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RATINGS: 337   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

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (2127) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (1279) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016 Bouteille. Robe brune-ambrée assez trouble avec un mince filet de mousse. Arômes de caramel, sucre d’orge, vanille, brandy de mûres. En bouche, malt caramelisé, sucre d’orge, houblons herbacés, vanille, quelques fruits confits, alcool. Bourbon subtil. Texture huileuse et corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2016
RBSG 2016. Bottle, shared by the brewmaster himself, 2009 vintage. Medium copper hue. Fruity caramel, brown bread, barley candy, sticky and warming. The BBA version offers greater depths and density, but this is still a treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
2009 bottle. The beer is a hazy copper. Raisin, fig, toffee, dry notes. Super dry taste. Ashy and bitter. Big body and no carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (1151) - - FEB 28, 2016
Orange/red pour. Nose is citrusy, caramel. Taste is citrus hops and caramel. Preferred the BA version by a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3181) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown 75 cl bottle 2009 poured into a snifter. Hazy Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, little carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
[7529-20150815] Bottle. Sweet toffee caramel aroma. Slightly hazy, orange red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet toffee grains flavour has a nice aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(Vintage 2014 @ Campground Brewdown 2015, Millmont, PA) The same night I also tried the 2004 version, which I enjoyed even more. I wrote: "Cherry wood and rich dark fruit. Delicious. 4.0."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle. I think less than a year old. Aromas are apple cider, cherries, caramel, and figs. Tastes the same pretty much. Big caramel apple with underlying dark fruit. Light to moderate sweetness. Ultra smooth for the abv. Medium to full body. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle pour in my snifter is a deep amber to light brown with a two finger head. No lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and candied sugars. Some bananas as well?? Taste is big malts with caramel, toffee, dark fruits, big sugars. Bitter hoppiness, big carbonation. Well balanced and very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
2015-08-15. Amber body with a modest beige head. Aroma is pleasantly malty, caramel notes, toffee and fruit. Flavour is similar, big malty core with notes of caramel and toffee, mild dark fruit. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, good carbonation. 4+ Very nice, solid barley wine. 7/4/8/4/16 2014 vintage Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

2015-08-15. Dark amber body with a nice off white head. 3+ Aroma of caramel, toffee and a bit of oxidation. Flavour is quite fruity, vinous quality with some light oxidation. Dark fruit. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Showing its age but it works for it. Nice stuff. 7/3-4/8/4/16 2006 Vintage Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

2015-08-15. No notes; Much rougher and boozier than the other two vintages. 2009 Vintage Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2015
75cl bottle, vintage 2009. Lightly hazed copper body with no head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, orange, cherry, some vinous. Taste is sweet, caramel, vinous, some cherry, orange, light alcohol. Sticky full body, no carbonation.

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