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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
88
very good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our winter seasonal beer, Babayaga is a 7% export-strength woodland stout. We smoked some malt with rosemary, and added a few other embellishments. This beer is inspired by Eastern European folklore, by woodland, streams, cold dark nights and woodsmoke.

This was brewed at Westport, MA by Dann and Martha with help from our friends Adam and Br. Brian. The mash contained over 4000lb of malt (the biggest beer we've done) and there were also rye, oats and wheat in the grist. Fermented with a mix of English and Belgian yeast strains."

(Beer added by: m1ked on 11-10-2009)
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kkipple

South Carolina

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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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.

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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.