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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Jaksmart (456) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Oily and frothy head with serious lasting power on top of a deep red beer. Belgian yeast profile in the aroma, as well as dried apricot, banana, herbs and honey. Quite seriously full bodied with a ton of toasted caramel, booze, plums and madeira, almost no bitterness. Pure boozy sweetness. Creamy, sticky, and heavy dutt. Not bad in small quantities.

Alexanderdahl (132) - DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep cherry red with a small, hazelnutty head.

Oily, thick and quite toasty notes. Ripe fruit, banana sweetness and yet, sharp, warming alcohol feel.

slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"I’m still not sure what to think of this one. Definitely not what I was expecting, and it has it’s faults, but damn, was it unique (and tasty). Tastes and smells like a hybrid sweet english barleywine and a quad or bsa. sweet, almost syrupy flavor and feel. somehow is not cloying, the body is great, but it’s also a little on the strong side, and smells and tastes a little too hot as it warms. potentially an epic beer, ends up being very good."

Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle shared at Crooked Stave. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Big caramel malty, light spice, figgy, grapey, light oxidation, cherry pits, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is raisins, toffee, prunes, whoppers, light bread, and dark fruits with some heat on the backend. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good stuff and never would have guessed it was 13.5%

Christos (5897) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II.
Hazy light brown colour on the body, with a small light brown head, low retention - at least on my taster- light lacing on the glass.
Malty aroma but with nice fruity notes, ripe pears, even some bubblegum.
Taste is also malty, quite bitter though with floral notes, very fruity too, caramel. Even more bitter on the aftertaste.
Medium thin body with good carbonation.
Overall good tasty beer, made me wish I had more of this.

baraciisch (3398) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Amber mahogany in color... Aroma of hazelnuts, vanilla, raisins, and Belgian candi sugar... Flavor is a little off initially, some heat with candi sugar, toffee, dark fruits, finishes with smoke and roasted malt notes... Okay ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

RussianDragon (877) - - MAY 22, 2014
22 oz bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with lasting thin head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel with bready malt and booze. Flavor is sweet molasses with vanilla and malt. Full bodied, sweet finish.

pushkinwow (2909) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
I think Lubiere brought this to Spinrsx tasting. 2011 bottle. Murky dark mahogany with a tan head that disappears. Candied Belgian yeast, oak, sugar, oak, fig, boozy, dry, mild+ carbonation and moderate+ body, somewhat boozy, bit of toffee and malt. Enjoyable.

gyllenbock (9977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle, thanks Eddan.

Clear dark reddish/brown with a small head. Sweet with fruit, toffee, alcohol and malt. The body was medium and the finish was quite long. A descent one.

SirLimpsalot (4550) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
@Basunen; ganska enkel både i doft och smak. Enkel maltig lagom fyllig. Tja ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

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