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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14025) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43355) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2013
22oz bottle, from Pinocchios 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Im going to take the whole bomber down but only because the alcohol is masked so well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 Id love to try out after its aged a year or two.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
digrod (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Caramel. Molasses. Nougat. Rock candy sweetness but super smooth for 13.5%. Great Barleywine

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Rich candy-like sweetness up front, heavy mouthfeel, notes of caramel and toffee, a touch bready with almost a scotch-ale-like malt quality, very smooth finish. Low bitterness for a barley wine.


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