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

Added by beergeek279 on 12-23-2005

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.


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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of rabsten
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from a vertical tasting of '06-'08 Gratitude held at Bocktown tonight. Believe it or not, though I have been trading this brew (the '07) like it was my job...this was my first encounter with this brew. 4 oz samples (respectively) of each (but were poures into a snifter)...and the '08 was on tap. Though I have written over 500 reviews...I haven't had much experience with Barleywines (not really my thing) so my review will probably reflect that. So this review is on a 12 oz serving of Gratitude.

A- Body color is consistently a dark rusty amber hue. The '08 is nearly transparent...while the '06 is so cloudy its nearly opaque...and the '07 is somewhere in between. All 3 of these pour with a maximum of a one finger head. The '08 fades immediately and no collar or lacing is left behind in the glass. The '07 fades to a thin collar and the '06 retains a nice eggshell creamy white head. None leave any lacing behind in the glass.

S- The smell was mild on all three samples...what could be detected are barley, alcohol (most prominent in the '08 and least in the '07), and a spicy Belgian-like yeast strain (definitely most prominent in the '06 and barely noticeable in the '08).

T- The overall flavor of these is on the mild side and though they have similar characteristics you can definitely taste how much better this one is as it ages (not sure how much the recipe has changed over the years).
The '06 definitely highlights a big spicy yeast though a lot is going on with the fruity flavors (can't decipher particular fruits...though the balance is not on the dark or light side) and malt in the background...a bit of phenols do come through for the finish but nothing overwhelming...definitely the best of the 3.
The '07 follows the same flavor as the '06 but is milder in all respects though the fruity flavors may come through a little more.
The '08 is still very young and rich in phenols and barley. The fruit is hidden far in the background and the yeast is not spicy like in the other 2 brews...but is rather biscuity and somewhat obnoxious...not sure if this is a different yeast strain or if this is the freshness of the beer shining through.

M-The '06 is immaculate (would give it a 5) and is heavily carbonated but is very smooth, creamy, and full with soft yeast flavors.
The '07 is very good also...not as much carbonation and just a bit less smooth (would give a 4.5)
The '08 is rich in phenols and a different yeast flavor and heaviness and isn't anywhere near as good as the '06 and '07.

D- I'm not big into barleywines but this is an experience that I had to review. The '06 I found to be by far the best of the 3 (wish I could have had some '05...would love to try that...I guess the bottle at Bocktown was a teaser). The '07 was still good...and the '08 has a long way to go. Like I mentioned before...not sure about the recipe changes...but this is one you should definitely let age for at least 1 year+ before cracking open. This gets a 3.9 overall because it is an average of the 3 they taste now...combined. Both the 06 and 07 probably would have received higher scores...while the '08 would be around 3.35-3.6...ish (at its current state in the aging process...after this is all the same beer).

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Photo of SirSketch
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2008:

A - Murky brown in color with very little head that forms only around the edge of the glass. Scary but intriguing.

S - Very complex array of malty notes, raisin, and grape. I think I caught some grapefruit in there as well, and the alcohol isn't hiding either.

T - Very sweet beer. I could pick up flavors of rum, raisin, and plum. Some caramel was present but only slightly noticeable. Light hop bitterness. It also has some candied sugar-like characteristics to it.

M/D - Chewy, thick, and full bodied as a beer can be. This is a really great beer that I want to try again!

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle #84/600 poured into a snifter. Thanks to Jason (CrazyMacHarris99) for hooking me up with this rarity.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge three-finger off-white head that hangs around for ages and clings to glass as it fades to a small cap.

Aroma is dominated by the sweetness of molasses, toffee and caramel malts with only hints of citrus hops thrown in. The booze burns the nose ever so slightly after each whiff.

What's left of the hops hit up from in the taste with some faint orange and grapefruit before the formidable caramel malt base takes over with the help of dark fruits and brown sugar. Extremely sweet but with a slight hop dryness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky sweet with just enough carbonation to soften it and keep it from being too cloying.

This is definitely a great barleywine which leans more toward English than American. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Viggo
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Insane return of DrJay tasting, day 3. Jay brought 2005-2007 vintages.

2005 - 4.9/5 Bottle #91/600

Pours a clear dark orange/coppery red, thin off white head forms, drops some lace spots and settles to a thick ring around the glass, nice retention. Smell is amazing, very rich, tons of toffee, light pine, brown sugar, figs and raisins, more caramel, light earthiness, very insane rich, just amazing. Taste is similar, very rich and malty, tons of toffee, bread, brown sugar, maple, light citrus, more caramel, buttery oak, lots of fig and raisin, just perfect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, some warmth, insanely smooth and drinkable. Wow, best American barleywine ever.

