HonusWagner (1423) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005, thanks to David!
I’ve 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 you’d 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. It’s a shame I’ll 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.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
suprchunk (2265) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaska 1386/1600 (år?). Klar och svagt disig. Burkmajs finns där men inte så det stör. Tunn och spritig.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’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.
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
tectactoe (2021) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
callmemickey (2868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle. Ruddy-brown body with a thin off-white head and sparse lacing. Caramel, toffee, prune, earth, leather, a little sherry and general sweet cereals. Medium to full bodied with slick, soft carbonation, slightly boozy with decent sweetness. Nice to see this return after the two flatitude vintages.