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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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As some of you know, or don’t 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, Ron’s "afflict the comfortable" brewing research style takes assumed beer styles and flips them on their heads. This time around Ron’s 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 isn’t what you’re thinking. The recipe that we’re 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! That’s a double IPA people. That’s 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (3776) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of rlgk cons 2011-09-24 Göteborg AR: heavy roasted malt, wee sweetener - caramel AP: dark brown with reddish edges, frothy creme beige head F: caramel, coffey, chocolate, tart

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Rich and warm in every way ... deep dark brown color and a cozy blanket of tight foam that stands the test of time. The aroma is full of comforting toffee and roast, and the beer drinks with a sweet, woody, goodness worthy of a rainy fall afternoon. Quite good! (#4265, 9/25/2011)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (3898) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2011
Courtesy of rlgk. Pours pitch black with a great tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is ashy, smoke, meaty, acidy, roasted malty, fruity and bready. Flavor is fruity, malty, bitter, phenolic, coffee and bready. Finishes bitter roasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of Nisse666. Dark brown with beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma with herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly dry with medium bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hoppy bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (1979) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours rather light brown for a porter with a greyish head. Aroma of hops and coffee. Rather bitter taste of coffe grounds, rosted malt and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fair amount of beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and some coffee. Taste is burnt wood, coffee and a good amount of bitter hops in the back end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 6, 2011
Botella, "East India Style Porter", ok then. Deep dark brown colour. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and fruity hops. Good mouthfeel indeed. Flavour has pleasantly roasted malt with chocolate, fruity hops and some coffeee, sweet like. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
The beer is dark, murky and brown. It has a creamy, beige head that sticks around for quite awhile. The aroma has sweet cocoa upfront with some cola and mineral/pine hops. It has some bready, toffee-ish malt tones backing up the darker and hoppier notes. The taste is much more full and rich than the aroma. There’s a big sweet coffee/chocolate note backed up by caramel maltiness. The finish is fairly bitter with a nice hop bite. It’s a smooth, full flavor, and the beer drinks bigger than the abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and a bit bracing in the finish. Very good and interesting beer. I would actually prefer it to be a bit less hoppy, though the hops were actually weaker than expected.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2011
This might be one of the tastiest porters I’ve had. Jet brown with a nice frothy, milkshake-like head. Sweet roasted coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. Flavor is very smooth and roasty-sweet but with an assertive hop backbone. Very easy drinking for such a heavy-body brew. Long lingering sweet and bitter finish. Pretty Things has another winner!


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