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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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 636
Photo of spicelab
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with massive props to MrKennedy. Shared 2005 and 2010 version at same tasting with MrKennedy and mulder1010. This review is for the 2005, which was far superior.

Pours an impressively turbid mahogany amber with a moderate beige head that falls with minimal fuss to a collar.

The ageing has worked wonders here, as the nose is amazingly smooth, mellow and integrated. Strawberry jam, slightly tart cherries, raisins, cranberries, complemented by mild oxidation contributing woody spice notes.

Lush smooth raspberry jam and figs before, amazingly given the age, a piney hop bit kicks in. Some booze heat, but it's wanted.

Syrupy and full with mellow, just adequate carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness from the residual hop presence.

Such a joy to drink. Not overly complicated, just seamlessly integrated thanks in large part to the mellowing effects of age on the pungent barleywine yeast and alpha acid character.

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Photo of BobZ
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the 2006 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to standardcherry for this finely aged masterpiece.

Appearance: Dark orange with a fluffy 2" head that manages to hang around and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee dominate the malty aroma.

Taste: Wow, same as the nose with caramel and toffee, plus some apricot flavor, all finished off with citrus from the hops, more toward orange than straight-up grapefruit. Despite having so many sweet flavors this beer was very, very well balanced. Never too sweet, never cloying. Just delicious start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Extraordinarily smooth and creamy yet finishing clean on the palate.

Overall: The best barelywine I have ever tasted. So, so much flavor. I feel lucky to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head on top made up of rather large bubbles. Quickly, the bubbles reduce to a ring on top, minimal lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar as well as a good amount of fruit - some raisin, fig, and plum.

T: Similar to the aroma, but better. A great mixture of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee, but much smoother and blended together better than the aroma (not that it was bad on the aroma, the flavor was just better). More dark fruit mixed in as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely smooth.

O: One of the best barleywines I have had, rich and complex, but extremely smooth and easy drinking for style and abv. Fantastic.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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 kawilliams81
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml paper wrapped bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours dark copper with a 1 finger light tan head. Large bubbles and some t.rails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, big citrus notes.

T- sweet caramel and brown sugar, toffee, lots of citrus with nearly no bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Crazy smooth and drinkable right now.

O- very good American Barleywine. Very sweet and citrusy beer that has a great mouthfeel. I wish I have had this fresh to compare if it has more bitterness and any other differences.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Force-carbonated FLATitude. Aka 2012 Gratitude. From growler to snifter. You don't even want to know what I had to go through to nab this (Ok, you do; but you don't).

Looks very hazy. Burnt orange/amber in color. The head of an inch fell pretty quickly. Looked cream-colored.

Toffee malts, citrus hops (grapefruit), leather, pancake batter, light roast, and a hint of vanilla. The 'lot' that is in the aroma blends together really nicely in the nose. Notes don't particularly isolate themselves right away, but they can be picked apart carefully. No obvious booze, mind you!

Dark caramel, toffee, spicy booze, more leather, grapefruit/orange hops, and light malty roast. Moderate bitterness seems a lot more gruff when paired with the alcohol. Slight brandied flavor that conjures up notes of raisin and dates. Very simply good.

Exceptionally smooth. Force-carbonation doesn't fail, nor does it go over-the top. Well-dispersed gases. The body is amazing. Full and silky. Alcohol turns out to be right where it should be. Excellent sipper.

It's a very well-made barleywine. Long finish and heady strength (but the aroma wouldn't justify that remark). I'm more and more tempted to crack my '07 bottle, every day.

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Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Indigo wax (2010), review from notes taken in 2011.

Poured perfectly clear. Deep maple, almost brown, but beautiful honey hues in the light. Creamy, long lasting head with multiple trails of lace. Very nicely balanced aromas of caramel creme and grapefruit zest... reminds me almost of a creamsicle very briefly, but then turns into english toffee, butterscotch, and a touch of vanilla. The forefront is sweet and fruity, leading to a mid palate burst of molasses, toffee, raisins, and finishing with rum and citrusy hops. Perfect carbonation for this style and flavor profile. Absolutely amazing barleywine.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage - blue wax.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice barleywine aromas and flavors.

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

2010 poured into a GI tulip. Part of the NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Chestnut brown with lemon hues. Reminds me of a light syrup in color. A bit hazy and looks thick. There is only a slight white head that lingers on the edges

S - Light bready malt with a slight piney hop presence that still remains. I also get orange and lemon in the nose

T - Bready malt and light brown sugar upfront. There is also dates and figs, orange peel and light lemon. There is a slight bitterness that lingers in the finish

MF - Medium body with light syrupiness. Clean finish with only a light astringent and bitterness that remains on the finish

