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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: 156 | 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 thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  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. (447 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,931 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (1,770 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (731 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  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. (782 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scores are based upon two vintages.

2007 Yellow wax sampled 2/18/2012 A+ and 5.0 all the way
A: Poured a lightly muddied copperish brown color with good carbonation for its age and style, not to big on the bubbles, sits well. Looks sexy.

S: Big dark fruits on this beer: Figs, plums and a chocolate covered raison. Some stinging booze, toffee

T: Wow. This is what I want. Nice sweet toffee and light sweetness with a backbone of light chocolate and dark fruits; figs, dates, prunes, raisins and a few plums thrown in for good measure. Booze is well masked and its very mellow, well rounded at thips point

M: Sticky sweet, tasty, well carbonated. It sits on the tongue and palate. Very, very nice

O: Best of the best. Best American Bwine(non BA I have had to date)

2009 Blue wax reviewed on 1/8/2011 A-

A:Poured a thick light copperish color with a nice tan cap

S: Caramel, some dark fruits, booze

T: Good amount of bitterness is noticed. Plenty of caramel, hints at toffee, cocoa, brown sugar and some dried dark fruits

M: Sordove slick, boozy but very good taste and body

D: Very good (1,098 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Blue wax. Poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A: Dark amber bordering on brown in color. Pale beige two finger head that sticks around for quite awhile. Retention is excellent.

S : The nose is composed of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malts and tons of fruits (apricots, plumb, figs).

T :Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee malts with apricots, plumbs and figs and some ester fruitiness (green apples). Nice moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

M :Mouthfeel is full bodied, high end of low carbonation. Very smooth and rich.

O :The alcohol is very well hidden making this quite easy to drink, but definitely a sipper. (636 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml paper covered blue waxed bottle poured into a sampler.

Pours a clear amber honey color with a small white head. Nose is sweet and malty, light hop bitterness, really good.

Taste is balanced and mellow, good bitterness and a nice hoppy rich bite on the end. The finish is really good (290 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage (Indigo Wax)
Bottle #1080/1500

A - this barleywine pours a dark amber in color with ruddiness throughout, a full finger of tan head fed by low carbonation

S - big on malts in the aroma of course, quickly followed by huge amounts of the dark side of the sweet spectrum, molasses, brown sugar, and especially brown sugar

T - the taste does not differ terribly from the aroma, maltiness arrives first with those dark sweets in toe. the same brown sugar and molasses are reinforced by burnt caramel and an oaky vanilla tinge. The sweetness tarrys for a moment than the hop profile barges in and makes itself noticed, though it never overpowers the sweetside it is balancing

M&D - smooth for such a big beer, complex layers of sweetness, the year on it seemed to help it immensely. Wish I could get this one without the necessary trade. (848 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green wax, 2008 edition, bottle 360/700.

Pours a dark dark hazy amber, bordering brown color, solid bright red hues when held up to the light. There is a small khaki colored bubbly head that quickly recedes to a nice khaki cap. I have heard this beer could be flat, but this looks plenty carbonated. Sticky, yet spotty lacing lingers as I attempt to arouse more head.

Aromas begin with tons of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee. As it warms I get a lot of lighter dark fruits highlighted by figs and dates. Lighter fruits linger in the background including candied pineapple rings, cherry maybe, white grapes; quite complex and in depth.

The tastes directly follow the nose; they begin with vibrant/luscious maltiness highlighted by sweet caramel, light brown sugar, toffee and toasted brown bread. As with the aroma, there's a bold dark fruitiness present. As your further consume you can appreciate the light (and faded at this point) American citrusy hops. Definitely more of a complementary flavor that any substantial bitterness. Predominately citrusy hop character with a modest bitterness lessened with time away in the cellar. There is a pleasant drying finish with plenty of belly-warming alcohol and a long, lingering fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied, with a seriously chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is definitely medium-to-low but no where still or flat as many have described before me. Could it use a tad more, yes, but the style allows for lesser amounts here.

Overall this is my first experience with this beer, which is crazy because my sister went to college in Pittsburgh for 3.5 years. How did I not know about this brewery and make here get me bottles; poor job by me... Anyway this is a very good beer but when compared to the greats of the stle, it falls a bit short for me. I would much rather have and Alaskan Barley Wine, which I believe is the "Gold Standard" for the style. It is much more readily available or accessable via trade or online order from various shops. This is a viscous and heavy in flavor, which is good and bad; would like a tad more carbonation to balance the heft. The alcohol becomes a bit overbearing towards the bottom of the bottle, so overall, while this was very good, I have to say this is not worth trading a great deal for given the rarity and the price of vintage editions. (2,350 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA
'07 vintage (yellow wax)
Consumed/shared at Beermongers, Portland, OR

I brought this bottle--at the suggestion of Matt Capone--with me to Portland, and shared it with the folks at Beermongers, during writerLJberg's "cellar clearing."

No gushing fortunately, despite taking the same turbulent flight as I did. Poured a hazy chestnut-amber with a moderate, rocky, off-white head. Aroma was bready, fruit medley, caramel and toffee. Smooth taste of dark sugars--caramel, brown sugar, toffee--hints of brandy and white wine, raisins, figs, herbal hops. No overblown flavor, everything's right where it should be. Lower carbonation, velvety mouthfeel, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Very nice overall.

I've had almost every vintage since, and it's always a pleasure. Different nuances come out every year. Ages well, and is always surprising when someone is gracious enough to open a bottle. (947 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle out for the holidays - thanks Mike!

A: Dark brownish copper color with a modest white head. Suds and collar are well-retained.

S: Brown sugar, pancake batter, caramel roll. This has me thinking breakfast, which is a little unusual for a barleywine.

T:Orange, vanilla, pine, caramel apple flavors roll through, followed by a big buttery caramel burst. As a fan of English style barleywines like JW Lees, I was hoping this would be on the sweeter side, but this treads the line between sweet and bitter beautifully. Not sure what a fresh bottle is like, but the hopping here is restrained to a complementary role. Lots of depth, this seems to get better the longer it sits in the glass. Finishes with a faint alcohol bite.

M: Feel is thick and creamy with delicate carbonation, encouraging slow sipping.

Overall impression - splendid! Easily one of the best of its kind. (885 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex. 2005 (red wax) vintage into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a rusty orange/brown color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Smooth booze, little to no oxidation for such an old beer, burnt sugars, caramel. Really just smoothed out and sweet...this has held up well, I'm surprised.

T - Similar to the nose. Burnt sugars, smooth booze, some oak, caramel. The sweetness and booze play well off of each other, and it's hard to tell how old this beer really is.

M - Medium, good carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy finish.

O - Really impressed for how old this one is. It was a nice surprise to try the 2005, as it was the only vintage I haven't had. I would think the 2006/2007 would be drinking phenomenally right now and would like to try them to compare. A very nice barleywine. (788 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby brown pour with a smallish head an a touch of lacing

Smell: brown sugar, toffee, sherry, port, bread and honey. Touch of booze

Taste: Similar to the aroma - toffee, brown sugar, sherry, port, dates, prunes, bread.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and sticky, fairly drinkable

Overall: This is a review of the yellow was bottle. I was expecting great things but, having had a goose island king henry recently, I was a bit disappointed. (444 characters)

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