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Once Upon A Time 1901 KK - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Once Upon A Time 1901 KKOnce Upon A Time 1901 KK

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English Strong / Old Ale, or thereabouts.

(Beer added by: EPICAC on 10-12-2010)
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Reviews by busterthecat:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

A- Dark tan head quickly fades. Beer is a think velvety texture. Almost Black in color.

S- Hops upfront. light fruit, candy. Sweet roasted malt undertones.

T- Very interesting. Flowery hops on the tongue. Lots of sweet toffee and caramel. Mild toasted malt. Less intense then expected. Well balanced. Great meld of flavors.

M- Very pleasant. Smooth, mild. Hops rest of front of tongue.

D- Very easy to drink, enjoyable. No alcohol burn present. Will buy more asap.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:57:12 | More by busterthecat
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-26-2013 14:06:34 | More by djrn2
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-22-2013 11:21:55 | More by ComRock12
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-19-2013 13:32:07 | More by doremite
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The "k" represents a "kept" beer & glad I did just that. The appearance is a beauty, w/ a frothy beige head & deep brown hue. Smells of chocolate nougat & overripe plums. True to the label description; it's a hoppy black ale. The blending of the dark malt w/ the English hops is the key to this beer. Really digging the aftertaste. Roasted bitter chocolate sweetness on the end....the best part, because it makes you come back for more. Love this series of historical recreations.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:49:24 | More by July2Nov
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-05-2013 03:20:26 | More by wisrarebeer
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, slightly hazed, amber-brown coloring with a frothy, foamy, off-white head that starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of rich toffee sweetness on a biscuit backbone, with hints of roast and old world fruit sweetness. Some raisin and fig on the nose in highlights. Flavors are roasty, also, with date, raisin, plum, and fig blending on the forward tongue. Boozy and earthy backbone, with a tangy, bitter hops presence at the end of the palate. The end of the beer becomes a bit unbalanced, leading to a bitter and astringent aftertaste, with a very dry finish. Started off promising, but this one started to spiral towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:34:15 | More by GarthDanielson
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-19-2013 16:50:29 | More by Photekut
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-02-2013 16:58:47 | More by becorwin86
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-25-2013 00:57:27 | More by Rappaman
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-03-2013 03:38:58 | More by hopley
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-26-2013 01:54:03 | More by noremac423
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/09/13 notes. Had this on tap at Bukowskis in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, caramel malts, some dark fruits, burnt malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, alcohol, bitter chocolate, caramel malts, toasted malts, roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits, burnt malts. More alcohol than the nose; a slight step down.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of alcohol to it.

o - Overall a decent strong ale; I know it is a different style of beer but I preferred the 1855 porter to this one. Alcohol is more prominent here, though some nice coffee and caramel to it. Would try it again but given the choice, would go with their 1855.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 17:49:54 | More by mdfb79
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

02-09-2013 23:22:19 | More by chakadrum
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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is interesting stuff.

A: Deep brown with shades of dark red when held up to light. Fizzy, foamy, light brown head that builds and fades pretty quickly leaving behind great lace but little retention.

S: Burnt/smoked/roasted malt with hints of hops, raisins, and molasses/caramelized sugar.

T: Malt character is strong and unique. Fairly hoppy up front with plenty of smoked and roasted malt in the finish that is enjoyable and lingers.

M: Pretty light body for the style and ABV. The flavors are strong and well developed and the alcohol complements everything. Smooth and creamy. And roasty and smokey.

O: An enjoyable drinking experience and it shows yet again that "back in the day" they were drinking much better beer than expected. While drinking this, I picture people slamming pints or metal mugs together drinking this in the dreary London pubs in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:40:23 | More by Gatch
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

from notes at the armsby abbey
the aroma was herbal and piney with hints of chocolate
deep dark brown color with a thick head that sustained throughout the glass.
the taste was a mild roast with chocolate with a bite of alcohol and finishes with a piney and herbal bitterness that stays with you but beckons for another sip. this beer was very good

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 12:42:50 | More by MRsojourner
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights. Body seems to be clear. Head is a thin layer with a thicker center of bubbles. Consistent lacing.

S-My first thoughts are yeast and toffee. Usually a beer with 100 IBU would display much more aromatic hop potency here. Roasted coffee and burnt caramel. Not overly intense. Malt-forward.

T-Interesting flavor; unique I would say. Almost has a black licorice/anise quality to it. Its quite roasted and there is a high level of bitterness. The high IBUs are present but the actual hop flavor is very stunted. Soapy hops. A bunch of toffee and lots of brown sugar with a lingering astringent note. Burnt toast; really burnt toast.

M-Medium/full. Carbonation starts off soft then gains power. A bunch of bitterness that is drying and lingering.

O/D-A cool beer. Big but not necessarily very expressive. Pretty cool that this was what was imbibed back in 1901. A decent hybrid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:15:31 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber on 01/12/2013 (bottled in Nov. 2012) into a tulip glass.

Dark, almost stout-like in color. Held up to a light it's a deep, deep amber color. A thick, rocky tan head on it. The aroma is roasty with an almost metallic, rusty twang to it. Some fruity notes: apples, plums. Despite this being an outrageously hoppy beer, there's not much hop aroma coming across (or not what I'm used to from modern IPAs). Tastes interesting. Definitely some chocolate, roastiness, and a husky graininess to it. Very earthy hop character that finishes off with a piney, lingering, somewhat harsh bitterness. Just a touch of sweetness to balance it out--not quite enough to counter the aggressive hopping. Body is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation and just a touch of astringency.

Overall, I this is an interesting beer. It's quite unique and unlike any modern black IPA I've tried. I'm not a big fan of roast grain character or sweetness in my beers, and this one has only a touch of each. The bittering is a bit harsh and lingering though. It gets bonus points for novelty and unique flavors I haven't experienced in modern beers, but the more I drink, the less exciting it is. Might buy again if they release it next year, but not on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:49:34 | More by spokeydonkey
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Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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