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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (885) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
75cl bottle @ the 3rd Shrewsbury Bottle Share March 2014, courtesy of Paulo. I think this was the only beer we could all agree was fantastic. Complex, earthy barley wine with some strong alcohol and some lovely dark fruits. Great stuff, and my first from this brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2157) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy, brown with a large beige, head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet flavor that ends dslightly bitter with some alcohol.and medium to full bodied, syrupy texture and soft carb. A very nice barley indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
2400th rating. 650ml bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small head. Aroma is alcohol, brown sugar and some dark berries. Touch of plastic. Taste is sweet to start. Alcohol and burnt caramel finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
I am disappointed. This one gets great ratings but has no barely wine taste or smell. Ruby red in color with mild head and lacing. I am ready to move on to the next beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottled Nov 2011. Hazy deep amber with tiny off white head. Nose has some toffee and a lot of dark fruit. Very sweet up front, a little hollow in the middle, with some hops in the finish. Very smooth body, medium thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6162) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimEís place in Calgary. Tawny amber body, creamy golden head. Sweet nutty toffee, lightly toasted, much like a wheat wine. Very nice indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Way long ridiculous review. Sweet malty apricots cherries and oranges. Very strong and nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Sweet malty sugars, peaches, nutty and other sweet notes. Clear caramel and a thin brown head. Light caramel malts and sweet raisin with so many light fruit sweet notes. So light, so well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Big head. Reddish beer. Big flavour. Big dry caramel booze flavour. I my be drunk.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from Gregg657 (thanks a lot, Pete), pours a caramel / dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out caramel, dark fruits, toffee, and bready malts. Flavour brings out toffee, dark dried fruits, and caramel bready malts. Very well-balanced, with perfect sweetness and the alcohol is well-situated. Great stuff.


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