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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 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 15/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2013
22 fl oz @ Mikkeller & Friends. Pours hazy brown with a huge, creamy and light tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, toffee and caramelish. Smooth caramelish and toffee. Medium sweet. Toffee and light bitter into a roasted finish. Solid bitter far finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16289) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
5th May 2013
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Palate is slightly soft with fine carbonation. Mild creamy malt with an unsweet toffee streak. Touch of dried fruits and a whisper of bubblegum ester. Finishes dry. Not bad. Hides the abv well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13228) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle at home - Thanks Mette for sharing. Clear dark red/brown - white head. Ryebread, nice malty, nutty, barley, nice fruity, sweetness, ok alcoholic notes, chocolate, raisins, dried fruits, light hoppy bitterness, some candy sweetness, caramel, apple, phenolic, brown sugar. Nice balance. Nice drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
Thanks Reakt! Deep amber color, cloudy off-white head, lace. Ryeish-berryish nose. Full-bodied. Brown sugar, toasted sugar, some yeast and fruits. Very low bitterness - this is quite ok dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, some oxidation notes, and mustiness. Flavor of brown sugar, oatmeal, caramel, raisins, toffee, and some oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11328) - Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Large off-white head atop hazy copper body with dead yeasties on the glass bottom. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, bittersweet/milk chocolate, light banana. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, raisin, some bittersweet chocolate, light orange/banana, cherry. Smooth full body, alcohol not overpowering despite the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10699) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10605) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head. S: Lots of different things going on here. Sweet toffee and caramel on the nose to begin with. Thereís a lot of fruit notes like plums and raisins, which give the beer a sort of Quad-like aroma. A decent amount of bread and some mild alcohol. T: Again, toffee and caramel along with quite a bit of bread. The fruit notes are very prominent once again and thereís sort of a Belgian character to the beer, all told. Decently sweet, but still somewhat dry. M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. D: Really different, especially for an English Barleywine, but quite solid and enjoyable.

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