2006 - 4.3/5 Bottle #587/1300

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring, nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, alcohol, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, quite fragrant, really nice and malty, some floral. Taste is nice too, brown sugar and toffee, very caramelized, some pine/grapefruit, raisins, very rich malts, bready, a lot rougher than the 2005. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, some heat. Definitely not as smooth as the 2005 but still a great barleywine.

2007 - 4.4/5 Bottle #1244/1500

Pours a clear dark orange/red, very thick off white head forms, drops to a solid layer, tons of lace on the glass, very nice retention. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, toffee, some pineapple, brown sugar, pine, butterscotch and oak, very rich, nice and malty. Taste is very rich, toasty up front, thick toffee, some brown sugar, gingerbread, some spicy alcohol, figs, an oaky/ash-like finish, slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, some warmth. Great barleywine as well, I found it better than the 06 but no where near the 05. Thanks a ton for these beers Jay!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

Great beer all-around. Not overly hoppy like most American BWs. Nice balance. Great roasted, nutty taste.

A: deep copper with red hues
S: caramelized sweet
T: like a well-aged, mellow English style BW, roasted, slightly cloying, good balance, chocolatey
M: smooth
D: very

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Photo of DrJay
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. I brought the 2005-07 vertical and we tried them all back to back.

2005: 4.5/5/5/5/5
Bottle 91/600. This beer poured a clear copper colour with a fine, beige collar and skim of tiny bubbles. What foam was there had great retention and there was a bit of sticky lace. The aroma was awesome, lots of malt complexity. Caramel and toffee were abundant, cracker and biscuit, bread crust, and sweet. Fruity notes were citrus, mostly oranges. Light alcohol. Moderate bitterness with a lot of the same malt character as the aroma - caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, but with a sugary, candy sweetness. Dried fruits, raisins, figs, and citrusy hops. There was a hint of cinnamon as well. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very refined texture, super smooth, with a bit of alcohol warmth. This was an excellent barleywine. Elegant and smooth, superbly balanced and surprisingly drinkable. My only regret is that I don't have another bottle.

2006: 5/4.5/4/4/4
Bottle 587/1300. Slighly hazed coppery red colour with a big yellow/beige cap. Fine bubbles formed thick, chunky lacing that showed great head retention. Caramel and toffee, biscuit aroma, dried fruit, raisin and fig, with a bit of alcohol. Really quite nice smelling. Moderate bitterness, some grain and candy sweetness, caramel, toffee, citrus, sweet finish. Light alcohol. Just more than medium bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and warm. This one's solid, but not as refined as the 2005. Time will tell if it reaches those heights.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4
Bottle 1244/1500. Clear coppery red with a fluffy beige cap. Lots of thick lace and great head retention. There was a little bit of citrusy hop aroma that combined well with the candy sugar and caramel notes. Some toffee, biscuit, and a bit of dark fruit, but not as much as the earlier vintages. Moderate bitterness with a lot of malt up front, caramel, sugar, and toasted malts. Orange notes and light alcohol mid-palate, along with raisins. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles. Quite smooth with mild warmth. This one's good now, but seems like it should end up like the 2005 given enough time. I'll probably let my remaining bottles sit for a while.

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Photo of charlesw
2.35/5  rDev -45.1%
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 grub
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005: 5/5/5/4.5/4.5 = 4.9
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with red wax. #91/600. sampled nov 29/08.

pours crystal clear deep red with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops fast but leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is excellent. big toffee and caramel. light alcohol. bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. light sweetness. this smells like heaven.

taste is amazing. medium bitterness level. caramel and toffee. bit of unrefined sugar. whole wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. this is a beer that has so much depth and complexity to hte malt profile that it's hard to capture. dark fruit, complex caramel, big malt, citrusy hops, and a big glass of amazing. the final sample poured from the bottle ended up with a bunch of yeast and came away with a big fruity component that i didn't expect but really enjoyed.

mouthfeel is great. just under medium carbonation level. slightly over medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. it doesn't get much better than this. near perfection on most aspects. great depth and a superbly complex and drinkable barleywine. just plain excellent. highlight of the day.

2006: 5/4.5/3.5/4/4 = 4.1
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with orange wax. #587/1300. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep reddish brown with a big yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves a huge thick sheet of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. has many aspects of the 2005, but a bit less refined and mellowed. a little rough around the edges.

taste is a bit more moddled. there's some fruit, malt, and caramel aspects, but not nearly as nice as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but next to the near perfection of the 2005 it just seems rough and uncouth. needs a little more time in the cellar.

2007: 4.5/4.5/4/4/3.5 = 4.15
2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. DrJay contributed the 2005-2007 vertical. huge thanks jay!

