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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
Deep black-brown pour with a lot of haziness and some definite cloudiness. The aroma is really quite hoppy with lots of earthy resinous character. Lots of herbaceousness over a heavy dark chocolate malt base. Earthy and richly aromatic with a lot of roasty character. Soft palate with a nice bready yeastiness to the palate. There is an almost rosemary contribution from these leafy hops. Soft palate and a lot of lingering bitterness. Very tasty stuff. Very black IPA-ish. I guess like all fashion, what’s old is new.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle at ØLbutikken. Clear dark brown – white head. High malty, smokey, burned notes, berries, light hoppy, chocolate, licorice, coffee notes, nice bitterness, ok hoppy. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Pours nutty brown with a slight haze and a frothy and lacing beige head. Roasty, ashy malt aroma. Medium body, solid roastiness, nuts and dark dried fruits with a massive bitternes from both malts and hops. 230711

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, nuts, and some citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, lemonpeal, and straw, leading to a very bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
clear very dark amber, small light brown head. Spicy caramelly, malty, faint roasted malts. Flavor is malty, caramelly, dry, flowey hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
22 fl bottle, courtesy of joergen. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and grapefruity hoppy. Roasted dark malty and slight breadish. Bitter and herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Thanks to Chris for this... light brown with an amber hue, light tope head, ok retention and lacing... the nose is all black ipa, a hint of yogurt, ok... the taste is not good, all roasted soap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle at home. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate with notes of coffee and cocoa powder. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with notes of hops, grape fruits and coffee. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2011
On tap at Ginger Man, NYC. Another winner from PT. Appearance is deep brown with reddish tints, and a medium crisp head. Nose is rich and chocolatey, with bitters coming through quite prominently both from hops and (mildly) roasts. Body is smooth and silky, with just enough carbonation. Taste is really impressive, not an aggressive attempt at a hybrid as too many black IPAs are but a superb chocolatey porter that meaningfully integrates a range of bitter flavors - baker’s choc, pine, and so on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
22 oz bomber. Pours a deep brownish cola with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate, burnt sugary notes and hops. Taste of roasted malts, hops, cocoa and light chocolate.

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