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Gratitude | East End Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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
2014 - red wax, label made to look like paper

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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 249
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jlflorance for BIF-ing this to me!!!

From what I know, Gratitute wouldn't carbonate in the bottle, twice, so this is a force carbed growler pour. Epic.

Dark hazy orange, light head, Aroma of juicy fruits, caramel, sugar plums, baked molasses,

Taste is sweet and sugary, caramel, butter bread, sweet fruits, plums, dates.

Creamy, slick, and oily. Fully bodied and filling.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage (violet wax) poured into my Great Lakes 25th Anniversary hybrid tulip...

A. Pours an extremely sexy copper with bit of summery haze. Head is robust. About two fingers of light khaki head that settles to a half finger. The suds are thick, creamy, leaving a consistent, tight coating along the glass. One of the prettier and creamier heads I've seen in some time. Beautiful beer.

S. Brown sugar, molasses, cherry, orange zest, burnt caramel. Hops notes are there...slightly citrusy and piney...but faint. This is a highly refined nose for an American Barleywine...the fruit and caramelized sugar is most apparent, while hops take a back seat. Smells like a hearty, thick, loaf of nut bread. Really nice.

T. Opens with cherry, grape, caramel, and brown sugar. Then notes of toffee and hints of pine. Finish is a toasted caramel sweetness tempered with drying hops. Wow.

M. Carb is light-moderate and the body is full, complex, and very creamy. It's on the sweeter side, but what a showcase in malt. It has a thickish mouthfeel, with big biscuit and toasted dough notes blended with stone fruits.

O. One of the best American Barleywines I have had. Easily the best non-barrel aged example of the style. An excellent balance of sweetness, drying hops, and booze. Amazing mouthfeel. Very complex and worthy of its praise. Outstanding.

P.S. The bottle presentation is the best I've ever seen. Truly a work of art. Sorry to see they won't be packaging it like this anymore, but happy to have a few vintages in my cellar to admire and enjoy.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, shared by me at Greg's epic Wall St. tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours an unimpressive rusty brown, with a head that recedes quickly to a light tan collar. Not expecting much after the initial pour.

S - WHOA! I can't believe this beer has been sitting in the East End cellar for 2 years. This brew is surprisingly fruit forward (dare I say strawberries!?!?!), especially for the style. Loads of slightly sweet roasty malts in the back. The best smelling barleywine I've ever had, hands down.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee from the caramelized light malts. Ends quite hoppy and a tad boozy.

M - perhaps a bit over-carbonated, even after all this time. Hurts the indulgence of the flavor a bit.

D - Very drinkable for an English style barleywine. Overall a great brew. Thanks from all to Stigs!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy ruby hued amber brown with a creme head.

Nose is chalky and fruity.

Flavor is amazing. Smooth sweet tones. Nice dark sugars and dark fruits. A smooth caramelized bundle o' joy. A touch of alcohol, but this one is young yet and I imagine it will fade away over time.

Feel is perfect. Smooth on liquid and a carbonation that is low but still strong enough to withstand some aging.

This beer. This beer is amazing. I fully intend to go to the '08 release and hold all persons hostage with a rubber band gun so that I may steal whatever '05s are in the cellar. I will then proceed to drink them. Hopefully they'll let me out of prison by the '09 release. Absolutely stunning.

Hey J.W. Lees and Thomas Hardy! Suck on this one!

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Photo of BeerRay
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006-Orange Wax

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a tawny dark amber, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like toasted bread, caramel, tobacco, piney hops, orange jam, and toffee. Certainly a lot going on here.

This tastes much the same as the aroma. As its a bottle of the most recent vintage, there is some hop character here. It allows for a bit of bitterness to match the sweet barleywine characteristics. The hops provide some pine bitterness, maybe a bit of earthy tea, and some orange. The malt backbone is the real star though, nice caramel, tobacco, toffee, chocolate, and toast features here, deep and rich.

This has a good level of carbonation for the style, present but not overwhelming, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A top tier barleywine that coaxes awesome flavors out with no barrel work.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Benish
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple waxed bottle.

Appearance: opaque light brown. No head present. It's really nothing outlandish; it's very simple and straight forward.

Smell: Ton of vanilla, dark fruits, and some ripe bananas. Also a touch of oak. Very sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow, it's so delicious. It starts out really sweet and mellow; some bitterness just gradually comes in but nothing too aggressive. Tasted notes of vanilla, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness. This really is outstanding, it's such a simple barleywine that doesn't over complicate things. But what really blew me away is it's sweetness. It's sweetness was concocted so well yet it's not cloying.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and silky with minimal carbonation

Overall: this is outstanding. It's not a complicated barleywine; instead its simple, sweet, and mellow.

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Photo of w5baron
2/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 310 out of 600. Finally got to try this beer had it since last
Oct. The WVbeergeek talked his way into it at the Map Room in Swissvale on one of our beer trips.

Came in a brown wrapper felt like it had a wax coating of some sort on it. A 1pt. 9.3oz bottle with a crimped cap with a tough wax seal looked the the stuff you dip tool handles into and about as tough. Split it with the WVbeergeek into a Mad Elf Tulip glass. Sorry about the Troegs glass Scott they just barely edged you out of 30th place in the top BA brewery list.

Poured with a reddish/orange color under on hurricane lamp on the deck looked about the same inside the house,very mirky had a cider like apperance with lots of sediment could see a few very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass. Off white head very thick and creamy with an allmost never die retention leaving thick curtians of lace down the glass.

Very sweet burnt carmell aroma,complex with lots of fruityness mostly dark fruits figs and raisins with a hint of apple. A slight tinge of alcohol,some vinious aromas,also spicy with a note of nutmeg. Inticing couldn't wait to taste.

A very sweet, sugary, heavy carmel taste like in the aroma, lots of dark fruit figs/dates a touch of raisin. Vinious with a juicy booziness but enjoyable not overbearing. Has a quick sharp bitterness,puckering, very well balanced. Very complex tastes almost hard to describe. Seemed to taste a bit different with ever sip. The best tasing barleywine i've had so far.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Thick with some cloying,yet still has a somewhat light feel. Goes down nice,but a definate sipper. Amazing beer wish I had more of this beer stashed away.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Review from notes.

Poured into a miniature snifter. Pours a burnt umber with minimal eggshell/tan head that quickly dissipated.

The nose is pretty subdued on this brew. I allowed it to warm up and yet still not a whole lot going on. Some caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Smells very sweet.

The taste is really nicely balanced with the toffee and caramels notes dancing around the bourbon flavors. Really enjoyable and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and thick; just what I'd want out of this beer. Nice.

Overall, I was happy to be able to try this one. It didn't quite live up to the expectations I had built up in my head but still, a very nice beer. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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