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RATINGS: 169   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!


UncleJ's rating

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
UncleJ (17) - - MAY 7, 2013
From a brewery where almost everything is excellent this rendition of an American barley wine is the one weak spot in the lineup. Cloyingly sweet, uncomfortable and unbalanced alcohol heat, hops bitterness that lacks any flavor other than an astringent bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2014
22oz bottle pours out a brown with some ruby highlights topped with a sand head. Nose is sweetness caramel toffee pit fruit and some spice. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweetness and the pit fruit.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
malrubius (1865) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle from Table and Vine. Dark brown with ring and lace. Toasted caramelized brown sugar aroma with mild spice and booze. Very sweet toasted brown sugar and caramel and nuts and raisins with mild spicy lingering bitterness and strong finishing cloy. Medium-full body. Way too sweet. More like an imperial brown than a barley wine to me. Glad I didnít pay too much for it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2312) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. This is liquid English toffee, buttery, nutty, caramel, burnt sugar, chocolaty. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a slightly muddy brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was light toffee, caramel malt notes. Some raisin. Sweetness, some booze. Very smooth though. Toffee. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Decent barley wine. Not too syrupy for style, and well-balanced and drinkable. Pours cloudy brown with ok head and lacing. Some sweetness in finish, and lightly floral with some raisins. Kind of halfway between a barley wine and a Belgian strong. Tap at Churchkey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of caramel, butterscotch and nuts. Slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2439) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
6 fl. oz. on tap @ Lord Hobo. Pours cloudy brown with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, alcohol and hops. Sublime.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (3798) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 16, 2014
Thick light brown body and very thick head, amazing looks. Figs, fermenting fruit, pine, pot-pourri, rich. Delicious. Luscious body, rich sweetness and juicy bitter ending. (Bottle from a bottle store on Texas)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22oz bottle - Aroma - a complex aroma with caramel, chocolate, ripe dark fruit and overripe banana. Appearance - a dark ruby red/brown body, hazy, thick 3-finger off-white head with nice retention and above average lacing Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, silky and coating Flavor - the best thing about the beer. Complexities abound here. Caramel, chocolate, banana, alcohol, medium-high sweetness, and dark fruits. Overall - well worth the money. Our Finest Regards exceeds expectations on a barleywine, and this one would do well with some aging. In 5 years...yowza...this would be something with just a little oxidation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (455) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours unlear, dark, reddish amber with a big, lasting, frothy, off white head. Lots of big yeast flakes and particles. Aroma has huge, sweet malts, english caramel malts, alcohol, belgian yeast, banana, maybe some dried peach or apricot. Taste is much darker, and has sweeter fruit notes. Toasted caramel malts, some licorice, prunes or plums in booze. lots of alcoholic bitterness and heat in the end. Oily texture and a medium-low carbonation. Very tasty, but also very boozy!


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