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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 784
Gots: 134 | 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:
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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #500. I chose this particular beer for two reasons - both celebrations, but of very different natures. First, I chose this to celebrate my gratitude at the birth of my first daughter two weeks ago - healthy, happy, and already (along with her mother) the love of my life. Second, to celebrate the life of my friend Dev (buckeyesox), a great BA and an even better person, who passed away far too soon yesterday. In both of these instances, I am extremely grateful that I have had the chance to include these individuals in my life. Hence, Gratitude. Alice, I love you, and Dev, you will be missed, my friend. I'm truly grateful that you've found peace.

Probably the most amazingly packaged bottle I've ever seen, orange wax, 2006 vintage, number 302/1300. Thanks to Dan (CoalCellar) for the chance to try this beauty, and it's only appropriate that the trade for this included a beer sent to me by Dev (Dark Lord '09). Poured into red wine glass. Drank very close to room temperature. Gorgeous bottle.

Pours murky dark red-brown, rich, with a 1.5 finger head that settles into a thin but extremely persistent light-khaki cap, very nice stickage and decent lacing. I had to assign some bonus points for the fantastic packaging.

Nose is phenomenal. Massive notes of sweet tropical fruits - mangos and even pineapple, almost candied, brown sugar, light caramel that hints at butterscotch; a bit boozey, but not over the top by any stretch. Decadent and fantastic.

This one is by far at its best around room temp. Taste is sweet and rich up front - notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar, with loads of buttery ripe fruit (cherries, dates, even a bit of rindy tangerine) rolling over the tongue in wave after wave. A prickly, earthy bitterness is still just a bit resiny, emerging towards the middle of the palate and staying ever present, though never coming close to stealing the show from the fantastic richness from the malts. Spicy alcohol lends another layer of bite (especially in the back of the throat at swallow) and takes a decidedly boozy bent at times, but never out of control. Finish starts off rich and sweet, if prickly, before easing into a lingering, moderate bitterness that sticks around on the palate for some time.

Mouthfeel is very nice - soft and a bit fluffy, wonderful light prickle of carbonation with a very full body that avoids ever becoming syrupy. Hits all the possible high points while avoiding all the pitfalls that tend to plague beers of this size and type. Very well done.

Drinkability is actually not bad. Obviously, in grading this, I'm treating it as a slow sipper - a fantastic after dinner drink. But there's so much going on, and the alcohol is prominent enough, that I can't imagine drinking more than a bottle of this. Even this single bottle will surely take awhile.

All in all, the perfect beer for today. Rest in peace, my friend - I'm grateful that I knew you well enough to understand how much you'll be missed.

JohnQVegas, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle of orange waxed 2006 vintage--number 519/1300

A-Deep, murky brown/copper with a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring around the edge of the glass that leaves spotty lace.

S-Rich sweet malt notes with a backing fruit bowl of raisin,prune, plum and cherry. A bit of alcohol burn and a touch of earthy/spicy hops.

T-Sweet, rich caramel malt melding with raisin and plum. A nice backing of earthy hops and some brown sugar notes too. Alcohol doesn't hide but creates a warming aspect like a hot tottie.

M-Medium-heavy, smooth, rich and chewy. This one is a mouthful! Long lasting flavours.

D-Full bodied, smooth and rich. What's not to like?This is an excellent example of the style! A brew I look forward to getting every year.

Deuane, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle of East End Gratitude came courtesy of justn; thanks for the opportunity. I believe this is an 07 bottle (yellow wax) and it is number 914 out of 1500. It took me ten minutes to pry off the wax, but the reward was great. This is a staggeringly good looking Barleywine; deep cloudy burgundy color, with a creamy tan heading. Smell is not quite as impressive, but still notable; I get some dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol and maybe some chocolate. Rum soaked raisins come to mind first in the flavor, with some brown bread and slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slick on the palate, but not as chewy as one might expect. The ABV can be tasted and felt, but I think it adds a nice element to the whole package. As for drinkability, this bottle is draining pretty quickly, so I would say drinkability is top notch for a beer with this ABV. This was a very pleasurable drinking experience from East End. I will definitely have to try more of their stuff in the future. The hype for this beer is well deserved.

jamie2dope, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at PPRBSG09. What a pretty bottle!! Pours a murky light brown with a tan head. Aroma of lots of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of sweet, sticky malt and butterscotch. Too heavy and sticky for me, ugh. Unfortunately, looks are deceiving in this case...

