RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Poem from the back label…

It’s cold out there, but it’s warm in here:
The pretty things are full of cheer.
A year has gone, but there’s another to come,
It’s kept for us, and it’s foolish & fun.

So tuck yourself up, and hang on tight,
There’s a warm dark hold to sleep in tonight,
And way at the bottom are grain, hops & yeast,
Kept safe in this bottle from late summer’s feast.

From Pretty Things to you this winter season: "Our Finest Regards". Two years into our project and we’re grateful and amazed that so many people love and support great beer these days. The fact that we’re still here is a credit to you all.

But for the question of primary importance: What is the beer? Well, it’s our Pretty Things barleywine. Inspired by malted barley, a tribute to the barleycorn. Yes, it’s simple, but that’s what barleywines are all about. Ever since brewing in England, Dann has dreamed of making a barley-focused beer using the malts of Yorkshire (and never hesitates to plug his favorite: Thomas Fawcett & Sons).

Give barley a chance and this mysterious little grain can do grand things!

To get the density of sugars needed for this sort of beer, we employed "double mashing". The brewhouse that we work on can only get to maybe 18 plato for a single running of wort: but we wanted 27 plato! So we combined two brews by running wort into the kettle and then using it to mash in the second batch. We don’t take credit for this idea. We’re certain it has been done many, many times before. But it wasn’t until Will Meyers (the great Cantabridgian Cervecero) brought this method to our attention that we realized we could brew a barleywine of proper gravity... (he never told us that he hadn’t actually performed this sort of brewing before!). Anyway, it works!!

We fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeast strains that seemed to work quite well together fermenting down to 4 plato in short order (that’s 13.5% abv if you’re counting). Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, malted milk balls, and alcohol deliciousness. It’s got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than we’re sure the Brits would like. Serve over 50 degrees fahrenheit in a stemmed glass.

Very suitable to drink this year or next, or even the winter after that!

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lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Rich candy-like sweetness up front, heavy mouthfeel, notes of caramel and toffee, a touch bready with almost a scotch-ale-like malt quality, very smooth finish. Low bitterness for a barley wine.

williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Deep brown pour, nice off-white head. Not much aroma, but the flavor was nutty and sweet, and BOY was this bear creamy!! :)

crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Aged. It has a nice spiciness to it, big caramel notes. It is a bit oxidized and lacking in hops.

kimjongill (207) - - DEC 26, 2012
From bottle. Dark amber pour with light tan head. Moderate aroma of belgian yeast which seems out of place. Taste is nicely malty, with a strong spice flavor that I can’t put my finger on

17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Wow 13.5 abv. had no idea. where did this bottle came from? well oops sorry guys we opened it =p really nice nutty and cherry elements... but then there is this most disgusting cheesiness... like licking your fingers after eating cheetos that kinda screws up the whole thing... other than that, really nice brewing accomplishment here as the alcohol is wonderfully balanced and properly fermented... damn you stinky hops!

TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
cold rainy night. Bottle popped and enjoyed in my snifter. Still clear amber headless. Rum raisin and sweet woody aroma. taste is caramel with a alcohol warmth. Want to drink this in the cold dark. fairly thick mouth feel and mostly still. Spice rum aftertaste.

SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
bottle from a blind barleywine tasting .. . deep burnt biscuits, light yeast, and rum .. . young but firm .. . enjoyable and simple straight forward barleywine .. . pretty good beer! .. . . your father take you to baseball games? .. ya, but he would never take us back..

annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Malty, boozy aroma with caramel, molasses, bread, and alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with caramel and spice. Finish has a little bitterness and alcohol. Good and certainly tasty, but a little on the harsh side.

_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours dark reddish brown with a small creamy offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet and fruity with sweet dark bread, red apples, pears, alcohol, hazelnuts, prunes, raisins, figs, hay, lemon zest and hints of cereal. Taste is sweet and malty with sweet bread, overripe apples, pears, hay, figs, prunes, raisins, alcohol, caramel, toffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel sweet dark bread, pears, overripe apples, lemon zest hay and moist wood. Too boozy, very estery yet quite tasty.

Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Winter 2010/2011 label on the cap. Served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to Gushue3 for hitting this want of mine. A: Pours a dark ruby with purple hues intertwined and light red edges. there a half inch off white head that forms on the pour and it recedes to a nice thick collar that leaves some stick lace. S: Very light hops actually pop here right at the beginning, but it gives way to quickly to caramel malts, some burnt sugar and some plums and raisins. T: There is almost a very faint oxidized flavor going on that leans to a sherry like flavor. Interesting to say the least. The toffee and caramel malts from the nose show up here as well the some booze soaked dark fruits and some candied figs. M: Medium bodied, surprisingly a tad thin. I prefer a thick and syrupy mouthfeel and this didn’t quite hit that. Lower carbonation as well. O: The mouthfeel was a tad of a conundrum for me as I don’t know how something this high ABV with all the right barleywine characteristics can be as thin as is it was. Still a nice tasting brew though. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-08-2012

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