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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Although the aroma is slightly metallic, there are some herbal hops there, and a lot of raison/bread. The body is full and pleasant, warming beer. Very English.

3.8
kaser (6360) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Quality. Brown draft pour at Firetruck brewery. Thick with off white head. Brown sugar and very sweet. A ton going on in this beer. Complex and I honesty can’t think of it as a barleywine. I like it

5
zebra (2247) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
on tap @ mikkellerbar. sweet, creamy, smooth, really great even though i was distracted talking with a friend i hadn’t seen in a long time.

3.5
two7offsuit (448) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours dark brown with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar and raisin.

3.7
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle from K&L. Bottled Nov. 2011 A: Mahogany color with a firm light creme color and good lacing to round it out. N: Toffee, cracker, leaves, earth, leather, some caramel, burnt brown sugar, peppercorn, tobacco. The hops have faded out and there is a touch of oxidation after 3 years. Raisin and prune. T: Big bitterness and sweetness. M: Medium body, foamy carbonation, alcohol burn. O: A sweet and burnt barleywine. It’s nice to have one which forges its own path. Reminds me of being back in the Bay Area for business, so it gets some nostalgia points.

3.5
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2015
6oz pour at Churkeys D.C. Deep ruby brown color with very little head. Nose is sweet malt and alcohol. Sweet malty, spicy, peppery, alcohol. Thin mouthfeel, but balanced and very drinkable.

3.9
e303 (287) - - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. The pour is a deep, dark ruby/brown. It's like burnt caramels. The aroma is dark fruits, malt, toffee and some sweetness. It's very Belgian. The taste is very malt forward with lots of fruit and toffee. It's warm and lovely. It finish slick. This is really great. English barleywines are way less hoo heavy and this really shines. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 ounce pour on draft at ChurchKey. 11% ABV. Dark brown with light beige head. Aromas of toasty notes, toffee, cocoa. Tastes of caramel, toffee, light toasty notes, honey. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation.

3.6
BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2014
22oz bottle pours out a brown with some ruby highlights topped with a sand head. Nose is sweetness caramel toffee pit fruit and some spice. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweetness and the pit fruit.

2.5
malrubius (2987) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle from Table and Vine. Dark brown with ring and lace. Toasted caramelized brown sugar aroma with mild spice and booze. Very sweet toasted brown sugar and caramel and nuts and raisins with mild spicy lingering bitterness and strong finishing cloy. Medium-full body. Way too sweet. More like an imperial brown than a barley wine to me. Glad I didn’t pay too much for it.


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