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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 781
Gots: 135 | FT: 14
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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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jimbomill

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my third beer (I wasn't driving- thanks Sis!) at Capone's Black Friday event.

East End named their Gratitude predictively - after the first taste, I was grateful for the chance.

The appearance was a darker red/brown, akin to most barleywines I like. The nose was well balanced - hinting that a rich offering was on the way.

Taste was eye-openingly delicious, mouthfeel was rich, enveloping the tongue like a bear hug.

As barleywine is one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent representation of the genre, I found it most drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 19:54:11 | More by jimbomill
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap for Capone's annual black friday event, which is always a doozy, but the outcome is worth it's weight in gold. Gold, Jerry, Gold!

Gratitude comes to me looking confrused because there is no head up above to protect the lucious liquid in the glass. There is a swirl of foam here and there but nothing that I can call a cap, or even a sparse cap, no lacing obviously. Smell is a bunch of fruit dipped in caramel. Apricots are up front with some plum, fig, and yes some alcohol. This is the 09' vintage by the way. Taste is superb but this loses something off the tap. A big malting causes for a big display of caramel. I did not pick up the werthers quality that I found in the bottle. Sweet caramel sided with apricot, plum, slight apple and cherry, figs, fruits, you know what it is. Yes, the alcohol pokes it's ugly head out but it does not distract from the beer, I think it boosts it's flavor profile some. The feel seems a bit thinner than out of the bottle, it's a big medium feel that is slick and leaves some fruit and alc. on the tounge afterwards. Carb is there but seems tame. All in all, I prefer my gratitude out the bottle, but it's no slouch off the tap as well. I drank my glass with ease. Thanks Matt and Bill for making this happen.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 14:39:17 | More by BARFLYB
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koopa

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage had on tap yesterday at Capone's Black Friday event.

Appearance: Pours somewhere btw burnt orange and caramel with no head.

Smell: All about fruit and caramel here my friends. Strawberries, apricots, and peaches doused in heavenly caramel.

Taste: Same as the nose with a hint of jam on toast. The fruitiness was surprisingly more pungent than I was expecting it to be already on the newest vintage of this fine PA elixir.

Mouthfeel: Not creamy, but definitely smooth and on the heavy side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: The bit of booze this one shows and the small lack of body holds it back but this is a world class barley wine none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 13:27:05 | More by koopa
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter on draft at capones in norristown. Oh boy its black friday again. 09 on draft.

A- comes to me with just the faintest ring around the glass. Hazy burnt orange red in color with a spectacular glow.

S- candied peaches and caramel. Lots of fruits and a touch of strawberries. Honey and a bit of wheat bread.

T- sweet out front with a caramel toffee landslide in your mouth that rolls into a very bright yet deep fruit caracter. There's some earthy hop in the middle that cut the sweetness a bit but never really making a dent. I get a bit of toast at times but mainly this is a sweet brew. Just the smallest glimmer of booze.

M- full bodied but not super chewy. A bit sticky and slippery. Low creamy carb that does just enough to lift it up. Heat builds just a bit as the brew warms.

D- this is a special treat to see this on draft and oh boy did I enjoy it. That being said I do prefer the bottle version of this brew. I will say this its one of the finest bw in the world. At least to me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 16:34:23 | More by oglmcdgl
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml served in Darkness snifter. 2007 vintage, yellow wax. #81 of 1500.

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany color. Cranberry highlights when held to the light. Half an inch of cream colored head from an aggressive pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles.

S: Big whiff of black cherries hits me as I pour the first glass. Aroma is mostly sweet dark fruit. Still a little booze in the scent. Carmelized sugar. A little vanilla. Oakiness. Sherry. Faint remnants of hops. Rich, decadent, and complex.

T: Sweet fruity flavors abound. Nearly identical to aroma. Just a little heat. Flavors are well integrated. Loads of complexity. Hints of leather. It falls apart just a little in the finish, as this bottle shows some signs of oxidation. Still very, very good.

