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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

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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623
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4.28
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of GeezLynn
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of steve8robin
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of biegaman
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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Photo of amphion1065
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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
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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