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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 783
Gots: 137 | FT: 14
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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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2012 14:40:23 | More by duceswild
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:12:30 | More by DefenCorps
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-19-2012 07:47:27 | More by muchloveforhops3
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 14:44:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-12-2012 17:46:39 | More by leschkie
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2012 16:19:29 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-07-2012 14:37:04 | More by BillHilly
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-03-2012 03:40:28 | More by RuckusDu
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Jerriko

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-26-2012 03:57:00 | More by Jerriko
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iadler

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle number 534/1500. Reviewed from notes from a blind barleywine tasting.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a thin off white head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- Lot's of cherry, red grape, floral notes, currents, wood and hint of brown sugar.

T- Again lots fruit with cherries, grapes, currents, orange zest and plumb with some brown sugar, toffee, floral notes and a hint of wood.

M- Medium carbonation and a slightly thin body that finishes dry.

O- I guessed this correctly while I was taking notes. A nice take on a American barleywines with plenty of dark fruit and citrus notes. Not overly sweet or hop forward, which I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 21:44:24 | More by iadler
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-29-2012 01:04:30 | More by eawolff99
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Kuemmelbrau

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2012 02:50:47 | More by Kuemmelbrau
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber (2010 batch #595 of 1500 bottles: Indigo wax) into tulip glass. Pours burnt amber red. Sweet grape, caramel, and classic barley wine aromatics. Flavor of brown sugar, some cherries, and this reminded me of a muted/toned down version of Three Floyd's collaboration with Mikkeller - Oatgoop. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation throughout. This brew actually tastes better when approaching room temperature. Overall this was a little disappointing despite its high ratings. I expected more out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 16:24:43 | More by CuriousMonk
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2012 20:13:35 | More by DaveHack
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-20-2012 13:05:44 | More by cosmonick
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev -7%

05-06-2012 18:22:03 | More by antoines15
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Boto

Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Release with the Yellow wax, purchased at the Brewery in 2009: This one had to be the toughest wax I’ve ever encountered on a beer bottle. Once I got it open it poured a dark, cloudy dark copper color. There was a large tan head on it that didn’t linger too long. No lacing. Somewhat sweet nose. Caramel, honey, some spices and dark fruits. The taste is sublime. A slight slickness on the tongue. Very smooth taste. This has aged quite well. Caramel, spice, fruits, slightly sweet, yet a subtle bit of bitterness back there. Don’t know how widely this is distributed, but well worth searching out of you get to Pittsburgh.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:56:11 | More by Boto
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Birthday to me! Decided to crack this 2009 vintage from BigTomZ to celebrate turning 25. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

East End Gratitude pours an opaque mahogany. Four fingers or so of light tan foam rise up to crown the beer, displaying good head retention. Lacing forms nearly a solid ring at the apex, but is extremely spotty below. The nose has lots of brown sugar and caramel, with a noticeable nuttiness to it as well. It's just a touch dweak in intensity though. The flavor is much more robust, with notes of fruity cherries and some sherry from the oxidation jumping out. The malty base of the beer accounts itself with more brown sugar and caramel. If anything I'd say that the malty base is a touch too much in the background as far as balance in the flavor profile goes. The cherry is a little bit unexpected (maybe particularly ester-y fermentation), but works out nicely with everything else.The body isn't is rich and full as I might have anticipated, which does work well in making this beer drink easier, but I like the mouthfeel for a barleywine to have a certain luxuriant quality. The carbonation is very nice and muted, just barely enough to carbonate the beer. Gratitude is a very nice offering for one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 05:09:02 | More by axeman9182
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scottfrie

California

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 1134/1500. Received in a trade ages ago.

A: Pours a murky burnt caramel color with a wispy film of a thin head that faded into a greasy collar.
S: Very sweet and fruity smelling nose with notes of honey, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
T: Very sweet but not cloying. Fruity like the nose. I get some apple juice as well. Tobacco and a hint of chocolate come through in the finish. I get almost no caramel or toffee. Leafy hops come through in the aftertaste.
M: Much lighter than expected and thin for the style. The alcohol is hidden extremely well though. Carbonation is made up of tiny bubbles but is very low.
O: Solid barleywine but a bit disappointing. I imagine the sweetness dies down in the older vintages. I was expecting something fuller.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:58:08 | More by scottfrie
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BraatenBrew

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-11-2012 02:27:52 | More by BraatenBrew
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

04-10-2012 15:32:45 | More by brystmar
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jethrodium

California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage with green wax. Bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours clear dark amber with a small head that mostly consists of large bubbles at the edge of the glass. Aroma is very fruity with pineapple, plum, same caramel, mango, and floral notes. Initial taste is sweet with mango, plum, pineapple and some caramel. The finish has a decent bitterness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 07:25:39 | More by jethrodium
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jsanford

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 Vintage courtesy of the CPJ!

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby-mahogany with a thin khaki head that settles to a thin ring and haze.
Smell - Big aromas of caramel and toffee with some sweet malt and dark fruits (raisins and plums).
Taste - Similar to the nose, lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee with more ripe fruit and some candied orange peel hops. Pretty darn sweet and decadent, but the finish is moderately bitter and helps balance this beast.
Mouthfeel - Sticky, with a pretty full body and lowish carbonation. Definitely a slow sipper.
Overall - A great Barleywine that I enjoyed quite a bit. Does it live up to it hype? Nope, but I have been spoiled by a wealth of barrel-aged Barleywines lately. Still, I was so happy to finally scratch this bad boy off my list!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 16:21:45 | More by jsanford
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-10-2012 18:37:45 | More by jkane101
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doughanson78

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-03-2012 06:54:14 | More by doughanson78
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.