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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Poem from the back label…

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

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

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

But for the question of primary importance: What is the beer? Well, it’s our Pretty Things barleywine. Inspired by malted barley, a tribute to the barleycorn. Yes, it’s simple, but that’s 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 don’t take credit for this idea. We’re certain it has been done many, many times before. But it wasn’t 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 hadn’t 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 (that’s 13.5% abv if you’re counting). Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, malted milk balls, and alcohol deliciousness. It’s got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than we’re 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Deep reddish brown color with a tannish head. Malty with dark fruit flavor (raisin, cherry) and a touch of toffee and caramel. Strong, a bit thick, and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Fine indeed. Pours a burnt orange colour with a short lived head. The aroma promises great things, milk chocolate, toffee, spice, alcohol, and some light esters. The flavour follows suit, big on the whoppers, toffee, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and bits of spice in the middle fade to a salty, malty, alcohol finish. I love this stuff, great beer for sure, can’t understand the low rating. Maybe it helped that I had it in the cellar for a year.. ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Pours mahogany with a finger of off white head. Smell is sweet toffee caramel, malty. Taste is kettle corn, malt, molasses, spices. Minimal hops or alcohol, it’s a lot of caramel. Really good barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy bronze with small fast fast fading fizzy white head. Nose is sweet, yeasty, some metal, and toasted malts. Flavor is pretty ho-hum like many of Pretty Things products. This brewery to me feels like a glorified Magic Hat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2785) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2012
*(Cuvé Nov. 2011): Des notes profondes de sucre résiduel s’expriment rapidement autant en arôme qu’en bouche. Dans le corps, on peut sentir la présence du houblon mais les saveurs sont lointaine. Belle balance, peu d’amertume, très agréable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
22 oz bottle purchased at Monument Liquors in Concord, CA. November 2011 bottling. The aroma on this is very English, with lots of tobacco, leather, papery notes. Ethanol is also detected, along with some buttery diacetyl notes. Nice sweetness, but the ethanol is too apparent for my liking. Mildly hazy amber colored body with a smallish light yellow head present. This beer starts with a sweet, sticky, caramelly maltiness. It becomes a touch fruity with some light esters in the middle. Followed by some leather flavors. This is warming, and there is some ethanol in the finish. Light buttery diacetyl present. It’s pretty good, but a little too boozy for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarinaMarket (218) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012
Pours ruby-brown, thin head, sweet malt& alcohol aroma. Very little alcohol flavor in a well balanced, sweet BW. A bit of a funky finish with subtle coffee notes. Tasted from the bottle @55°F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6553) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
Draft. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Sweet toffee malty aroma with earthy hoppy notes. The flavor has toffee malty notes, herbal and earthy hops, and toasted bread. Average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1634) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2012
22 oz bottle from Julio’s. 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 (4444) - 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 isn’t 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.

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