M: Slick, coating feel. Carbonation is expectedly low. I would like a little more viscosity.

D: Given the style, drinkability is pretty high. This beer is tremendously complex...like having a new beer in your glass with every sip. Certainly sweet, but not cloyingly so. ABV is up there but not particularly noticeable, especially with this much age.

This is my first taste of vintage Gratitude and it did not dissapoint. I've heard from others that the 07 is in its prime, but this bottle seems to be showing signs of going downhill. If you're holding on to 07 Grat I would suggest drinking sooner rather than later. Really looking forward to the 2010 release.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:27:28 | More by AdamGarcia
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 - Yellow wax

Muddy caramel color with a small tan head that quickly recedes to the walls of the glass. The mellow alcohol mixed with caramelized malt creates a ghostly whiskey aroma. Taste is almost similar to fresh high gravity wort but never cloyingly sweet. Rich dark fruits and caramel swim across your taste buds. Slightly bitter finish from whatever hops are left in this. Medium mouthfeel for an American Barleywine. Sweet, slightly bitter, and decadent.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 17:13:45 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch at my place last weekend. Thanks Paul!

Vintage 2007 (yellow wax)

A: Beautifully hand wrapped. The beer itself appears a medium shade of brown. The beer is slightly hazy and possesses a substantial head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty aggressive, with scents of alcohol, malt, candy, toffee, caramels.

T: The aroma was an accurate foreshadowing of the taste profile. The beer is very sweet and malty. There is a strong alcohol presence, even in this 2007 vintage. It seems obvious that this beer has smoothed out over the last few years, and could still continue to improve with age.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. Very forward warming alcohol concludes each sip.

D: A slow sipper, this is ideal for sharing a few ways. I would enjoy having this again sometime. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:21:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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mdfb79

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Shared by Paul (Lunch) at a recent tasting. Yellow wax, 2007 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, molasses, caramel malts, toasted malts, and a hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, sugar, caramel malts, toffee, and fruity malts. A little sweet, which I enjoyed.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy going down considering the high ABV.

d - A very nice barleywine. I really liked the taste; it's a little sweet and fruity, but I thought it was great and not too sweet. Very easy to drink consdering the ABV, which is kind of dangerous. I have an 09 bottle and hope it's as smooth as the 07.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:45:40 | More by mdfb79
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Yellow wax provided by Lunch. Beer is served in a tulip glass near room temperature. Beer is brown and hazy with a serious off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is super strong, almost too strong, I get that barleywines are at times quite in your face with the malt backbone of it but this one is REALLY IN MY FACE. Its super strong, all sweetness all malt. A little too much believe it or not. Smells a little of alcohol.

Beer is medium bodied and mildly hot to start off. Its strong and forward with the sweetness of the whole thing. It finishes a little dry, a little drier than I would like. There is no bitterness to this beer at all. I guess its like an exaggerated big barleywine. All of the hallmark flavors are there but its wasn't the easiest thing for me to drink overall. I mostly enjoyed it though. I'd like to try the older vintages or after these have aged some more.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 21:16:05 | More by drabmuh
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of toffee and caramel malt with sweet malt base is enjoyable enough for style. Taste is also dominated by medium sweet toffee notes with some caramel malt and a sweet finish. Body was about average for style with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I must admit that while this beer was satisfying it was definitely below my expectation - no dry fruit or interesting ester.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 18:04:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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jwjon1

Delaware

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Blue Wax, #457/1500

American barleywine? Really? My inaugural jump into Gratitude, and I was immediately thrown for a loop upon first smell. Expected a significant hop profile but the first thing that jumped out at me was red fruit, particularly cherries. There's a touch of a floral hop note, but it is very minimal. The fruit really dominate and remind me more of a trappist ale than a barleywine--English or American. Don't know what kind of yeast East End is pitching into this one, but its a beautiful thing!

