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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 787
Gots: 132 | FT: 13
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
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of jwjon1
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Shumista
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of garbercury
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange Wax

A- Caramel amber color with a thin layer of head. Nice lacing that clung like spider webs all over the glass.

S- Lots of complexity going on, caramel maltyness, toffee, molasses and dark fruits such as dates and figs.

T- I was a bit let down by this. It was good don't get me wrong, but I think I over hyped it for myself. There was nice honey flavor, combined with a brown sugar and molasses flavor. But it was a bit too sweet for me. I also felt that it was trying to be a hoppy barleywine but at the same time was trying to be an english styled barleywine and couldn't make up its mind.

M- Good mouthfeel, solid for the style with light carbination that helps the beer along.

D- Was fairly easy to drink, but the sweetness was too much for my tastes.

Photo of philbe311
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 (Green Wax) - Bottle 555/700'

A - Not much in the way off head, but a couple of large bubbles off a vigorous pour that quickly fade... No lacing...A murky rusty reddish brown color... Still with not noticeable carbonation... A slight film is left on the glass...

S - A stellar bouquet... Uber sweet... Caramel... Toffee... Raisins... Grapes... Cherries... Brown sugar... A slight bit of booze buried beneath the rest of the complexities...

T - Raisins... Brown sugar... Booze soaked cherries... Undertones of caramel and toffee... Just a kiss of citrus... Pineapple... Subtle tannin qualities... Excellent depth and complexity...

M - One the fuller side of medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Just the slightest of carbonation can be detected... A tad on the thin side... Astringent alcohol warmth coats the tongue and lingers... Insanely smooth and sleek...

D - A world class Barleywine regardless, but it's a bit of a shame that the lack of head and a thinner than expected mouthfeel with no creaminess keeps this from being an epic offering... Packs a little bit of punch... Highly recommended and still worthy of every BAs attention...

The bottle and packing itself is a work of art, even if it is a little tough to open...

2009 Version Update (04/23/11) - A much richer fuller creamier tan head than I had remembered... The hops were more lively and juicy than expected... I have adjusted my scores slightly upward in terms of Appearance and Mouthfeel...

2010 Version Update (08/11/12) - I won't go into too much detail as this was very similar to past renditions, however I found this iteration's mouthfeel to be a bit subpar... A bit flat, a bit thin, without any of the rich and creamy texture that I recall from previous offerings... I have downgraded my mouthfeel rating back to a "4" as a result...

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to popping this bottle. '09 vintage, blue wax. "The blue bird" as I have been referring to it as.

A- This is the best packaging of any beer out there. Its a total work of art. The beer its self is a clear rusty brown color. Its very difficult to get any sort of head from this beer. What you can coax out with a really rough pour will fade very quickly and leave only small pearls of foam stuck to the glass.

S- Sweet and fruity. Lots of red wine, grapes, raisins, toffee, brown sugar, french vanilla and lots more. No real hop profile but lots of alcohol that gives the nostrils a twinge.

T- More sweetness all over the place. A few different types of grapes. Red grapes, raisins and a touch of sour grapes. Apple cider, toffee, lots of molasses, and brown sugar. A slight hint of Worcestershire sauce from time to time. Alcohol is hardly picked up despite how strong this beer is. This really isnt very balanced, its very sweet.

M- A bit thinner than I was hoping. The carbonation is very very low. The beer is smooth, semi dry and mildly sticky.

D- Drinks very easily. The alcohol here is very tame.

This beer really fits into the category of an English Barleywine rather than American. It might be the way this beer is or it could be the fact that this bottle is about 6 months old and the hops have faded.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Bottle number 968 of 1,500. 2009 vintage with blue wax with a blue jay on the paper label/wrap. This is my first East End beer and one that I have been looking forward to trying. The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a very small white head. The aroma is brown sugar and cherries with possibly some oak. The flavor is cherry, oak, caramel malt and alcohol. The flavor is semi-sweet. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of boothbeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006-2008 Vertical. Rating is averaged. Overall, my favorite was the 2007 vintage.

2008- Green Was.
A: 3.5-Dark brown with maroon hues. Almost no head and no lacing.
S: 4.0- Nice malty aromas. Dark fruits are prevalent. Some bitterness as well.
T: 4.0- Great American barlywine. Nice maltiness. Not too much bitterness, but a slight presence. Lots of alcohol burn though that contrasts the sweetness.
M: 4.5- Very smooth. Moderate carbonation
D: 4.0- Delicious. But I think the alcohol presence comes through a little too much. It's a good thing I split this vertical 3 ways.

