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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, green apples, grapes and toffee malts, with caramel and light alcohol as well. Taste of sweet caramel and dried fruits, with some nuttiness, and light smoke as well. Alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Lightly hazed copper colored liquid. Small, but appropriate head. Floor malt and mild hopsack aromas. Seems quite traditional. Caramel and malt start thing out in a big way. Some mild fruit and hints of floral come just as the heat picks up in the back of the mouth and throat. Quite drinkable now, but would likely be much better in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle sampled on 2/26/07: Smooth, sweet caramel malty and lightly fruity aroma. Full, viscous, sweet caramel malty flavor has good light fruity esters and complexity with a warming finish. Seems to have aged fairly well.

Bottle shared by 1FastSTi at the 3/25/06 MIlwaukee tasting: Pours a clear copper bronze with a nicely-lacing tan head. Very bready yeasty toasty caramel aroma has a good fresh mild English hoppy character. Starts with sweet viscous caramel malty flavor with lots of warming alcohol toward the finish. Needs some time to age, but could be real nice in a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle courtesy of CMUBEERMAN. Hints of smoke in the aroma w/ grassy hops, brown sugar, thick malt, raisins, chocolate, and caramel flavor w/ a spicy, dry English-style BW after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
Hazy brown body. Creamy-sweet caramel start with a light tart cherry highlight. Big sweet flavor with cherry, caramel, and some hot alcohol. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Thank you Blake for bringing this to the party! Bottle #525/600. Poured a deeper shade of caramel with a tall beige head. Soft, yet rich caramel, dark fruity malts, and fresh spring floral grace the nose. Flavor was quite heavy on the fruity and caramel maltage, with complementary floral bitters and some bright alcohol. Rich feel on the palate... with a smooth, malty middle, crisp floral surrounding, and an alcoholly-effervescence. Great brew and dangerously-drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Hazy, murky caramel and orangish-brown in color with a tiny off-white overlay for the head. Sweet cherry toffee prevails, met with sweet perfumey hops, lilacs, lavender and caramel. Bitter hops press upon the tongue’s sides. Amarillo sentiments tingle and sweeten. Melting caramel chews provide a flavorful backbone. Some margarine runoff on the palate, but the flan-like sweetness keeps its head above water. Thanks for sharing, Blake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle #525/600 from CMUBEERMAN. It pours to a brassy body with a creamy white head. The aroma is hoppy barley and phenols like banana. Sorta like they used Belgian yeast in this.. The flavor is hoppy. Alcoholic grains. Honey? Kinda different. The uniqueness intrigues my tongue. The palate is a touch hot. Nice mouthfeel, however. Medium-bodied and velvety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
orangish brown color pour w/ a nce thick creamy off tan head w/ some good lace. Aroma is odd for a barley wine, seems a spiced hop aroma pretty light some floral hop notes. A spiced bitter taste some light malt and a touch of yeast in the flavor. Pretty sweet after the sharp hot front. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Drank an 05 the other day. Fucking great. ***** I had this at the 2nd annual "Hell With the Lid Off Barleywine Tasting." Pretty damn good...I’ve only had their big hop before and I wasn’t expecting too much. First off this beer set itself apart from the other 16 or so barley wines. It had a distinct almost belgian character. Color was a murky amber. Aroma had a lot of yeasty, floral, and acidic notes. Taste was huge on the malt, yeast, and had an almost perfect touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel was very smooth and kind of oily. I think this is supposed to be available in bottles at the brewery at the end of the month...only 600 of them. Should be a pretty good find for anyone who can get a hold of a few of them.

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