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:
639
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
790
Gots:
161
For Trade:
30
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Ratings: 639 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of OleDixie
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In review is a 2013 (Violet) vintage:

A - Hazy dark amber color with a creamy, bubbly/soapy thick ring, thick legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Toasted toffee and roasted caramel aroma permeates the nose with some vanilla.

T - Toasted caramel, toffee, and some light/delicate sweet floral, mild lingering mild floral bitterness (some citrus bitterness mixed in but buried.)

M - Full body, thick, viscous, sticky on the lips.

O - This beer is outstanding. Wish I lived closer to Pittsburgh to buy this on an annual basis.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VanTango
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrJuengling
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mounty4Life
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 >2012 2015 >than all don't age it's better fresh!

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Photo of Tertullian007
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mar02x
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of w5baron
2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Jstonerock24
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roze
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevBot89
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. No bottle date that I can locate but I've had this for over a year at least.

Pours viscous and caramel in color. Head is sudsy with a creamy quality and leaves a wall of lace as it recedes and a thick film over the dark brown, almost plum-skinned body. 5

Sweet and fruity aroma... Caramel, raisin and date. Light hop aroma injects some floral notes. Strong vanilla notes too. Pretty straightforward and attractive, but that also means it's lacking some of the depth or wealth of flavors I look for in this style. Still, very nice to the nose. 4

Love the fruity flavor that reaches me. It's kind of jammy and berry-like more than the expected raisin/fig/date trio. Tons of rich caramel, brown sugar, and there's even a citrusy, orange peel streak that takes this into fruitcake territory. Develops more of a grape flavor as it warms. Very nice but my one complaint is the perfume-y hop character that would be better if it receded. 4

There's an interesting battle between creamy, sweet, rich, and a touch zesty and the more floral, perfume-like feel that reminds me a lot of the Bigfoot that preceded this beer. I didn't check the ABV on this but whatever it is it's well hidden. 4.25

Though this is my first time trying this beer, I almost wish I'd given this a couple more years. Having said that, it's still a damn good beer and drinks just fine with a year-plus on it.

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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