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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 781
Gots: 135 | 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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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-26-2014 18:18:03 | More by beernads
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slaying a personal whale. Split with angrybabboon. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Ruddy dark copper. Head is dirty-white/pale tan, bubbly, creamy and dense. Sticky notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Mega malty. Deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Bready and then some. Biscuit with a touch of graham cracker. Sharp bite of alcohol with caramel, brown sugar, and a ton of toffee. Some pine and citrus hops layered over the top. Decently fruity with apple, pear, and some deeper almost jammy sweetness. Slight alcohol spicy esters. A ton of sweet malts. Bready, cooked, and caramelized in abundance. Slight toasted element with some minor roasted malts as well.

Taste: Cooked and crazy caramelized malt. Some molasses, a ton of caramel, a load of toffee. Graham cracker and a ton of raw biscuit dough. Sweet and boozy. Bit of alcohol on the back with some spicy alcohol esters. Some orange peel and marmalade as well. A touch of mint along with some solid pine needle bitterness and a solid smack of grapefruit. Hoppy, sweet, and boozy. Slightly roasted with a toasted undercurrent. Toast and the gamut of sugar.

Mouthfeel: Chewy nearly full body with a moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: Give thanks for the many splendored birds.

Need more bottles for science. Must age for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:42:49 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2013 bottle, violet wax

Appearance: Medium amber, with some nice copper, brown, and red tones - hazy and cloudy, just as a barleywine should be - pours with a medium sized, frothy, light beige head - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Big, sweet, cooked and caramel malts - caramel grains and caramelized malts - big toffee notes with a touch of brown sugar and molasses - rich malts - some interesting fruitiness, with light and dark fruits - definitely smells young (because it is), with some booze

Taste: Straight-up barleywine magic - cooked, caramelized malts - nice caramel malts with some hints of sugar, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, and straight-up caramel - some light fruits and some dark fruits, like grapes, plums - moderate amount of bitterness - minimal oxidation, thanks to the fact that this is young - will definitely mature and improve with some time, but it's surprisingly good now

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very smooth, nice level of carbonation

Overall: Dude, gratitude

This is a great barleywine. The most impressive thing is that it tastes great, even young. This will only improve in time. This is hard to get, but it's worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 17:32:19 | More by angrybabboon
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-25-2014 01:33:54 | More by Brewski
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-21-2014 04:25:08 | More by jacewg
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2014 04:39:44 | More by cyrushire
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dkw0063

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-11-2014 21:06:42 | More by dkw0063
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

03-09-2014 15:22:26 | More by Hugonaut13
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makeitavintage

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-01-2014 18:22:45 | More by makeitavintage
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-01-2014 06:02:23 | More by HoppyBastard2
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billyshears

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-25-2014 20:03:12 | More by billyshears
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-23-2014 13:29:29 | More by jfstilling
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2014 00:59:19 | More by nesarebad
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-16-2014 18:48:11 | More by lunarbrew
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7%

02-10-2014 02:43:50 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Kayaker

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

02-09-2014 21:45:42 | More by Kayaker
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-08-2014 15:50:54 | More by sgttibbs
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple waxed bottle.

Appearance: opaque light brown. No head present. It's really nothing outlandish; it's very simple and straight forward.

Smell: Ton of vanilla, dark fruits, and some ripe bananas. Also a touch of oak. Very sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow, it's so delicious. It starts out really sweet and mellow; some bitterness just gradually comes in but nothing too aggressive. Tasted notes of vanilla, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness. This really is outstanding, it's such a simple barleywine that doesn't over complicate things. But what really blew me away is it's sweetness. It's sweetness was concocted so well yet it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and silky with minimal carbonation

Overall: this is outstanding. It's not a complicated barleywine; instead its simple, sweet, and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:34:05 | More by Benish
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, purple wax. Thanks to Matt B for bringing this one over to share. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark brown, hazy, with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing or retention.

Smell- Holy molasses and brown sugar! There is a small citrus (grapefruit, lemons) bite to this but this is mostly the malts here. Which is certainly not a bad thing. Dark fruits, toffee.

Flavour- Citrus, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, a bit of honey. A bit of alcohol, but in a good way. Very sweet beer for sure. The hops are a bit subdued here.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, on the verge of syrupy. Easy to drink despite the 11% ABV not showing up at all. Aftertaste is a very sweet molasses-type flavour that sticks for a while.

Overall- Tasty American barleywine. Complex with a lot of different sources of sweetness to it. The hops are clearly secondary to the malts, which is what I like in a non-BA barleywine. Thanks for this one Matt.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:30:34 | More by Stevedore
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-03-2014 16:51:19 | More by BMart
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-02-2014 10:50:50 | More by SocalKicks
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2014 04:51:30 | More by Boston_Steve
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-02-2014 02:23:05 | More by DerekMorgan
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-02-2014 02:02:13 | More by BostonPhilly
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from cparles.

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Bottle 806 of 1600

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Deep burnt orange or mahogany in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking barleywine.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, honey and toffee, red fruits, berries and sweet red apples on the nose. Some citrus hops as well, with grapefruit and lemon notes. Bold and enticing, advertising lots of sweetness.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and honey sweetness up front, with some nice red fruits, apples and berries as well. Complex with lots of sweet malts up front. Big flavors after the swallow as well, with more sweetness and red fruit flavors, some citrus and lemon hop bitterness, as well as some spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Good balance between sweet malts up front, bitterness and boozy alcohol after the swallow. It's still too hot, unfortunately, but the flavors are there.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Some solid heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. It's very complex and the cooperation between the sweet malts, bitter hops and boozy alcohol works very well together. Although it doesn't get in the way per se, it's still quite hot at the moment, so giving it some time might be a good idea. I'd like to get another bottle to sit on for a couple years, or even just get an older bottle of this to try out. Probably 3-4 years would be the sweet spot. Cheers again cparles. This was great.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 20:31:10 | More by Jeffo
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.