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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage (Indigo Wax)
Bottle #1080/1500

A - this barleywine pours a dark amber in color with ruddiness throughout, a full finger of tan head fed by low carbonation

S - big on malts in the aroma of course, quickly followed by huge amounts of the dark side of the sweet spectrum, molasses, brown sugar, and especially brown sugar

T - the taste does not differ terribly from the aroma, maltiness arrives first with those dark sweets in toe. the same brown sugar and molasses are reinforced by burnt caramel and an oaky vanilla tinge. The sweetness tarrys for a moment than the hop profile barges in and makes itself noticed, though it never overpowers the sweetside it is balancing

M&D - smooth for such a big beer, complex layers of sweetness, the year on it seemed to help it immensely. Wish I could get this one without the necessary trade.

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4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green wax, 2008 edition, bottle 360/700.

Pours a dark dark hazy amber, bordering brown color, solid bright red hues when held up to the light. There is a small khaki colored bubbly head that quickly recedes to a nice khaki cap. I have heard this beer could be flat, but this looks plenty carbonated. Sticky, yet spotty lacing lingers as I attempt to arouse more head.

Aromas begin with tons of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee. As it warms I get a lot of lighter dark fruits highlighted by figs and dates. Lighter fruits linger in the background including candied pineapple rings, cherry maybe, white grapes; quite complex and in depth.

The tastes directly follow the nose; they begin with vibrant/luscious maltiness highlighted by sweet caramel, light brown sugar, toffee and toasted brown bread. As with the aroma, there's a bold dark fruitiness present. As your further consume you can appreciate the light (and faded at this point) American citrusy hops. Definitely more of a complementary flavor that any substantial bitterness. Predominately citrusy hop character with a modest bitterness lessened with time away in the cellar. There is a pleasant drying finish with plenty of belly-warming alcohol and a long, lingering fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied, with a seriously chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is definitely medium-to-low but no where still or flat as many have described before me. Could it use a tad more, yes, but the style allows for lesser amounts here.

Overall this is my first experience with this beer, which is crazy because my sister went to college in Pittsburgh for 3.5 years. How did I not know about this brewery and make here get me bottles; poor job by me... Anyway this is a very good beer but when compared to the greats of the stle, it falls a bit short for me. I would much rather have and Alaskan Barley Wine, which I believe is the "Gold Standard" for the style. It is much more readily available or accessable via trade or online order from various shops. This is a viscous and heavy in flavor, which is good and bad; would like a tad more carbonation to balance the heft. The alcohol becomes a bit overbearing towards the bottom of the bottle, so overall, while this was very good, I have to say this is not worth trading a great deal for given the rarity and the price of vintage editions.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Capone's bottle shop, Norristown, PA
'07 vintage (yellow wax)
Consumed/shared at Beermongers, Portland, OR

I brought this bottle--at the suggestion of Matt Capone--with me to Portland, and shared it with the folks at Beermongers, during writerLJberg's "cellar clearing."

No gushing fortunately, despite taking the same turbulent flight as I did. Poured a hazy chestnut-amber with a moderate, rocky, off-white head. Aroma was bready, fruit medley, caramel and toffee. Smooth taste of dark sugars--caramel, brown sugar, toffee--hints of brandy and white wine, raisins, figs, herbal hops. No overblown flavor, everything's right where it should be. Lower carbonation, velvety mouthfeel, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Very nice overall.

I've had almost every vintage since, and it's always a pleasure. Different nuances come out every year. Ages well, and is always surprising when someone is gracious enough to open a bottle.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle out for the holidays - thanks Mike!

A: Dark brownish copper color with a modest white head. Suds and collar are well-retained.

S: Brown sugar, pancake batter, caramel roll. This has me thinking breakfast, which is a little unusual for a barleywine.

T:Orange, vanilla, pine, caramel apple flavors roll through, followed by a big buttery caramel burst. As a fan of English style barleywines like JW Lees, I was hoping this would be on the sweeter side, but this treads the line between sweet and bitter beautifully. Not sure what a fresh bottle is like, but the hopping here is restrained to a complementary role. Lots of depth, this seems to get better the longer it sits in the glass. Finishes with a faint alcohol bite.

M: Feel is thick and creamy with delicate carbonation, encouraging slow sipping.

Overall impression - splendid! Easily one of the best of its kind.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex. 2005 (red wax) vintage into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a rusty orange/brown color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Smooth booze, little to no oxidation for such an old beer, burnt sugars, caramel. Really just smoothed out and sweet...this has held up well, I'm surprised.

T - Similar to the nose. Burnt sugars, smooth booze, some oak, caramel. The sweetness and booze play well off of each other, and it's hard to tell how old this beer really is.

M - Medium, good carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy finish.

O - Really impressed for how old this one is. It was a nice surprise to try the 2005, as it was the only vintage I haven't had. I would think the 2006/2007 would be drinking phenomenally right now and would like to try them to compare. A very nice barleywine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby brown pour with a smallish head an a touch of lacing

Smell: brown sugar, toffee, sherry, port, bread and honey. Touch of booze

Taste: Similar to the aroma - toffee, brown sugar, sherry, port, dates, prunes, bread.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and sticky, fairly drinkable

Overall: This is a review of the yellow was bottle. I was expecting great things but, having had a goose island king henry recently, I was a bit disappointed.

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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously provided by soulforpeanuts in the last White Whale BIF. Shared with my bros on New Year's Eve. '05 Vintage, bottle #571/600.

A - A finger of lightly tanned foam settles to a thin partial cap, solid collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed ruby brown body.

S - Red fruits, twizzlers, burnt sugar, toffee, treacle, light sherry-esque oxidation, some toasted grains and bread. As it warms up it develops a honey cake note as well. Pretty mellow for 11.5%. I'm also surprised by how well this has held up.

T - The taste has a little bit less depth to it than the aroma. Heavy doses of toffee, burnt sugars, Sultana raisins, and a bit of light hop bitterness that's a unexpected surprise. Really smooth stuff, with a liquid caramel vibe to it, but a slightly hollow mid-palate due to the extended aging. Still, I doubt I would have guessed this was over 6 years old.

M - Smooth and silky medium-full body, lower carbonation, lightly sticky and juicy texture, and negligible alcohol presence. Goes down super easy.

D - This was a lot better than the '06 I had in late 2010, and was a lot mellower alcohol-wise than the '06-'09 vertical we tried at hoppymeal's around the same time. I actually liked the fresh ones better then and was curious if the '05 would buck the trend. It does to some extent, but I can't see these beers aging as gracefully as something like J.W. Lees does, so I'd recommend drinking up once the 2011 gets released.

I'll likely fill out this review with my notes on '06-'09 when I figure out where I put them.

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this a while back in a trade. 2009 edition, blue wax. 750ml. Been waiting to try this one for a long time. I love me some barleywine:

A: A murky deep copper color with a small 1 inch tan head that fades at a quick pace to a small lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Holy smells! I get a strong caramel / toffee scent upfront quickly overpowered by some sweet malt. Some wood comes through in the middle with a mild bready sweetness hidden in the back. This is a barleywine. Perfect!

T: I get a sweet toffee that ramps up from a subtle hint to a mouthful of flavor. Some nice oak shows it's head in the middle quickly subdued by an sweet apple type taste. Some caramel stickiness fills your palate on the backend. A nice balance to this brew. Not a hint of the 11.5% ABV. Very good.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation. Has a sweet creamy finish. Very good.

O: All in all, bravo! This is a balanced barleywine that hides the high ABV very well. If you like a good strong sweet brew, then this is for you. I highly recommend and will be hunting down more bottles for myself!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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