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RATINGS: 301   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, 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


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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1381) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2250) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Staffan47 (873) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2014
Flaska 1386/1600 (år?). Klar och svagt disig. Burkmajs finns där men inte så det stör. Tunn och spritig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1389) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 14, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
(Bottle) pours deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma is balanced with caramel and fruits. Creamy and friendly alcohol-ish on the nose. Touch of cinnamon apples. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes deep caramel and fruits. Not over the top, just a robust maltiness. The mouthfeel fat and round with a light carbonation. Som hops on the finish. Near full bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2783) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow! 2010 vintage. Pours hazy amber with a very small bubbly goldenish offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and fruity with biscuits, caramel, dates, raisins, oatmeal cookies, cereal, hay, caramelized apples, toffee, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, prunes and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with biscuits, caramel, hay, riasins, prunes, dates, charred wood, caramelized apples, marzipan covered baked pears, caramelized almonds, toffee and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, slightly flat, round, slightly viscous and medium to full bodied. finish is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, biscuits, hay, grapefruit rinds, raisins, dates, charred wood, baked pears and warming alcohol. Very solid mellow and tasty barley wine. No mr fancypants barrel aged complicasaurus. It takes a lot of skill to make something as solid as this…


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