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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 792
Gots: 132 | FT: 14
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 paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  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.

Photo of pwoods
4.37/5  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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of boatshoes
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  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

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -29.4%
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...

Photo of coldmeat23
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of rabsten
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.