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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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July2Nov

Hawaii

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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GarthDanielson

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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mdfb79

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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Gatch

Massachusetts

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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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
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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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pretty things stemmed beer glass

A: pours a dark brown with a fat finger lightly tanned head. Records quickly to a film, some nice spots of lacing.

S: earthy piney hops and citrus notes, light toffee sweetness and charred toast...

T: citrusy, sweet, hoppy, piney, bitter resins, a bit of chared burnt coffee, pretty tasty.

M: medium bodied, lush and bitter, with a lingering bitter/char aftertaste that I am not particuarly fond of.

O: great balance of sweet and bitter going on here, and after reason a bit about this one I noticed it was brewed without roasted malts and got its color mostly from sugars. I never would have guessed there was no roasted or toasted or even burnt malt on here... A very tasty, very interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:38:34 | More by PeterIngemi
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, last one of the night. First two have been disappointing.

Label looks different than the picture. Bomber into my Notch 0.5L shaker. Probably chilled a little too much for the style.

A - dark brown but a little light makes it through. Head subsides quickly, but lacings persist.
S - yeasty malt, like a beer should smell
T - malty bitterness, almost a porter. Hints of pepper? dark malts, a little yeasty.
M - a little chewiness, carbonation persists
O - I like, Would have ordered another in 1901. Finally tonight a beer I can enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:21:38 | More by greenengineer
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a nonic.

pours a mahogany tone with a creamy, mocha-colored head, about 2 fingers of which; decent retention and lacing.

the nose is strong and offers roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and hops notes. the first sip touches your lips and you know this is a bitter beer. has a strong floral, nutty presence with malt blending with a relatively mild hoppiness. finishes on a dry, bitter note. for me, a decidedly ok-tasting beer. definitely quaffable but not great; a little too bitter for my personal taste.

medium-bodied, moderately carbed. drinks well enough, just not up my alley. not my favorite from pretty things, though i could see where others may appreciate it more. worth a try.

originally reviewed: 11-21-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 21:49:04 | More by BostonHops
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FosterJM

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1106th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
22oz

Thanks to CPAbeer and StormKing47 for this bottle.

App- A very dark dark brown pour bordering on black and resembling a good baltic porter. Had a 1 finger very pancake looking khaki head. Very little in terms of lacing/cling.

Smell- I didnt get much off of this one. Even when warm it was a bit lacking. Maybe call it some malts with a little bit of dough and some charcoal notes. Just really not sure on this one.

Taste- I enjoyed the fullness of this. The mixing of what I call a black ipa/baltic porter mix was really pretty taste. A bit muddled at points but some damp earthy hops with some bitter and what almost came across as a blending of cocoa powder and orange.

Mouth- I really got a interesting mix of light vs medium feel with a fairly medium carbonation level. Residual malty, cocoa type of flavor.

Drink- Pretty good. A little bit more of a black IPA than I was thinking but still had good flavors. Probably wouldnt go back to it but thats okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:39:09 | More by FosterJM
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Weidman26

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I were alive 100 years ago and having a draught by the sea in any of the island nations about the european north...This is what I would be having.

That is the thought conjured by this brew. Yet I am alive and well in this time and loving it quite well enough.

I would love to break down the particulars of this beer but truthfully that feels like a denegration to the overall masterpiece that is this beer I will simply sum up and hope that everyone will give this gem an effort

dark bitter hoppy murky enigmatic foggy briney obsidian seaworthy fortitude

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 07:16:23 | More by Weidman26
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Billowing clay colored head spills from the glass like a cone of insulation foam. Pours dark brown and sits opaque black. Thick foam layer of retention rides down to glass bottom, depositing swatches of lace along the way.

Aroma is damp, earthen hops. Mildly citrusy?

After awhile in the cellar KK still has some heat to it. Maybe not heat, aggressive warmth shall we say? The beer may look black but it doesn't taste like a black beer. There's some fruity dark malt flavor without any char or roast character.

Not my thing but I could see where a Black IPA fan could dig this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:54:44 | More by donkeyrunner
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gory4d

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, chalky brown with a big tan head, nice cap, lots of lacing. Smell is pine, dandelion, gingerbread. Taste is heavy on the pine, sweet gingerbread in the middle, with one heck of a bitter finish - very herbal and mineral at once. It's a little chalky in consistency, thick, bubbly - a lot going on here. Great beer, that's kept very well since I got it. Wish I had another stashed away.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:32:42 | More by gory4d
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger beige head on top, on the foamy side, with nice retention that leaves thin lacing behind.

S: The aroma is rather sweet, almost candy-sweet. There is a bit of dark fruit, some caramel, toffee, and chocolate.

