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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iguanodon (140) - Bountiful, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, earth and toasty malt. Taste is mostly roasted malt with some chocolate and a hint of smoke, nice hops in the finish. Iíll buy this one again but not my favorite porter, I prefer a bit more sweetness and a bit less roastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2011
So this is a very different porter from many I have had and porter is my fav style. a very deep opaque brown color and a slight tan head. many bubble rising up the glass. The first hit or aroma is chocolate malted. But you also get some sweetness like melon. And ends with some grassy and funky hops. The taste is a bitterness of grass and dried leaves and a very light chocolate. Ends pretty dam bitter. Very fine carbonation, probably the most carbonated porter I have had. Not the best porter but fun to see how this company is using old recipes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle shared with RB/BA folk... Poured dark brown with a thin head. Decent amount of complexity for 6%. Nutty, roasted, and cocoa malt flavors. Slightly bitter, bready, chocolatey, balancing hops, and a dark malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2770) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Pours deep brown, nearly black with a large and long lasting creamy tan head. Roasty malts, light coffee, some fruity hops in the aroma. Medium bodied. Very interesting porter. Has the standard light coffee, chocolate, roasted malt profile but adds in a healthy hop kick. Bitterness comes from the roasted malt and hops, which is fun. Finish is long and bitter. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2595) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle. Deep black color, rading brown head. Smells of coffee and carob. Tatse is bitter with a hop bite to it. Still tastes like a porter but lighter and hoppier. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 22oz Bottle, purchased at Wines and More - Cranston, RI. Surprised to see a really, chocolate cloudy pour on this. Aroma heads towards hoppy porter/barleywine. Lots of fresh juicy hops and crisp malt happening. An uber-dry presentation, with floral hop flavors up front, followed by rustic, charred and caramel browns. Definitely towards a brown porter/robust brown ale. I really appreciate the crisp dryness. A unique brew in this era certainly, and somehow sort of a proto-india black ale. Fun to try, but I will say that Iím not sure this is stellar enough to warrant more than one bottle at $9.99 for a bomber (holy crap!).

Postscript: To be fair, Wines and More of Cranston is apparently charging well above suggested retail here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2480) - USA - MAY 27, 2011
Thanks to Beer Maven Scott for this. Lightly foamy head. Herby aroma. Rich grain flavor, just what I like from a top shelf porter - mocha, well-bittered but not hard, prickly and roasty on the palate, nicely balanced between astringency and body. This was an excellent recreation beer. I love this series - it is like drinking a bit of history.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber of the 1855 porter from Caponeís. Pours turbid mahogany brownish with a definite ruby tint through light (and yes, I think the word garnet is the best descriptor here), and a 3-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is rich roasty choc malt, cacao, big hops, with a medium palate, plenty of cacao, chocolate malt in the flavor, and a truly gargantuan amount of hops. This one somes off like a double black IPA, or is that Black double IPA? At any rate, if they were drinking this in London in 1855, it must have been a wonderful time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2011
A - Pours a nice dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of rich roasted coffee and milk sweetness. There are also some deeper malts and a touch of hops as well. T - Starts off with some roasted coffee flavor and some sweet milk and malt flavors. Through the middle a bit of hops and some sweet chocolate flavors comes out. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and a touch of hops that linger nicely. M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The roasted flavors create a nice dry mouthfeel. The finish is also full of roasted flavors with a bit of milk sweetness. D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and balanced and blend together nicely. The hops are a nice addition to traditional porter style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (2069) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Sample at Julioís Spring Beerfest. For whatever reason I really enjoyed this one, hopefully they will keep brewing it. Very much like an extra hoppy porter is the best way I can describe it.

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