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Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, December 6, 1855 EIP



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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
As some of you know, or donít know at all, we here at Pretty Things enjoy our history. Yes folks, and we like our history and we like it weeds and all. This is why when we were faced with the option of teaming up with Ron Pattinson (our very favorite brewing Historian), we jumped at the chance. After all, Ronís "afflict the comfortable" brewing research style takes assumed beer styles and flips them on their heads. This time around Ronís taken us back to colonial India of the 1850s where the rum-drinking troops (or "squaddies") are dying at alarming rates. A beer figured into their survival but it isnít what youíre thinking. The recipe that weíre using dates back to a brewsheet from December 6th, 1855. To be specific, this was a beer brewed at Barclay Perkins in London. 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel! Thatís a double IPA people. Thatís more than some of the hoppiest MODERN IPAs out there. Our Once Upon a Time 1855 EIP is dry, malty good with a substantial pipe-tobacco bitterness, dark garnet colour and 6% abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
651mL thanks to argo0. Pours a deep brown, red highlights. Thick, milky tan foam. Nose is excellent hazelnut, vanilla, hop resin. Taste is soily heavy, very weak, lemon tea. Lighter mouthfeel but delicate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you sir! Cloudy light brown color, small beige head. Aroma of cocoa powder. Taste is roasty chocolate and light coffee not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2013
22oz bottle pours a translucent mahogany amber with some clumpy white head. Nose is nutty, toasty, significant hop presence, malt. Flavor has sonera bitterness, not just hop bitterness but also roasted coffee bitterness, brown sugar, toasted bread, brown bread, bread crust. Dry, bitter finish. Old school.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
8th October 2011
Opaque black - brown beer. Good fluffy pale tan head. Palate is crispy but dry. Dark malt with coffee bitterness and a little roast. Minerals. Trace of estery banana. Mild hop bitterness with a little orange in there. Dry and bitter finish. Fair bit of coffee in the aftertaste. Tastes olde worlde in as much as itís rough round the edges - but thatís the point I guess. Interesting blast from the past!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2013
A nice opaque brown body with a tan head that had some retention and lace. Aroma had a nice roasted malt character. Rich coffee and cocoa dominated the aromatics. Some sweetness to it was just enough to take the edge off. Flavor was robustly malty. Good coffee notes upfront, dark cocoa and there was a nice pipe-tobacco quality to it. Very dry on the finish and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2012
22 ounce bottle thanks to Michael. Pours a dark ruddy color with a large brown and orange head. A sweet hoppy nose with chocolate malts. A rich brew with lots of Black IPA notes- very fruity and bitter hops-, but the dryness and rich porter elements stand out stronger. Easygoing and displaying a subtlety that evades most brews in this style today. 1855 the first bridge over the Mississippi was built, Penn State was founded and Livingston saw Victoria Falls. This beer was good then and now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1904) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2012
22 oz bottle from Julios Liquors. Pours dark brown with a 2 finger beige head. Fair amount of lace. Chocolate and coffee aroma with a side note of pine resin and earth. Chocolate in the flavor with more coffee mingled with a nice hop bitterness. Palate is dry and a little on the thin side. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2012
Pours opaque black with a generous white head. Malt, molasses, and some roast in the aroma. Taste is malty with some roast, but finishes with a lot more hop bitterness than you typically get in a porter. Different and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle at the Beer, Bocce and Boozer tasting, London. Pours brown with a creamy beige head. Dusty cocoa on the nose with faint roasted malts. Nice, balanced flavor, fairly roasty, medium sweet with light earth, pine and toast. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Some nice roastiness in the finish with dark, bittersweet cocoa and moderate sweetness. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Year old bottle poured into a tulip and let to open up. Aroma is light vanilla, milk chocolate, roast, and earthy richness. Taste is much like a milk stout with a thinner body but complex roasty semi-sweet finish. Great.

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