RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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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annunz123 (975) - 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_ (5009) - 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

Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours brown with a dark orange hint. Sand coloured head. The aroma holds nuts, honey, raisins, sweaty figs, milk chocolate, butter, wood, resin and alcohol, grain. The flavour is medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of fat malt (caramel, buttery toffee, honey and grainy bread), balanced, light resinous hops, dried fruits. The mouthfeel is round and tiny tart with a light carbonation. Sticky, bready finish with a dash of hops and dried fruits. Medium to full bodied.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma from hazelnuts, walnuts, caramel, alcohol, fruity notes, butter, toffee, butter notes. Malty walnut flavor, hoppy, raisins, caramel, citrus, hay, banana notes, leather, butter, some vinous notes. A bit too boozy.

doublebock (558) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Mahagony brown with light beige head. Malty butterscotch aroma with an obvious kick. Toffee buttered rum and malty flavor with some grape and a spicy hop notes that appear at the finish.

Ratman197 (15628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber wth a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, earthiness and plum. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavorsof toffee, carmel, earthiness, plum and light raisin with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottled November 2011, drank September 2012. From a bomber into a brandy snifter. Pours a reddish brown. No lacing and little head. Sweet cherry and berry aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and decadent with lots of stickyness around the glass. Taste is of cinnamon, spices, grapes, berries, wood, alcohol (but not too much), vanilla and bourbon. A very good barleywine. However, I’m not a huge fan of barleywines. I’m glad I let this one sit 10 months. No alcohol flavor. Worth a try.

Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours darker amber, mostly unclear, with a tan head. The flavor brings sweet smooth malts, a bit sticky but not too resiny. Flavors settle with some dates and apples, maybe raisins as well. There are some sweet, malty, and honey notes, big in the nose, but not necessarily alcohol. The flavors and body are so smooth for such a high ABV, remarkable for the style.

idedek (157) - USA - JUL 6, 2012
a good malt nose with hints of caramel. a medium body with some coffee and malt flavors with a hint of fruit. a bit of alcohol in the finish and a bit of dryness. Not bad just not really good.

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