Gratitude | East End Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 bottle into a tulip. Major gratitude (get it?) is due to Tony for sharing this, a long-time want of mine. Thanks!

A: Murky reddish-brown body with a film of tan bubbles. Nice legs. Standard Barleywine appearance, although earlier pours might have fared better.

S: Rich, deep, and sweet. Brown sugar, toffee, rum-soaked raisins, and lovely sherry. Terrific.

T: Vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, tobacco, leather, deep maltiness and just pure deliciousness. So, so smooth. Velvet in liquid form.

M: Still, slick, and a little sticky. Ok.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for a long time now, and it absolutely surpassed even my most wishful expectations. I've never had a smoother Barleywine in my life; I still can't believe how free of alcohol flavor this one was, nor how well-integrated all of its complex components were. Superb.


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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 (Yellow Wax) - bottle 713/1500. Sampled October 31, 2011.

Gratitude might just as well be called 'Determination' because that's what's required to actually get that cap open. That crown is sufficiently insulated to withstand a category five hurricane. Buried under all that yellow wax is a smoky rosewood coloured beer. Maintaining a big foamy head is for 11.5% beer what running a half-marathon is for a linebacker. But East End shows us it's not impossible.

The abundance of sticky, gooey hop resins in this bouquet have me preemptively licking my lips already. The beer is ripe with a Madeira-like complexity and some of the ripe fruity sweetness too. It has hints of smoke and peat and enough maltiness that you could wrap yourself in it to stay warm on a cold fall evening.

I'd be happy to just smell the beer all night - it has an incredible sensual, calming effect - but tasting it provides an equally special sensation. Gratitude may be the most seamless of barleywines, by which I mean it has a rich, succulent flavour that is more than the mere sum of its parts. It is difficult to name specific flavours.

...but if I had to, I'd say it resembles dried fruits coated in tree resin. Or maybe a chocolate ganache that was infused with port wine. Or caramel coated figs. The hops still provide such pineapple and pine features that I can only imagine how blaring they must have been four years ago. Same goes for the malt, which remains impressively gooey and thick.

Despite their strength, some barleywines age no better than Nick Nolte has. But this bottle of Gratitude has held up better than the pyramids at Giza. It is still strong yet soft, without any oxidation (no surprise there) and both hops and malts are still in yoga instructor-like shape. If I had a fantasy beer cellar league, Gratitude would be my first round pick.

I don't think East End Brewing could offer a more suitable beer to show their gratitude for their loyal customers. Every bit the effort and attention to detail that was put into the presentation was clearly also put into the beer. This is, for my money, one of the most bewitching barleywines out there and is a must-buy no matter the cost.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle #1050 from 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. I believe this bottle came courtesy of GabrielM. Reviewed from notes

Pours a really deep maroon with beautiful clarity. A very frothy, two-finger head with super tight bubbles and great retention leaves gorgeous, spotty lacing around the glass. Even a slight swirl of my tulip left cascading waves of lace all around. This is a stunner.

A huge, deep, complex aroma. A heavy dose of dark fruit, namely plums. There is a lot of vanilla in the mix, moreso than any other barleywine I've had before.The hops are definitely still present, and there is a fairly robust citrus component as well as some pine. Not even a hint of alcohol in the nose, which is impressive and really adds to the balance of the aroma.

The taste is, at first, rich with dark fruits. It's a sticky sort of sweetness, redolent of juicy apricots and plums. Lots of sweet toffee in the finish, with some caramel and butterscotch. As the aroma suggests, there is still a slight hop bite left in this beer, with a lingering residual bitterness. There's also a sort of old leather-esque element that mostly just detracts from the other enticing components of the taste.

Sadly, the mouthfeel does not befit the overall quality of this beer. Gorgeous, billowing head aside, this is undercarbonated and feels almost dead. The body is still full and rich, but added carbonation would really help the flavors open up.

Though the mouthfeel is a disappointment, this is still a really excellent barleywine. I'd actually love to try an older bottle, as I'd imagine this would only get better as the hops mellow out more. That said, the 2010 vintage is drinking quite well right now.

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to that bad ass motherfucker Beerness for this tasty little morsal definitely worth the wait and glad I could share it with some good friends. Bottle #1410/1500 Version 2010

Look: Caramel in color with almost no head and obviously no retention

Smell: At first the smell really reminded me of caramel apples very nice and just a touch of toffee on the backend

Taste: As to be expected the beer is quite malty and carries large notes of toffee and caramel not much else

Mouthfeel: Full body with no carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Not the best barleywine I have ever had but it is damn good. This is my first time trying the beer so not sure if the no carbonation is standard with this one but that definitely played a part in the lower score

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3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

(Aged for 1 year)

Thanks for sharing, DarthKostrizer!

Copper and glowing dark orange with very little visible carbonation and very little, if any, head--surprising. Leaves the glass nearly clean and a bit oily.

Lovely aroma consisting of subtle citrus, sweet caramel and toffee, and a bit of earthy, rich vanilla. While what's here is extremely nice, I'm surprised at how far away the aroma seems. I wish everything in here was more magnified and more "in your face." Though, there isn't a hint of alcohol heat, which is incredible.

The taste follows the aroma: sweet citrus, sticky caramel and toffee, and a bit of earthy vanilla. Delicious, though uncomplicated--simple. No alcohol heat--impressive.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation.

I feel like this barleywine quite didn't reach it's potential. Perhaps with better carbonation, the flavors could have shined more.

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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bottleshare. 2010 bottle number 1410of1500
Deep caramel color. Surprisingly no carbonation/head. For a year old beer that's odd. Poorly conditioned?

Smells is fantastic. Rich sweet caramel.  Touch of orange zest. Candy. Screams orange caramel candy. Love this. 

Flavor is very nice and pleasant but not as spectacular as anticipated. Nice caramel apple like flavor along other rich fruit, but not the deep and dark fruit like most barleywines. Nice sweetness but not too rich and sweet.

Smooth creamy viscous. Very low carbonation, But really nice for this beer.

Overall it's a real nice beer but not what I was expecting. I was expecting a little more depth in character for the limited 1500 bottle release. Also, Top 3 coolest bottles ever produced.

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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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