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLE NUMBER: 908/1500
VINTAGE 2007 (Yellow Wax)
Super huge thanks to mikecharley for hooking me up with this at DLD 2009!

Pours a beautiful, deep copper color, with highlights of ruby and gold. Provides an almost two-finger head of creamy tan foam. Retention is great. Lacing is somewhat thin, but very nicely sticky.

What a wonderful nose this has. Loads of rich, butterey caramel. Huge notes of golden brown sugar. Beautiful dates are here, along with some lighter fig notes. Fresh baked bread with warmed butter. A light nuttiness.
Overall, this smells like a wonderfully rich and decadent malt bomb.

Oh, man, is that ever delicious. Wonderfully rich caramel malts are the focus, here. The taste really follows the nose well. It's like figs and dates, hanging out with caramel on a piece of warm toast, floating in a pool of butter and brown sugar. There is a life preserver, made of floral hops, but it's floating away in the distance.

The most beautiful thing about this one is the way it feels. Very smooth and nicely creamy. Nice low to medium level of carbonation. It could stand just a touch more carbonation, which should help it be a little more creamy, but it's not necessary, by any means. It would only be an improvement, and it's already great.

This is a totally drinkable brew. It's absolutely decadent, so it won't be a 'go-to' session beer or anything, but it's a wonderful dessert beer. The 11.50%ABV will also keep you from drinking multiples, even though it's so completely well-hidden.
Beautiful.

coldmeat23, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition

Appearance- pours a cloudy golden/amber color with a thick cream head.
smell- lots of things going on in the nose. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and just a bit of orange. very light on the alcohol
taste- wow this is great very same flavors in the taste as in the smell + some dark fruits. very complex.
mouth feel- very good mouth feel. medium body and just under medium carbonation
drink ability- very good. this one should only get better with age.

seanpachefddfa, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage

Nice looking bottle. Pours a rusty amber with shades of woody brown. Thin tan head fades rather quickly. Nose ripe cherries and plums, caramel malt, sweet alcohols and floral hops. Taste is a sweet mixture of pitted fruits, bready malts and carmelized candy. Also a faint boozy presence. Big creamy body with silky smooth carbonation. Superbly balanced barleywine. Should age quite well.

rye726, May 23, 2009
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage: 674 of 1500. Purchased at Capones. Pours with a good bit of head which settles quickly. Amber in color. Smells very sweet and fruity. Taste is a wonderful mix of fruit and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth despite the ABV and this is really drinkable. Wow, this is a fantastic barleywine. Highly recommended.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, May 10, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample at local BA gathering.

Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was long lasting.

This is a standout complex beer.

tmoneyba, May 05, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 edition in brown paper and orange wax. Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this bottle at DLD last year (and the Ten Fidy bonus)...i've been admiring it ever since! Review from notes.

Ruby orange body, long lasting foam that ebbs with a sticky lace. Super tropical fruity nose, all mango, papaya, apricot. Dominant sweet fruit flavors, rich and savory dried apricot and papaya again, backed by firm malty traces of melted caramel. Very clean and not overly yeasty/alcoholic as some bw's can be. Finishes so clean. Probably the best barleywine i've ever had, nice over the top fruit and easy drinking...

emerge077, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

2007 Edition
Yellow Wax/Capped
Cool Paper Wrapped Bottle
Bottle #774/1500 Signed by Scott

Poured into a tulip a very nice golden amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head or sticky lacing on this one, but some oil slicks or left behind. The nose is malty, some hops, spices, some dark fruits. The taste is very nice, sweet, malty, hoppy notes, figs/raisins/plums on the light side. Medium body, the ABV is hidden pretty well, so far, lol Very Drinkable, this is my first East End brew, and it is a very nice one, hopefully I will be able to try some other's, thanks Ben.

Wasatch, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of rabsten
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage, bottle number 1439. Purchased back in August '09 at Scott's big Gratitude roll-out event. Opened for the start of the final season of Battlestar Galactica, because I wanted something special to celebrate. Well, this is it. A truly special beer.

Poured into two vessels: One, my go-to review glass, an East End pint. Serendipity, coincidence, synchronicity, what have you, but there it is. The other: a largeish wine glass. It's a 750ml bottle so there's plenty of malty goodness to split between the two. Dark, orange-amber with fair carbonation supporting a thick, tan, finely bubbled head. Head retention is good with geological-quality striations of lacing down the glass(es). Pretty, pretty beer.

Aroma portends a malt explosion. Caramel, toffee, slight coffee and faint, faint evergreen. So, sweet malts with some toasted malt and just a bit of a hop hit is what I'd wager the flavor will be. Of course, as it warms the alcohol starts to show, but that's just basic chemistry. Nice, nice aroma.

