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RATINGS: 334   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 (1978) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
knickskicks (1101) - - 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 (2893) - 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 (8014) - 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 (3307) - 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 (9253) - 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 (12862) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1212) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at all killer no filler. Pours a purpleish brown with a slight brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and some malt. Taste is caramel, slight hop bitter, touch of alco heat, some rough grain notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1120) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
Dégustée chez Alexandre Mathieu. Cheers mate! Bière au look authentique de BarleyWine : couleur d’un roux chauffé aux reflets cuivrés d’un caramel en ébullition. Tête peu mousseuse, voire timide mais tenace jusqu’au bout. Un exemple de détermination! Nez d’orge grillé, plutôt sucré. Je suis dans la cassonade au four, un peu à la manière d’une croustade aux pommes. En bouche, je suis plutôt du côté du houblon, surtout en fin de bouche où la finale est plutôt amère. Certaines flaveurs de citron sont également présentes. L’ensemble reste néanmoins très orienté du côté du caramel et de l’orge maltée. Belle rondeur sans trop être sucrée, la texture est soyeuse et souple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark ruby with thin tan head. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, plum, bready malt, caramel roastiness. Rich chewy mouthfeel. Great.

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