Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Received in the 'You Aint From Around Here?' BIF from apollokim, thanks Kim!
Poured into a Pretty Things Oversized Wine Glass, also extremely generously provided by Kim. You're the best!
Bottled in November 2009 (And vintage bottles? Insane).
A - Pours silky smooth out of the bottle and fills the glass with midnight black beer, but not as heavy-weight or syrupy as expected. Builds a creamy, 2-fingered, light tan head which contrasts nicely with the opaque body. Retention is great as it lasts for a good portion of the beer. One of the most outstanding things about this beer is the lacing. This beer doesn't have just sporadic lacing or intricate webs, but rather it completely covers a good 3/4ths of the glass (minus the side I'm drinking from) with an absolute curtain of lacing. It just sticks there and clings for dear life. Fantastic.
S - The smell is much more mild and subdued than I would've expected. There's a light roast from the malts, and some bittersweet chocolate, but it's muted and non-aggressive. Rather, the floral hops and spices take the forefront of the nose. It's unusual, considering the majority of stouts rely on the malts, but it works for this beer and is a nice change. Light and refreshing.
T - Much like in the nose, the taste is surprisingly not malt-forward at all. While the initial flavors are nice and bready, with the fresh roasted espresso notes, it transitions quickly and smoothly into the more floral side with the hops and rosemary. Interestingly this brings me back to the Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du BUFF, although not as excessively spiced (thankfully). The malts do bring a lasting sweetness, however, which carries into the finish, which is long and pleasantly balanced between the sweet and bitter characteristics.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light with low carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth and the finish is long and enjoyable. Maybe would've preferred a bit more carbonation here. Very creamy and velvety smooth, it goes down easily.
D - Drinkability is high. I had no problem finishing a bomber of this, and the unconventional profile of this beer was a refreshing change to the palate in a period where I've had quite a few Porters / Stouts / RIS's / Imperial Stouts. The flavors really mesh well together, and the lighter mouthfeel makes it easily to drink and definitely changes what it could be paired with compared to more heavy and syrupy stouts.
However, this also makes it a bit hard to grade. If grading to the style, it certainly falls short of what 'traditional' stouts are, but as a beer itself, it's interesting and I really enjoyed it. Overall a great first impression for this brewery, and I have another bottle from this BIF that I am looking forward to, and from there I'll hopefully expand further!
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2011 05:24:14 | More by nhindian
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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
88 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.