Aaaand, I was right. Malt, malt, and more malt with just enough hops lingering around to keep this out of "young whisky" territory. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly present. Mild, French bread crust aftertaste at the end. Pretty much everything I want in a barleywine is present.

Balanced, well rounded mouthfeel and good overall drinkability. D does take a ding but only because the alcohol in this really begins to make itself known about 2/3 of the way into the bottle. Definitely a beer to share (which I would if I had friends - hey, pity party everyone!).

Scott, buddy, you've done went and made another damn fine beer. Hopefully I'll have cash next time you hold an extravaganza and I can get a vertical set - assuming you'll ever do that again. Fortunately, I have an 05, 06, and another 07 in storage. But man, this is really, really good.

rabsten, Jan 24, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from a vertical tasting of '06-'08 Gratitude held at Bocktown tonight. Believe it or not, though I have been trading this brew (the '07) like it was my job...this was my first encounter with this brew. 4 oz samples (respectively) of each (but were poures into a snifter)...and the '08 was on tap. Though I have written over 500 reviews...I haven't had much experience with Barleywines (not really my thing) so my review will probably reflect that. So this review is on a 12 oz serving of Gratitude.

A- Body color is consistently a dark rusty amber hue. The '08 is nearly transparent...while the '06 is so cloudy its nearly opaque...and the '07 is somewhere in between. All 3 of these pour with a maximum of a one finger head. The '08 fades immediately and no collar or lacing is left behind in the glass. The '07 fades to a thin collar and the '06 retains a nice eggshell creamy white head. None leave any lacing behind in the glass.

S- The smell was mild on all three samples...what could be detected are barley, alcohol (most prominent in the '08 and least in the '07), and a spicy Belgian-like yeast strain (definitely most prominent in the '06 and barely noticeable in the '08).

T- The overall flavor of these is on the mild side and though they have similar characteristics you can definitely taste how much better this one is as it ages (not sure how much the recipe has changed over the years).
The '06 definitely highlights a big spicy yeast though a lot is going on with the fruity flavors (can't decipher particular fruits...though the balance is not on the dark or light side) and malt in the background...a bit of phenols do come through for the finish but nothing overwhelming...definitely the best of the 3.
The '07 follows the same flavor as the '06 but is milder in all respects though the fruity flavors may come through a little more.
The '08 is still very young and rich in phenols and barley. The fruit is hidden far in the background and the yeast is not spicy like in the other 2 brews...but is rather biscuity and somewhat obnoxious...not sure if this is a different yeast strain or if this is the freshness of the beer shining through.

M-The '06 is immaculate (would give it a 5) and is heavily carbonated but is very smooth, creamy, and full with soft yeast flavors.
The '07 is very good also...not as much carbonation and just a bit less smooth (would give a 4.5)
The '08 is rich in phenols and a different yeast flavor and heaviness and isn't anywhere near as good as the '06 and '07.

D- I'm not big into barleywines but this is an experience that I had to review. The '06 I found to be by far the best of the 3 (wish I could have had some '05...would love to try that...I guess the bottle at Bocktown was a teaser). The '07 was still good...and the '08 has a long way to go. Like I mentioned before...not sure about the recipe changes...but this is one you should definitely let age for at least 1 year+ before cracking open. This gets a 3.9 overall because it is an average of the 3 years...as they taste now...combined. Both the 06 and 07 probably would have received higher scores...while the '08 would be around 3.35-3.6...ish (at its current state in the aging process...after this is all the same beer).

PittBeerGirl, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008:

A - Murky brown in color with very little head that forms only around the edge of the glass. Scary but intriguing.

S - Very complex array of malty notes, raisin, and grape. I think I caught some grapefruit in there as well, and the alcohol isn't hiding either.

T - Very sweet beer. I could pick up flavors of rum, raisin, and plum. Some caramel was present but only slightly noticeable. Light hop bitterness. It also has some candied sugar-like characteristics to it.

M/D - Chewy, thick, and full bodied as a beer can be. This is a really great beer that I want to try again!

SirSketch, Jan 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle #84/600 poured into a snifter. Thanks to Jason (CrazyMacHarris99) for hooking me up with this rarity.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge three-finger off-white head that hangs around for ages and clings to glass as it fades to a small cap.

Aroma is dominated by the sweetness of molasses, toffee and caramel malts with only hints of citrus hops thrown in. The booze burns the nose ever so slightly after each whiff.