2007- Yellow Wax.
A: 4.5- Dark amber color with some red tones. Nice amount of cream colored head and nice lacing. Great retention.
S: 4.5- Blend of rich malts, dark fruit, some hoppiness and spices-cloves and nutmeg.
T: 4.5- Sweet malty goodness. Carmel hard candy and toffee. Hints of honey and nutmeg. Alcohol is mellowed, but still present in the finish. A little hoppiness, but very smooth and mild.
M: 4.0-Medium carbonation but still very smooth.
D: 4.0- Very nice. Definitely worth the aging on this. 1 year made a huge difference. Overall, this was my favorite out of the vertical!

2006- Orange Wax.
A: 4.0- Dark Brown, and a little cloudy. Light chalk colored head that dissipates to a thin film. Not much lacing.
S: 4.0- Very malty up front. Hints of hops and bitterness. Similar to the 07, but less spices in the flavor.
T: 4.5- More of a bitter malt to this one. Picking up some bite and alcohol burn. Some nice dark fruit in the beginning and ends with a bitterness burn.
M: 4.0- Moderate to mild carbonation. A little tingle
D: 4.0-Very similar to the 07, but it lost some aromas.

Photo of zdk9
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Caramel colored, slight head. Stirs of lacing.

S- Nice strawberry, sweet orange. Caramel.

T- More caramel in the taste than the smell. Just a hint of citric acid.

M- Sweetness sticking to my mouth.

D- This is a good beer, but I can't say it really sticks to my tastes, but it's good. Kind of a butterscotch beer.

Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this 2009 version at dld. Medium brown light tan head not much to note in retention or lacing. The taste and aroma here are awesome, one of my favorite bw's ever. It starts off with sweet caramel and some really nice dark fruits and has a very nice balanced hoppy finish. Super tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2006 to 2009 Vertical. Epic.

The appearance is nice copper rust, with a beautiful gradient to a brass colored rim. It pours with some foam, but it soon disappears and just produces nice thick legs on the sides of the glass. The brew has a nice clarity, paired with the color makes for a beautiful brew.
The smell like it tastes, dark sweet caramel toffee with dark fruits and brown sugar.
This vintage is the best, and is also the best barley wine I have ever consumed. Candy sugar, molasses, booze, raisins, apricots, dates, brown sugar, oh oh my.
It has a great carbonation after all of this time, still involving the entire palate. It is oily, coats your mouth with a syrup like characteristic that is delicious.
This beer could keep for about two more years.
This beer looks very different than the 2006 vintage. This one is actually ruby red with a nice tan one finger head that develops into a film over everything. Still has a mean leg, which just looks awesome in the Lost Abbey glass.
It still has a smell of dark fruit and some sweet malts, but the booze is a bit more pronounced. Stings the nostrils, but in a good way.
This one tastes good, but not as great as the 2006. There is the cornucopia of dark fruits and sweet aged malts as the last one but the development is not there. A year and some ingredient changes are obviously the differences here, so all I am doing is splitting hairs. Both are good beers.
This vintage is better than the 2007, which is interesting because I thought the main reason I liked the 2006 was because of the age. This one is a year younger and is still better than the 2007. This has a darker ruby color than the previous year, and has a one finger white head that sticks around for a minute. It leaves some random lacing, and STILL has a crazy ABV leg.
The smell is mostly of booze, with brown sugar and raisins being huge in the dark fruit category.
The tastes in this one are blended very well, bringing boozy and fruits together to form something really special. Caramel and toffee come back in this one to hold hands with the alcohol, this creates a really sweet bourbon character that I loved. The carbonation is a little more aggressive, creating an interesting experience for the palate. The sweetness are not overwhelming, and effect the entire mouthfeel. Delicious.
It has some infection problems that are really distracting. It is in the very early stages of infection, so it was drinkable, but still had that sourness to it. In a year this will be a drain pour.

Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle of 07' Gratitude.

A- Pours a dark amber color. One finger white head comes and goes down leaving some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This is a sweet smelling alcoholic punch! Light brown sugar notes along with some candi sugar in the front end of this. Tons of different fruits come into play around the middle of the aroma. Everything from figs to cherries come and go. Light alcohol around the back end makes this a interesting and very yummy smelling beer.

T- Taste is very barleywine and in a smooth way. I was amazing to be honest that it was so sweet upfront with some sugary darker fruits being what I tasted first. Some light toffee and bready notes in the middle of the beer bring way to another sweet alcoholic taste in the backend of this. Some light Sherry like notes run through this beer from start to finish.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Kind of dead feeling on the mouth...chewy. Drying the palate after each sip as well. Light fruity malty goodness left on the palate with light alcohol booze on the aftertaste. Flavors have mellowed with a couple years on this.

D- This was a very drinkable beer to say the least. Everything I like about aged barleywines this had and then some. The smoothness on this beer couldn't have gotten any better. Looking forward to the others I have in the cellar right now!

Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.