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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma from hazelnuts, walnuts, caramel, alcohol, fruity notes, butter, toffee, butter notes. Malty walnut flavor, hoppy, raisins, caramel, citrus, hay, banana notes, leather, butter, some vinous notes. A bit too boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (496) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Mahagony brown with light beige head. Malty butterscotch aroma with an obvious kick. Toffee buttered rum and malty flavor with some grape and a spicy hop notes that appear at the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber wth a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, earthiness and plum. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavorsof toffee, carmel, earthiness, plum and light raisin with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (698) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottled November 2011, drank September 2012. From a bomber into a brandy snifter. Pours a reddish brown. No lacing and little head. Sweet cherry and berry aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and decadent with lots of stickyness around the glass. Taste is of cinnamon, spices, grapes, berries, wood, alcohol (but not too much), vanilla and bourbon. A very good barleywine. However, I’m not a huge fan of barleywines. I’m glad I let this one sit 10 months. No alcohol flavor. Worth a try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours darker amber, mostly unclear, with a tan head. The flavor brings sweet smooth malts, a bit sticky but not too resiny. Flavors settle with some dates and apples, maybe raisins as well. There are some sweet, malty, and honey notes, big in the nose, but not necessarily alcohol. The flavors and body are so smooth for such a high ABV, remarkable for the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 6, 2012
a good malt nose with hints of caramel. a medium body with some coffee and malt flavors with a hint of fruit. a bit of alcohol in the finish and a bit of dryness. Not bad just not really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish brown with a tiny beige head and an alcohol and fruit aroma. There is a fruity malt flavor with some plum and lots of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle shared by marcus. Has a slight dark fruit aroma. Taste has a nice dark burnt finish. Dark fruits as well

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1883) - 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.

4.3
   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.. ..


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