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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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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4.1
Gerardgathier (597) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, bit too sweet

4
MarcoDL (5377) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Sweet malty beer, but in a good way. Sugary and fruity, with some nice spices.

4.1
mike_77 (7085) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
@zebf 2014 - Clear brown appearance. Aroma is boozy, sweet and reminds me of fruity cake. It’s a very sweet beer but remains palatable.

4
Lubiere (14150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
A hazed brown barley wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, beautiful sweet fruity vinous malt with treacle, floral hops, alcohol, molasses, pleasing. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity vinous malt with licorice, molasses, load of alcohol, burned Caramel, well done. 2011 vintage. Bottle at Spinrsx tasting.

4.1
minutemat (6044) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
75cl bottle @ the 3rd Shrewsbury Bottle Share March 2014, courtesy of Paulo. I think this was the only beer we could all agree was fantastic. Complex, earthy barley wine with some strong alcohol and some lovely dark fruits. Great stuff, and my first from this brewery.

3.7
Habanero (4844) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy, brown with a large beige, head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet flavor that ends dslightly bitter with some alcohol.and medium to full bodied, syrupy texture and soft carb. A very nice barley indeed.

3.5
tommann (3937) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
2400th rating. 650ml bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small head. Aroma is alcohol, brown sugar and some dark berries. Touch of plastic. Taste is sweet to start. Alcohol and burnt caramel finish.

2.7
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
I am disappointed. This one gets great ratings but has no barely wine taste or smell. Ruby red in color with mild head and lacing. I am ready to move on to the next beer!

3.9
Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottled Nov 2011. Hazy deep amber with tiny off white head. Nose has some toffee and a lot of dark fruit. Very sweet up front, a little hollow in the middle, with some hops in the finish. Very smooth body, medium thick.

3.9
DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimE’s place in Calgary. Tawny amber body, creamy golden head. Sweet nutty toffee, lightly toasted, much like a wheat wine. Very nice indeed.


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