O - Solid barleywine that definitely leans towards the bready and malty side. Worth trying a bottle if you can get ahold of one.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage; indigo wax, split

appearance: The most gorgeous packaging of any beer I have seen. Served in my lost abbey teku glass - bright orange, rather light beige ring, minimal lace

smell: aroma was mild - rich malt, butterscotch, oak, vanilla

taste: Big malty profile - caramel, bready, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit. A little undercarbonated and puzzling whale-status. A good barleywine, but not really anything beyond that

mouthfeel: Oily, medium body

overall: good

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage
Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge bubbly beige head that persists forever. Upon first pour I and assaulted with aromas of tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection I get lots of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark dried fruits with a hint of alcohol and a faint bit of earthy hop. The flavor is smooth and sweet with just enough ethanol and earthy to provide some balance. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolate mixed with cherries, and plums go down quite smooth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice barleywine, I wish I could try it a bit fresher, but I quite enjoyed this aged version today.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to JackTheBear for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a hazy red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Nothing with the exception of the aroma really stood out to me on this one. While the aroma wasn’t really complex at all it was still fairly well balanced and inviting. I just wish the flavor would have followed suit much closer. The flavor wasn’t bad by any means, but it definitely wasn’t one of the best from the style that I’ve had. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, The bottle was split wit 2 friends, poured into tumbers. The pour was deep red, slight white head. The aroma was sweet, ton of caramel notes, fruity, vanilla. It is very sweet, vanilla, figs, dark fruits, finishes with a pleasant sweetness. Gratitude is thick, light carbonation, I did not notice the alcohol. I really enjoyed it, although it was too sweet for one of my friends. Right now it is drinking like an English Barley wine.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 bottle

pours deep ruby red with a 1 finger off white head. smells of figs with some caramel apple. taste starts off very fruity green apples, pear and fig come to mind then ends with a nice sweet presence. mouthfeel is a little on the light side and carbonation is in there but soft. overall this beer blew my mind the first time i had it and this time achieved nothing less. outstanding beer alcohol is so well hidden and flavors all balance amazingly together.

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Photo of tewaris
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared by Dave, thanks!

Deep amber, medium clarity, good looks. Toasty, malty, woody aroma. Slight booze and slight bitterness in the taste keep things in check, even though it could have been sweeter (my taste anyway). Certainly hopped up higher than many other barleywines. Very good beer.


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Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade what feels like forever ago. I've been sitting on this for almost 3 years, can't wait anymore! Review is from notes taken on 9/7/2012 and poured from the bottle (2009 vintage, bottle number 1029/1500) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a murky, caramel brown/mahogany; starts with a pretty impressive full finger, very light tan/off-white head with decent retention; fades to a thin, full cap and thick ring around the surface; body is very murky as already mentioned, not opaque, but you can't see anything through it; nice, pretty swaths of lacing are left sliding down the glass in, quite frankly, pretty cool patterns. Very pretty.

Smell: Smell is delicious -- makes my mouth water just sniffing it; lots of deep and rich malts that have a touch butterscotch/caramel to them; some flavorful hoppiness blooming in the back, slight citric presence to them, perhaps even floral.

Taste: Interesting, kind of musty, actually; I feel like it may be past its prime, but it's still good; while the hops are present in the nose, they're faded, a little thin and papery in the mouth; malts are very sweet, almost a little sickly sweet sweet, and syrupy. Again, it's good, and even though I believe beyond its best, it's still better than 90% of the otherAmerican Barleywines out there. Slight touch of alcohol lingers with the swirling sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is smooth, syrupy and oily slick; carbonation doesn't have much going on for in the body of thicker malts, so it comes across a touch flat, but not entirely so.

Overall: I'm kicking myself for playing the waiting game a little too long -- I have to wonder if even a few months may have made a significant difference in the overall quality. Definitely still a great beer, and it's got a heavier body with a big ABV, so it's not something any one is going to plow through. It won't be easy, but I'll find it within myself to drink the whole thing down.

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Photo of jegross2
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Gratitude from East End Brewing Company out of Pennsylvania.
Score: 86

Blue wax (2009) vintage bottle served in a snifter and enjoyed on 08/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown, slightly orange color. The center is mostly brown and the outer edges are an orange caramel color. I cannot see through the beer, but I can see the shadow of my hand on the other side of the glass. There is a thin layer tan of head off the pour. Below average, oily lacing with decent retention. Nothing pretty, but nothing ugly. 3.5/5

Smell: Fruity caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin bread, and sweet malt. No booziness whatsoever. Very nice. 4/5

Taste: The taste is almost entirely dominated by a fruity malt flavor with a sweet caramel backbone. Super malty with a little bit of vanilla on the midpalate that disappears by the finish. There is a little brown sugar flavor too. The maltiness is kind of "musty," and the fruitiness is very prominent throughout. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Olive oil-like mouthfeel and very malty. 3.5/5

Overall: I remember this being better when I drank an indigo wax (2010) version at Dark Lord Day this year, so maybe, being an American barleywine, the 2009 blue wax vintage is
at an awkward phase in its life where hops are entirely gone but the beer's barleywine qualities have not yet matured into their complexities. From my experiences with Behemoth, I am guessing this beer is better fresh (or, more accurately, that I would enjoy it better fresh). The 2009 version I drank was not worth $25.

Recommendation: Hop heads should seek out younger vintages, while barleywine nuts should seek out older ones or keep aging their blue wax 2009 vintage bottles.

Pairings: Raisin bread.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, split into tulips

A: Attractive garnet body with a dense one-finger head. Decent retention receding to a thick layer of foam.

