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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 783
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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 beertooth
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil for bringing this over yesterday.
2008 green waxed bottle #686

This beer pours a cloudy caramel with no head and a lot of yeast bits floating around.

The nose is a little oxidized. I'm getting some caramel covered raisins, some slight hop spice, and burnt toffee.

The taste is on par with the nose. It's fruity and spicy, but there are hints of cardboard from the oxidization. More caramel, dates, prunes, and some alcohol is also present.

The mouthfeel hurt this beer. It needed more body and a little more carbonation.

I was happy for the chance to try this, but one glass was more than enough.

beertooth, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2005 drinkin May 2010, rating based off of this review.

A-clear orange color that glows, notes of pink on the edges, off white tight head with some bubbles on the top leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is huge, maple syrup, piney, caramel, cooked brown sugar, the focus transitions to delicious ripe fruits, hints of booze, cherries, plums, candied oranges. glorious nose!

T-the flavor is also huge, sweet, piney forrest, a little earthy, maple syrup flavors, there is a floral aspect with a nice fruity sweetness, plums, raisins, candied orange, and airy.

M-huge, full bodied, syrupy, smooth and creamy on the palate, plenty of carbonation left to balance.

D-so tasty and huge, amazing flavors and put up next to some big names (07 BA Old Numbskull and Perfect Storm). This was clearly the best of the bunch and one outstanding beer!

***

yellow wax, 07 batch drinkin 12/26/2009

A-pours a beautiful hazy liquid that is a brownish ruby color that has a thick white head that leaves a decent lacing on the glass

S-big nose of sweet caramel malts, some brown sugar, dark fruits of raisin, prunes, and plums. it has a light note of alcohol at the finish of the aroma

T-sweet dark fruits come in first, the plum and prune show through with a touch of raisin and a melow caramel malt. it also brings a touch of sweet dark cherry that fades in towards the finish

M-extremely smooth and silky with a medium body on the fuller side of medium and a low level of carbonation to keep it feeling nice and smooth as it goes down

D-the alcohol must have mellowed through the aging is it is extremely well hidden, huge tastes and nicely sweetened with an amazing mouthfeel make me want to keep drinking!

cpetrone84, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of davod23
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 edition, poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Nice pour. Deep red-amber color, pretty thick pour, with a very large billowing off-white head that takes a few seconds to form. Cascading carbonation is evident with a tilt of the glass. Very nice looking barleywine.

Smell is quite good, though perhaps more subtle than I expect from an American Barleywine. Sweet, sugary aromas emanate from the brew, including brown sugar, toffee, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of light molasses. Hop presence is virtually zero.

Ahh, this is good stuff. Quite sweet, but not cloying - which is what I hoped for. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee... this is candy in a glass. Some nuttiness, I believe it might be almond. Some hints at plum... maybe a hint of mango? Very nice.

Mouthfeel is superb. Sticky, chewy, viscous. Beautiful.

Drinkability: For the style, this is as drinkable as humanly possible. I just polished off the whole bottle myself without any trouble whatsoever. It was just as much a pleasure on the last sip as the first.

Excellent beer.

davod23, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dyan for a great trade. Figured I'd break this out tonight since the thermometer is dropping and it's supposed to start snowing.

Yellow wax - I believe that's 2007? Pours a beautiful hazy caramel without a ton of head, but plenty of lacing to let you know this is amply carbonated. Fantastic smell and taste - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, slight notes of aged hops. This is a very sweet, thick-bodied beer. A mammoth barleywine. A meal in a bottle. Big, rich, sweet, not too much hops - my kind of beverage. The high ABV and sweet, thick body will ding drinkability for some, but I think it's great, especially on a cold winter night.

waltonc, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow wax...2007 #566/1500 on Thanksgiving 2009. Perfect pour into my Brooklyn snifter- cascading 3 fingers of beige froth chesnut brown in appearance. After a few sips, wonderful spotted lacing with a nice beige ring throughout.
Aroma of nutmeg, molasses, old vine cherries, vintage port wine.
Mollassey hoppy up front with some prune kicked in. Dry and nutty quite the warmer. Subtle vinous and cinnamon...deeply complex. 2nd pour solidified my earlier observation- this is a genuine American Barleywine. Warming, blended to perfection.

I don't give 5's put often, but goddamm. I've drank a lot of Barleywine, and it can't get much better than this. Praise Marty Moose- Holy Shit!

RustyDiamond, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

Pours a turbid brown color with a few bubbles that could hardly be considered a head.

Scent of strong caramel, faint grassy hops, sweet fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Smells more like an English Barleywine than an American one, but it is still pleasant.