The red fruit continues in the taste, with a significant malt backbone. Again, not at all reminiscent of an American Barleywine, and this bottle doesn't even have a full year on it. Maybe not even an English Barleywine in the taste: perhaps more reminiscent of a dopplebock. Again, totally unexpected. And also a beautiful thing!

Finish is sweet and sticky w/ very minimal hop tars in the background. Flavor is concentrated, but short. Gets cloyingly sweet after 1 glass, knocking down drinkability versus even other English barleywines.

I really enjoyed this brew. Big props to East End for constructing it, and for doing it in a way that pays homage to their customer base. Classy move with a classy beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:41:47 | More by jwjon1
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Shumista

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 blue waxed bottle #627/1500. I like everything about the packaging on this bottle. Very attractive and creative. I also enjoyed reading what seemed like a very sincere note to the buyer on the back of the bottle. Hand signing and numbering the bottles is pretty cool as well. The 1/4 inch thick wax was a little bit excessive though.

Beautiful dark amber, with light brown head.

Smells of receded sticky hops, some cherry, brown sugar, sweet malt, and gooey caramel. Tastes magnificent. On a whole different level than the smell. Lots of caramel and brown sugar, toffee. A soft mellowness that only results from hops that have receded with age. More caramel, and "red fruit" as well. Mouthfeel borders on thick. Comforting and warming. I could polish off a bomber by myself in the course of an evening.

Top to bottom a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 19:57:27 | More by Shumista
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. 9.5 fl. oz. bottle from the 2009 (Blue Wax) release (#350/1500) into a snifter...

A - Pours a lovely dark caramel, copperish color with some slightly light roffee color where light hits it. A very nice eggshell white one finger head forms with nice retention.

S - Sweet malts, tofee, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some sweet hints of vanilla. Some nice fruit notes are coming through too. Figs, dates, some cherry. Some slight breadiness to it too.

T - Great flavors of toffee, vanilla and brown sugar right up front. In the middle some great fruit like flavors come out. Dates and figs primarilly but some cherry flavor and some raisins as well. Some slight alcohol is noticeable, but nothing that detracts from the overall flavor profile. Very nicely balanced

M - Medium to heavy bodied with a nice thick feel that coats the mouth quite well. The carbination seems slightly low, but the mouthfeel on this is really outstanding.

D - Quite drinkable. Not overly sweet like some barleywines. Very well balanced and a great sipper for wuite a while. Would love to see what some age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 18:22:04 | More by KAP1356
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jwinship83

Illinois

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

yellow waxed (2007) bottle traded to me by mikeyv35. thanks! drank from stone IRS glass. bottle 951 of 1500. time to see what all the fuss is about.

A- the pour is a darker than expected amber colored body with a really large khaki colored head. excellent retention. massive globs of lacing left behind.

S- i have one very sweet smelling brew here. lots of sweet caramel, toffee, and some fruits. apple, grape, cherry, fig, date. pretty complex. a little bit of alcohol can be smelled. more cirtusy hops than i was expecting at close to 3 years old.

T- the taste is just as sweet as the smell. loads and loads of caramel and toffee malts. lots of grape, cherry, fig, date, plum, apple, and grapefruit as well. the hops are still around, but they have that faded hop taste. pine and grapefruit. plenty of booze reminds you that this is one to sip and savor.

M- the body is pretty large here. syrupy and palate coating. the carbonation level is surprisingly low (in a great way) given the amount of head that formed. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- my half went faster than i was expecting and i was trying to savor it. this is something ill gladly trade for again. probably too strong to want an entire bottle to myself this time of year. this one has plenty of life left in it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 21:54:56 | More by jwinship83
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 blue wax version. What a beautiful bottle with the wax and the paper. I learned the paper is hard to remove, not sure why anyone would want to though.

