Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Theis (14655) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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)
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
I’ve 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.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 I’ve 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.
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!