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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: 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AleWatcher, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 poured into a GI tulip. Part of the NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Chestnut brown with lemon hues. Reminds me of a light syrup in color. A bit hazy and looks thick. There is only a slight white head that lingers on the edges

S - Light bready malt with a slight piney hop presence that still remains. I also get orange and lemon in the nose

T - Bready malt and light brown sugar upfront. There is also dates and figs, orange peel and light lemon. There is a slight bitterness that lingers in the finish

MF - Medium body with light syrupiness. Clean finish with only a light astringent and bitterness that remains on the finish

O - Solid barleywine that definitely leans towards the bready and malty side. Worth trying a bottle if you can get ahold of one.

jeonseh, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SummitVA, Dec 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage; indigo wax, split

appearance: The most gorgeous packaging of any beer I have seen. Served in my lost abbey teku glass - bright orange, rather light beige ring, minimal lace

smell: aroma was mild - rich malt, butterscotch, oak, vanilla

taste: Big malty profile - caramel, bready, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit. A little undercarbonated and puzzling whale-status. A good barleywine, but not really anything beyond that

mouthfeel: Oily, medium body

overall: good

dirtylou, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kopfschuss, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage
Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge bubbly beige head that persists forever. Upon first pour I and assaulted with aromas of tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection I get lots of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark dried fruits with a hint of alcohol and a faint bit of earthy hop. The flavor is smooth and sweet with just enough ethanol and earthy to provide some balance. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolate mixed with cherries, and plums go down quite smooth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice barleywine, I wish I could try it a bit fresher, but I quite enjoyed this aged version today.

johnnnniee, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

rowingbrewer, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Ungertaker, Nov 25, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to JackTheBear for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a hazy red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Nothing with the exception of the aroma really stood out to me on this one. While the aroma wasn’t really complex at all it was still fairly well balanced and inviting. I just wish the flavor would have followed suit much closer. The flavor wasn’t bad by any means, but it definitely wasn’t one of the best from the style that I’ve had. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, The bottle was split wit 2 friends, poured into tumbers. The pour was deep red, slight white head. The aroma was sweet, ton of caramel notes, fruity, vanilla. It is very sweet, vanilla, figs, dark fruits, finishes with a pleasant sweetness. Gratitude is thick, light carbonation, I did not notice the alcohol. I really enjoyed it, although it was too sweet for one of my friends. Right now it is drinking like an English Barley wine.

bonkers, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Popeye2012, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

funkel81, Nov 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

texasclimber, Oct 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

irishevans, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

brez8791, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ncaudle, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

t0rin0, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 bottle

pours deep ruby red with a 1 finger off white head. smells of figs with some caramel apple. taste starts off very fruity green apples, pear and fig come to mind then ends with a nice sweet presence. mouthfeel is a little on the light side and carbonation is in there but soft. overall this beer blew my mind the first time i had it and this time achieved nothing less. outstanding beer alcohol is so well hidden and flavors all balance amazingly together.

joefuzz, Sep 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared by Dave, thanks!

Deep amber, medium clarity, good looks. Toasty, malty, woody aroma. Slight booze and slight bitterness in the taste keep things in check, even though it could have been sweeter (my taste anyway). Certainly hopped up higher than many other barleywines. Very good beer.

4.25/5

tewaris, Sep 13, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade what feels like forever ago. I've been sitting on this for almost 3 years, can't wait anymore! Review is from notes taken on 9/7/2012 and poured from the bottle (2009 vintage, bottle number 1029/1500) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a murky, caramel brown/mahogany; starts with a pretty impressive full finger, very light tan/off-white head with decent retention; fades to a thin, full cap and thick ring around the surface; body is very murky as already mentioned, not opaque, but you can't see anything through it; nice, pretty swaths of lacing are left sliding down the glass in, quite frankly, pretty cool patterns. Very pretty.

Smell: Smell is delicious -- makes my mouth water just sniffing it; lots of deep and rich malts that have a touch butterscotch/caramel to them; some flavorful hoppiness blooming in the back, slight citric presence to them, perhaps even floral.

Taste: Interesting, kind of musty, actually; I feel like it may be past its prime, but it's still good; while the hops are present in the nose, they're faded, a little thin and papery in the mouth; malts are very sweet, almost a little sickly sweet sweet, and syrupy. Again, it's good, and even though I believe beyond its best, it's still better than 90% of the otherAmerican Barleywines out there. Slight touch of alcohol lingers with the swirling sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is smooth, syrupy and oily slick; carbonation doesn't have much going on for in the body of thicker malts, so it comes across a touch flat, but not entirely so.

Overall: I'm kicking myself for playing the waiting game a little too long -- I have to wonder if even a few months may have made a significant difference in the overall quality. Definitely still a great beer, and it's got a heavier body with a big ABV, so it's not something any one is going to plow through. It won't be easy, but I'll find it within myself to drink the whole thing down.

bamadog, Sep 08, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Gratitude from East End Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania.
Score: 86

Blue wax (2009) vintage bottle served in a snifter and enjoyed on 08/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown, slightly orange color. The center is mostly brown and the outer edges are an orange caramel color. I cannot see through the beer, but I can see the shadow of my hand on the other side of the glass. There is a thin layer tan of head off the pour. Below average, oily lacing with decent retention. Nothing pretty, but nothing ugly. 3.5/5

Smell: Fruity caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin bread, and sweet malt. No booziness whatsoever. Very nice. 4/5

Taste: The taste is almost entirely dominated by a fruity malt flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. Super malty with a little bit of vanilla on the midpalate that disappears by the finish. There is a little brown sugar flavor too. The maltiness is kind of "musty," and the fruitiness is very prominent throughout. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Olive oil-like mouthfeel and very malty. 3.5/5

Overall: I remember this being better when I drank an indigo wax (2010) version at Dark Lord Day this year, so maybe, being an American barleywine, the 2009 blue wax vintage is
at an awkward phase in its life where hops are entirely gone but the beer's barleywine qualities have not yet matured into their complexities. From my experiences with Behemoth, I am guessing this beer is better fresh (or, more accurately, that I would enjoy it better fresh). The 2009 version I drank was not worth $25.

Recommendation: Hop heads should seek out younger vintages, while barleywine nuts should seek out older ones or keep aging their blue wax 2009 vintage bottles.

Pairings: Raisin bread.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bum732, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

KevSal, Aug 26, 2012
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.