Pours an amber-brown with off-white head. Lots of caramel and brown sugar, yet quite fruity. I've never tasted a barleywine quite like this, in a good way though. Still some noticible hops, but they aren't dominating anything. Quite smooth and very drinkable. One of the best barleywines I've had and I'm looking forward to trying future editions of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 14:18:54 | More by kwjd
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largadeer

California

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

750ml bottle, 2009 vintage shared by Arbitrator a while back. Thanks.

Copper-hued with great clarity, topped by a half-inch head that retains well for a barleywine. Earthy and leathery aroma, some toffee sweetness, some wet paper oxidation. Prunes, dates, dark fruit. Very complex. On the tongue I pick up brown sugar and dates, leather, light oxidation. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, pretty lively for a heavy barleywine, and there's no trace of alcohol. Finishes sweet and slightly metallic with a hint of prune juice.

Enjoyable, but the 06 and 07 vintages I tried prior to this one were quite a bit better. Maybe this just needs some age.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:23:07 | More by largadeer
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 (Yellow wax) Served into snifter and shared with Reed415.

A--Nice lacing and retention, nice deep auburn color.

S--Wow, what a wonderful smelling beer. Toffee, caramel, and just a very subtle note of hops in the nose. I found myself wanting to smell this beer continually.

T--The taste matches the smell. Buttery caramel/toffee, sweet with just a touch of hops in the finish. I would imagine this beer has mellowed a bit, just perfect example of a barleywine.

M--Smooth on the palate

D--Considering the rarity and high abv of this one, I guess I had a hard time giving this one a 5. However, I would have no problem sitting down on a cold winter night and polishing off a bottle by myself. This beer is outstanding and benefits from some cellar time I would guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 16:24:33 | More by garbercury
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Great thanks to sholland119, who send me this bottle a looong time ago; probably late 2008. It's been resting in the quiet dankness of the cellar ever since; but it's the second-oldest trade bottle I have, & it's time has come. Yellow wax, 2007 vintage, split with my wife.

Pours out of the paper-wrapped, green bottle a murky, muddied off-red caramel. Smell hits me as I'm pouring, & it's good. More caramel, alcohol, touches of fruits.

Gratitude is possibly the most expensive beer I've every had. I asked my wife what 'that taste' was & she said 'bareleywine'. Which doesn't help, except I suppose it means you could look up barleywine in the dictionary (or more likely on-line since nobody but us old folk have printed ones anymore) & see a picture of Gratitude. She's about right. The malts are aging & you can taste them starting to piece themselves into oblivion. Caramel is prominent, or is it toffee? Not quite sure amidst the malts. Brown sugar is sprinkled over all, coupled with the malt sweetness, & there's no hops left to tone them down. Alcohol spikes at the end.

Big, violent, chewy, one could have this instead of dinner (followed closely by bodies hitting the floor, of course). For a moon-sized brew, this is going down easy. Good thing tomorrow's not a school day.

Overall? Very good beer. I'm not sure why this didn't hit my sweet spot, as it plainly did with so many others, but I'd never turn one of these down.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:56:02 | More by maximum12
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billshmeinke

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Blue wax. Thanks to Brewerdan23 for trading me this. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Served at 50 degrees.

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

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

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.

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

The alcohol is very well hidden making this quite easy to drink, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 06:53:05 | More by billshmeinke
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HopHead84

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/17/2010

2005 Vintage generously shared by javib458, thanks! The beer is deep crimson with a small off white head and perfect clarity. Great color. The aroma is expressive, with earthy hops, caramel, toffee, and a dash of oxidation. It's well balanced. There's just a little citrus. The flavor is boozy burnt toffee with notes of caramel and earthy hops, as well as a moderate sweetness. The caramel finish has a moderate level of bitterness and lingering sweetness and booze. We did this side by side with Wooden Hell, which wasn't really fair to Gratitude, but it's positive attributes were still obvious. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, and carbonation is low.

2007 vintage with yellow wax and a goldfinch on the brown paper label. I've heard a lot about this beer but never actively sought it out. Thanks a lot to DRINKNDRIVE for this generous extra.

