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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A Brown Lager. The lager, yes lager, started out as an idea to create a very rustic beer with a roasted character and a brown disposition. We imagined a pre-Great War sort of beer that might have been on its last legs of popularity. The kind of beer young folks of the time would laugh about as being ďan old manís laberbierĒ. Well Pretty Things is the old manís dream beer brewer, so we thought weíd give it a whirl! We started with malted barley and hops from the German tradition and employed a single decoction mash. Decoction is a slightly complicated, time intensive and little used technique (on this continent anyway) that insured temperature certainty in the age before real temperature control. Got it? Okay, that was a boring explanation. How is this: we took a portion of the mash and boiled it at 212 for 15 minutes. Trust us, boiling a mash is rare. Dann has only done this once in his twenty year career (on purpose anyway). Ahem. Watching a mash boil is a bit like watching a house burn down Ė itís goes against you instinct and it appears that all is a loss. Thankfully thatís not the case. Fermentation lasted quite a long time at temperatures as low as 52 degrees Fahrenheit and then a continued lagering was applied afterwards. Total time in the tanks? How about 55 days? Thatís a pretty respectable lager, with the yeast continuing to do their thing well into the new year.

WISEGUY572's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Just delightful. Nose of dark roasted malts, sweet notes over coffee and bitter burnt barley; you start to understand why German ersatz coffee was made from burnt grain. Dark chestnut reddish brown, almost clear, small head, no significant lacing; it is, after all, a lager. Taste is pretty extraordinarily intense for a lager without being, well, unlagery. Maybe itís the boiling? Anyway, itís a remarkably intense, remarkably malty, remarkably bitter, slightly hoppy dunkel and it taste is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6745) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bomber. Obviously not retired. Very dark brown with a big beige head. Roast and chocolate aroma with grain and earth. First sip could be chicory. Earth and fruit with some brown sugar. Bread and coffee. Bitterness creeps up and as it warms the fruit takes interesting turns. Sometimes grapefruit pops up. Interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10428) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 12, 2016
Draught @ Cafe Albert, Aarhus. Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark chocolate, nuts, bread, litte wet wood. Flavor os light sweet, malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate, bread. Medium body, lively carbonation, light sweet finish. 090416

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with amber edges and an off white head. Roast, coffee, some chocolate, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15501) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2016
Tap @ Cafe Albert. Clear dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, nut, hop and a little bread. Flavour is malt, caramel, chocolate, nut, medium sweet, bread, hop and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2016
Draught at Taphouse. Dark brown colored with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and malty aroma of caramel, bread and dried fruits. Light roasted flavor of caramel and licorice with notes of bread. Light roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2016
From tap. Pours clear and golden amber to brown with a small tan head. Roasted, breadish and caramelish. Toffee, caramelish and bitter. Toasted and dark malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8635) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2016
Sample@Taphouse, Copenhagen - brown pour with a reddish hue. Aroma and taste is sweet bready toasty malty, some light roasty notes, some toffee and caramel sweetness, some nutty nuances, pretty decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34636) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2016
Draft. A deep red beer with a huge tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of bread, caramel, and malt, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (2014) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
This is a solid beer. Full flavoured with caramel, toast, spice, sharp bitterness, boozy hints, and a great bittersweet finish. Pleasantly surprised with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Draft at iTap-Soulard, served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with an inch of beige head that laces the glass and settles into a film. Notes of chocolate, toasted barley and wheat, nuts, earth, caramel, dry grains, and leaves. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy, smooth mouthfeel that finishes dry. Really good, interesting take on the style.

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