Taste of caramel, faint, but sharp hops, a hint of dry oak and some alcohol in the finish. I was expecting much more from this, which is probably why I find this a bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with a small bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from FreightTrain, cheers Jacob! Review based on notes, bottle 286/700

Pours brown/chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Murks up a bit at the bottom of the bottle, minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Fruitty & oaky, plums come to fronts as this warms, as well as leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, orange slices & oakyness up front. Leafy hops & fruittyness dominate as this warms, plus dryness & dark fruit. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Pretty darn chewy with low carbonation

Drank fairly well, this failed to wow me as an ABW, not enough hops presence to satisfy me, still pretty good

russpowell, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of the 2008, I still have one in the cellar to try in a couple years. By the looks of things, it should be phenomenal at that point.

A: Pours a brown with a strong ruby hue. There seems to be almost no carbonation at all. There is a thin film of bubbles that doesn't even cover the entire surface of the beer. Somehow, though, this beer still manages to give me a little bit of lace.

S: A HUGE rich and malty sweetness flows out of my glass into my nostrils. There are notes of caramel and candied sugars, as well as some sweet candied almost fermented fruity aromas. This one is really a noseful.

T: Wow, the smell gives a very nice picture of what this beer has to offer. I had expected a nice hoppy barleywine, but this is nothing of the sort...not that that is a bad thing. The caramel malty sweetness of this beer is striking. There are sweet candied notes of fermenting fruits. Seems almost more like an English Barleywine, given the fruity and malty characters.

M/D: I don't really know where else this beer can go, even with some age on it. The mouthfeel is sticky, resinous, and thick. The carbonation is low, and the alcohol content is imperceptible. I don't understand how much more this could possibly mellow, but I can say for sure that the one I am aging will be phenomenal.

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing the bottle. Yellow wax, which I believe is '07.

750ml paper wrapped bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a rawny orange. Solid head forms and holds nicely. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of alcohol. Maple syrup and sweet toffee. Plums.

T/M: Lots of alcoholic dark fruits. Definitely plums. A touch of tart fruitiness. Very phenolic. Hops add a touch of citrus and an aged bitterness. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: Big ABV and definitely a slow sipper. I like it a lot, though.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing a bottle of the 2008 version at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a bright copper brown with a small head.

ST: Lots of sweetness coming through with a little bit of hops coming on near the end--more of an English Barleywine, at least at this age. There are also some candied sugars, brown sugar, and a tad of caramel.

M: Pretty thick for the style, but not overly so. Quite a bit of alcohol.

D: Fairly drinkable, but a little much overall. A very good barleywine, and one I'll definitely seek out again.

Thorpe429, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006

rusty muddy deep dark brown
cinnamon sugar, toffee crown

Rich and malty, very sweet
this barley wine, she can't be beat.

Taste is malty, fruity too
wait until the abv sneaks up on you

Mouthfeel sweet, but there is no cloy
Suitable for a girl or a boy

Drinkability is really grand
for the abv in barley wine land

francisweizen, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008

A: Dark ruddy brown with a slight khaki brown cap. Fairly decent retention. Slight lacing.

S: Rich brown sugar and roasted/toasted caramel leaves a sweet impression. Some slight fruit (maybe raisin and fig?).

T: Amped up malty sweetness. You can almost feel the sticky caramel and brown sugar. Again, some dark fruits run underneath the sweetness. Slight alcohol presence, but nothing that negatively impacts the flavor.

M: A little light on the carbonation for my liking. Thick and somewhat oily on the tongue.

D: Fairly good. A little to sweet for me to want to polish off a bottle by myself.

callmemickey, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with an amber hue. There is a slowly developing cascade that forms about a half finger of head and was really nice to watch...too bad I was busy fishing around the glass for the wax shards I accidentally dropped in it :(

Smell is caramel, floral hops, hints of chocolate and toffee, and rich dark fruit. Pretty much exactly what I expect a good barleywine to smell like.

The taste, on the other hand, is above and beyond what I consider "good." This is damn near amazing. Very smooth caramel/toffee/chocolate flavor, the dark fruits are there but don't bog it down with excessive sweetness. Steadily improves as it warms, as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with lower levels of carbonation but still enough to splash the tongue...just how it should be.

This is a fantastic beer, definitely one of the best barleywines I've had. The brewery does not recommend drinking this fresh, so I am very curious to see what time will do to this bottle conditioned beauty....I guess I'm going to have to get more bottles!

alcstradamus, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The green wax 2008 vintage poured into a six ouce tasting glass. If I recall correctly, the bottle was 652/700, but I pitched it already and can't quite remember. Learned a little lesson about cellaring paper covered bottles in damp areas today though when it came out of the basement completely covered in mold...that being said, it didn't affect the beer any.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown into my glass with a small tan cap. Looks quite thick and sticky. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but certainly enough for the style. The head actually sticks around for the entire duration of the drink (6 oz. initially, followed by another 2 oz.) and a good deal of lacing is left in the glass as well.

