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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (3327) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaBeer1972 (1969) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2566) - USA - MAY 27, 2011
Thanks to Beer Maven Scott for this. Lightly foamy head. Herby aroma. Rich grain flavor, just what I like from a top shelf porter - mocha, well-bittered but not hard, prickly and roasty on the palate, nicely balanced between astringency and body. This was an excellent recreation beer. I love this series - it is like drinking a bit of history.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle. Rich and warm in every way ... deep dark brown color and a cozy blanket of tight foam that stands the test of time. The aroma is full of comforting toffee and roast, and the beer drinks with a sweet, woody, goodness worthy of a rainy fall afternoon. Quite good! (#4265, 9/25/2011)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10300) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7370) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle at Lbutikken. Clear dark brown white head. High malty, smokey, burned notes, berries, light hoppy, chocolate, licorice, coffee notes, nice bitterness, ok hoppy. Lovely.

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