RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Poem from the back label

Its cold out there, but its warm in here:
The pretty things are full of cheer.
A year has gone, but theres another to come,
Its kept for us, and its foolish & fun.

So tuck yourself up, and hang on tight,
Theres a warm dark hold to sleep in tonight,
And way at the bottom are grain, hops & yeast,
Kept safe in this bottle from late summers feast.

From Pretty Things to you this winter season: "Our Finest Regards". Two years into our project and were grateful and amazed that so many people love and support great beer these days. The fact that were still here is a credit to you all.

But for the question of primary importance: What is the beer? Well, its our Pretty Things barleywine. Inspired by malted barley, a tribute to the barleycorn. Yes, its simple, but thats 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 dont take credit for this idea. Were certain it has been done many, many times before. But it wasnt 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 hadnt 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 (thats 13.5% abv if youre counting). Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, malted milk balls, and alcohol deliciousness. Its got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than were 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7848) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
22oz bottle pours a ruddy amber with some frothy, white head. Nose is a nice mix of malt, cracker, biscuit, some spicy rye and floral notes, grass, potpourri. Flavor has a backbone of crackery malt, with some mild fruit lurking about, pear, apple skin, booze, raisin, a little candy. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1945) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle, no date on it so I have no idea what vintage this is. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. The head sticks around a little while, and theres a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, apples, dark bread and some booze. It tastes like caramel, toffee, dark bread, dark fruit, wood, and some brandy. Its a nice, sweet malty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, its a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I like this brew a lot, but then Ive liked everything Ive tried from Pretty Things so far. $10.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (749) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours the color of caramel with a small off white head. The aroma is toffee verging on coffee, dark malts, and molasses. Taste is awesome! Heavy cane syrup and in your face coffee. Thick creamy mouthfeel and a very light bitter finish. I didnt know that barley wines could taste like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle at home - Thanks Mette for sharing. Clear dark red/brown - white head. Ryebread, nice malty, nutty, barley, nice fruity, sweetness, ok alcoholic notes, chocolate, raisins, dried fruits, light hoppy bitterness, some candy sweetness, caramel, apple, phenolic, brown sugar. Nice balance. Nice drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bomber. Poured murky, deeper brown with a well-retained, toasted marshmallow head.. not the best color, but it set up nicely. The aroma picked up aged bready malts, caramel, and darker fruits with accents of oxidation and spicy yeast.. more fruit on the back of the nose as it warmed up.. not nearly as much boozage as I expected. The flavor found an array of aged, toasted bready malts at the core with light, tart fruit skins laced throughout.. touches of dry, cardboardey oxidation too.. finished very dry with fruity/yeasty notes and peppery alcohol. Medium-plus bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. sharp and tart in places I really didnt need it.. overall the alcohol was well-hidden.. this was aiight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4153) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Pours a deep red with a small head.

Aroma is floral with some light caramel, some nice licorice, and some brandy notes.

The flavor is boozy, with a nice light roastiness, some toasted caramel, some nice almost brandied raisin character.

Pretty darned nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (831) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2011 bottle from my cellar. Pours medium brown with red hew like stove top candy. nose is cherry licorice, brown malt, and brown sugar, taste is similar with a nice mouthfeel. finish is hard candy and honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
5th May 2013
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Palate is slightly soft with fine carbonation. Mild creamy malt with an unsweet toffee streak. Touch of dried fruits and a whisper of bubblegum ester. Finishes dry. Not bad. Hides the abv well!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1463) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
2011 vintage Bomber into a tulip Dark toffee/ caramel color. Half finger of off white head. Falls off quickly to a thin collar. Some thickness shown in the ABV legs. Little to no lacing. Nose is warm, melted brown sugar, toffee, prunes and raisin. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose. Taste is pretty much the same as above. Touches of sherry in the taste with the above. Not as jammy as others and a bit one dimensional as very forward caramel and raisin. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly sweet. Missing something I thought, as just very one dimensional. Nice beer though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (2030) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottled Nov. 2011 Aroma is fairly fruity and sweet with a medium low sherry character. Fruit is dominated by raisin with some prune, plums and a hint of banana chips. Light toasted bread note and medium low caramel aroma. Light toffee is also present but this beer is not very malt forward. Pours a somewhat murky brown with a good amount of amber and ruby highlights. Very faint, light tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and medium low legs. Flavor is a bit more malt forward than the aroma. Some moderate toasted bread notes, faint roast, light chocolate, moderate caramel and toffee. There is a medium high bitterness that is fairly harsh and medium low alcohol spice to the finish. The fruit notes are medium low and are raisin and prune mostly. Finish is prune, chocolate and alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall not a great barleywine even with the age. The fruit does not meld well with the bitterness and astringency and leaves a really bad finish. The malt is not assertive enough to balance everything else going on in this beer.

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