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RATINGS: 303   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, Iíd 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2013
2009 bottle acquired in a trade a while back. Iíve probably had this a couple years or even more. Opened just slightly chilled; very close to room temp. The pour is a deep ruby-mahogany color with a fluffy tan head on top that leaves some surprisingly nice lacing. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel, with plums, licorice, and cherries to give it a fruity element. This is rich stuff; a lot of malt flavor, but very smooth going down. The body is slick. Itís sweet and fruity; candied fruity notes of cherry skin, raisin, and mixed tropical fruit cocktail. Some earthy undertones with a ever so slight toasted malt presence. Thereís just a touch of boozy-alcohol sting in the finish to remind you that itís an 11%+ beer. Mostly itís just warming without being overly alcoholic. I was happy to find that this 4 year old beer has held up quite well with no oxidation. Iíve never had it fresh but Iíd bet that age did this some good. With that said, while enjoyable, this seems like a fairly basic barleywine for such a special release. Iím not sure I need to trade for, or seek out another bottle anytime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12291) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser, thanks! Cloudy golden amber color, flat. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is similar, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle with Vin and Bill, courtesy of Bill. I believe it was an í08. Nose of raisin, cherry, toffee, caramel, some hops. Sweet with a boozy sherry-like flavor. Top notch barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (786) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
2009 Bottle. Aroma is full of light dried fruit. Raisin and dried cherry with some plum. A light smokiness and some sherry. Moderate caramel notes and hints of toffee and vanilla. Pours a really nice ruby and burnt amber with a thick light tan head. Light lacing and medium sized legs. Flavor is full of nice sweet caramel and dried fruit. Lots of sherry and grape notes. Fruit is raisin and cherry. Moderate light bitterness. A bit on the oxidized side. Some alcohol spice in the finish. A bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency with medium high alcohol warmth. Finishes a bit on the thin side. Overall not bad, but on the lighter malt side for a Barleywine. Very fruity and fairly oxidized. The malt character is starting to disappear. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Sweet and fruity. Very nice mix of pineapple, apricot and raisin. Interesting color. Bright amber with a yellowish head. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 Growler. Cloudy amber color. Light head. Harsh alcohol flavor. Not very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1653) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 13A Force carbonated. Bottle share at Voodoo. Orange brown color. Great flavor of sweetness. Best barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 05 at a tasting. Thank you lithy. Dark brownish red pour. Alcohol and dark fruits. Slight grape flavor with alcohol heat. Some caramel candy taste. 06 at a tasting thanks to lithy. Aromas of caramel and dark fruits. Reddish brown pour. Thick feel. Sweet taste. 08a at the brewery. Slightly toasty and super sweet with a slight burnt aftertaste. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1049) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle of the 2007 yellow wax. Pours a hazy straw yellow with no head. Aroma was a malty mess with corn taking over. Corn husk as well. Taste, flat and very much like a bland IPA that had been cellared for some time. Some more sugar apparent to let you know this isnít an old IPA but still this was likely a lot better fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2007 bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, dark fruit, more malt with a mild woody note. The flavor is also very malt forward showcasing caramel and toffee. Additional big ripe dark fruits, some wood and a surprising amount of bite to this. Even after sitting a bit this still had some heat. Overall, pretty tasty but Iím not sure it is worth all the trouble to acquire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2340) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2012
2009 Vintage Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge bubbly beige head that persists forever. Upon first pour I and assaulted with aromas of tropical fruits. Upon closer inspection I get lots of toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark dried fruits with a hint of alcohol and a faint bit of earthy hop. The flavor is smooth and sweet with just enough ethanol and earthy to provide some balance. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolate mixed with cherries, and plums go down quite smooth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice barleywine, I wish I could try it a bit fresher, but I quite enjoyed this aged version today.

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