Gratitude | East End Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

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

Added by beergeek279 on 12-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
642
Reviews:
245
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.6%
 
 
Wants:
793
Gots:
161
For Trade:
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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

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

Photo of charlesw
2.35/5  rDev -45%
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?

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Photo of groetman
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of Crosling
2.55/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of OleDixie
2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -29%
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...

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3.17/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

At the Brazenhead 20th ann cask fest..

A- Pours a nearly flat looking garnet mahogany brown. There is a ring of large bubbles that are popping and quickly disappearing. Looks unimpressive at best. let's hope for more on the rest.

S- man this is not going well, I get a light touch of madera, cherry sweetness. but that is me swirling and getting my nose 2mm from the beer and inhaling long and steady...i mean I am really trying here.

T- OK we got something here, some rich sherry & faint cherry, caramel sweetness, with a close tannic bitterness bite....with a lingering chewy sweetness.

M- I am afraid that this cask has been tapped for a while, as there is 0 carb going on. Otherwise a medium-full bodied beer with some lingering chewiness.

D- I feel as this is a poor example of this beer as I had the opportunity to have a battle of this brew w/ DoggNate back in the day...the only reason I remember is the paperwrapped bottle... luckily I remember enjoying it much more then...despite my harsh ratings...this is a good beer... just not here & today.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Poured into a snifter. This was the 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with no head.

Smell: Very sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes. There is a mild unpleasant smell that reminds me of sweat.

Taste: Very sweet with lots of caramel flavor and some dark fruit. There is some warm alcohol, but it is quite smooth. The sweat from the smell doesn't show up at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick. There is no carbonation and the finish is a bit chalky.

Overall: I was pretty underwhelmed by this one. It is a good beer, but It didn't live up to the hype for me. The smell was a bit weird.

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Photo of Kayaker
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rden4654
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Roze
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 blue wax vintage

Poured this into my snifter

The appearance was that of an amber color with a tan one and a half inch head. Great head retention that leaves a small island in the middle and scattered lacing.

Aroma consist of all malts here with the likes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cedar, plums, dates, oak, vanilla, cherries, raisins and baked brown bread.

The taste starts off with a slightly tart acidic sweet taste with the likes of candi sugar and caramel. Following is a dark fruit taste with cherries, dates and plums and finishes with toffee and a dose of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth for quite a while.

Overall I thought this beer was a little too much on the tart sweet side and I have tasted better barleywines.

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3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, badass packaging. Unique and interesting, this beer looks well loved.
Looks like a burnt toffee orange, almost red. Bubbles peppered around with good lacing, not much head.

Orange, subdued hops. Not too strong.

Grapefruity hops, hints of caramel.

Light and crisp mouthfeel. 11.5 is a surprise. Sticky finish

Good barleywine. Nothing outstanding, i'll age one and see what happens.

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 642 ratings.
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