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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (2106) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
The beer is dark, murky and brown. It has a creamy, beige head that sticks around for quite awhile. The aroma has sweet cocoa upfront with some cola and mineral/pine hops. It has some bready, toffee-ish malt tones backing up the darker and hoppier notes. The taste is much more full and rich than the aroma. Theres a big sweet coffee/chocolate note backed up by caramel maltiness. The finish is fairly bitter with a nice hop bite. Its a smooth, full flavor, and the beer drinks bigger than the abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and a bit bracing in the finish. Very good and interesting beer. I would actually prefer it to be a bit less hoppy, though the hops were actually weaker than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2011
This might be one of the tastiest porters Ive had. Jet brown with a nice frothy, milkshake-like head. Sweet roasted coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. Flavor is very smooth and roasty-sweet but with an assertive hop backbone. Very easy drinking for such a heavy-body brew. Long lingering sweet and bitter finish. Pretty Things has another winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, ash, slight coffee, slight lactose, and some hops. Poured very dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, light chocolate, tar, char, ash, slight caramel, and hops. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, coffee, char, tar, slight caramel, slight chocolate finish is light to medium sweet, medium bitter, and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle, pours dark brown with medium off white head..... espresso,coffee, milk, chocolate..... the flavor is a bit thin, espresso, chocolate..... medium body... thin bitter finish.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (8020) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, toasted caramel, liquorice, light coffee and fruity hops. The flavour is citrus, liquorice, roasted malt, coffee, bittering hops and light tobacco. Long roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6138) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to Jyoungsbcp) espresso brown pour with a creamy lasting tan head. Laces the glass very well. Nose of milk chocolate, honey, citrus hops, rich and fudgey. Taste of lightly bitter grapefruit, bakers and dark chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon. Creamy body, dark chocolate and lightly bitter linger. One of Pretty Things best beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tiberious_416 (18) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This one just blew me away. An amazing amalgamation of styles to create a very unique brew. The smokey/chocolate presence of the porter mixed with pine/citrus make this beer a gem. However not the best to mix with other styles unless you have something to cleanse your palate beforehand.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (3273) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2011
I liked looking at the bottle before opening it. The bottle itself is simply a 22 ounce brown one but the label with the sticker over the cap was a nice touch. It pours an attractive garnet brown tone and a tad on the cloudy side with a creamy, long lasting tan head. Baking chocolate and coffee grinds are on the nose with a noted hop scent whispering its presence. The body is medium to bold but also very smooth and succulent. Lots of smoke in the taste and a lingering dry finish that reminds you how good this beer really was. Congratulations to Pretty Things for creating such an excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3734) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Tap @ the Stags Head. Pours dark brown with on efinger beige head. Taste is earthy, roasty, hoppy, smoky, get hints of coffee, berries. finish is dry and bitter. really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2584) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Pours a one-finger finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Deep brown almost black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is roasted coffee and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee. Lingering burnt coffee finish. $8.65 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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