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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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very good

427 Ratings

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Ratings: 427
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

666_MPH, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mchengcit, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

420Rick, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of jwchestnut
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a dark, dark brown beer with a short white head. The nose is not as roasty or smokey as I would have thought it would but I liked it quite a bit. Some molasses, some smoke and a little licorice come through. The taste was similar with what started as a slight metallic aftertaste that faded as it warmed and gave some hints of anise, sage and rosemary at the back of the tongue. The chocolate smokiness and molasses also grew as it warmed. I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth, medium bodied. I always like a stout with a little more body than this one but it worked well. All in all, I really enjoyed this and would encourage anyone drinking it on tap to give it sometime.

jwchestnut, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

comrade_tony, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

comradekyle, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Sspeer1, Mar 02, 2014
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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

chadclark, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Dylanjf, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

lzepplin01, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jonny41, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

blknikon, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

swetsastonic, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jpaulsen, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

RummyRedbeard, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mbmbmb, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JLT, Jan 20, 2014
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

NOLANDMAN, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MLaVioletteJr, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DerekMorgan, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jeff1973, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 2011

A: Pours quite a bit thicker than I was expecting. Appears black in the glass, but dark brown on the pour. Forms a moderate sized, very creamy, dark tan colored head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is heavily roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of smoke.

T: Taste is similar, but is a bit more complex. Starts with a moderate sweetness mixed with milk chocolate flavors giving the impression of chocolate milk, but then it quickly turns smoky, almost burnt or acrid, but not overdone. Dark roasted malts and burnt coffee on the back end. Finish is a touch acidic (more like black coffee than acetic).

M: Full bodied. Very smooth. Voluptuous. Mild bitterness. Slightly acrid.

O: I've been sitting on this one for longer than I should have. Great balance of flavors. A very nice stout that I was expecting.

Florida9, Dec 28, 2013
Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
89 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.