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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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420 Ratings

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 46 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-23-2012 23:30:36 | More by rolltide8425
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-18-2012 01:16:40 | More by nycwinter
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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

07-16-2012 00:39:10 | More by johnnnniee
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-15-2012 14:24:59 | More by AdamP
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-12-2012 19:28:42 | More by JohnK17
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

07-09-2012 19:54:58 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

07-03-2012 05:03:35 | More by AgentMunky
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-24-2012 16:20:15 | More by duff247
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-06-2012 14:43:37 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-04-2012 01:53:53 | More by erlenmeyer
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-31-2012 22:08:36 | More by gueuzegossage
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

A - Pours a very dark black with just a touch of brown and a half finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some smoke, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit sweetness.

T - Starts out with some roasted dark chocolate malts with a bit of vanilla and smoke. Through the middle, some stronger smoke comes through with some coffee and light dark fruit sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee, smoke, and just a touch of dark fruit.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Stout. The balance is spot on here with a great mix of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness.

05-30-2012 07:09:41 | More by ngeunit1
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-19-2012 12:53:18 | More by redliner8
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-18-2012 13:12:14 | More by denimdemon
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-16-2012 15:47:38 | More by standardcherry
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-13-2012 03:04:45 | More by GuidedByBill
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

22 ounce bottle, bottled October 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is nice, it smells like chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and some dark fruit and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, smoke, wood, and a bit of licorice. Nice mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and very smooth with moderate carbonation. I like this brew, too bad I can't get it here in Ohio. I'll probably buy this again the next time I come across it. $7.99 a bomber.

05-12-2012 21:46:29 | More by bluejacket74
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-12-2012 03:52:52 | More by AApparel
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Kind of surprised to see new stuff from Pretty Things all the way out on the west coast. A nice, pleasant, hearty and rustic stout. Mildly smoky and seems a touch of spicy on there as well. It's a good winter stout. Even though there are parts of it that stand out in their own ways, it strikes me as well balanced.

05-09-2012 03:33:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Nice fine brown head with decent retention and good lacing. Mild aroma of toasted and dark malt with an interesting faint estery fruit component. Unusual flavor dominated by dark malt, but complex, earthy with unidentifiable fruit flavors. Finish is a touch sour, reminiscent of rye (which is listed as an ingredient) mixed with spicy toasted malt and coffee. Unusual combination of flavors, but this one works for me. Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. These guys push the envelope but seem to pull it off. I would get this again if it was available in my state.

05-06-2012 03:17:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-02-2012 03:53:04 | More by 2neardead
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-29-2012 02:07:36 | More by Hophead101
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-28-2012 02:59:01 | More by Googs
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-20-2012 00:11:20 | More by atarantino
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottled October 2011

A: Pours onyx black with two and a half fingers of a woody brown head. Spectacular lacing.

S: Toasted malts, dark chocolate, weak coffee. A tad on the weak side.

T: Way more appealing than the nose. Nice and toasty malt flavor, a little bit of smokiness, little bit of dark chocolate. There's a flavor here I've never tasted before and I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of, but it's a very pleasant taste. Almost like a dry woodiness. Very nice.

M: Dry and full.

O: This was a very nice stout. I definitely get the "woodland" feel while drinking it. Wish Pretty Things made six packs, I'd buy this year round. Kudos to you Pretty Things!

04-18-2012 21:04:39 | More by Lordquackingstic
Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.