Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
88
very good

429 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 56
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ghengisflan
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It poured a nice, opaque black with a quarter inch and rich tan head.
Smell - It's what I expect of a stout: mint, roasted barley, char, and chocolate.
Taste - As you'd expect, it tastes as it smells: minty, roasted, charred, chocolatey, and malty.
Mouthfeel - As smooth and rich as any.
Overall - A great stout, there's not much more to say. It's probably a better cold weather beer. No, it's definitely better in cold weather.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up locally. had this one on tap at a BCTC festival a while back and loved it...looks like i haven't gotten around to posting that review yet? none-the-less, just came to town and picked up bottle. enjoyed from my pretty things wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with a finger plus of beige tan head that slowly fizzled away leaving a thick ring on the surface and lots of clustered bubbled islands.

s - as soon as it was opened i could smell the beer. irish stoutiness. upon closer inspection lots of roast and char with a hint of bailey's and mint. fairly charred.

t - tastes just like it smells...char and bailey's cream. very mint chocolate chip with a good amount of roast.

m - the body is a bit over charred. i know that this one is classified on this site as an american stout, but the bottle says sylvan stout and honestly this is pretty to style for an export stout (edit: checked pretty things web site and they list it as an export stout - submitting correction)

o - overall, spot on export stout. really nice irish flavorings and good amount of char. easy drinker and definitely one of the winners in the pretty things lineup.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light residual sugar notes (maybe some lactose) and light smoked notes. Taste is a complex mix between some dry roasted malt with some light smoke notes and some light spicy malt notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture and good carbonation. Well brewed with good level of complexity while retaining a good drinkability level.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last Pretty Things beer sitting in my fridge; sad day. Ah well, from what I’ve had from them before, this one is sure to be a good one.

Brewed nine months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED OCT 2011” on the sticker over the cap; love that idea).

A: This stout pours incredibly thick for 7% ABV: pitch black with a brown head of light bubbles. The foam dissipates quickly into just a slight discoloration on top of the body, leaving only a few strings of lace. Note: a more aggressive pour toward the end of the bottle leads to a nice, creamy brown head. Gotta love that bottle-conditioning.

S: Strangely fruity-smelling, almost like a sour: hints of lactic acid, rosemary, and Belgian yeast play a significant role. Still, the main players are chocolate malt, with toffee, fig, smoke, and vanilla on a solid base of bready graininess – very biscuity with hints of rye. It all comes together in a rather British way, which is not uncommon for this brewer, I’ve found.

T: Now this in an interesting stout. It starts with mild dark fruit flavors and traces of natural sugar, building gradually to the smoky tone of the malts. From there on in, it’s basically all biscuit and barrel: wet oak, tobacco, cocoa powder, pecan, oat, and a heap of fresh-baked bread. Not a ton of vanillin seeping through from the oak-aging, but definitely enough to mix up the palate. A light sprucing of spicy, herbal hops comes through along the back end, along with Belgian notes of esters, rosemary, and prunes. By the finish, it’s almost a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; very nice. Herbal dryness mixed with a bit of funky and metallic character commands a light aftertaste.

M: Light to medium-bodied; lots of drinkability here. Comes off as foamy, almost, which is very nice for a beer this dark.

O: Nothing short of trendsetting! A stout with both Belgian and British influences: who would have guessed that it would have worked? It just goes to show what a great brewer can do with the right ingredients. I’m not sure what I paid for this, but I’ll take another bottle, please.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/2009 and somehow got lost until tonight. Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light and a fluffy tan meringue head that sticks lots of lace on the way down. Smells of roast and lots of caramel dark sugars and dark fruits. Spicy earthy aromas remind me of wood and ginger. The flavor is kind of a cross between a stout and a Belgian strong dark ale. The roasty caramel and chocolate flavors meet some spicy and earthy flavor reminiscent of some dark Belgians. Nice sugary fruity flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This probably wasn't the best candidate for aging, but it worked just the same, its a very nice beer

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Black as night with root beer-rounded edges beneath a dense, creamy, two-finger head of light beige foam.

S: Lots of different roasted malt aromas ranging from the chocolaty to the herbal and more smokey scents. There's a bit of fruity and grassy hops thrown in the mix as well.

T: Seemingly light and brisk malts hit the palate first with the tart pull of rye and velvety smooth sweetness of oats. Bitter, charcoal and chocolate notes take hold, imparting some coffee-like, herbal hop bitterness before washing down with a spicy, smokey and slick hop resin.

M: Medium-full bodied stout overall, but one that initially drinks lighter than the ABV or malt bill would have you believe.

O: This was a very interesting and fulfilling stout from the gypsy brewers at Pretty Things. The 7% ABV and variety of malts kept this stout drinking sturdy and the traditional hop additions kept it distinctly American. However, the British and Belgian yeast strains really made for some interesting, fruity, tart and spicy flavors that might have gone unnoticed with a house yeast. I'd certainly grab it again.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled October 2011.

A: Thick, creamy mocha-colored head. Darkest chestnut brown. Completely opaque.

S: Light and...lagery? A bit of bright fruit or Belgian yeast, with subtle milk chocolate undertones.

T: Hm. Not as good as I'd expected. It reminds me of a Scottish ale (or a less hopped Luckie Ales Export Stout). Light and fluffy, with a subtly-flavored maintaste that might be considered fleeting, but isn't quite. Raisins, apricot, and spices like nutmeg, fennel, or cinnamon that are a bit like a dubbel and sometimes trend savory. Interesting. Roasted malt adds a bit of smack, but is quite understated.

M: Smooth, mostly, with a slinky, unassuming body.

O: Points for flair, but even though it's fascinating, it always seems like it doesn't quite make it. So close to the mark, but it never quite finds its way there. Still worth trying and perhaps better fresh.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.