Pretty Things Once Upon A Time, February 27th, 1832, Mild

RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Once Upon a Time Series #1: Once upon a time, on Monday February 27th, 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American India Pale Ales.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a thick collar and a couple bubbles lingering around the middle. The aroma is heavy on sweet malts and caramel apples with an interesting floral hop character. Some vanilla and butterscotch with a hint of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and candied apples on top of a toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is hoppy with an earthy spiciness, almost herbal, with a touch of black pepper. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with some soft carbonation that accentuates the spiciness. Well, I definitely had no idea what to expect and what I got is something thats hard to describe even after the fact. Its got lots of malts but with an interesting hop and spice profile. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
This really was quite enjoyable. Nice color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel, some raisins, fruit and a bit of hops but not really bitter. Has a flavor reminiscent of a barleywine, light fruit, plums and raisins with a touch of molasses and yeast with a hint of spice and hops. Really well balanced. Cant tell exactly what style it is but it seemed like a great effort from Pretty Things. Maybe Mild was the start and they amped up the malt base.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle at RBWG 2011. Pours clear pinkish-orange, thin white head, no real lacing. Nose is sweet persimmons, florals, Jolly Rancher candies, the Watermelon kind, and fresh guava, plus jujube candies as well. Flavours of cinnamon, pepper-berries, sweet candy. Very strange beer. Nice, but strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly opaque reddish orange color with a nice 1 finger white tan head that slowly settles and leaves lace on the glass as it does. More malty smelling than hoppy but there is a slight citrus type ara in the nose. Hmmm, the taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel with a slight hip kick in the back end. The malt dominates this beer though basically throughout the entire drink of this beer. Decently so-so drinkable but not outstanding. Minimal lace. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
22oz bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a very clear burnished copper colour with a frothy off white head. Nose is sweet, with caramel, a prominent alcohol note and some light spicy hop notes. Head recedes leaving light lacing, a firm ring and a light film. Palate is sticky, biting, a clean bitterness in the finish. Flavor is mostly hop notes with a spicy, resiny flavor to it and some light nutty hints and some sugary caramel notes. Very solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
22oz capped from gen0sis. Clear caramel golden with light tan head. Whoa! nose...solvent, astringent, artificial apple, light caramel and quite adjunct-y. Much more pleasant on palate though. Dark fruit and cough syrupish though as it warms. Bizzare beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Pours a rich copper with little to no head and a sweet alcoholic nose, verging on medicinal. Intense flavour is well-balanced but a lot to take in at once - plenty of sweet malt with caramel and light honey, balanced against spicy hops. Clove, saffron, young ginger, wow. Thin body with light carb. Not at all quaffable but a gradual sipper of a beer. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22oz bottle. I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Pours a strange orange color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, smoke, wheat, fruit, and spice. Its hard to describe the aroma, but it definitely does not smell bad. Taste is of caramel, wheat, assorted fruit, and spice. Has a very dry malt backbone. There is definitely a good amount of smoke in this beer. Lingering taste of spice. As it warms, some pineapple starts to come through strongly. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. This beer is hard to describe, but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Mild, sweet aroma with citrus, flowers, and some bread. Flavor is bitter and fruity; finish is sweet with fairly heavy alcohol. Different and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Wow, what a beer. courtesy of gn0sis, thank you! This thing drinks like water, tastes perfectly hoppy and malty, full in the body but a light aftertaste, refreshing, just wow.

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