Gratitude - East End Brewing Company
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Ratings: 493 | Reviews: 225 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle from cparles.
From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 806 of 1600
APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Deep burnt orange or mahogany in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking barleywine.
SMELL: Lots of caramel, honey and toffee, red fruits, berries and sweet red apples on the nose. Some citrus hops as well, with grapefruit and lemon notes. Bold and enticing, advertising lots of sweetness.
TASTE: Caramel, toffee and honey sweetness up front, with some nice red fruits, apples and berries as well. Complex with lots of sweet malts up front. Big flavors after the swallow as well, with more sweetness and red fruit flavors, some citrus and lemon hop bitterness, as well as some spicy alcohol lingering on the palate. Good balance between sweet malts up front, bitterness and boozy alcohol after the swallow. It's still too hot, unfortunately, but the flavors are there.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Some solid heat lingers.
OVERALL: This is really, really good. It's very complex and the cooperation between the sweet malts, bitter hops and boozy alcohol works very well together. Although it doesn't get in the way per se, it's still quite hot at the moment, so giving it some time might be a good idea. I'd like to get another bottle to sit on for a couple years, or even just get an older bottle of this to try out. Probably 3-4 years would be the sweet spot. Cheers again cparles. This was great.
02-01-2014 20:31:10 | More by Jeffo
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours a dark red with some brown. Quite cloudy. Tall, dense and thick dark tan head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Pretty substantial thick and dense chunks of lacing.
S: Loaded with dark fruits. Loads and loads of raisins primarily. Some dates and prunes too. Typical dried dark fruit aroma. Big heavy bread malts. Hints of brown sugar dance in and out when swirled.
T: Oh yeah, some decent hoppiness up front. Was not expecting that. Citrusy, primarily orange with some grapefruit I'd say. Heavy dark fruits again, primarily raisin. Heavy heavy liquid bread maltiness with lots of stale crust flavor. Minor hit of bitterness in the finish with bursts of citrus. Lingering grainy breadiness, toffee and hop bitterness, leaving this almost dry in a way.
M: Heavy, borderline syrupy. Medium to low carbonation.
O: Nice mildly hoppy barleywine. Great layers of complexity that are quite well balanced. Big and heavy without being too sweet or boozy. Though some barrel aging would certainly accentuate this one, I think. Still delicious, any way you slice it.
01-27-2014 03:02:42 | More by Dope
Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.