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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2012
22 oz bottle from Julioís. Pours a dark copper/amber color with a smallish off white head. Rich caramel & toffee aroma balanced nicely with earthy hops. A bit of a distraction is the sharp alcohol scent. Sweet flavor with everything going on that I mentioned in the aroma. Dark fruit flavors come out mid palate. Heavy, almost syrup like palate. Warming finish. Very nice. God, I love Barlywines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmac (4206) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
22 oz bottle from PA somewhere. Poured a deep red/amber body under a smaller frothy head of light beige. Aroma isnít that great. Starts of spicey and fruity with lots of Belgian yeast and reminds me more of a quad than a BW, along with some chocolate and cinnamon. Full foamy body with strong carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel that finishes dry. Flavor is odd, that is a nice way of saying bad, notes of olives, dry wood, medicine, bad fruit, light chocolate. Meh this is a drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish copper pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of banana, toffee, caramel and booze. Banana and caramel flavor with a bit of roast and chocolate before a booze finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours thick caramel color. Thin white head. Taste is malty caramel with a bit o salt, fine finish. Hides the high abc quite well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4183) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2012
22 ounce thanks to 2012 winter Secret Santa. Bottled Nov 2011. Caramel. Brown sugar. Toffee. Figs. Some cola. High ABV well hidden. I like the sweet sugary barley wines sometimes as well. Nice. Itís got that winter warmer touch - not that itís spring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark copper with tan head. Toffee and butter rem flavors. Very slight bitterness in the end. Super creamy mouthfeel. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. A murky reddish brown color with a tan head. A nice sweet aroma with loads of caramel that carried through well into the flavor. Surprising lack of bitterness which made the first sip kind of surprising (in a good way). A nice barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle from November 2011. Pours with a syrupy murky, deep brown hue with some red highlights, a tight tan head slowly fades above it. Some alcohol legs. Super boozy aroma. Figs, brown sugar, molasses, very sweet, brandy, chewy, caramel and light spice. Leather, malted milk, mild esters and milk chocolate. Intense. Flavors are intense, tobacco, caramel, chewy, dark fruits, dates, figs, brown sugar, malted milk and chocolate. Lots of alcohol. Huge beer, it feels every bit of 13%. Some strong esters and sharp alcohol. Mild banana notes. Rich malt complexity. Mild vanilla. A mild roast/earthy note becomes more apparent as it warms. Thick, syrupy and big. Medium alcohol with mild carbonation. Intense. Possibly a touch messy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a medium mahogany color with minimum amount of foam head. Aroma is bold with a perfume of sugary malt and candy caramel but just the ever most amount of toasted malts that add a distinguished smell to this particular barley wine. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary with a strong backbone of caramelized malts and alcohol all while taking on different characteristics of barley wine such as a taste of bourbon whiskey and spiced rum that arenít overpowering. This is certainly a barley wine style that I favored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Caramel and malt aroma with citrus hops. Caramel and toffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee lingers with earthiness and light fruitiness.

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