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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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very good

433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 58
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:
Beer added by: m1ked on 11-10-2009

"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."
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3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty, phenolic. Tastes of roasted malts, awkwardly tart, peppery with a sort of Belgian phenolic character and dry finish. Body feels properly full though carbonation is a bit overdone. I'm not a fan of this one much.

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3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a deep dark brown, essentially black, with a fluffy tan head.

S: The nose is not all that appealing nor intense. Some roasted malt, coffee, and perhaps a touch of plastic.

T: There isn't too much in the flavor either, but it doesn't quite have that plastic sensation. The only real flavors are some roast and mildly sweet malt.

M: The mouthfeel is thrown off a bit by an intense carbonation, which is nearly to the point of annoyance.

D: This wasn't a particularly good beer, and another let down from Pretty Things.

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3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby-dark with a giant mahogany-colored head that lasted forever and appeared to become denser as it compacted. There's an astringency in the aroma that competes with cocoa powder, a slight smell of oranges and a bit of coffee. There's a heavy dose of alcohol as well. The taste begins with a flat slathering of hot-chocolate mix, followed by cocoa and then some smokey roastiness that fades as the orangish hops take over at the tail end. The whole thing is rather odd, and the alcohol-- make that booze-- tops it off with too much muscle. The hops were nice; they're a bit like those used in a good UK stout. Here, they were clubbed to death by the chocolate and the alcohol.

As with all the other beer I've had from PT, this one contains many good components but everything fails to come together as a whole. If they cut out some of the alcohol and backed off the chocolate taste, this could be a good bottle of stout. As it is now, it gave me a headache.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

A: Pours a dark, translucent mahogany body. Light tan cap with great retention. Some lace is left behind.

S: Smoke / ham. Roast, milk chocolate (slightly lactic), anise.

T: Same. It's really ham-like. Rauchstout? Anyway, it follows up with roast, a slightly lactic twinge that gives the impression of milk chocolate, and small amounts of anise. A pretty solid flavor that is undermined by the smoked malt.

M: Light-medium body; about what I'd expect for a regular stout. But decent flavor. Amply carbed, maybe too much.

D: Meh.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thank you portia99 for sending this wanted extra

A - Black body with a brown head resting on top

S - Biggest thing I am picking up is the belgian yeast used. Dark fruit is present but not much more that I would expect from an american stout.

T - Similar to the aroma. Belgian yeasty flavors, dark fruit, some smokiness. Some of the typical dark malt flavor found in stouts but not much

M - medium to heavy body, fair amount of carbonation

D - Drinkable for sure but I just don't care for what belgian yeast does to stouts. Not up my alley but not an offensive beer. Worth trying for sure but I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, looks opaque black. Lumpy, clay colored head. Superb retention throws up a wall of lace through which hardly any glass peeks. Good stuff.

Aroma is ash and sweet, smokey bacon grease. Some dark caramel wandering hither and thither. Moderately sweet, smokey bacon follows through in the taste department. Not rauchbier levels but prominent. Slick mouthfeel.

Judging by the reviews from last year, batch 1 used to have more roast flavors. I'd like them back.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from nov. 2009. drank from a taster glass.

A- this one pours out a mostly black colored body. only a small amount of red highlights can be seen when held up to the light. a large coffee colored head forms on top and sticks around for a while. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- after the initial rush of roasted malt that reminds me this is a stout i get sweet smelling chocolate and a bit of coffee. nothing really spectacular here or out of the ordinary.

T- the taste is overly sweet for me. that comes on more strongly than the roasted malts. theres a smokiness in here that seems out of place. slight coffee taste on the finish.

M- too thin for the style. creamy and well carbonated.

D- meh. my overall impression is that this was just ok. there are several locally available options that i would go for before this. however, i will continue to seek out beers from this brewery.

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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.