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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
89
very good

426 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 54
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)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

troegaarden, Mar 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

3leggeddub, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of JimbobAlonymous
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.

JimbobAlonymous, Feb 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

JayfromBoston, Apr 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

CEDAMA, Aug 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Nachos4two, May 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

NOLANDMAN, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

glib, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

hopandbarley28, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

gory4d, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
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 :(

GabrielM, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of NiceTaps
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

NiceTaps, Feb 28, 2014
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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!

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

stephengraniero, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Enriquehopnog, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

WhitmansNiece, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Nov 24, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

EvanWilliams, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jonny41, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of HBBJ
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.

HBBJ, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

BrainTree, Dec 26, 2013
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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
89 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.