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RATINGS: 162   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2562) - 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 (7867) - 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 (2173) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn. I had this beer along with Bruery Cuir, FW XV, Avery Hog Heaven, and BFM Terrapin Spike Jerome, and this beer was easily the best of the three for both me and my drinking buddy, Seth. The others were simply too overtly sweet or boozy, or both. Pours dark ruby with a creamy head. Berries and bread in the aroma. Big sweet flavor, lots of berries and ripe fruit, light alcohol, bread, toasty sugars. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lots of ripe, mixed berries to finish, mild warmth, dark sugars, sweet bread. The alcohol really isnít too intense. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (628) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Had this at a recent tasting. Though the specifics of this beer escape me, I recall it was very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #56. Hazy dark brownish/red color with a nice light tan head. Light caramel aroma with a bit of toast and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor, brown sugar and caramel, not too shabby. (2158)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (693) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3483) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4156) - 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.

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