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Babayaga - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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very good

436 Ratings

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 59
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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Ratings: 436 | Reviews: 189
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“Bottled Oct 2010 Batch 2” poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of dark fruit and bourbon up front but those flavors fade and transition into the more constant flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and a mild but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of bkny27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tkelley
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ahq514
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice. Bottled in Oct. 2010 from Batch 2.

Pours an extremely dark brown head with almost no head, appearing to have very low carbonation. Almost no lacing.

Aroma is complex. Roasty, slightly smoky, oaky, dark chocolate. Has a little bit of a belgian element to it. I pick up a touch of oats too.

Creamy and slightly sweet oats come through first, followed by a dry roastiness, dark chocolate, and subtle smokiness. Real slight Belgian yeast characteristics. Has a real dry wood component. Not much in the way of hops.

A little higher carbonation than I thought would be there and a little too much for the style I think. Creamy at first and then dry, Medium to full body. Fairly drinkable for 7%.

An enjoyable stout overall, but nothing to really seperate it from the pack. Pretty dry for a stout. Would like to try fresh.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of splendidsplinter
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Sensaray
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown with mocha head about an inch.

Smells of roasty chocolate and light coffee.

Roasty chocolate and light coffee in the smell as well.

Feel is very nice on the lighter side for a stout but good spiciness, medium body.

Overall very good, wanted a bit more alc, but very delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of clegolfski
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" mocha colored head which exhausted all the effervescence from the body but did leave nice lace as it slowly receded. Body is a very deep burnt umber brown, almost coffee. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste matches the smell, adds some cola, and the chocolate really comes through. There's a hint of smoke, plus there's a medium hoppiness in the aftertaste with a long life. Bodyweight is lighter than I'd expected.

One of the finer beers I've had from this brewer. Nice local artisanal product.

Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Porter Cafe in West Roxbury. Served in a Pretty Things wide-mouthed wine glass. Extremely dark brown body, with a tremendous looking tan head. This glass really accentuates the look of the beer. Smell was subtly earthy. Taste is right on the money. It's rich with flavors of chocolate and milky coffee, with just enough of a hint of smoke to enjoy. There is a slight mineral quality in the finish. Mouthfeel was right in the middle - not too thick and not too thin. This is a very enjoyable stout, and I am upset with myself that it took me this long to finally try it.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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