed them from the pop of the bottle. Smell is of oak, booze, stewed ripe dark fruits, and some bready and cereal sweet malts.

Taste is surprisingly dry and crisp, but still very powerful. There is a very spicy oak flavor up front, a full creamy cereal and grainy malt taste, and slightly sweet. Finish is a bit boozy, but not at all overboard, with some ripe dark fruit flavors and a subtle earthy hop bite on the finish. A well balanced and interesting barleywine.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but not quite my style with the strong crispness and overly dry feel, but not at all bad.

Drinkability is very good. This is an exceptional beer that could probably sit a few more years in the cellar. (1,320 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Soulfly967 for a great trade.

Pours a very intrigueing dirty ruby red brown. Good off white head leaves minute lacing. Quite viscous on the pour. Smell is mostly a nice balance of hops and heavy malt sugars. An akward slight rubbery tire flavor in the nose, but nothing that turns me off too much. Taste follows. Not as hoppy as one would expect for an american style barleywine, but still has a very noticeable hop presence. Malts are very active here, and there is a unique barrage of different malt flavors. quite sugary, but not too cloying. mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not too thin to be out of the barleywine realm, just on the thinner side of the fence. Drinkability is quite scary for something weighing in at a hefty 11.4%. Overall a very enjoyable american style barleywine. Cant wait to see how the bottles in the cellar are in a year or two. A recommended purchase, although the price is a bit daunting at around $20. Good beer, as always from Scott and the East End Folks. (1,003 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Zeno's on 4/5/08.

A - Ruby colored body with some amber tones and 1/2-finger of bubbly, eggshell head.

S - Extremely malty nose with hints of citrus fruit, cane sugar, alcohol and soy sauce.

T - Interesting mix of sweet cotton candy, alcohol, burnt bready malt, juicy citrus fruits and even some dark "pit" fruits. Extremely complex flavor.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture, perhaps a bit watery. Mild alcohol burn.

D - This is a sipper for sure. Very complex brew with a mild sweetness that doesn't detract from the overall drinkability. (576 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruby red color with a three finger thick head that left some heavy sticky lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus with some fruity esters. Tasted of sweet malt with prune and grape flavors coming through. A hint of citrus and pine flavors. The hop presence wasn't huge but thats what I like. I think its mellowed a little. There is a great complexity with this barleywine. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but is pretty much what I look for. It was silky and a little creamy. It went down smooth and the alcohol wasn't very present at all. Overall this is an amazing brew and I can't wait until they bottle 2007. (623 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark copper, rusty color with a decent bit of sediment and a good sized butter cream colored head that laces nicely on the glass as it slowly recedes. Aroma is a clean soapy perfuminess on top of a berry and pruny sweet maltiness. Some citrusy hops and sugary caramel in the aroma as well. Taste is similar with a clean soapy perfume and a nice mellowed citrusy hop flavor upfront, accentuated by the sweet malts, caramel sugariness and prunes from mid taste into the finish. Alcohol and bitterness are balanced and mellow but slightly evident in the finish. Just a hint of fresh green hoppiness as well, a little like chewing on a cone. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, creamy soft carbonation blends well with the slightly sugary body, both of which are balanced by a little hoppy dryness and an alcohol warmth in the finish. A very nice barleywine that got better and better as it warmed. Glad i have another to age a little, loof forward to more from this brewery. Thanks to Richard and Steve for the opportunity. (1,027 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of the last few bottles left a few weeks ago and opened it today. It has a great thick, cloudy dark amber color with great head and nice lacing. It has a wonderful malty scent, like a scotch ale plus. It has a great full, smoky, malty flavor, with great barley flavors and a full-bodied taste. It goes down great, this is a wonderful barley wine. I can't wait to see how Scott does with the 2007 batch. (416 characters)

Photo of unclecrappy
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently found a bottle of the 06 version at Bocktown and snagged it for a nice evening during the holidays. New Year's Eve seemed like as good a time as any, so I let it warm from the fridge, poured it into my Corsendonk goblet ... and away we go.

A: Sure is a pretty beer. Dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick tan head that faded to about a finger's worth.

S: The fun begins. I noticed berries and maybe citrus, mixed with a malty sweetness. There a tinge of something roasted and the alcohol is there as well. There's a lot going on in this glass, and that portends well for...

T: Holy crap. Some citrusy hops, ripe berries, brown sugar or molasses, spice ... that's all wrapped around a nice, slightly roasted malt base and alcohol that became more prominent -- but never overwhelming -- as the beer warmed in the glass. It might sound jumbled, but it wasn't -- it's just deliciously complex, almost more like a brandy than a beer.

M: Rich. Smooth. Right in my wheelhouse.

D: May I have another, please?

Scott at East End treats this as something special ... and it is. I'll be snagging a couple bottles of the 2007 version and stashing at least one for 12/31/08. I can't think of a better way to start a new year. (1,231 characters)

Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.