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Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, 1939, No. 1 Ale

Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, 1939, No. 1 Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
This beer was originally brewed November 15th, 1939. On that very day Franklin Delano Roosevelt was laying the cornerstone to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.. Across the Atlantic a shift brewer in Edinburgh, Scotland was making one of the strongest beers his brewery had in its repetoire and it was called ďNo. 1.Ē This dark, malty and sweet beer epitomizes Scottish beer of the day and it was a real treat to have Ron tell us that it was a good looking recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Bottle from Blanchards, drunk 4/5/14
Deep mahogany, clear, with some mauve/taupe highlights. Not actually 100% sure what mauve or taupe are, but I feel like thatís accurate. Head is light beige, small and recedes to cover/ring very quickly. Kinda odd for a scotch ale.
Well, we have caramelized malt, toffee, raisins, caramel, chocolate and more caramel malt in the nose. Strong, quite unwavering. Definite esters add light cherries and pears, while some slight pruniness creeps in, thankfully. Like a stronger, more malt focused double brown. Berry skin and almost a glue-like ester seems to sit on the end....
Surprisingly less sweet than the aroma would suggest, with plenty of acidity/melanoidin-like fruitiness. Seems very caramelized up front, but attenuated through the middle of the beer ending actually somewhat dry, with anise, black pepper, tobacco and lots of prunes. Alcohol does cut through the palate somewhat, drying it, at least, but adding a sharpness that dosent belong. Texture is soft, malty, of course, and with a light carbonation. 5 or 6 sips in and Iím pretty tired of it. The strange alcohol sharpness-meets-caramelized malts-meets-vinous acidity just dosent work, palate-wise. I suppose I can see how this would have been pretty shocking and "revolutionary" for its time, but now itís just kind of an alcoholic scotch ale without any particularly exciting nuances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted, toffee, and nutty malts plus caramel, some light bitterness, and dough. Flavor the same with a good balance of the malts. Average texture. A good Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2013
22oz Bottle, purchased at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Well developed malt nose, with a hefty dose of warmth and limestone. This develops a really nice caramelized malt profile right up front, with sticky buns, praline, and toasted almonds. Really one of the best Scotch Ale caramelized malt flavors Iíve ever experienced. The downfall is that the finish is marred by too much roasted grain husk, as though thereís an unfortunately high percentage of dark chocolate malt, that leaves a raking sensation on the tongue that isnít all that enjoyable. I realize as a historical re-creation, this may be faithful, but I still detracts from the drinking experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, peat, some caramel, milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, chococaramel, light peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep and lightly hazed brown with a medium to large sized beige head. Soft roast and a bit of dusty hops on the nose. Lots of thick malt and toast with some lovely chocolate hints. A bit on the bigger side of medium bodied. Large cocoa and roast. For a beer thatís just under 7% this drinks like a much bigger beer. Not in a bad way at all, thereís just a ton of body and thickness here. Loads of roast with some sweet dusty cocoa and a bit of prune. A nice touch of banana in the yeast moves toward a finish that lingers with cocoa and roasted malt. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Roast, nuts, and some dark fruit in the aroma. Flavor starts rich, sweet, and malty. Finish is sweet and spicy with a fair amount of drying alcohol. Different and good, but if you donít like sweet beers, stay away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Tap at Meadhall. The beer pours to a glowing mahogany body with a lasting creamy off white head. Amazing lacing. The aroma is dark fruits and yeasts. Kind of reminds me of some dunkels. Flavor is quite malty with a light bitterness and tobacco. Medium body that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (6294) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Draft @ Meadhall, Cambridge, MA. Reddish color with thick egg shell white head. Smells is very malty, a little Smokey. I had to let this beer warm and hopefully open up. It kind of didnítÖ. Flavor is malty with light caramel, hints of nuts, light toffee, and light peat. Something about the flavor was real restrained. It just tasted bland. I love Pretty things as a brewery maybe I will have to give this another try at some point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bomber. Poured dark, clear brown with a disappearing head. Lightly sweet and cocoa aroma. Flavor complex salt with chocolate and toast. Overall a restrained, sophisticated and mature brew. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
cask @NERAX-off white-copper. A-peat/caramel-med malt. T-peat/caramel-med malt, some dk fruit.

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