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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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To commemorate the one year anniversary of East End Brewing, I’d 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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13537) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
At Vero. Murky pour is reddish-brown. Smells chewy and grainy--a textural smell. Good balance. Sweet, crusty malts. Toasty and really bread crusty, which is a flavor I enjoy. Tastes nicer than it smells.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2008
A dark amber apperance with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, cherries, brown sugar, and molasses. The flavor is rather sweet and oakey with some citrus, cherries, and dark fruits. Seems more English style to me but alas a good one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of beerlando. 2006 batch. Pours hazy amber with off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits. Malty caramel bread flavor with some hops coming through. Alcohol is barely noticeable for 11.5% ABV. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A nice American style barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
2006 vintage, bottle #525/1300. The body is a cloudy, dusky, orange-brown color. A frothy, cream colored head leaves copious amounts of micro-spot lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is ultra-creamy for a barleywine, with big, malty notes of toffee, caramel, oak, and smooth vanilla. Citrus hops linger in the background, but have mostly given way to the will of the velvety malts. Flavors continue this trend, as chewy, creamy caramel and toffee are spiced with easy going, aged-oak and vanilla notes. The hop billing is again there for balance and spicing only, its acidic bitterness long since mellowed. The palate proves to be smooth, chewy, and substantial, with moderate carbonation. This drinks incredibly light for a monster brew, the alcohol barely noticeable. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
thanks cmubeerman. 2005 batch, #318/600. Definitely the coolest bottle I’ve seen. Immediately, this beer is an excellent American barley wine. Ruddy, reddish brown with a creamy head. Piney/resiny hops, toasty malt, vanilla, and alcohol jump out. Really buttery. Flavor has a wonderful hoppy, pithy quality that balances the alcohol and the vanilla/bourbon sweetness. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2006 version. Courtesy Beerlando. Pours a dark copper color, with a small white head. Smells of huge bready yeast, lots of caramel malt, and some dark fruits, but not prominent. Standard smelling. The flavor was definitely a little boozy, with tons of that bread flavor coming out. The caramel malt and fruits attempt to balance it somewhat, but still was a little bready for me. Barley wines just arent hacking it for me these days for whatever reason.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. 2006? I’m not sure what a chickadee looks like, definitely not a crow. Strange fruity/vegetal aroma- intentional or infection? Also sugary sweet caramel and a bit of toast. Full body, balanced. Not much going on here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottle at the 2007 Gratitude release party at the brewery. Pours a hazy dark amber, small off-white head. Aroma is plum raisin, toffee and malt. Flavor is an incredible mix of plum, raisin, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and malt. It has a very nice viscosity to it, not thin, but not thick. A nice warming to it at the end, but the alcohol is very well hidden. Glad I bought several to stick in the cellar, as i can only imagine how this is going to taste in the years to come.


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