750ml bottle wrapped in a paper mache label and topped with yellow wax. #1244/1500. sampled nov 29/08.

pours deep red-brown with a bit of haze. the yellow head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit. orange. toffee. big bread and biscuit. nicer than the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

taste is good. sweet caramel and toffee. bread and biscuit malt. again, not as sloppy as the 2006, but not as amazing as the 2005.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, decent depth, but it's hard to compete with the 2005. with time i think this one will get there though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me all three of these. I decided to go with oldest first and crack open the 2005. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark amber color with a good deal of haziness to it. Nice light head of off white rose up to about two inches at first, very lively, and then settled down to leave a mostly bare top throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was very sweet, lots of caramel malts here and a good bit of alcohol. Had a nice syrup like consistency and some biting spice on the tongue. Smooth as silk through with rich notes of candied sugar, earthy malts and a touch of warming alcohol. Delicate, smooth and perfectly aged, the balance was just a thing to behold. A big beer I could have sipped on for what would seem like forever, this was really a treat.

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, one of the best aged barley wines I have had in a vey long time. I would have no issue with getting this one again, and the best part is I still have a couple more years to tackle on it now.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Beachbum1975.
Pours brown with ruby highlights. This is a complete malt bomb. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose and in the mouth as well. Not much, but enough to notice. Regardless, this is an incredibly smooth beer. Very big and full on the mouthfeel. A bit of hops on the finish. It's amazing that there are any hops to be found with the amount of malts that are in this beer.
This is a sipper to be sure. Good beer, great for this time of year. Thanks Shane.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of Crosling
2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
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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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.

It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach I've ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark amber, murky, small off white head reduces quickly to ring. Sudsy small lacing. Cascading bubbles around rim.

S - Geez Louise! Smack in the face with candied yams, caramel, brown sugar, booze and sweet malt. Incredible.

T - Even better. Thick caramel oozing, brown sugar mixed in, crazy volume of flavor.

M - Heavy, coating, creamy, mostly balanced. Only wish a little more carb and bite at the end.

D - Delicious, but ugly in quantity, I would bet.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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 barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I managed to acquire this while on a work trip! glad I did.

A - rich reddish brown color, crystal clear with a light kahki head that settles to a touch of foam around the edges of the glass.

S - rich caramel malts, ripe fruits, subtle abv warmth.

T - sweet caramel malts swirled with figs, ripe fruit, hints of toffee and a light warming note.

M - full bodied, smooth carbonation, silky sipping beer

D - a heck of a nice sipping beer! Mellow, smooth and rewarding.

I'd call this an english barleywine over american. I also liked this much more than last years version. If I could I'd buy a case and enjoy over the coming years. Well worth picking up if you get a chance.

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Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent amber hue with a frothy, off white, 2 finger head.

S- Smells of mixed light fruits, apricot, sweet, brown sugar, spicy.

T- Tastes deeply of caramel, sweet, very full with almost a syrupy quality.

M- Very thick with minimal carbonation.

D- This is an excellent sipper. It was a little thick for me but the smell alone was absolutely mesmerizing.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon the first pour, a clear and vibrant amber with shades of rusty red. Lovely carbonation and a beautiful head that caps it off with amazing retention. Hell, the bottle alone deserves a high appearance score. It was hard to open but I'm glad I did.

Seductive scents for sure. Lots of sweetness abound with a rich malt presence. Brown sugar, caramel and toffee soaked in a syrupy honey glaze. Some fruity scents including pear and apple. Not much of a hop presence noted here.

Taste is all kinds of wonderful as well. Amazingly, it's not as thick as I had anticipated with all the malt in the nose. Excellent fruit combined with the sweetness of the malt make a perfect combo. Aside from the incredible complexity and taste of the malt, hops do become a bit more noticeable, though I'm sure they've faded quite a bit. A light pine is present but then, ahhhh! A lovely peachy citrus comes through that I just can't get enough of. This is some seriously good stuff.

In the mouth it's full and has a definite warming sensation. At the same time, I can't say this is boozy at all. Such a lovely texture that isn't cloying or syrupy. Just the right amount of bitterness is left behind for the finish and the carbonation makes this sublime feeling.

This is a big brew, though it's one that I could sip for hours on end. Each sip provides similar flavors but it seems that you can pick up more as you go. I didn't want this experience to end and regret that it did. Still, I'm extremely thankful I had the chance to try this one. It lived up to the HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! and then some.

A huge, enormous thank you to Erik for providing me a bottle of this, you are a BA's BA my friend.

EDIT: I noticed I had one fewer rating and thus, Gratitude has been consolidated into one beer. This review is for the 2005, which is my favorite. Shiest!

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 631 ratings.
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