otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
A rich amber brown, Gratitude graces my glass with her liquid girth. An almost immediate head forms and fades into a small layer on top. A couple good swirls and an array of brussels lace grace the side of my glass. Her nose is sweet and her body is thick, but not so thick I can’t get my mouth around her and enjoy the luscious depths inside. A slight coating affect in my mouth and on my tongue, but only faint so I don’t feel weighed down. Her palate is replete with hints of wood, cinnamon, apples, cherries, and maple syrup. Hints of caramelized sugar? A bit creamy and definitely a sweeter maltier Barley Wine than some, a little bit of hops sneak in for an attack during the finish. A pleasant zap of citrus and bitter lemon rind but they don’t linger long. Sweet is her name, and Gratitude is the game. A very good malty Barley Wine and an extra prop for the very cool and original packaging.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
I’ve had my Barley Wines malty, hoppy, and somewhere in-between. I find that I enjoy all varieties, but which one I enjoy most depends somewhat on the mood I am in. Thankfully I have yet to try a sub-par barley wine of any variety, but I am sure they are out there. Gratitude from East End Brewing in Pennsylvania is a fabulous barley wine.
Courtesy Beerlando. 2006 bottle, sharp packaging. Cloudy dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white head. Sharp perfumey malts, lavender, light floral hops. Warm alcoholic taste, peppercorns, caramel. Pretty straightforward barleywine. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Rating #1700Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
Huge gratitude to tpd975 for bringing this 2006 vintage goodie along. Awesome. Also a big thanks to East End Brewing for making this delicious beer. Please make this again.
It has the most interesting bottle labeling approach I’ve ever seen. It appears to be shrink wrapped with brown paper like the bottle has a paper skin. Pours somewhat hazy deep copper with impressive tan head for the style. The aroma is bold and inviting with solid dark fruity esters of prunes, figs, dates and a layer of yum followed by near grainy malty sweetness. A big draw brings the expected bit of hotness to the nose. The taste starts sweet and malty with a mild pulse of pine hops. Way more malty sweet than bittering hops. The fruity esters soon surface and grow to midway and carry into the finish with notes of prunes, muted yet ripe cherries, sugar stewed raisins, figs and plums. Wow, very enjoyable. Some mild alcohol sits on the tongue into the after taste and provides a bit of warming.
2006. Murky amber. Chewy aroma with lots of bubblegum, peach and hints of banana. Light, somewhat vibrant body, nice fruitiness and hints of chewy crystal malt. Big and pretty well-balanced. mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle 2006 courtsey of beerlando: pours a good caramel colour and a nice off white head. aroma is sweet and fruity odd caramel and flower aroma, slight candy also. flavour is a bitter start with a very sweet malt a very herbal dryness very odd to me.
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
At Vero. Murky pour is reddish-brown. Smells chewy and grainy--a textural smell. Good balance. Sweet, crusty malts. Toasty and really bread crusty, which is a flavor I enjoy. Tastes nicer than it smells. Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2008
A dark amber apperance with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, cherries, brown sugar, and molasses. The flavor is rather sweet and oakey with some citrus, cherries, and dark fruits. Seems more English style to me but alas a good one! smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of beerlando. 2006 batch. Pours hazy amber with off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits. Malty caramel bread flavor with some hops coming through. Alcohol is barely noticeable for 11.5% ABV. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. A nice American style barley wine. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
2006 vintage, bottle #525/1300. The body is a cloudy, dusky, orange-brown color. A frothy, cream colored head leaves copious amounts of micro-spot lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is ultra-creamy for a barleywine, with big, malty notes of toffee, caramel, oak, and smooth vanilla. Citrus hops linger in the background, but have mostly given way to the will of the velvety malts. Flavors continue this trend, as chewy, creamy caramel and toffee are spiced with easy going, aged-oak and vanilla notes. The hop billing is again there for balance and spicing only, its acidic bitterness long since mellowed. The palate proves to be smooth, chewy, and substantial, with moderate carbonation. This drinks incredibly light for a monster brew, the alcohol barely noticeable. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
thanks cmubeerman. 2005 batch, #318/600. Definitely the coolest bottle I’ve seen. Immediately, this beer is an excellent American barley wine. Ruddy, reddish brown with a creamy head. Piney/resiny hops, toasty malt, vanilla, and alcohol jump out. Really buttery. Flavor has a wonderful hoppy, pithy quality that balances the alcohol and the vanilla/bourbon sweetness. Excellent.