What's left of the hops hit up from in the taste with some faint orange and grapefruit before the formidable caramel malt base takes over with the help of dark fruits and brown sugar. Extremely sweet but with a slight hop dryness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky sweet with just enough carbonation to soften it and keep it from being too cloying.

This is definitely a great barleywine which leans more toward English than American. Highly recommended!

gford217, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insane return of DrJay tasting, day 3. Jay brought 2005-2007 vintages.

2005 - 4.9/5 Bottle #91/600

Pours a clear dark orange/coppery red, thin off white head forms, drops some lace spots and settles to a thick ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is amazing, very rich, tons of toffee, light pine, brown sugar, figs and raisins, more caramel, light earthiness, very insane rich, just amazing. Taste is similar, very rich and malty, tons of toffee, bread, brown sugar, maple, light citrus, more caramel, buttery oak, lots of fig and raisin, just perfect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, some warmth, insanely smooth and drinkable. Wow, best American barleywine ever.

2006 - 4.3/5 Bottle #587/1300

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring, nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, alcohol, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, quite fragrant, really nice and malty, some floral. Taste is nice too, brown sugar and toffee, very caramelized, some pine/grapefruit, raisins, very rich malts, bready, a lot rougher than the 2005. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, some heat. Definitely not as smooth as the 2005 but still a great barleywine.

2007 - 4.4/5 Bottle #1244/1500

Pours a clear dark orange/red, very thick off white head forms, drops to a solid layer, tons of lace on the glass, very nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, toffee, some pineapple, brown sugar, pine, butterscotch and oak, very rich, nice and malty. Taste is very rich, toasty up front, thick toffee, some brown sugar, gingerbread, some spicy alcohol, figs, an oaky/ash-like finish, slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, some warmth. Great barleywine as well, I found it better than the 06 but no where near the 05. Thanks a ton for these beers Jay!

Viggo, Jan 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

Great beer all-around. Not overly hoppy like most American BWs. Nice balance. Great roasted, nutty taste.

A: deep copper with red hues
S: caramelized sweet
T: like a well-aged, mellow English style BW, roasted, slightly cloying, good balance, chocolatey
M: smooth
D: very

wisrarebeer, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. I brought the 2005-07 vertical and we tried them all back to back.

2005: 4.5/5/5/5/5
Bottle 91/600. This beer poured a clear copper colour with a fine, beige collar and skim of tiny bubbles. What foam was there had great retention and there was a bit of sticky lace. The aroma was awesome, lots of malt complexity. Caramel and toffee were abundant, cracker and biscuit, bread crust, and sweet. Fruity notes were citrus, mostly oranges. Light alcohol. Moderate bitterness with a lot of the same malt character as the aroma - caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, but with a sugary, candy sweetness. Dried fruits, raisins, figs, and citrusy hops. There was a hint of cinnamon as well. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very refined texture, super smooth, with a bit of alcohol warmth. This was an excellent barleywine. Elegant and smooth, superbly balanced and surprisingly drinkable. My only regret is that I don't have another bottle.

2006: 5/4.5/4/4/4
Bottle 587/1300. Slighly hazed coppery red colour with a big yellow/beige cap. Fine bubbles formed thick, chunky lacing that showed great head retention. Caramel and toffee, biscuit aroma, dried fruit, raisin and fig, with a bit of alcohol. Really quite nice smelling. Moderate bitterness, some grain and candy sweetness, caramel, toffee, citrus, sweet finish. Light alcohol. Just more than medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and warm. This one's solid, but not as refined as the 2005. Time will tell if it reaches those heights.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4
Bottle 1244/1500. Clear coppery red with a fluffy beige cap. Lots of thick lace and great head retention. There was a little bit of citrusy hop aroma that combined well with the candy sugar and caramel notes. Some toffee, biscuit, and a bit of dark fruit, but not as much as the earlier vintages. Moderate bitterness with a lot of malt up front, caramel, sugar, and toasted malts. Orange notes and light alcohol mid-palate, along with raisins. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles. Quite smooth with mild warmth. This one's good now, but seems like it should end up like the 2005 given enough time. I'll probably let my remaining bottles sit for a while.

DrJay, Dec 28, 2008
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2.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light hazy orange color. Really thick - you can tell by just looking at it and seeing how slowly the bubbles rise. Tiny head. Beautiful bottle! They must have used too much of the wrong kind of wax on the cap - it was really difficult to get it off.
Smells like English barleywine - sweet prunes and alcohol. Tastes kind of like English barleywine only WHOA that aftertaste is just wrong. Spicy bubblegum. It's like they used T-58 to brew this. Bleh. No hops detected. Wet cardboard in there, too. Whoa.
Too thick, sweet, undercarbonated.

