bytemesis (8776) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 11, 2017 HonusWagner (2208) - 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.
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish hazel, medium creamy beige head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, toffee, caramel, pine. Flavor is quite sweet, medium bitter, rich. Full body, lingering bitterness. Pretty solid. GRM (4108) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle, 1 pint 9.3 ounces, bottle 450 of 1,500, blue wax, savoured on December 9 2016; eye: mahogany with a bronze hue, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: malt, caramel, bittering hops, alcohol, fig; mouth: malt, caramel, bittering hops, alcohol, fig, light alcohol acridness, finale in alcohol with presence of malt, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, harsh texture; overall: fine
rejtable (2809) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2016
Bouteille, 1 pinte 9,3 onces, bouteille 450 de 1 500, cire bleue, savour�e le 9 d�cembre 2016; �il : acajou avec une teinte bronze, limpide, pas d�effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, houblon am�risant, alcool, figue; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon am�risant, alcool, figue, l�g�re �cret� d�alcool, finale en alcool avec pr�sence de malt, cors�e, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucr�e, texture r�peuse; en r�sum� : bien
Bottle from Xmas 2016 gathering, thanks Stephen! Pours light brown with light head and some lacing. Notes of syrup, earthy bitterness. Taste medium bitter, medium sweet. Medium sticky body with big alcohol burn. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2016
A reddish copper barleywine with a mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with vinous notes, treacle, light butterscotch, alcohol warmth, very nice and beautiful. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light treacle, alcohol warmth, very nice and rich. Bottle at Ottawa Xmas gathering 2016. Franckg (1778) - 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.
DuffMan (10549) - 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! JStax (6995) - 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. knickskicks (1162) - - FEB 28, 2016
Orange/red pour. Nose is citrusy, caramel. Taste is citrus hops and caramel. Preferred the BA version by a lot. weihenweizen (3984) - 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. mabel (9246) - 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."