Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, December 6, 1855 EIP

RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
As some of you know, or dont know at all, we here at Pretty Things enjoy our history. Yes folks, and we like our history and we like it weeds and all. This is why when we were faced with the option of teaming up with Ron Pattinson (our very favorite brewing Historian), we jumped at the chance. After all, Rons "afflict the comfortable" brewing research style takes assumed beer styles and flips them on their heads. This time around Rons taken us back to colonial India of the 1850s where the rum-drinking troops (or "squaddies") are dying at alarming rates. A beer figured into their survival but it isnt what youre thinking. The recipe that were using dates back to a brewsheet from December 6th, 1855. To be specific, this was a beer brewed at Barclay Perkins in London. 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel! Thats a double IPA people. Thats more than some of the hoppiest MODERN IPAs out there. Our Once Upon a Time 1855 EIP is dry, malty good with a substantial pipe-tobacco bitterness, dark garnet colour and 6% abv.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Older bottle here, maybe a year old. Awesome mouthfeel and hoppy flavors. Quite a bit of roastyness in there too. Great job

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with an off white head. Smells of roasted dark malts, with the regular underlying slightly strange sweetness of a porter. I need to figure out what that is :). Tastes of a medium to heavy sweetness, with a light bitterness, and roasted malt, espressso, and some hint of fruit. Cloying but dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3734) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt, roasted malt, and chocolate. Roasted malt upfront with hint of toasted malt and a sweet chocolate ending. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12491) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, bought @ lbutikken, Cph.
Clear chestnut with a small, creamy, off-white staying head. Aroma has chocolate, peach, liqourice, apricot, light roasted. Medium carbonation, nice creamy and very dry mouthfeel. Flavour has dark chocolate, English liqourice, piney, grapefruit, peach, grainy, cocoa. Dry and grainy bitter mouthfeel. Super elegance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Appearance: dark murky burnt sludgy browns under a dark khaki/tan head. Lots of lace and bubbles blotchy. Swirls thick mousse and bubbles.
Nose: burnt, roasted, and toasted. Fluffy fir trees and bark, forestry and greenery. Toasted burnt notes of charcoal, ground coffee and spent espresso beans. Dry cacao beans.
Palate: soft frothy mouthfeel. Chocolate bark followed by fir trees in all their leafy barky forestry glory. Peat and ash, charcoal. Burnt trees. Roasted black cacao beans and espresso beans. Long dry finish underneath supports all. Green hop cones, dried, and fir tree needles and leaves.
Final Thoughts: loved it. A long name for a not so long and complicated beer. Instead I was greeted with burnt delights of hops, fir trees, espresso, and chocolate. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
In short: A porter for the Black IPA lover. I liked it a lot
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh 2.5 month after the beer release
The look: Opaque brown body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: The nose is dark stuff (roastiness, dark fruits) and also very hoppy, basically the nose very similar to that of a Black IPA. Taste is some dark fruits (figs, prunes), tropical (pineapples mainly), some limejuice, roasted blackened malts, caramel fudge, some brownies, walnuts and a lot of high-alpha acid hops with a strong bitter grapefruits and citric lemons character. Finish is dominated by the aggressive sharp bitterness of the bitter grapefruits and citric lemons. Very tasty stuff and aggressively hoppy for a porter. Based on a 1855 recipe when Goolging stuff was performed by torturing a librarian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (48161) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Unclear medium to dark amber brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, caramel, light roasted, light to moderate hoppy, perfume. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, sharp bitter, troffel, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111022]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10392) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle at Fin & Lozs tasting with Jan, Charlotte, Craig, Stella & kids consumed Saturday 22.10.11 Jan brought this beer along to the tasting, cheers Jan! Light sweet maltiness on the nose. The taste is quite, quite lovely, nice truffleyness, chocolate abounds, cocoa powder. Its has a lovely soft carbonation that sits well in the mouth. Despite the chocolate it does have a nice hoppiness throughout. A8 A4 T8 P5 Ov16 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (23950) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle at fins ... deep brown ... thick tan head ... soft mellow malty toffee malts ... coffee and tobacco nose ... toffee malt ... dark roast ...toffee and treacle ... again hint of tobacco ... quite a lot of hop... but not an overpowerng hop ... belgian truffles

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (7067) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2011
22 oz bottle, Purchased @ Blanchards Liquors, Allston, MA. Used a pint, deep brown. Murkey with off-white, thick full, foamy head. Awesome retention. Pleasant chocolate malt and earthy hops nose. Flavor is real nice. Chocolate roasted malt, slight coffee and a healthy hop kick in the finish. Finish is long and bitter when at room temperature. Medium to nearly a fuller composition. This brew deserves more notoriety. Excellent example of a traditional porter.

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