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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2008
750ml bottle (494/1300) 2006 vintage....poured a cloudy dark garnet reddish brown with a long,withstanding and immense light tan head.... sacharine aroma with dark fruits, sweet caramel, and sticky toffee....flavors started off sweet, almost cloyingly so but a little aging smoothened it out and it became quite drinkable. really sweet dark fruits and caramel malt with only a trace of hops towards the finish. creamy full mouthfeel yet didn’t bog the palate down. this one truly was a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2008
750ml bottle. 2006 vintage. big thanks to pantanap for sharing! pours hazy auburn with creamy off white head that stayed creamy! nose is cookie, caramel, chocolate, cotton candy, and slight oxidize touch to it. flavors are caramelized malt, chocolate, toasted malt, doughy cotton candy, some grapefruit hops notes in the finish, and a slight oxidation that dries this thing just enough to make it extremely tasty and drinkable. very smooth. no alcohol is noticed. awesome aged barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2008
2006 bottle. Obtained in trade and shared at Noog4. Looks hazy amber with a light white head. Sweet-creamy sherry like aroma. Boozy with fruit. A bit harsh at first sip. Some strong hops and booze. But it mellows to light sweetness, chocolate/toffee, burnt caramel and a touch of vinous like character. The mouth feel is creamy though it is sharp at first, and it finishes dry. Not a bad drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5196) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Noogfest ’08. The body is hazy dark amber with a khaki head. The aroma had some caramel with pancakes and peaches. The taste has some bitter bread crust. There was also some grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest. Very nice packaging, with paper bag cover with orange wax over the top. Kudos to whomever came up with that concept. Now to the beer. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Fruity aroma from the ale esters and hops. Flavor to toffee from the malts, joined by green apple and alcohol. This bitterness is very moderate, perhaps lacking a bit. Not bad, but disappointing considering the rating. In East End’s defense, it was up against some steep competition at Noogfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3290) - Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Really cool packaging, but we’re not rating that, are we? Pours a cloudy amber. Pineapple, apricots and alcohol. Sticky. I guess it deserves the packaging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
750ml picked up at East End. 2006 vintage, bottle 599/1300. Poured dark hazy copper in color with a medium thin white head. Aroma of dark fruits, citrus, and caramel. Taste of caramel, nice citrus hop taste with a nice body. Mild alcohol warming in the finish but overall very nice barleywine. Very original packaging with the brown paper around a clear bottle and orange wax.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (3523) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
750 ml bottle, 2006 Vintage, Courtesy of Winter 07 Secret Santa. Bottle #830 of 1300. Enjoyed with after4ever and hogfodder on 3/20/08. Pour is hazy orange amber with a billowy off white head. Aroma is caramel toffee sticky sweetness. Great nose. Sweet fruitiness. Taste is mostly about the biscuit caramel sweetness. Really round fully developed and nice layers of taste. Great balance, really a treat. Super nice. Thanks for this one Dan, you were a great Santa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6817) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
750, ’06, thanks, Theisti! #830/1300. This was freaking amazing. Cloudy burnished coppery dark amber with a towering sudsy light tan head and super dense sheets of lace. Huge port, toffee, and raisins on the nose. Medium, creamy, and oily body. Soft carb. Lots of sugary bits--port, toffee, and raisins again on the mid-palate. Very beautifully balanced and harmonious. A bit hot at the end, but remarkably under control for how big it is with only two years in the bottle. This is just astonishingly good. A buy-by-the-case beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Miver. 2006 vintage, bottle 599/1300. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off whtie head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, doughy, citrus, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Some alcohol in the finish.

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