Suggestions if trying to make it American: mash a degree or two lower, use a different yeast, add a little color, pay more attention to splashing after fermentation, balance the sweetness with a lot of bitterness.
If trying to make it English: use a different yeast, pay more attention to splashing, add in small amounts of other grains to increase the complexity.

But, hey, the bottle, man, beautiful!

Edit: 2006 edition sampled end 2008. Who would have imagined that barleywines weren't meant to be aged?

charlesw, Dec 28, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005: 5/5/5/4.5/4.5 = 4.9
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with red wax. #91/600. sampled nov 29/08.

pours crystal clear deep red with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops fast but leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is excellent. big toffee and caramel. light alcohol. bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. light sweetness. this smells like heaven.

taste is amazing. medium bitterness level. caramel and toffee. bit of unrefined sugar. whole wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. this is a beer that has so much depth and complexity to hte malt profile that it's hard to capture. dark fruit, complex caramel, big malt, citrusy hops, and a big glass of amazing. the final sample poured from the bottle ended up with a bunch of yeast and came away with a big fruity component that i didn't expect but really enjoyed.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium carbonation level. slightly over medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. it doesn't get much better than this. near perfection on most aspects. great depth and a superbly complex and drinkable barleywine. just plain excellent. highlight of the day.

2006: 5/4.5/3.5/4/4 = 4.1
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with orange wax. #587/1300. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep reddish brown with a big yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves a huge thick sheet of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. has many aspects of the 2005, but a bit less refined and mellowed. a little rough around the edges.

taste is a bit more moddled. there's some fruit, malt, and caramel aspects, but not nearly as nice as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but next to the near perfection of the 2005 it just seems rough and uncouth. needs a little more time in the cellar.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4/3.5 = 4.15
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with yellow wax. #1244/1500. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep red-brown with a bit of haze. the yellow head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange. toffee. big bread and biscuit. nicer than the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

taste is good. sweet caramel and toffee. bread and biscuit malt. again, not as sloppy as the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, decent depth, but it's hard to compete with the 2005. with time i think this one will get there though.

grub, Dec 27, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me all three of these. I decided to go with oldest first and crack open the 2005. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark amber color with a good deal of haziness to it. Nice light head of off white rose up to about two inches at first, very lively, and then settled down to leave a mostly bare top throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of caramel malts here and a good bit of alcohol. Had a nice syrup like consistency and some biting spice on the tongue. Smooth as silk through with rich notes of candied sugar, earthy malts and a touch of warming alcohol. Delicate, smooth and perfectly aged, the balance was just a thing to behold. A big beer I could have sipped on for what would seem like forever, this was really a treat.

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, one of the best aged barley wines I have had in a vey long time. I would have no issue with getting this one again, and the best part is I still have a couple more years to tackle on it now.

mikesgroove, Dec 21, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown with ruby highlights. This is a complete malt bomb. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose and in the mouth as well. Not much, but enough to notice. Regardless, this is an incredibly smooth beer. Very big and full on the mouthfeel. A bit of hops on the finish. It's amazing that there are any hops to be found with the amount of malts that are in this beer.
This is a sipper to be sure. Good beer, great for this time of year. Thanks Shane.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 13, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget where I got this! (Oops) Shared with DrewOSU, Ftownthrowdown and pwoods last night. My bottle had no wax on the cap, strange...

Pours a thick orange/dark copper with a nice tan head with average retention.

Smells of a lightly spicy malt bomb, to be expected.

Slightly bitter/full flavored and medium to full bodied. Heavy malts, caramel and buttery mix.

Great, thick and hearty example of an American barley wine - worth a try!

beachbum1975, Dec 12, 2008
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2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Burgundy colored beer with a super thick, densely creamy head that lasts really well. Some nice elements in the nose (a touch of smoke, apple, grapefruit,) but it's mostly very unpleasant, shows a lot of oxidation, dullness and even a light manure note. Flavor is very dull and oxidized, with cardboard notes and a light note of manure. Has a pleasant caramel-like sweetness with some fruit notes. Not crazy about aged American barley wines as I think they tend to oxidize too quickly and this is another example that validates my opinion. Not enjoyable, basically a drainpour.

Crosling, Nov 18, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.

It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach I've ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming.

BigMcLargeHuge, Nov 17, 2008
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.