S: Rich plum, fig & brown sugar. Slight metallic and overripe/rotting vegetable notes.

T: Bready / cakey malt structure with lots of raisin and prune. Sweet; a real dessert beer sipper. Once my tongue adjusts to the sweetness, some burnt toffee is also detected and occasional metallic flavors.

M: Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.

O: Interesting and unique barleywine, but drinkability is hurt a bit by the sweetness and heavy body. Wows initially, but over the course of an hour sipping the beer, there's plenty of time to pick up on flaws which are masked in the first impressions.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of the 08 vintage that Josh shared the other night. Thanks, man! I've had a couple of different vintages in the past, but was never impressed. This one, OTOH, was quite nice.

Mildly murky crimson with a thin, beige head with no lace, but nice retention. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, caramel, a mild milk chocolate aroma, along with some dark fruits - dates and raisins. Very nice.

The palate opens full in body and lightly carbonated with mildly bitter piney hops with brown sugar, raisins, toffee and a really nice burnt sugar flavor as well. Mild maple sugar is present. Sweet on the finish, with a little bit of alcohol present, this is very nice. Thankfully, this isn't a crystal malt bomb like some other American barleywines I've had recently.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - No head. Reddish and maybe a even a little pinkish. Uninspired appearance.

Smell - Caramel and hops. A little earthy, but otherwise it's all caramel.

Taste - Much better. Caramel. Almost oaky. Really rich and complex. Sweet with flavors of brown sugar, toffee, caramel. Finishes with a bit of grapefruit hop and a nice earthy malt character. Awesome.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 11+%. Low carbonation. Thick and slick, in a good way.

Overall - Really good. One of the better barleywines I've tasted. No need for a barrel to make this one spectacular.

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Photo of iadler
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle number 534/1500. Reviewed from notes from a blind barleywine tasting.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a thin off white head that leaves no lacing behind.

S- Lot's of cherry, red grape, floral notes, currents, wood and hint of brown sugar.

T- Again lots fruit with cherries, grapes, currents, orange zest and plumb with some brown sugar, toffee, floral notes and a hint of wood.

M- Medium carbonation and a slightly thin body that finishes dry.

O- I guessed this correctly while I was taking notes. A nice take on a American barleywines with plenty of dark fruit and citrus notes. Not overly sweet or hop forward, which I enjoyed.

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

Poured from bomber (2010 batch #595 of 1500 bottles: Indigo wax) into tulip glass. Pours burnt amber red. Sweet grape, caramel, and classic barley wine aromatics. Flavor of brown sugar, some cherries, and this reminded me of a muted/toned down version of Three Floyd's collaboration with Mikkeller - Oatgoop. Thin mouthfeel with decent carbonation throughout. This brew actually tastes better when approaching room temperature. Overall this was a little disappointing despite its high ratings. I expected more out of this one.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Release with the Yellow wax, purchased at the Brewery in 2009: This one had to be the toughest wax I’ve ever encountered on a beer bottle. Once I got it open it poured a dark, cloudy dark copper color. There was a large tan head on it that didn’t linger too long. No lacing. Somewhat sweet nose. Caramel, honey, some spices and dark fruits. The taste is sublime. A slight slickness on the tongue. Very smooth taste. This has aged quite well. Caramel, spice, fruits, slightly sweet, yet a subtle bit of bitterness back there. Don’t know how widely this is distributed, but well worth searching out of you get to Pittsburgh.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Birthday to me! Decided to crack this 2009 vintage from BigTomZ to celebrate turning 25. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

East End Gratitude pours an opaque mahogany. Four fingers or so of light tan foam rise up to crown the beer, displaying good head retention. Lacing forms nearly a solid ring at the apex, but is extremely spotty below. The nose has lots of brown sugar and caramel, with a noticeable nuttiness to it as well. It's just a touch dweak in intensity though. The flavor is much more robust, with notes of fruity cherries and some sherry from the oxidation jumping out. The malty base of the beer accounts itself with more brown sugar and caramel. If anything I'd say that the malty base is a touch too much in the background as far as balance in the flavor profile goes. The cherry is a little bit unexpected (maybe particularly ester-y fermentation), but works out nicely with everything else.The body isn't is rich and full as I might have anticipated, which does work well in making this beer drink easier, but I like the mouthfeel for a barleywine to have a certain luxuriant quality. The carbonation is very nice and muted, just barely enough to carbonate the beer. Gratitude is a very nice offering for one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 1134/1500. Received in a trade ages ago.

A: Pours a murky burnt caramel color with a wispy film of a thin head that faded into a greasy collar.
S: Very sweet and fruity smelling nose with notes of honey, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
T: Very sweet but not cloying. Fruity like the nose. I get some apple juice as well. Tobacco and a hint of chocolate come through in the finish. I get almost no caramel or toffee. Leafy hops come through in the aftertaste.
M: Much lighter than expected and thin for the style. The alcohol is hidden extremely well though. Carbonation is made up of tiny bubbles but is very low.
O: Solid barleywine but a bit disappointing. I imagine the sweetness dies down in the older vintages. I was expecting something fuller.

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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