T: On the sweet side, with some caramel and toffee. There is a little bit of roast and coffee along with some dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Not really sure what is going on with this beer. It's not bad, but not as good as others I have had from Pretty Things. I like that they are recreating these older recipes, but this one just wasn't as good as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 14:50:44 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger tan head

smell: sweet, toffee, roast, malts

taste: toffee, sweet, roasted malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: better then what I was expecting and I think it had to do with the sweetness. glad I got to try it.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 15:27:52 | More by THECPJ
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scottfrie

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA for sending me this.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin wispy head that left spots of soapy lacing down the snifter.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of dark roasted malts and a good dose of bitter grassy hops.
T: Bitter hops, coffee, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and a touch of grapefruit and weed.
M: Medium body with fizzy carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Interesting beer but strange. I’m not sure I loved the flavor profile of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 20:21:13 | More by scottfrie
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a muddy dark brown with a thick brown head. Great retention. Sticky rings of lacing.

S: Big dose of floral and grassy English hops up front. A bit of an herbal edge to the hop profile too. Tobacco. Whiffs of rich caramel and toffee. Slight charred wood and a hint of smoke. Fruitiness comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Tastes of sweet caramel at the outset. Plum, raisin, and fig cross the palate quickly before charred wood and smokey tastes overwhelm them. Coffee and bitter dark chocolate emerge after the smokey tastes mellow a bit. Grassy and floral hops cut through the malt tastes briefly, and the substantial bitterness adds a welcome balance. Quick flash of citrus. Lingering finish of coffee and char.

M: Medium bodied. Deceptively light considering the bold flavors at play, but it works well. Creamy and extremely smooth. It almost melts in your mouth.

O: This beer is excellent. Very well made, and hits all of my beer G-spots.

Notes: These historical recreations by Pretty Things have been a huge hit. The EIP was excellent too. At this point, they have solidified themselves in my book as one of the top New England brands.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 17:18:05 | More by ryan1788a5
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice, deep, dark brown with lots of ruby tones mixed in throughout. A nice sized two finger head of light tan came up through the top and settled down quickly, leaving behind a nice film across the top and a good amount of side glass lace. The aroma was rich, candy sweet and mixed with a touch of alcohol. Light bready aroma lying underneath gave way to a very pronounced candied sugar like malt in the middle. Some light touches of fruit, but this was a caramel malt driven monster. Hints of alcohol in the finish, but a really nice medium body that was more then adequately carbonated was the real treat here. A very nice evening sipper that I would have no issue with repeating in the future.

Overall I thought this was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:40:17 | More by mikesgroove
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a big tight tan head that sticks well around the glass. Scents of molasses, licorice, butter toffee, mocha, spicy hop aromas but in the back behind the big dark malt profile. Huge malt profile with all of the aspects of the aroma involved chewy not in a good way. Where are the hops is this brew. Did they fade or is this they way it was meant to taste

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:21:40 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer showed up at my local shop so I grabbed a bottle. The beer poured out as a really dark brown color. Quite pleasing to my eye. The head was big and tan with a soapy look to it. The smell of the beer surprised me, it was much hoppier than most of the other Pretty Things I've had before. The aromas of roast malts and chocolate were there too. The taste of the beer was really nice, the dark malts and the citrus hops blended together really well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and had a really nice pine needle sting to it on the tongue. Overall this beer was really nice, I would drink it again if I get the chance to. If I recall correctly the price wasn't too bad either.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:32:29 | More by Knapp85
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pretty Things wine glass. Big thanks to apollokim for providing the bottle and glass in the 'You Ain't From Around Here?' BIF, cheers Kim!

This is an interesting beer from a cool concept project that Pretty Things has. They find original recipes of beers that were made a long time ago and brew them exactly the same. Vintage beer, but can it stand up to the tests of time?

A - Pours a slick black color with dark brown highlights. 2.5-fingers of head rest on top, tannish in color but with pretty good retention. The consistency of the head is rather rocky with big bubbles interspersed among the foamy cap. The lacing is pretty good, but not up to the par of other Pretty Things beers I've seen in the past!

S - The smell on this is very interesting. The hops are more spicy and earthy than what I was expecting, and there's some type of peppery note I'm getting as well. As it lingers, I'm getting floral hops that are herbal to the point of bordering on tea qualities. Beneath is a slight roast with chocolate, but it is hidden well.

T - Wow. The taste on this is definitely eye-opening. The malts are glossed over and it is bursting with hops; grassy, floral, herbal, earthy hops. There's some fruit in the finish, but for the most part this is a gritty, dirty beer. In the finish, a strong roast comes through as the malts finally penetrate the hops, bringing some chocolate as well. The finish is incredibly bitter, lasting for ages and not letting you out of its grip. It's interesting for sure, but can't exactly say it's up my alley.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with decent carbonation. I feel this could benefit from a little more carbonation and a bit more body to it. It doesn't come off as watery, but it doesn't exactly make a presence in the mouth besides the extreme bitter finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I would be happy with this beer in 12oz as it's interesting and I think the concept is awesome, but the way the hops and malts mingle in this beer, I am not sure I'd want much more than that. Best enjoyed in moderation, drink this one with friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 06:43:46 | More by nhindian
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out very bitter with flavors of dark chocolate and a strong hops presence. The malt character is hearty and there’s a touch of smokiness in the background but a lot of balance. It does get a bit better as it sits after pouring. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style which is “A recreation of a hoppy, black ale originally brewed in London” as shown on the label, a decent beer but there are several other similar beers that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 16:36:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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cosmicevan

