RATINGS: 185   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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fonefan (49427) - 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]

yespr (45508) - 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.

anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.

Travlr (24913) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle at Paradiso Dupont. Aroma of butterscotch and alcohol. Taste is thick, sweet, syrupy caramel with a complexity far greater than most barleywines. Nice stuff.

madmitch76 (24807) - , 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!

Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn. I had this beer along with Bruery Cuir, FW XV, Avery Hog Heaven, and BFM Terrapin Spike Jerome, and this beer was easily the best of the three for both me and my drinking buddy, Seth. The others were simply too overtly sweet or boozy, or both. Pours dark ruby with a creamy head. Berries and bread in the aroma. Big sweet flavor, lots of berries and ripe fruit, light alcohol, bread, toasty sugars. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lots of ripe, mixed berries to finish, mild warmth, dark sugars, sweet bread. The alcohol really isn’t too intense. A great beer.

Koelschtrinker (20419) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2013
Stark malziger Antrunk. Süß röstig, wenig alkoholisch. Intensiv, etwas Mohn, weich, dennoch sehr aromatisch. Noch etwas würziger werdend, süß malzig röstiges Finish. 11/12/11/12/12/12

rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma from hazelnuts, walnuts, caramel, alcohol, fruity notes, butter, toffee, butter notes. Malty walnut flavor, hoppy, raisins, caramel, citrus, hay, banana notes, leather, butter, some vinous notes. A bit too boozy.

mcberko (17854) - 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.

TBone (17581) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
Thanks Reakt! Deep amber color, cloudy off-white head, lace. Ryeish-berryish nose. Full-bodied. Brown sugar, toasted sugar, some yeast and fruits. Very low bitterness - this is quite ok dessert beer.

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