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

 
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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As some of you know, or don’t 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, Ron’s "afflict the comfortable" brewing research style takes assumed beer styles and flips them on their heads. This time around Ron’s 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 isn’t what you’re thinking. The recipe that we’re 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! That’s a double IPA people. That’s 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
This was a really good find. Somewhere between a traditional porter and an Arrogant Bastard. Hoppy, but not overdone. If this is really how beer tasted in 1855, then shit yeah, another argument for time travel.


3.8
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2016
22oz bottle. Poured a hazy brown / mahogany color with an off white head. Roast, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel. I know this bottle is a few years old - aged nicely and I was digging it.

3.7
bytemesis (8375) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer! Pours quite hazy hazel, medium creamy tan head, slow dissipation, nice lacing. Aroma is super roasty, hints of tobacco, cocoa. Flavor is hella roasty, not really burned, some tobacco and cocoa as well, hints of grassy hops. Light plus sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness. Interesting.

3.7
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Smoky nose with toasted malts coming through. Huge tan head and murky chestnut color to the beer itself. Nice bitterness through and through. Yum.

4.1
Sledutah (7530) - Utah, USA - APR 15, 2013
22oz bottle from summer secret santa 2012 (drfabulous)
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark roast coffee and rich cocoa
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, grainy, smokey and rich chocolate
This is a great Porter.

4.3
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Quite impressive porter. Pours dark brown with a yellow-hued head. Could almost classify as a stout in taste: rich mouthfeel; coffee notes; roasted malt backbone. Overall, an incredibly solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle, murky dark brown. Roasty aroma. Roasty flavor, dark malts, big mouthfeel. Decent porter

3.6
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
651mL thanks to argo0, thanks! Poured a clear brown color with a wispy white head. Aroma is a touch of light malts, sweet toasted notes. Flavor is smooth, light malts. Pretty tasty.

2.9
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2013
hazy red-sepia, large bubbled white ring, thin oily top. Nose is light roast and pine, clashing but mellowed with considerable chocolate. Flavor is mellow roast, light chocolate, hints of toast mid with light grain bitterness.

3.8
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop cola dark-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some chicory, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

3.3
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2013
The beer is cola brown with a thin, broken, beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, brown sugar. Ok flavor. A tad harsh. Coffee bitterness with lingering charred roast. Moderately low carbonation. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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