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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (617) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottled November 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature. A - Very dark red, almost bordering on black. Creamy light khaki head with great lacing and retention. S - Reminiscent of an old ale. Strong on the malts. Caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Some earthy yeast and oak, as well as subtle cocoa and coffee notes. T - Caramel and toffee. Super sweet malt with rich dark fruits and oaky vanilla. Some brown sugar and molasses round it out. The finish is light booze and belgian yeast. No hop presence at all. Very silky and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit excessive. Alcohol isnít noticeable at all. O - A very good English style barley wine. Pretty things nailed the style. This beer is worthy of the cellar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
bottle... medium bright brown with a yellowish tan head, lasting lace... the aroma was a bit dead, molasses, caramel, alcohol... this needs some time, this was really hot, way too much alcohol, a bit of brown sugar, dark fruits, a bit of chalk, nothing wrong with it, just didnít really impress me, needed to be sweeter to hide the alcohol

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Brown pour with little to no head. Mostly sweet and one dimensional. Not bad tasting, just not overly complex. A hint of caramel, some toasted nuttiness. Short, yeasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10352) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bomber from City Beer. Pours really dark ruddy copper with a slight, transient beige/tan head. Aroma is definitely malty, but thereís a lot of complex aroma bits here. Maybe chocolate is one. Roast malt another. Very full bodied. Heat is detectable, but not an issue. Flavor is? Thereís very sweet malt; and surely chocolate. BUT BANANA? And a heck of a lot of floral. Words cannot adequately describe this ale. It finishes rather sweetish banana, but somehow thatís not offensive. This is really great s...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2012
shared by jtc-22oz bottle-pours amber with offwhite bubbles. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, wood, spice. Taste is spice hops, medium malt-caramel, wood, alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bomber bottled nov 2011. Nice copper pour with very little head and no retention or lacing. After a vigorous swirl nose bleeds out some sweet malt, booze, and a slight chemically off flavor. Taste follows and is boozy. That plastic chemical nose follows through slightly to the taste. Hard to get past that. Mouthfeel is more Quad like than BW. Just ok for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bomber. Pours turbid ruby deep orangy with 2-finger uniform off-white head. This one looks great, a definite 4-5, especially at this Plato level. Nose is..oh shit, the nose is fruity, caramel malty, but has some of that plasticy ringwood yeasty aroma. The taste is malty, fruity, rich and smooth and velvety, but has a plasticy flavor that is somewhat offputting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle thanks to Yanick. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose/taste of toffee, wood, caramel, bready malts, dark fruit and cocoa. Thick full inviting mouth feel. Great sipper!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (520) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Alcohol, Candied malt & molasses aroma. Dark amber body with thin head. Flavor starts off sweet, lots of Belgian yeast, candied malts. Hints of chocolate and fruit with an alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bomber from Caponeís, last fall. A young and aggressive English style barleywine. Handsome gleaming brown pour with a nice head, good lacing and retention. Huge toffee and booze in the nose, with some mild biscuit notes, a dose of spice, and some fruit underlying things a bit. Sharply boozy mouthfeel, though it comes across as initially more aggressive than it ends up being. Mellowed and warming, with a spiciness and ripeness from the different yeast strains that livens it up in interesting ways. A slight hop addition would have balanced out the sweetness and booze, but overall another fine brew from PT.


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