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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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

989th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
2007 Yellow wax

Thanks to Smokepot23 for sharing

*Shared by those in attendance at MrHirschybars*

App- A bit darker than BA Ruffian. It was amber/brown and only had a one finger of fast falling khaki to a single ring of cling.

Smell- There are so many things that are in here I am a bit confused by all of them. Things I am picking up are hop oil, pine, toffee, caramel, vanilla. A bit full on the nose with sweetness as well.

Taste- This is what I always thought of a Aged BW would taste like. Its rich, smooth, creamy and lush but paired against a even at its age a nice slightly honey like hop note.

Mouth- Quite lively and smooth at the time. I really enjoyed this beer a lot. It was a medium body with a creaminess to it and a good bit of a low/medium carbonation.

Drink- Joe, you are a stud for this one!!I probably won't trade for this one seeing as I dont have the ammo, but for one night I had some of this bad boy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Nikki (sirotan) and Carly for busting this out last weekend. Cheers! 2010 Indigo Wax vintage.

Appearance – Pours a still murky brown color reminiscent of unfiltered apple cider you can buy in the fall. Zero head to speak of – just a bit of small bubbles come up. The beer appears to be flat...

Smell – The aroma is actually similar to cider as well. Apples, caramel and toffee, vanilla, and a musty earthy aroma.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. Citrus consisting of orange and apple, lots of melted caramel flavors. The vanilla and barnyard must finish up the sip. Not much else here...

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, very low carbonation.

Overall – Not what I was expecting to be blunt. An interesting barleywine with no alcohol heat or flavors to speak of. Oddly I wanted to warm it up a bit like cider, haha. Wish it had some more carbonation. Have another 2010 in the cellar I’ll sit on for a few years to see how it changes.

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Photo of bootlegger1929
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage from a bottle bought at the release earlier this year. Ben in my cellar ever since. Held up well despite the bottle being in less than ideal conditions.

Looks better than it ever did before. Nice big head that sticks around for most of the drink.
Almost a dark redding brown Color.

Smells at first of fruits. Then comes the toasty bread notes and wonderful caramel aroma.

Taste is much of the same as the smell. A little booze creeps in but still rather balanced considering the abv.

Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Overall this has aged wonderfully. Can't wait for this years release early next year. Getting a lot more of it this time for sure. It's miles better than it was at release and I thought it was pretty damn good then.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of hippityhops85
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Review from notes.

Poured into a miniature snifter. Pours a burnt umber with minimal eggshell/tan head that quickly dissipated.

The nose is pretty subdued on this brew. I allowed it to warm up and yet still not a whole lot going on. Some caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Smells very sweet.

The taste is really nicely balanced with the toffee and caramels notes dancing around the bourbon flavors. Really enjoyable and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and thick; just what I'd want out of this beer. Nice.

Overall, I was happy to be able to try this one. It didn't quite live up to the expectations I had built up in my head but still, a very nice beer. Recommended.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of litheum94
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Indigo waxed 750ml. A+ for packaging. Guest reviewer daysinthewake!

Deep and murky, umber body. Very short tan head that bubbles out immediately. Small traces are left on the side of the glass.

Apples and pears, with a brandy essence. Caramel and honey and bready malts. Some port qualities as well. Great nose.

Vinous is taste, like a rich, well aged port. Flavors of port raisins, apples and toffee. Dates and a boozy finish. Very light hopping. Slightly thick and rich. Hides the alcohol well.

Wow, this is one of the best barleywines I've ever had. It has aged perfectly, and has a very complex and satisfying taste. Excellent.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Poured into a snifter. This was the 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with no head.

Smell: Very sweet with some caramel and dark fruit notes. There is a mild unpleasant smell that reminds me of sweat.

Taste: Very sweet with lots of caramel flavor and some dark fruit. There is some warm alcohol, but it is quite smooth. The sweat from the smell doesn't show up at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick. There is no carbonation and the finish is a bit chalky.

Overall: I was pretty underwhelmed by this one. It is a good beer, but It didn't live up to the hype for me. The smell was a bit weird.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep orange color. The head was minimal intact it was just a thin white film on top of the beer. I believe the vintage was 2009 on this. The smell of the beer was sweet, good amount of hops on the nose and some boozy aromas too. The taste of the beer is sweet with some fruity notes and more booze. The mouthfeel was smooth. Overall this beer was really quite nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a 9 oz snifter at Capone's Black Friday event. Pours a brilliant ruby bronze color with no head. Nose is rich with vanilla and bourbon notes. The taste is also rife with alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, and grapes. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Very alcoholic, but outstanding. I love this stuff.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Dajtai007
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried several vintages over the years and I have to say hands down my favorite Barleywine!
Appearance is golden amber exactly what you want to see with this style. Slight cloudiness.
Smell is different from vintage to vintage with the fresher ones (within 2 years) being hoppy notes, biscuit, and sweetness. The older ones (3+) muted hops and more vanilla and caramel.
Taste, as stated above fresher a bit more hoppy, long roller coaster ride of flavors cascading from hops to malty goodness. Older ones have a deep interpretation of English Style.
Mouth feel is thick and chewy. Not like The Perfect Storm or a Thomas Hardy, but just enough to be the backbone of all the flavor profiles.
Overall the most consistent barleywine out there. They year after year put out a quality Annv. beer that shows their "Gratitude" and what a beer they produce. I believe with 3 years in the cellar it matures wonderfully. I have yet to have any of their vintages that taste like its "gone down hill". Plus its one of the prettiest bottles ever made. Must seek out! The only other BW that beats this is Wooden Hell.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 640 ratings.
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