Smell- Oooh boy, this one smells sweet, but in a good way. A whole hell of a lot of caramel and brown sugar in the nose along with some sweet smelling candy fruit as well. Reminds me on the whole a little bit of spiced rum. Despite the overwhelming sweetness, I find the nose to be quite pleasant with the touch of fruitiness and sugar sweetness. Almost like a candied apple or a fruitcake.

Taste- The sweetness hits you right up front on this one. Almost no hops but a whole lot of caramel malt. Rounded out with a subtle spiciness and hint of dark fruit. Pretty much no alcohol burn whatsoever (makes sense given the level of sweetness). I'm really digging this, goes down really smooth and just enough complexity and spice to round out the sweetness. Not much like other barleywines I've had, but impresses me nonetheless.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I can't say a whole lot about the mouthfeel of this one other than it was about on par for what I'm used to with the style. Very thick and syrupy and easily coats the mouth, with just enough carbonation to keep it going down easily. I found it also to really have an impressive level of drinkability for its level of sweetness and the style, I think given how smooth it was and the lack of alcohol bite.

Overall, I really liked this and hope to pick up another bottle and perhaps the '07 vintage as well before I head out of the Pennsylvania area. Highly recommended.

boatshoes, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shuggy!

Pours a ruddy, kind of unfiltered looking brown. Small tan head that quickly vanishes.

Smells ... sweet. There's some brown sugar, some candied fruits, maybe some dates ... and caramel with sugar.

The flavor is uber-sweet. Whoa. This is an American Barleywine? Very little hop content, and what there is, is more on the sweet citrus side than anything else. Brown sugar, candied fruits, just plain ol' dark fruits, almost a sort of oxidized (should a beer this young be oxidized?) rum, sugarized caramel, a hint of pancake batter with syrup ... it is sugary.

Syrupy mouthfeel.

Not too sure what I thought of it, actually. It is so sweet and complexit almost makes me think of a Belgian quad moreso than a barleywine, though maybe it's just the lingering effects of the sugar talking. Took a good few hours of zombie killing in Left 4 Dead to work through the bottle. The oxidation and hints of wet cardboard were a bit offputting.

Overlord, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with orange wax acquired in my first trade with hoppymeal over a year ago, 2006 vintage, bottle #583/1,300, shared at the Xmas in July last weekend with Carlos, Dyan, Chris, Shane, Scott, Eric, and a few others, poured into my Stone sampling glass, reviewed from notes on my phone, color is a dark red mixed with medium brown, one inch creamy light tan head that stands its ground, not much lacing, aroma consists of toffee, caramel, sweet malts, booze, dates, raisins, candied sugar, and pound cake, flavor starts off with caramel and sweetness from the very beginning, more rich malts in the middle with a slight bit of oxidization, spicy booze mixed with sweet dark fruits in the finish, served almost at room temperature so it did not have change much, sweet, boozy, and malty mouthfeel, full bodied, soft to moderate carbonation, taste lingers for a long time, smooth while being pretty sweet, high in alcohol and not all of it is hidden, but its drink well for its strength, even went down pretty easily outside on a hot summer day, quite good barleywine overall, this stuff seems to have aged wonderfully, had the 2007 with yellow wax and a different bird on the label a few weeks before but this vintage was superior, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green wax sealed 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Very extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the awesome hook-up!

Bottle # 640/700 2008 vintage-hand numbered and signed by Scott

A: Pours a slippery and viscous, dark-caramel brown with a thin little wafer of light brown head on top that leaves small specks of lace in the glass.

S: Strong aromas of sweet caramel apples, rum-steeped raisins, maple, brown sugar/molassas, and milk chocolate covered nuts. Sweet boozy aroma.

T: Spiced caramel apples, tart cherries, booze soaked dark fruit, spices, and sweet sticky caramel.

M: A bit of alcohol burn in the finish is overwhelmed by the sweet and spicy fruitiness going on in the beginning and middle. Sweet, slick, and not very hoppy. Awesome.

D: 11.4%? No way! This drank smoother and easier than a beer 1/2 the strength. So sweet with tantilizing layers of fruit, melty caramel, dry spices, and subtle booziness. Incredible!

GbVDave, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a rocky beige head that spots the chalice with lace

Smell: Caramel dominant, but a lot of citrus and other fruit flavors underneath - nectarine, pineapple, strawberry and, I do believe, a hint of almond

Taste: The fruit and caramel flavors joust from the outset, with the prickly citrus flavors dominating by mid-palate; all of the flavor in the aroma arrives on the palate, along with some burning alcohol after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The bold flavors and the alcohol limit the drinkability a tad, particularly on the finish, although I suspect that some age will address this problem

brentk56, Jul 25, 2009
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
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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
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.