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Pretty Things Once Upon A Time, February 27th, 1832, Mild



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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Once Upon a Time Series #1: Once upon a time, on Monday February 27th, 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American “India Pale Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
22oz bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a very clear burnished copper colour with a frothy off white head. Nose is sweet, with caramel, a prominent alcohol note and some light spicy hop notes. Head recedes leaving light lacing, a firm ring and a light film. Palate is sticky, biting, a clean bitterness in the finish. Flavor is mostly hop notes with a spicy, resiny flavor to it and some light nutty hints and some sugary caramel notes. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
This really was quite enjoyable. Nice color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel, some raisins, fruit and a bit of hops but not really bitter. Has a flavor reminiscent of a barleywine, light fruit, plums and raisins with a touch of molasses and yeast with a hint of spice and hops. Really well balanced. Can’t tell exactly what style it is but it seemed like a great effort from Pretty Things. Maybe Mild was the start and they amped up the malt base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. Gold-ish amber. Candy sugar sweetness but strong hops too. Strength is exceptionally well hidden. Palate is lovely and smooth, it coats the mouth. Very slightly sticky. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010 courtesy fata2683. Bubblegum aroma, the flavor is huuuge sweet with bubblegum. Strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle. Clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some chocolate, alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a mostly clear brownish orange with a medium sized white head. Caramel and a light hop presence, very subtle and refined. Sweet caramel and plums, soft fruit. The alcohol is mostly hidden on here, though it does peek through a couple of times. Sweet lightly bitter finish. Imperial mild? Not sure about that, but whatever it was, sure was tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Bottle… Tally Tasting ‘10… Mostly clear, dirty orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The nose offers notes of pale bready malts and herbal, medicinal, fruity hops... with a buttery hint of diacetyl. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Malty and sweet, but balanced well by medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet, and then dry. Thanks to fata2683 for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bomber. Pours a mostly clear, dark golden amber hue. A thick, frothy, beige tinted head shows the consistency of whipped egg whites, leaving sticky, arched columns of lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite fruity, giving notes of old apricots, orange marmalade, and citrus zest amidst a shroud of bread-like dough notes. Altogether, it comes across a bit like a fruitcake, hinting also at notes of crumbly, mild cheese. Aged, earthy hops round out the nose. Flavors are well balanced, with initial notes of sweet, uncooked dough, candied apricots and nectarines being countered by hints of dry toast and earthy, citrusy, fruity hop bitterness. The alcohol is surprisingly well concealed. The palate is fairly hefty, with sugar building as it goes, eventually coating the mouth pretty substantially. While this stuff is fairly agreeable, there’s nothing about it that would make me want to rush out and drink it again, especially at 10% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2010) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Thanks to radfad2000. I was half-expecting this one to disappoint, but that was definitely not the case. Lots of caramel, bubblegum and hops. Sort of a light, butterscotch-y barleywine. Hops come through as pine resin, mostly. Good complexity to the malt. Perhaps a bit sticky but quite drinkable for a sweet 10+% abv beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2010
22oz Bomber – Trade - jleblanc
Dark orange in color, thin head. Good malt flavor lots of spices and fruit flavors. This was easy drinking and tasty.

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