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Pretty Things Our Finest Regards

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Rich candy-like sweetness up front, heavy mouthfeel, notes of caramel and toffee, a touch bready with almost a scotch-ale-like malt quality, very smooth finish. Low bitterness for a barley wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1775) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
on tap @ mikkellerbar. sweet, creamy, smooth, really great even though i was distracted talking with a friend i hadnít seen in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
digrod (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Caramel. Molasses. Nougat. Rock candy sweetness but super smooth for 13.5%. Great Barleywine

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (707) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours the color of caramel with a small off white head. The aroma is toffee verging on coffee, dark malts, and molasses. Taste is awesome! Heavy cane syrup and in your face coffee. Thick creamy mouthfeel and a very light bitter finish. I didnít know that barley wines could taste like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (5402) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18527) - 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 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, canít understand the low rating. Maybe it helped that I had it in the cellar for a year.. ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber brown color with a nice foamy light brown head that lasts. Nose is toffee, butterscotch, roast nuts. A light syrup on the palate with a nice carbonation and a velvety touch. Flavor is toffee and nuts, light amarillo and buttscotch. Simple, elegant, well done and very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14092) - 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...

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