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Pretty Things Our Finest Regards

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Poem from the back labelÖ

Itís cold out there, but itís warm in here:
The pretty things are full of cheer.
A year has gone, but thereís another to come,
Itís kept for us, and itís foolish & fun.

So tuck yourself up, and hang on tight,
Thereís a warm dark hold to sleep in tonight,
And way at the bottom are grain, hops & yeast,
Kept safe in this bottle from late summerís feast.

From Pretty Things to you this winter season: "Our Finest Regards". Two years into our project and weíre grateful and amazed that so many people love and support great beer these days. The fact that weíre still here is a credit to you all.

But for the question of primary importance: What is the beer? Well, itís our Pretty Things barleywine. Inspired by malted barley, a tribute to the barleycorn. Yes, itís simple, but thatís what barleywines are all about. Ever since brewing in England, Dann has dreamed of making a barley-focused beer using the malts of Yorkshire (and never hesitates to plug his favorite: Thomas Fawcett & Sons).

Give barley a chance and this mysterious little grain can do grand things!

To get the density of sugars needed for this sort of beer, we employed "double mashing". The brewhouse that we work on can only get to maybe 18 plato for a single running of wort: but we wanted 27 plato! So we combined two brews by running wort into the kettle and then using it to mash in the second batch. We donít take credit for this idea. Weíre certain it has been done many, many times before. But it wasnít until Will Meyers (the great Cantabridgian Cervecero) brought this method to our attention that we realized we could brew a barleywine of proper gravity... (he never told us that he hadnít actually performed this sort of brewing before!). Anyway, it works!!

We fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeast strains that seemed to work quite well together fermenting down to 4 plato in short order (thatís 13.5% abv if youíre counting). Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, malted milk balls, and alcohol deliciousness. Itís got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than weíre sure the Brits would like. Serve over 50 degrees fahrenheit in a stemmed glass.

Very suitable to drink this year or next, or even the winter after that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5749) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a vigorously poured finger and a half of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is big caramel with some raisins and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a raisiny and caramel malty sweetness with a herbal bitterness with some alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, quite sweet for the style, but still an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (785) - USA - MAR 16, 2016
Dark amber, clear, covering lace. Full body, well flavored, very hot, silky and spicy mouthfeel, lasting aftertaste. Sweet and bitter. Intensely malty, jammy, yeasty, tropical fruit (uva de cavalo), sherry. Not very subtle but delicious all the same. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Draft at Ei8ht Ball, served in a flight. Pours a cloudy browned amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Notes of toasted, caramel, and chocolate malts, dark fruits, earth, and even a little bit of light funkiness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty, sweet, earthy, lightly funky mouthfeel. Really nice, left-of-center barley wine. Might be the last Pretty Things beer I have. Itís a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home on the terrace.

[ As Pretty Things Our Finest Regards ].
Clear medium to dark red amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, sweet malt, tobacco notes, Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, caramelized, dried fruit, dry, warm finish, wood - tobacco notes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150706]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Nice brown color with a tan head. Brown sugar, golden raisins, sweet but not cloying, bready, spice cake, nice stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Although the aroma is slightly metallic, there are some herbal hops there, and a lot of raison/bread. The body is full and pleasant, warming beer. Very English.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Quality. Brown draft pour at Firetruck brewery. Thick with off white head. Brown sugar and very sweet. A ton going on in this beer. Complex and I honesty canít think of it as a barleywine. I like it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1801) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
on tap @ mikkellerbar. sweet, creamy, smooth, really great even though i was distracted talking with a friend i hadnít seen in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours dark brown with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar and raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle from K&L. Bottled Nov. 2011 A: Mahogany color with a firm light creme color and good lacing to round it out. N: Toffee, cracker, leaves, earth, leather, some caramel, burnt brown sugar, peppercorn, tobacco. The hops have faded out and there is a touch of oxidation after 3 years. Raisin and prune. T: Big bitterness and sweetness. M: Medium body, foamy carbonation, alcohol burn. O: A sweet and burnt barleywine. Itís nice to have one which forges its own path. Reminds me of being back in the Bay Area for business, so it gets some nostalgia points.

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