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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

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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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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass and split with Jared and Amyliz4.

Pours a very dark crimson-brown color with a dark tan head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose brings some strong hops with earth and pine really standing out. There are also a few notes of light blueberry and coffee. There is a strong roast character throughout.

The taste is not quite as complex, nor as hoppy. There are some good earthy notes in there, but the pine isn't as present as in the nose. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Fairly tasty, with the appearance and nose acting as by far the best components.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 14:15:33 | More by Thorpe429
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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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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This is review No. 1,600.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is cherries, chocolate and some sherry. A very nice, dark fruit aroma is also present.

The flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is not quite as nice as the aroma, but they are both very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:23:51 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So far the only beer by Pretty Things I wasn't a huge fan of was the Hedgerow bitter. There was nothing wrong with it, just not my style of hops. However, I want to try to get acclimated with the style at some point. I also loved every other one that they made. In the mean time continuing with Pretty Things, here is the next one.

It pours a nice thick frothy 1 finger darker colored head that fades semi slowly over just about black colored beer, no real light getting in except the very bottom where it thins.

The nose has some nice darker malts, dark crystal malts and a hint of chocolate or roast or something very dark. Slight creamy too. Some of that earthy herbal bitter hop addition that the Hedgerow also had, a UK bitter like aroma, but the nose seems to have a bit more of the earthy hop addition I tend to enjoy more.

Taste comes very fresh tasting, lots of fresh wort almost, with some varying dark malts, some sweetness but not a lot, and a nice creamy texture. A slight roasty flavor to it too. All that comes with more of the herbal earthy bitterness, somewhat bitter, adding a hint of grassy flavor, and hint of a slight briny like minerality taste too. The herbal bitterness isn't my favorite, but it's not bad. I get the taste of biting into a fresh hop pellet as well, that bitter earthy taste. It almost has an oatmeal like flavor and texture, but hard to tell. