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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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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.9%

03-02-2013 22:31:34 | More by troegaarden
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-23-2011 03:47:34 | More by 3leggeddub
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JimbobAlonymous

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best stout I've ever had.

I'd get into the details but its easier to just say that its everything you could expect from a stout and more.

I highly recommend everything I've had from pretty things. They spend a lot of time perfecting their flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:34:06 | More by JimbobAlonymous
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JayfromBoston

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +26.9%

04-11-2012 02:10:51 | More by JayfromBoston
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gdhawley

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-16-2011 20:09:29 | More by gdhawley
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clegolfski

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-26-2011 04:32:47 | More by clegolfski
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CEDAMA

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-12-2012 15:41:43 | More by CEDAMA
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

05-06-2013 01:21:34 | More by Nachos4two
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

01-16-2014 06:21:14 | More by NOLANDMAN
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glib

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-16-2013 19:18:58 | More by glib
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hopandbarley28

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

01-25-2013 21:25:52 | More by hopandbarley28
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gory4d

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

12-06-2011 20:19:15 | More by gory4d
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared as an extra from SteveFinny. Thanks again! Poured into a Bruery toulip.

A - pitch black in the middle, pitch brown near the top and edges. A nice, frothy head sits on top.

S - a ton of roasted malts, some vanilla, a bit of coffee and some dark fruits, maybe currants, with some molasses in the back.

T - same as nose - very malty and roasty, with a definite fruit presense, almost a raspberry tang, but not too strong. Very nice.

M - feels good!

D - a low enough ABV to enjoy a couple of these! Unfortunately, they aren't sold here and this is my only bottle :(

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 22:17:10 | More by GabrielM
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

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
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Mass. Pours an opaque pitch black body with about an inch tan head that clings to the side of the glass as it dissipates. Coffee, dark chocolate, nut, and wood comprise the aroma. Coffee, toast, and dark chocolate hit at first, becoming much fuller and richer as the sip settles in. Wood and nut are present in the background, but only as an accent and balance. Full-bodied with ample carbonation to aid drinkability. The profoundness of the coffee and chocolate in the flavor makes this not only super-delicious, but one of the best for the style I've had. More, please!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:04:56 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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stephengraniero

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-06-2013 05:06:41 | More by stephengraniero
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-18-2014 00:46:56 | More by Enriquehopnog
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-10-2013 22:21:05 | More by WhitmansNiece
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-07-2012 17:40:19 | More by kevgod
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey, served in a pint glass.

A: Huge thick rich head that never wants to leave. It takes 3-4 minutes to pour as he has to keep scraping off the head to fill with more beer. Eventually when I get the glass, the head very slowly fades, but still wants to hang around and enjoy the party. The pitch black color traps light surrounding it, almost as if they dimmed the lights just as the beer arrived in front of me, or did they?

N: Nose beckons you with roasted malts, coffee and toffee. Some slight oatmeal flashes me thoughts of breakfast, with my coffee on the side. Then some dark chocolate gushes out in waves, battling its way into the nose trying to fight through the roasted malts and coffee. The chocolate starts to win and become more dominant as the beer breathes and warms.

T: Wow, I think this weighs more per density than the glass its in. Its super rich and pretty thick. Again it bombards you with roasted malts and some more dark chocolate. I'm detecting quite a bit of caramel as well, and I don't mean caramel malts, I mean real caramel. Perhaps it is a product of the malts, but it adds a nice touch. Almost like one of those really interesting coffees you get that have lots of chocolate and caramel in them, except this time in beer form. Some creamy chocolate milk presents itself a little as the beer warms and breaths. As my taste buds start to get past the rich chocolate coffee roasted flavors, I start to get some bitterness that builds a bit. It's a combination of the earthy stout-like charred bitter flavors, and some spicy hop characters pushing out. Then almost a very hint of alcohol warmth that starts to build, both the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth build as the beer magically gets drunken.

M: Very rich and pretty thick, almost have to chew it. Good carbonation to go with it, no Tomme'd beer here. It also leaves a coating around the mouth and tongue reminding you of the flavor for a while.

F: It finishes semi bitter and a nice slight hoppy flavor. The rich creamy chocolate also sticks around, giving you memories of being a kid and drinking the chocolate milk from the carton. Most of the roasted malt and coffee flavors have subsided by the finish. The bitter earthy charred stout-like flavors present themselves quite a bit at the end, probably accentuated by the bittering hops. Although, except for the coat of chocolate and caramel that coats the mouth and tongue, it finishes pretty clean.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 16:21:59 | More by jlindros
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-13-2012 03:04:45 | More by GuidedByBill
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-18-2012 23:58:10 | More by EvanWilliams
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Jonny41

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-12-2014 00:10:25 | More by Jonny41
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HBBJ

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with a tinge of red. Opaque. Thick, brown, long-lasting head with copious lacing.

Smell: Big burst of chocolate, followed by coffee and burnt toffee. Malty with some yeast fruitiness.

Taste: Big, bold coffee-toffee flavor. Dark and roasted malt, with a touch of hop flavor. Long, chocolatey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and creamy. Dry, with a bite from hop bittering.

Overall: Export-style, drier and stronger than many stouts. Outstanding. A world-class stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:29:17 | More by HBBJ
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BrainTree

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-26-2013 21:40:52 | More by BrainTree
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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.