RATINGS: 187   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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Ferris (16096) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Sweet malty sugars, peaches, nutty and other sweet notes. Clear caramel and a thin brown head. Light caramel malts and sweet raisin with so many light fruit sweet notes. So light, so well done.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Big head. Reddish beer. Big flavour. Big dry caramel booze flavour. I my be drunk.

mcberko (18431) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from Gregg657 (thanks a lot, Pete), pours a caramel / dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out caramel, dark fruits, toffee, and bready malts. Flavour brings out toffee, dark dried fruits, and caramel bready malts. Very well-balanced, with perfect sweetness and the alcohol is well-situated. Great stuff.

jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Tap at Rail Trail, big english body lots of malty not quite chewy but almost definitely coating perhaps oily, taste is more of the same with slight hints of burn if you chug too fast as the bar is closing.. big drink.. but not all that much flavor.

wlajwl (6946) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Aroma is toffee, malts and strong nuttiness. The flavor is malts, heavy toffee, nutty notes, a hoppy undercurrent and an acidic/lactic/sourish finish.

Psytron (2425) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Smell of yeast, oak, cognac. Muddy brown colour, light brown foamy head. Aroma of alcohol, yeast, oak, raisins, rum. Some coffee in finish. Very sweet, surprisingly lively carbon. Also not so oily as one could expect.

BroSpud (2215) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Sampled at Julios New England Craft Beer Fest. This is a big, I mean BIG beer yet despite the crazy high ABV it has only a slight alcohol taste. The bigger flavors are caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, and oak among many other flavors. Very complex.

luttonm (6556) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2013
22oz bottle in Queens. Deep ruby/purple brown. Caramel, coffee, deep fruitiness. Some rich alcohol notes throughout, but smooth and tasty chocolate and coffee malts and a bit of balancing hop bite. Rich and refined, perfect dessert.

djd07 (15293) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy copper brown with beige head. The aroma is roast malt and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel with light candy sugar and sweet finish. Booze present but not overpowering. Very good.

TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Bernstein/kupferfarbig, schöne weisse dichte schaumkrone, alkohol im aroma recht dominierend, gewisse fruchtigkeit, süsslich, antrunk süsslich und alkoholig, folgend von leichterer bittere, abgang/achklang feinherb, gute rezenz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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