Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.35/5 rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pretty bottle from November 2009 - nearly a year old now - and here thanks to the stalwart Jlindros. Shoulda got to this a lot sooner...
A. Pours a heavy dense Schwarzwald-black with a tight, small bubbled head that is quite dark and lasts long. Sylvan, indeed!
S. Slight smoky sweet dark malt here, roasty-toasty, a hint of undefined esters from the yeast, dry with a pleasing hint of anise and what seems to be a vinous, woody note. Strange and flighty, as Pretty Things beers are wont to be - it's just not normal at all and lends itself to exploration.
T. Sadly the taste isn't up to par here, but that of course may be my fault for drinking an 11 month old stout... what we have here is a very dry and bitter (chocolate malt) stout with a long char finish, although there are oddities sprouting all 'round: smoke, spice, that tannic-lactic sourness again (not pleasant), nuts and just a hint of cool sweetness in the finish. It's quirky, and while it almost works, the questionable sour off note casts doubt - perhaps a slight infection in the works? Not sure. I do not get any of the advertised rosemary, alas.
M / D. Creamy, although not thick - suspect the Belgian yeast at work here. The oats work well and lend full-slickness. High carbonation, vaguely nitro. The finish is long burnt grain and there is that sour-bitter note that rings harsh. Slightly warming.
Babayaga, right now, is yet another almost-there beer from Pretty Things. It's quite interesting, but I feel like with a few tweaks and smoothing out this could be much better. I love this brewery because everything they make is off-kilter and a delight to drink, but much like some young forest-dwelling critter, it'll take a few years for this Pretty Things to grow to the fullness of its being. Keep your eyes on this little brewery.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2010 00:04:01 | More by kkipple
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3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles and I have taken to enlisting aid in doing so. The real logjam comes in the form of bombers. Do not misunderstand me, I am capable of drinking the contents of a bomber by myself, but I am hesitant to do so. Bomb(er)s away!
A little backstory on this one: The bottleneck sticker reads"Bottled October 2011" and it was presented to me on my 47th birthday (25 Feb 2012) by my doppelganger clonsin, Jim Barnes, who was repping for Pretty Things at the time. Justin Chlan and I were now joined by one of my former mentors, Tom "Beek" Biechler on the porch.
From the bottle: "Good Time Artisinal Beers"; "Sylvan Stout".
After popping the cap, I gave everyone a generous pour. This created a finger of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was really rich - molasses, anise, light charcoal, vanilla. Mouthfeel was surprisingly only medium. The taste was semi-sweet with flavors including dried dark fruits, dark chocolate and a little bit of smokiness. The finish was dry and smoky and we decided to go in a different direction for our next beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 14:53:23 | More by woodychandler
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
Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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