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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
87
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 48 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ksimons:
Photo of ksimons
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a dark chocolate with a thin layer of tan head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the rim

S-Rich roasted malts, mocha, something that smells like plums or dark cherries, mocha, and a hint of alcohol. Really nice and complex smell here.

T-Rich roasted malts, molasses, slight bitter coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Again like the smell it is a really complex and balanced taste.

M-medium body, light carbonation, silky smooth

Overall I think this is my favorite from Pretty Things, easy to drink, great smell and taste.

ksimons, Nov 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Dekhar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dekhar, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle, bottled Nov2009. In a tulip glass the beer was a black color with a thick tan head that diminished fairly quickly. Mostly aa sweet chocolate aroma, but also a little bit of coffee. Chocolate dominated the taste, still that little bit of coffee. There was also a hint of licorice. A nice dry, smooth beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Todd, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Allagash tulip

The beer is black with a dark tan head. The head is thick and fluffy with loads of small bubbles.

The aroma is roasted malts sweet and hints of coffee and a slight creaminess.

The taste is an American stout. The beer is very creamy at first with a smooth mouth. A slight bit of carbonation hits the top of the mouth. A roasted and creaminess linger and hints of roasted malts.... ehh at first the mouth feel was good enough to shadow the taste. nothing special about the favor average craft stout.

bishopdc0, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, with a cutsie paper tab over the cap, that lets me know it was "Bottled November 2009" Nice, fresh and tasty beer. Always interested in giving a new brew from hyper artisinal Pretty Things a try. Pours pretty darn near black, the head also is a quite dark shade of mocha. Head is of moderate height, and shows much better then average staying power, then turns to a thick film and collar and leaves slippery and sliding sheeting and ample ridges and ripples of lacing. The sniff emits healthy notes of vanilla, dark malt, raisins, and chocolate. Rich and flavorfull stout, more of the same flavors on the tongue and mouth. Smooth and comfortable mouthfeel. More then typical roastyness. After trying several of the other eclectic PT brews, I was unsure of what to expect from a "Sylvan Stout" (whatever that is) from them. What I got was a pretty straight ahead, hearty/robust/flavorful and underneath it all, tasty and enjoyable stout. Nice job and well worth giving this one a try.

Billolick, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an inky black color with a light brown head. The aroma is fruity with some light smoke. The flavor is sweet fruit, sometimes dark fruit and sometimes other fruit such as cherries. The smoke is of medium strength. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Babayaga opens to a coffee-and-cream aroma, tinged with touches of tobacco and ash, and bearing slight remnants of chocolate and black malt. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar add a sweet boost, joined by small whiffs of fig, vanilla, anise, black licorice, and white pepper. There’s also a thin thread of grapefruit and pine from the hops, though in no way does this interfere with the stout aromas. The nose is balanced heavily toward black notes, but is as a whole nicely balanced, with enough sugars present to make things palatable; this is definitely a novice-friendly stout. The nose does want for a bit more oomph, however, the low 7% ABV not coming across here as watery, but as simply meeker than expected, and the beer suffers somewhat from a lack of uniqueness.

On the tongue, the initial flavors are largely black coffee, tobacco, and ash, but these are joined quickly by a strong sugary rush of caramel, and brown sugar, and tinges of fig. Slight hints of black licorice and vanilla lurk in the background. Hops provide a surprisingly present grapefruit and lemon presence, lending a medium-strength citrus undertone. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer’s ashy characteristics move to full throttle, and the final flavors are largely black malt and charred grains, which last into the aftertaste and linger on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is an unexpectedly watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue like soda water.

Overall, this is a nice stout, and again one of the more novice-friendly ones on the market (as opposed to, say, an ash bomb), but suffers from a lack of pizzazz. The flavors here are nice, but light, and the watery mouthfeel doesn’t help. The fact that the beer’s latter notes are almost exclusively ash seems to point to a general dearth of sugars (thus the low ABV), and so while the initial flavors are good, they lack staying power.

jondeelee, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

doremite, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of rudylaw
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a nice mocha head.

Tons of smoke in the nose... previous reviews mention campfire and that's spot on. Toasted malts, chocolate and overripe cherries.

Tons of smoky malt, dark, bitter chocolate and prunes in the taste. Mouthfeel is very thin with high carbonation. This is interesting but not for me.

rudylaw, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of NickyT
4/5  rDev +1.5%

NickyT, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JMS1512, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of BetterDarker
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into snifter. Great label by the way, love the art work.

A- Deep black in color with a solid brown head. Great lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts. Chocolate, some hops, and a certain je ne sais quoi pas. Intriguing indeed.

T- Very unique, in a good way. Roasted malts, earthy hops, and again there's some thing/ spice in here that gives this a distinctive flavor that I can not put my finger on, either I'm a bit congested or my palette is failing me, but none the less this tastes great.

M- A bit thin, but good carbonation for a stout.

D- This is a very good beer, not something I make a night out of but will definitely have again.

BetterDarker, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a 1.5 finger tan head. The head is really fluffy and thick, very nice.

S: Not a ton going on, seems a bit closed. A little bit of roasted malt, some coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: A bit of roasted malt, some baker's chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. Again, seems rather closed, not a real intense flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Slight dry finish.

O: Its not bad, but there was nothing that stood out in this beer. Have had a bunch of other beers from Pretty Things, and this is the only one thusfar that is a disappointment.

mdaschaf, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from bierkraft, bottled in October 2011. A very pleasant drinking smouth. Silky mouthfeel, not thick like an IS. Black with enormous retained white bubbly head. Mild roast and anise on the nose. Great stout, with a bit of smoky head in the finish. Great drinkability.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, bottled in October 2011. Thank you to Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

The color is very dark, the kind of crude brown that only grants a very small amount of light passage. I wouldn't say there is a head, only bubbles, primarily a ring of large ones in a dark latte tan.

Lilac or lavender, chalky Mexican chocolate, wood, and phenols. A bit of dairy.

Smoky chocolate and dark malt steeped with herbs like rosemary. Phenolic Belgian yeast with berries, backed with oak. It's like a silky, complex dark chocolate bar. Decent bitterness.

Smooth, silky, and medium weight, with medium carbonation.

All the parts are blended wonderfully and I am not aware of whether this is a beer skillfully crafted from only the traditional ingredients or a masterful mixing of herbs, etc. too. This one was worth waiting for, now where can I get another?

brewerburgundy, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of stephengraniero
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

stephengraniero, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +26.9%

troegaarden, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thin tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is molasses, black licorice, coffee and roasted malt. Great blend.
Taste is licorice sweet at first, warm alcohol and roasted malt middle, finishes with a mild lemon bitterness. Nice profile.
The texture is thicker with a good fizz and overall moderate carbonation.
Nicely done.

Fatehunter, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of mikey711
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost pitch black with just a hint of light able to seep through at the bottom of the glass. The head retained quite well and sat at about an inch thick.

S: Hints of molasess and ginger. Not too much roastiness which was strange.

T: The ginger and spices are pretty prevalent, and it lacks the bitterness and roastiness that I am accustomed to in a stout. There is a toffee in the flavor and a strange chocolate flavor, but the spices turn me off a little. As it warmed up though it got a bit smokier which I greatly enjoyed

M: A bit thin for a stout. The flavors are pretty rich but spice heavy. There is no roughness though.

D: It is a nice beer to try, especially if you are in the mood for something a little different. It is a bit more of a winter warmer in my opinion and worth trying once, but this is not my favorite from Pretty things

mikey711, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Gonzoillini, Jan 12, 2013
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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.