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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2011
22oz bottle in an English pint. Pours very dark brown with a thick, lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little coffee and smokiness, some caramel, and a lot of floral hops. The porter aspect is strong, but the hops are stronger than most beers of this style. Average texture. A really unique porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2011
22 ounce thanks to Matt. Pours a big black beer with tan head. Roast and chocolate. I was expecting something akin to the New Glarus version, but no tart or sour here. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (6245) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6512) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23012) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (3066) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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.

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