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - popped the bottle and filled my portsmouth sniftery tulip. poured an almost black with a reddish tint, and settled black in the glass with a pretty generous yellowy white frothy head that hung around for a while. kind of porter looking with a stouty head. lacing left footprints all over the glass.

s - nice spicy kick with great hop presence and a solid malt backbone. quite balanced. some brown sugar sweetness in the background.

t - wow...same spicy kick in the smell is SUPER amplified in the flavor. pretty intense. at first it seemed too much...extreme bitterness with an odd angle to it...kind of peppery. the spiciness never really went away, but I did become acclimated to it and once I did the malts took the lead, but the hoppy bitterness mixed with the spiciness was still fairly present. the spiciness might be coming from the heat in the beer since it seems pretty evident that there is alcohol in this beer.

m - on my first sip, this is a beer that i felt in my nose (if you know what I mean). alc is a bit strong and the bittery spiciness is also a bit much.

o - overall, the bottle says that this is a Hoppy Black Ale...BA tells me it is an English Strong Ale...either way seems pretty unique to me. As I drank more and more of this, I found myself liking it more, but not one I'll be looking for. I think the concept of this beer is pretty cool, but then when I think about it...this beer was brewed a long time ago and not really since...makes you wonder, perhaps there was a reason? perhaps not? in any event, pretty things is somewhat hit or miss for me and they definitely have an underlying flavor to their brews, but some that I taste really make me think that they should just stick with Jack D'Or, Baby Tree, and Our Finest Regards. definitely worth picking up if you are curious, but you might want to get one bottle at a time since I can definitely see this as being a polarizing beer. Had to give it a 3.5 since there is nothing average about this beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:17:32 | More by cosmicevan
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Pahn

New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving solid lacing walls. Pours a solid black and leaves spots, streaks, and walls of lacing. Looks serious.

Smell: Smells serious too... wow, they put a lot of hops in, didn't they? Great, somewhat citrusy, floral, hop dominant aroma with a sugary cupcake backbone supporting it. Some mild and pleasant booziness comes out with warmth, emphasizing some of the spicier hop aromas. While not dank, it smells as hop-forward as the silliest of west coast American DIPAs.

Taste: Whoa. Giant hops. I can't find the IBUs anywhere online (probably because the information isn't normally that useful for consumers anyway...), but I would be unsurprised if I learned that this was hitting 100~ IBU. Heavy hop bitterness tamed by the sweet caramel & cookie dough like malt.

The bitterness is all hops, no roast; it's not like a stout. I doubt they used any roasted malt at all. The closest analogues I can find to this beer are Ithaca's Cascazilla (turned up to 11), or Stone's Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard, but no pineapple / grapefruit hops, just tons and tons of Goldings.

The flavor is very sweet, very bitter, with a mild heat running through it. The masterful balance of bold flavors yields another Stone comparison for me, because only Stone consistently turns the boldness up so high with such perfected balance.

Despite its boldness and balance, it's not simplistic. With warmth the flavor develops some beautiful molasses notes, some savory tang, more chocolate and decadent pastry-like malt flavors, and constantly changing (but forefronted and balanced) hop flavors. It would not be hard to convince me to give this beer a 5 for taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but silky smooth (despite the enormous hop bitterness!). Mild but sufficient carbonation. Semi-dry, long, satisfying finish. Can't imagine improving the feel.

Overall: If people were drinking like this in 1901, good for them. This Burton style needs to come back, and this beer needs to be brewed by Pretty Things again. I love the mix of intense hops, sweet and complex English brown ale malt, medium body, and lack of any roast, smoke, or wood flavors. Unique, and full of character and flavor.

Drinking this beer puts me in mind of when I first had Fantôme Saison, and felt like the brewers were giving me a real gift. Very well done, Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 04:41:33 | More by Pahn
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with no known freshness date into a DFH shaped pint.

Pours inky colored with a two finger tan head. OK Lacing and head is tough to form sometimes.

Mild aroma of roasted malts and a touch of sweetness.

Fairly complex taste here. Starts bready with the roasted malt, then, if the beer is warm, very sweet, chocolate and ripe fruits. Finally, it finishes very charred like charcoal with a pronounced earthy hop note.

Higher end of medium bodied, no alcohol apparent.

Once again, I find myself finishing the bomber after quite some time. There are some metallic notes when cold and the charred and hop note get to be a little much in the end, but still an awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 23:14:48 | More by BranfordBound
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Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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