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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, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1727) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
Pours cloudy brown, red. Nose is prune, nuts, malts. Taste is more prunes, low carbonation, quite sharp bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - OCT 5, 2014
2010. Huge aged BW nose. Very promising. Even after 4 years this is lacking a bit of complexity, but otherwise a well rounded, easy drinking BW. Sticky fruits, marmalade and apricot, vanilla. Soft, warming finish. Very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2014
Hazy amber color. Lovely nose with lots of toffee, milk chocolate, burnt raisins and cherries. Sweet maltiness and a touch of sour. The mouth is very smooth, lots of milk chocolate, toffee, tootie rolls. Very warming in the finish. A really nice sipping and winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2924) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Tawny pour. Slight off white head. Plenty of lacing. Sweet malt notes, dark fruit. Molasses. Taste is sweet and not as hot as I thought it would be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Staffan47 (904) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2014
Flaska 1386/1600 (år?). Klar och svagt disig. Burkmajs finns där men inte så det stör. Tunn och spritig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6055) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Nose of brown sugar tobacco dark fruit. Auburn pour nice head and lace. Sweet dark fruit tobacco brown sugar. The 2006 was full of carbboard. The 2006 tasted like carbboard soaked in red man juice and brown sugar. The 2007 is a legit beer. Full bodied sugary. Hot. Just a lot if damn beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
’09 vintage. Pours light brown with khaki colored head. Dark fruits, toffee, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a sweet note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
At my place with Taylor, Justin, Kristen, and Matt. Pours rose red, no head. Aroma is fruity figs, nice and delicious, complex. Taste is super smooth for a barleywine, tasty, almost cherry, hint of sweetness, still very true to the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Bruce. Aroma is so barleywine. Dark fruits, bitter grass, prunes, raisin skins, and malt. Pours brown with not too much carbonation (I’ve heard of the flatitude). Taste is nice and balanced with a good pine/grass hop presence but still plenty of raisin, prune, and toffee tastes. Just a perfectly contructed B-wine. No more, no less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Ed. 2010 bottle. Muddled, swampy copper with no head, just a timid, khaki collar. Aroma full of sweet caramel, buttery toffee, floral hops, sticky prunes & raisins, & a good sized dose of anise on the tail end. Taste is full of more smooth & slick caramel, toffee, & light butterscotch. Good English hop bite; dirty, spicy, floral just a bit. Lingering hints of earthiness, anise, & toffee in the finish. A bit thin & light bodied considering the style & ABV. A good barleywine, no doubt, but not mind-blowing by any means.

Bottle: 2008a batch, the "re-brew". Again, thanks to Ed. The additional two years is noticeable here in the form of slight oxidation onset. A bit of stale paper & cardboard is beginning to set in, lingering in the aftertaste. Otherwise, it hasn’t evolved much from the 2010 bottle in terms of normal aromas/flavors.

Bottle: 2013 batch. Bottle 477/1600. Best bottle of Gratitude I’ve had, for sure. Freshest, too, so maybe that’s the key. About a year old, a little less. Lots of sweet prune & earthy, dirty hops with a nice bitterness. Raisin, hint of anise, sweet caramel. Lingering bitterness with a strong hoppy character in the finish. Bumping up the score a few points.

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