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RATINGS: 155   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!


jrallen34's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
bottle... medium bright brown with a yellowish tan head, lasting lace... the aroma was a bit dead, molasses, caramel, alcohol... this needs some time, this was really hot, way too much alcohol, a bit of brown sugar, dark fruits, a bit of chalk, nothing wrong with it, just didnít really impress me, needed to be sweeter to hide the alcohol


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2098) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II. Hazy light brown colour on the body, with a small light brown head, low retention - at least on my taster- light lacing on the glass. Malty aroma but with nice fruity notes, ripe pears, even some bubblegum. Taste is also malty, quite bitter though with floral notes, very fruity too, caramel. Even more bitter on the aftertaste. Medium thin body with good carbonation. Overall good tasty beer, made me wish I had more of this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1741) - USA - JUN 11, 2014
Amber mahogany in color... Aroma of hazelnuts, vanilla, raisins, and Belgian candi sugar... Flavor is a little off initially, some heat with candi sugar, toffee, dark fruits, finishes with smoke and roasted malt notes... Okay ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (339) - - MAY 22, 2014
22 oz bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with lasting thin head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with bready malt and booze. Flavor is sweet molasses with vanilla and malt. Full bodied, sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
I think Lubiere brought this to Spinrsx tasting. 2011 bottle. Murky dark mahogany with a tan head that disappears. Candied Belgian yeast, oak, sugar, oak, fig, boozy, dry, mild+ carbonation and moderate+ body, somewhat boozy, bit of toffee and malt. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4459) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle, thanks Eddan. Clear dark reddish/brown with a small head. Sweet with fruit, toffee, alcohol and malt. The body was medium and the finish was quite long. A descent one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirLimpsalot (2084) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
@Basunen; ganska enkel både i doft och smak. Enkel maltig lagom fyllig. Tja ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (266) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, bit too sweet

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2072) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Sweet malty beer, but in a good way. Sugary and fruity, with some nice spices.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (2989) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
@zebf 2014 - Clear brown appearance. Aroma is boozy, sweet and reminds me of fruity cake. Itís a very sweet beer but remains palatable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
A hazed brown barley wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, beautiful sweet fruity vinous malt with treacle, floral hops, alcohol, molasses, pleasing. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity vinous malt with licorice, molasses, load of alcohol, burned Caramel, well done. 2011 vintage. Bottle at Spinrsx tasting.


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