Gratitude | East End Brewing Company

642 Ratings

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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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of Jerriko
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of iadler
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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 eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -9.1%
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 -8.7%
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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Photo of BraatenBrew
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage with green wax. Bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours clear dark amber with a small head that mostly consists of large bubbles at the edge of the glass. Aroma is very fruity with pineapple, plum, same caramel, mango, and floral notes. Initial taste is sweet with mango, plum, pineapple and some caramel. The finish has a decent bitterness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 Vintage courtesy of the CPJ!

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby-mahogany with a thin khaki head that settles to a thin ring and haze.
Smell - Big aromas of caramel and toffee with some sweet malt and dark fruits (raisins and plums).
Taste - Similar to the nose, lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee with more ripe fruit and some candied orange peel hops. Pretty darn sweet and decadent, but the finish is moderately bitter and helps balance this beast.
Mouthfeel - Sticky, with a pretty full body and lowish carbonation. Definitely a slow sipper.
Overall - A great Barleywine that I enjoyed quite a bit. Does it live up to it hype? Nope, but I have been spoiled by a wealth of barrel-aged Barleywines lately. Still, I was so happy to finally scratch this bad boy off my list!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Mag00n
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scores are based upon two vintages.

2007 Yellow wax sampled 2/18/2012 A+ and 5.0 all the way
A: Poured a lightly muddied copperish brown color with good carbonation for its age and style, not to big on the bubbles, sits well. Looks sexy.

S: Big dark fruits on this beer: Figs, plums and a chocolate covered raison. Some stinging booze, toffee

T: Wow. This is what I want. Nice sweet toffee and light sweetness with a backbone of light chocolate and dark fruits; figs, dates, prunes, raisins and a few plums thrown in for good measure. Booze is well masked and its very mellow, well rounded at thips point

M: Sticky sweet, tasty, well carbonated. It sits on the tongue and palate. Very, very nice

O: Best of the best. Best American Bwine(non BA I have had to date)

2009 Blue wax reviewed on 1/8/2011 A-

A:Poured a thick light copperish color with a nice tan cap

S: Caramel, some dark fruits, booze

T: Good amount of bitterness is noticed. Plenty of caramel, hints at toffee, cocoa, brown sugar and some dried dark fruits

M: Sordove slick, boozy but very good taste and body

D: Very good

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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Blue wax. Poured into my cantillon tulip glass

A: Dark amber bordering on brown in color. Pale beige two finger head that sticks around for quite awhile. Retention is excellent.

S : The nose is composed of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malts and tons of fruits (apricots, plumb, figs).

T :Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee malts with apricots, plumbs and figs and some ester fruitiness (green apples). Nice moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

M :Mouthfeel is full bodied, high end of low carbonation. Very smooth and rich.

O :The alcohol is very well hidden making this quite easy to drink, but definitely a sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml paper covered blue waxed bottle poured into a sampler.

Pours a clear amber honey color with a small white head. Nose is sweet and malty, light hop bitterness, really good.

Taste is balanced and mellow, good bitterness and a nice hoppy rich bite on the end. The finish is really good

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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sincereNc
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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