Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
09-19-2012 00:22:42 | More by joefuzz
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-13-2012 18:07:35 | More by tewaris
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
09-08-2012 02:06:36 | More by bamadog
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Reviewing Gratitude from East End Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania.
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.
09-04-2012 04:23:03 | More by jegross2
3.7/5 rDev -14%
2009 vintage, split into tulips
A: Attractive garnet body with a dense one-finger head. Decent retention receding to a thick layer of foam.
S: Rich plum, fig & brown sugar. Slight metallic and overripe/rotting vegetable notes.
T: Bready / cakey malt structure with lots of raisin and prune. Sweet; a real dessert beer sipper. Once my tongue adjusts to the sweetness, some burnt toffee is also detected and occasional metallic flavors.
M: Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.
O: Interesting and unique barleywine, but drinkability is hurt a bit by the sweetness and heavy body. Wows initially, but over the course of an hour sipping the beer, there's plenty of time to pick up on flaws which are masked in the first impressions.
08-22-2012 15:27:01 | More by kscaldef
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle of the 08 vintage that Josh shared the other night. Thanks, man! I've had a couple of different vintages in the past, but was never impressed. This one, OTOH, was quite nice.
Mildly murky crimson with a thin, beige head with no lace, but nice retention. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, caramel, a mild milk chocolate aroma, along with some dark fruits - dates and raisins. Very nice.
The palate opens full in body and lightly carbonated with mildly bitter piney hops with brown sugar, raisins, toffee and a really nice burnt sugar flavor as well. Mild maple sugar is present. Sweet on the finish, with a little bit of alcohol present, this is very nice. Thankfully, this isn't a crystal malt bomb like some other American barleywines I've had recently.
07-29-2012 21:12:30 | More by DefenCorps
4.13/5 rDev -4%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle.
Appearance - No head. Reddish and maybe a even a little pinkish. Uninspired appearance.
Smell - Caramel and hops. A little earthy, but otherwise it's all caramel.
Taste - Much better. Caramel. Almost oaky. Really rich and complex. Sweet with flavors of brown sugar, toffee, caramel. Finishes with a bit of grapefruit hop and a nice earthy malt character. Awesome.
Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 11+%. Low carbonation. Thick and slick, in a good way.
Overall - Really good. One of the better barleywines I've tasted. No need for a barrel to make this one spectacular.
07-18-2012 14:44:06 | More by Alieniloquium
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.