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RATINGS: 185   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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3.5
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle shared with friends at cheese shop ..clear brown pour with brown head..nutty aroma..awesome

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Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
Served in a wine glass. Sweet taste, Carmel color, looks great and tastes great for 13.5%!!!! Damn good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Large off-white head atop hazy copper body with dead yeasties on the glass bottom. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, bittersweet/milk chocolate, light banana. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, raisin, some bittersweet chocolate, light orange/banana, cherry. Smooth full body, alcohol not overpowering despite the ABV.

2.3
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Pours brown with a thin white head. Caramel, honey, alcohol, toffee. The booze was very apparent in the aroma and taste. Not a fan of this one but probably has more to do with me not liking this style than the beer itself. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
65cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, sweet/alcoholic and slightly fruity/spicy, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, good Winter brew, yet expensive!, WOW!

3.9
yespr (45425) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2013
22 fl oz @ Mikkeller & Friends. Pours hazy brown with a huge, creamy and light tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, toffee and caramelish. Smooth caramelish and toffee. Medium sweet. Toffee and light bitter into a roasted finish. Solid bitter far finish.

3.8
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2013
22oz bottle, from Pinocchio’s a while back. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, raisin, plum. Heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, nutty, more dakr fruit, some chocolate, a little boozy for me, with a sweet, malty finish. Yum.

3.7
eachnotesecure (92) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bomber purchased a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop. Pours a brownish copper color. Tastes a little like an English Barleywine but with a lot more roasty chocolate notes. For a 13.5% ABV this is really smooth. I’m going to take the whole bomber down but only because the alcohol is masked so well.

3.8
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bomber bottle shared and doled out in sampler sizes. Dark tan tint and faded brown head. Heavy lacing. Aroma was earth, ginger and a bouquet of various and sundry spices. Taste was cream, nougat, yeast, earthiness, and gingerbread. Palate was medium bodied, a little fizzy, nice and balanced. Overall, a highly drinkable barleywine that I’d love to try out after it’s aged a year or two.

4.6
digrod (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Caramel. Molasses. Nougat. Rock candy sweetness but super smooth for 13.5%. Great Barleywine


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