I poured the beer into a snifter. It's dark reddish brown with a small fizzy white head. It looks like burnt caramel.

The aroma is sweet, with a low level of earthy hops. The toffee is rich, and there are notes of caramel and brown sugar. The alcohol has a decent presence in the nose. The taste is delicate and sweet. Toffee and caramel are present. The hop bitterness is earthy and low. The finish is sweet and the alcohol is quite apparent: it lingers.

The beer is medium bodied with a very low level of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. This is a very good barleywine, but the carbonation was a bit too low for my taste and seemed to detract from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:49:29 | More by HopHead84
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bluebird version-2009, blue wax.
Pours peachy and look fruity, a white head. Above-average mouthfeel with a taste of blueberry,and other berries and fruit, and yeast. aroma is a little funky and sweaty.Alcohol well hidden.
Thanks Ken for sharing, and picking up from brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 12:11:15 | More by Sammy
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 blue wax vintage

Poured this into my snifter

The appearance was that of an amber color with a tan one and a half inch head. Great head retention that leaves a small island in the middle and scattered lacing.

Aroma consist of all malts here with the likes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cedar, plums, dates, oak, vanilla, cherries, raisins and baked brown bread.

The taste starts off with a slightly tart acidic sweet taste with the likes of candi sugar and caramel. Following is a dark fruit taste with cherries, dates and plums and finishes with toffee and a dose of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth for quite a while.

Overall I thought this beer was a little too much on the tart sweet side and I have tasted better barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:09:43 | More by tr4nc3d
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Arbitrator

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to HitikoriNate85, I believe. Busted out for HonusWagner's visit, and for largadeer to tick. I'm mostly giving it higher scores because the 07 was so good.

A: Pours a murky maroon body with somewhat ruby-ish highlights against the light. It's not an amply carbonated beer, but it musters up a perfunctory half-finger of light cream foam that vanishes quickly into scattered bubbles on top. Some clingy lace.

S: Caramel, toffee, molasses, dates, figs, plums, brown sugar. Nothing truly surprising, but I'm impressed with how balanced they are. An earthy aroma reveals the hop presence. I'd argue this is more of an English Barleywine than American, but ok.

T: As the nose suggests, a tremendous smorgasbord of malty flavors. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses: these are present, but they are balanced by a general bitterness that prevents the beer from tasting too sweet. I find an interesting citric character that I didn't notice in the smell: pineapple, lemon.

M: I expected this to be pretty boozy, but it's surprisingly restrained. It's chewy and full-bodied, with low/creamy carbonation. Quite nice.

D: An excellent example of the style, but I admit I'm biased by a previous experience (having the 2007 at a tasting, with no expectations). That beer was absolutely stunning. This one isn't quite there yet, but I am confident it will age into the splendor of its older brother. The one major ding is price. The bottle is $18 or something like that. Come on.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 11:36:09 | More by Arbitrator
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Gobzilla

California

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

750ml green wax vintage shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a murky dark brown with marron highlights with a thin head that left good sticky lacing. Really big caramel malt aromas with brown sugar and molasses accemts but also had hints of booze and raisins. Caramel malts also dominate the flavor with molasses brown sugar and honey accents and noticable booze that does not want to be hidden. Medium body beer with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet boozy slight hop bitter finish. I've had the ornage and green wax vintages and bot have been quite enjoyable and drinkable but are on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:23:35 | More by Gobzilla
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A - A dark brown color with purple tints that got a little bit lighter on the edges.

S - Malty with some sweet notes. Dark fruit, brown sugar, some interesting citrus smell.

T - Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, and the nice orange taste comes through. This is pretty good and nicely complex. There is a little bit of bitterness in there to cut down on the sweet toward the end. Pretty good beer.

M - Medium bodied with some good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, the bitterness helps and even though it has a high ABV it's not that bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:29:10 | More by AgentZero
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.