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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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To commemorate the one year anniversary of East End Brewing, Id 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
2007 Pours deep red, minimal tan head Smell light caramel, sweet honey straws Taste sweet smooth caramel, molasses, vanilla, roast, light and nuanced flavors Balanced, mid body Really good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2005, thanks to David! Ive had many a vintage of Gratitude, but never 2005 until now, and I must say the beer has aged remarkably well. Firstly, there was still "ample" carbonation by the standards of a Barley Wine, even a fresh one. The oxidation is definitely less than youd expect of a typical BW bottling, but gives a nice sherry characteristic to things without any of the watery texture issues. Slightly chestnutty with lots of interesting sweet fruit notes and a hint of leathery character. Excellent, beautiful beer. Its a shame Ill almost certainly never get to drink it again, but in my experiences basically every batch of this beer ages well. So grateful (hehehe get it?) to have tried this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Red/copper liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, caramel, toffee, port wine and dried fruit. Quite complex. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, plums and sweet alcohol. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Really viscous and sticky. Great barley wine, very balanced and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5035) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2010 750ml shared by Brad. Glowing orange body. Oily head, soapy edges. Oaky, big woody malt tones. Rich caramel tones, but not overly sticky. A really great Barleywine. Awesome to see a non-barrel aged beer this good. Massive yet balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a red/cola like color with off white head. Aromas and flavors of caramel, malt, and sweet fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4674) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle (forget which year it was) in a tasting glass. Pours cloudy brown/ruby with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and light chocolate from the malts, some dough, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice malty character. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
2013 750ml bottle purple wax bottle pours a dark brown with zero head big complex flavors. caramel really sticks out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3417) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2007 Yellow wax...Pours amber/ruby with no head. Aroma has slightly boozy notes of candied fruit and earthy/woodiness. Flavor is slightly oxidized but not too much...nice candied fruit and earthy hops/woodiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish is warming. Shame its oxidized.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1197) - New York, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2013 bottle, shared with Mac, 09/22/2013. Pours muddy reddish brown, light creamy head rests on the surface, thin ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is sweet apple caramel, dried golden raisin, soft hoppy pine, dark bready toffee, hint of roast and chocolate to balance. Taste is sweet caramel, light fruit and raisin, chocolate toffee, pleasant hop bite with lingering bitterness. Medium thick body, smooth, fairly drinkable even this fresh. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (503) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
2013 bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a dissipating soapy head that becomes fine. The aroma is of sweet carmel malts, butter toffee, booze, fruit and spice notes from the hops. In the flavor I noticed the sweet carmel malts, butter taste, bitterness, and booze. The finish was of malts, booze, bitterness, and a nice dryness. Overall this hit my palate but did so pleasantly.

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