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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
To commemorate the one year anniversary of East End Brewing, Iíd like to express my Gratitude with this limited release, bottle conditioned Barleywine-Style Ale. Brewed in the American tradition, this beer is big enough to imporve with a few years of cellar aging and large enough to enjoy with a GOOD FRIEND.

2005 batch: Red wax with crow/raven
2006 batch: Orange wax with chickadee
2007 batch: Yellow wax with goldfinch
2008 batch: Green wax
2009 batch: Blue wax
2010 batch: Indigo wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 10/5/2008 - 25.4 oz bottle, 2006. Dark but clear rosy brown with a coating, bubbly tan froth. Gets cloudy. Nose is caramel, honey and clove with light floral. Thick and chewy; seductively melts away with each sip leaving airy alcohol. Taste is woody butterscotch, melon and strawberry with smooth bitter citrus peel to balance. Earthy and luscious. Not too sweet. 8/1/2009 - Yellow wax, 2007. Sweeter than the previous year with maple and caramel. Taste adds candied orange peel with a pithy bitterness to add some balance. Added a point for aroma. 6/29/11 - Blue wax, 2009. Nice aroma of caramel, raisin, dates and orange peel. Medium body with almost no carb. Taste is maple, tobacco, oak and stale coffee. Not as bright as other years iíve sampled interestingly at about same age. This got inverted in the company fridge for a few hours which may explain the leakage after peeling off the wax and possibly the low carb. But the cap was rusted so maybe some kind of bottling issue? Hmmm... Still OK but i would have given this a 3.8. Taking a point off my overall rating for palate. 10/22/11 - Green wax, 2008. Cloudy brown with a few bubbles. Nose is caramel, raisin, plum and vanilla. Medium to full body with a light tingle. Taste is butterscotch, baked apple and plum. Finishes with bitter grass. Lovely balance with residual stickiness. Smooth and soothing; best of the ones iíve tried. Add a point for taste. 6/16/12 - Indigo wax, 2010. Caramel but not so much raisin. Maybe hoppier with candied orange peel and grass but not bitter. Hints of cherry. 12/23/15 - Violet wax, 2013. Aroma of apple, wood, maple and berries. Taste is butterscotch, apple juice, wood, pith and rose water. Still the woodiness I would expect but a bit more fruity this time around. 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle shared by thickfreakness. Thanks dude!
Pours a really rich, dark and hazy toffee color with a short lived beige head. Smell is really malty, rich, like melted caramel, and has that "aged" mellowed smell to it as well. Taste is creamy, rich caramel, but balanced by a nice light hop presence to make it very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice warm and toasty bread flavor to go along with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3162) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. #1059/1300 06 Pours a hazy dark copper color with a two finger off-white head and has great lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, toffee, figs, and some floral notes. Flavor is smooth and creamy with caramel sweetness, brown sugar, dried fruit, toffee, and a hint of raisins. Medium to full bodied with a nice alcohol warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2008
2006 vinatge bottle courtesy beerlando. This one pours a dark hazy orangish brown color with a small foamy tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruits, sweet caramel and toffee malts, oaky vanilla, and some hops. The flavors continue the same way with the fruits and sweet caramel and toffee up front with a good amount of hops lending bitterness and spices to the taste. The oak seems to mellow things out, but there is still a good amount of bitterness on the backend. There is a good amount of alcohol heat there as well. The body is full with a smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. There is a bitter sweet finish with some heat added as well. The alcohol was hidden pretty well for being so high, which leads to easy drinkability. This was a solid barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14962) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Bottle at EBF - thanks to Ungstrup for the last centiliters of the bottle... he got it somewhere else !!! Dark amber - offwhite head. Very nice and balanced, sweetness, fruityness, berries, bread, candy, spicy, prunes, raisins, nice malty, nice hoppy. Lovely - thanks for the taste !!!.....................Again: #14 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 29-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (7/4/8/4/17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
A rich amber brown, Gratitude graces my glass with her liquid girth. An almost immediate head forms and fades into a small layer on top. A couple good swirls and an array of brussels lace grace the side of my glass. Her nose is sweet and her body is thick, but not so thick I can’t get my mouth around her and enjoy the luscious depths inside. A slight coating affect in my mouth and on my tongue, but only faint so I don’t feel weighed down. Her palate is replete with hints of wood, cinnamon, apples, cherries, and maple syrup. Hints of caramelized sugar? A bit creamy and definitely a sweeter maltier Barley Wine than some, a little bit of hops sneak in for an attack during the finish. A pleasant zap of citrus and bitter lemon rind but they don’t linger long. Sweet is her name, and Gratitude is the game. A very good malty Barley Wine and an extra prop for the very cool and original packaging.
Iíve had my Barley Wines malty, hoppy, and somewhere in-between. I find that I enjoy all varieties, but which one I enjoy most depends somewhat on the mood I am in. Thankfully I have yet to try a sub-par barley wine of any variety, but I am sure they are out there. Gratitude from East End Brewing in Pennsylvania is a fabulous barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. 2006 bottle, sharp packaging. Cloudy dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white head. Sharp perfumey malts, lavender, light floral hops. Warm alcoholic taste, peppercorns, caramel. Pretty straightforward barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Rating #1700

Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.

It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach Iíve ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (14842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
2006. Murky amber. Chewy aroma with lots of bubblegum, peach and hints of banana. Light, somewhat vibrant body, nice fruitiness and hints of chewy crystal malt. Big and pretty well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle 2006 courtsey of beerlando: pours a good caramel colour and a nice off white head. aroma is sweet and fruity odd caramel and flower aroma, slight candy also. flavour is a bitter start with a very sweet malt a very herbal dryness very odd to me.

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