Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a proper stout black with a medium sized roasted tan head on top that quickly fizzles into a tight scrim that causes very thin droopy lacing. The body is impenetrable to the eye, sitting entirely opaque in the glass, but seems clear of sediment and haze. On the nose, the beer smells terrifically bizarre for the style. The slight roasted coffee and dark chocolate are there, but they play second fiddle to the beer’s dark fruit, quad-like smells of plums and raisin, and even a slight kiss of spicy alcohol. The beer tastes just as terrific, with light dark fruit notes on the beginning and aftertaste, but a strong roasted coffee stout flavor coming through in the middle. The beer begins with slight sour plum and raisin before opening into creamy roasted coffee and light dark chocolate notes, while sweet raisin and slight alcohol linger behind the roast and again show themselves strongly in the lingering aftertaste alongside the roasted coffee. The beer feels medium to medium heavy on the mouth, with a drying feeling in the face and sticky dry crackling on the tongue. Overall this is a terrific export stout with a Belgian yeast flair. I love the quad-like characters in the beer as they add a nice unique twist. This beer is a must try for stout fans, and another success from Pretty Things, as well as a go-to stout for me.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2012 20:46:02 | More by Maxwell
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4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is a dark, dark brown beer with a short white head. The nose is not as roasty or smokey as I would have thought it would but I liked it quite a bit. Some molasses, some smoke and a little licorice come through. The taste was similar with what started as a slight metallic aftertaste that faded as it warmed and gave some hints of anise, sage and rosemary at the back of the tongue. The chocolate smokiness and molasses also grew as it warmed. I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth, medium bodied. I always like a stout with a little more body than this one but it worked well. All in all, I really enjoyed this and would encourage anyone drinking it on tap to give it sometime.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 11:34:10 | More by jwchestnut
4.53/5 rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber poured into a stemmed tulip glass.
A- It pours nicely and looks good while pouring. So oil-spill dark brown that it's black in color with a dark British tan colored head, big and whipped 2-plus finger. Ample foamy lacing. Active bubbles to start that get lost in the darkness.
S- NOT a roasted malt and chocolate overload. Sure, there's some roasted malt but the beauty of its aroma is in the subtle blend of molasses, sweet and dark chocolates, hop spiciness, the right touch of alcohol, and black licorice. Light smokiness. A sublime combination.
T- The flavor profile follows the nose. It's mellow, not as intense as many stouts. The dark chocolate, dark malt and licorice are sweetened nicely by the molasses and spice.
M- Well carbonated with medium body. Tingles. Hearty enough, not quite chewy.
O- It must be the combination of 7.0 abv and 48 ibus that makes this a hit for me. Bold, not boozy. Balanced, not sugary or bitter. And, the aroma; mmm
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 22:38:02 | More by NiceTaps
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled October 2011
A: Pours quite a bit thicker than I was expecting. Appears black in the glass, but dark brown on the pour. Forms a moderate sized, very creamy, dark tan colored head. Moderate lacing.
S: Aroma is heavily roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.
T: Taste is similar, but is a bit more complex. Starts with a moderate sweetness mixed with milk chocolate flavors giving the impression of chocolate milk, but then it quickly turns smoky, almost burnt or acrid, but not overdone. Dark roasted malts and burnt coffee on the back end. Finish is a touch acidic (more like black coffee than acetic).
M: Full bodied. Very smooth. Voluptuous. Mild bitterness. Slightly acrid.
O: I've been sitting on this one for longer than I should have. Great balance of flavors. A very nice stout that I was expecting.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 02:19:03 | More by Florida9
Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.