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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured orange with a white head and some good lace. aroma was orange, caramel, and fruity. flavor was fruity, malt, and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2010
shared by Beerlando. Big nose, malty with bread notes and hoppy with pine and grass notes. Pours amber with a dense white head. Rich and creamy with caramel malt notes with hints of molasses with an earthy bitterness and resin flavor. Very nice beer and enjoyed reading the history on the bottle, great job!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bomber courtesy of StFun - my birth date beer for my birthday! Pours cloudy orange with a one finger beige head that left really nice lacing. The nose is malt, citrus and light iced tea. The taste is fruit, toffee, citrus and some bittering hops on the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer – thanks again Josh!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
From notes: Pours a dark copper amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a to finger frothy yellowish beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of lacing. Slightly earthy hop aroma with hints of pine and subtle tropical and citrus fruit notes, especially orangepeel and pineapple. Malt presence with hints of toffee, bread, graham cracker, caramel and rye. Surprisingly chewy full body with a very dry hop presence up front that is pretty bitter but not overbearing. Floral with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus notes, especially mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toasty bread, toffee, caramel, rye and hazelnut. Strong alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow that is a bit overpowering. Again, graham cracker is present and this beer is nicely balanced but a bit too hot for my liking. Long dry finish. An interesting experiment but kind of mediocre.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2010
bottle pours brown with a medium off white head. Nose is full of bready malts and floral hops. Flavor is toasted and doughy malts with sweet honey and some earthy notes of wood or tobacco.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a copperish color with a frothy off white head. Nose is sweet, with caramel, some peanuts, a light 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1946) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Deep amber color with no head at all. Faint aroma is floral. Very light and crisp with a slow, fading aftertaste that hints at the alcohol, though it is hidden. Very unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and a couple bubbles lingering around the middle. The aroma is heavy on sweet malts and caramel apples with an interesting floral hop character. Some vanilla and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and candied apples on top of a toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is hoppy with an earthy spiciness, almost herbal, with a touch of black pepper. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with some soft carbonation that accentuates the spiciness. Well, I definitely had no idea what to expect and what I got is something that’s hard to describe even after the fact. It’s got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, 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.


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