Gratitude - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
East End Brewing Company

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Barleywine - American
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4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Apr 20, 2022
Mar 22, 2020
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Photo of Harrison8
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a ruddy and muddy burgundy-brown that manages to carry the same coloration and transparency of an unfavorable bathroom visit. Head is a couple fingers of off-white foam. Aroma is a much needed change of pace, delivering notes of fig, raisins, toffee, caramel, and rye whiskey. With that rye whiskey comes a little bite of spice. After the mix of sugary notes is barrel character and toasty, caramely, bready malts. Really lovely notes across the span of the aroma, with the rye spice and barrel coming forward, but not enough to disrupt the flow from start to finish.

Flavor profile is a splendid blend of fig, raisins, toffee, and rye whiskey. While the nose doesn't carry much hop presence, the flavor profile brings forward resinous and grassy hops, adding a sticky texture to the back of the flavor profile. Barrel character is just enough to add a little extra depth, and offer up just enough bitterness to keep the initial sugary notes from running away.

Mouth feel is medium-thick, nearing on a heavy, thick, and full texture, but falling just shy. That's not a bad thing though. Texture is driven by grit with a still effervescence underneath. It drinks like a high piled carpet has been smushed by a heavy piece of furniture for years, crushing out much of the play between, while retaining the thickness of the carpet.

Overall, though unappealing in look, this barleywine builds a great experience from aroma onward. Rye barrel adds just enough spice to round things out, without upsetting the balance or flow from start to finish.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 12oz can.

Apr 20, 2022
4.35 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Mar 17, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Super rich beer.

Aroma a bit mute but it may be the can waas served a little cold.

It's sticky and heavy but at the same time doesn't drink cloying sweet given the abundance of hops. Definitely American style not English. It embodies what a american barleywine is, really with a jacked up malt and hop presence. There's barrel and alcohol heat all day but im having a particularly hard time discerning any rye characteristics.

Overall very nice. A truly absolute meal of beer. I wouldnt be surprised if this bitch has 700 calories. I look forward to revisiting this.


Drinking this a week later. The first was a cold can at the brewery, this one inlet warm a bit at home. My God the depth of this beer. Yes, super rich beyond belief but so much toffee its unlike maybe any barleywine I've had with the potency of this flavor. And yet, while sweet, its not sugary. Its fiercely offset with bold hoppiness. So remarkably broad the spectrum or opposing flavors you taste that are opposite but agreeing. The rye is certainly prominent when drank warmer. This beer is almost like the holy trifecta, its sweet, bitter, and savory.

I genuinely think I'm going to forever regret only buying a 4 pack of this and not a pittsburgh cellars worth.

Feb 27, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks & thanks a lot to BunsMcGillicuddy for this 16 oz. can that’s been on my wants list since the Eisenhower administration. Expectations are high.

Pour is the same muddied brown/red color that should be a crayon with almost no head. The nose is mostly rye with a touch of caramel. As expected.

Gratitude – Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged is my third leg of the Gratitude triumvirate & perhaps the best (except for that sublime ’06 Gratitude). Hefty, spicy = rye immediately sets about altering my DNA & like the others in the series it’s a solid, boozy chest-warmer. Middle palate brings loads of the base caramel, brown sugar with a touch of oak on the finish. The rare 16 oz. can that deserves the size of its container, this is thick & gorgeous.

The rye barrel/s kick this up at least a couple levels; it’s stamped all over this thing. Excellent beer. Anyone who wants to send me more is welcome to!

Oct 24, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Pours a deep, dark brown. Aroma is combination of rye, caramel & hint of wood. Taste is great mix of the caramel, rye, molasses with himt of spice. Mouthfeel is full. Incredible barleywine.

Jul 25, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to Pinz412 for this one from his box during NBS BIF #13. 16oz can (dated 8/24/20) poured into 12oz East End goblet. Poured a solid dark brown (almost black) color with 1/4 inch of light tan head that had low retention and no lacing.

A nice hit of rye at the front of the nose, with the foundational aspects of the style also being notable. Just a hint of wood in the background.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with the addition of a bit of alcohol heat.

The body was maybe a touch light for the style, but was still full, smooth, even, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, but an easy sipper, not a quaffer.

Overall, a pretty good example of the style. Most certainly worth your time if you see it.

Apr 17, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a hazy tea color with a thin cap; leggy with micro dots

Smell: Caramel, molasses, spice cake and Rye whiskey barrel tones

Taste: Spice cake, herbal and caramel flavors forward with a hint of molasses underneath; earthy hops build, through the middle and are joined by the Rye whiskey barrel flavors; a blend of all the flavors merge together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly syrupy; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I find I am always intrigued by what Rye brings to the equation and, in this instance, there are a lot of interesting spice flavors

Thanks, thebouch01, for the opportunity

Mar 22, 2021
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Hazy dark copper-brown with a tall tan foam head that slowly settles to a bubbly film leaving leopard print lacing.

I am absolutely floored by the drastic difference this presents from its base, which I just had before this. This rye BA variant is dripping of syrupy cask that adds peppery maple and whiskey soaked dates, developing further into creme brulee and gingerbread, even gaining touches of chocolate as it warms. The carbonation is faintly popping, bringing a tingly numbness with it, and the finish is semi-sticky, bringing out a little more heat in the exhale.

What an incredibly mature whiskey presence running through this silky smooth, medium-light body. It's less fluffy and filling from it's non-barrel aged based, but that works well with the new composition of flavors that have exploded within.


Having my final can at the end of January 2022--an immensely bittersweet occasion--I can't help but remark just how deeply complex and well integrated this beer is through and through. Its toasted oak bends just shy of a dark char, bringing layers of spice cake, toffees, caramels, and gingersnaps that are yet balanced by more savory malt undertones like pumpernickel before being subdued by a tingly numbness.

It's like it never ages, deteriorates or oxidizes. It's damn near perfect, every single time I have it, and I'm surprised I didn't rate it higher at the time, because I've consistently held this up there as a GOAT, and it continues to make that impression with me today. And let it be forevermore, upon my last sip.


I thought that was going to be the end of the line for me. I thought our brief affair had ended. Then they go and rekindle the fire for Gratitude Day 2022 and top themselves in every conceivable category. Format: 12 ounce cans. Variety: mix six with five variants. Quality: better than ever. Oh, and a draft flight of all options: yes please!

This year's is a little more mature, savory, spicy and charred, with all components in excellent balance. It's truly something special when a fresh vintage on draft reconfirms your stance on an all-time favorite.

The old school can still swing for the fences. Thank you very much, indeed.

Mar 22, 2020
Gratitude - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 8 ratings