RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (2038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Deep brown pour, nice off-white head. Not much aroma, but the flavor was nutty and sweet, and BOY was this bear creamy!! :)

ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2017
November 2015 bomber shared by AdamC on 7/29/17. Also on tap pretty much permanently at Deep Ellum over the years.
Clear, chestnut-ruby body with a dark beige head atop showing good retention for its age.
Warm malt and soft red fruit tones mix together showing cherry, plum strawberry and light caramel-toffee. Low on any annoying breadiness, excess of alcohol or oxidation (just a minor touch of that). Light peppery phenols is all you get as far as the alcohol here and it never comes off syrupy as far as the malt goes. Very English and quite well-done if you like those types of barleywines (I do, in as much as I like barleywines - which is not at all anymore, really).
Candied orange, plum, strawberry and bright cherry interlaced with dry toffee, raisin and caramel with biscuit, vanilla and pepper on the finish. Definitely some warmth and alcohol but it only serves to balance the malt, which is already nicely attenuated. Low but ample carbonation and a soft, malty texture that belies the specialty malt here. Very nice and has aged gracefully.

AirForceHops (8033) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2017
22 oz bottle in a trade with ClarkVV awhile ago. This is dated Nov 2015. Deep mahogany brown with a good amount of carbonation left. Aroma is figs, mild caramel malt, dark fruit and a English ale yeast.

Flavor has bready malt, dark fruits, maybe mild Apple. Medium bodied with the booze almost hidden. No alcohol note or sugar. This aged pretty nice and enjoyable. Rest in Peace Pretty Things.

AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Bomber from AFH. 11/2015 Bottle date. looks like caramel syrup. very filtered. no sediment. smells like caramel, chocolate and candy bar. This tastes great. caramel, creamy with butterscotch, old apple, sweet middle, dry oily finish. tasty.

Lele (562) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 12, 2017
Eccellente barley wine. Complesso, avvolgente, intenso. Intensissimi liquoroso e passito. Spettacolo!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish, fast-dying tan head and a touch of a muddied brown glow. Aroma toasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins, earth and a bit of caramel. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich malty flavour at first with alcohol, toffee, earth, grain and an oaky and cedar flavour up front that fades to a smooth caramel sweetness that finishes with some alcohol and bitterness from hops and unfinished sugars from caramel and fruits. Aftertaste is smooth-ish with some caramel strength and a dose of hops and bitterness coupled with oaky and dry flavours and finishing with a ton of alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice barley wine with good flavours and a rich finish showing some nutty and earthy finishes that shows some alcohol, but relatively smooth for the style. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Bowery), New York on 05-December-2016 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on Christmas Day, 25-December-2016. Bottled: November 2015 // Purchased: December 2015 // Sampled: December 2016

UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 26, 2016
Appearance: clear brown with amber-brown highlights, one finger of creamy light tan head that retains well, light lacing. (4/5) Aroma: molasses, chocolate syrup, caramel, dark boozy fruit, light coffee. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering sweetish and warming finish. (4/5) Nice. Opens up nicely as it warms, developing rich and complex flavours on a medium-full body, with a pronounced but not harsh alcohol warming. The sweetness is high but not cloying, and smoothly transitions into pleasant coffee-like tones, but remains a bit sticky on the finish. (15/20)

reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
650ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a vigorously poured finger and a half of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is big caramel with some raisins and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a raisiny and caramel malty sweetness with a herbal bitterness with some alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, quite sweet for the style, but still an enjoyable brew.

Bebum (1124) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Dark amber, clear, covering lace. Full body, well flavored, very hot, silky and spicy mouthfeel, lasting aftertaste. Sweet and bitter. Intensely malty, jammy, yeasty, tropical fruit (uva de cavalo), sherry. Not very subtle but delicious all the same. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

phaleslu (10898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Draft at Ei8ht Ball, served in a flight. Pours a cloudy browned amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Notes of toasted, caramel, and chocolate malts, dark fruits, earth, and even a little bit of light funkiness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty, sweet, earthy, lightly funky mouthfeel. Really nice, left-of-center barley wine. Might be the last Pretty Things beer I have. It’s a good one.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home on the terrace.

[ As Pretty Things Our Finest Regards ].
Clear medium to dark red amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, sweet malt, tobacco notes, Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, caramelized, dried fruit, dry, warm finish, wood - tobacco notes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150706]

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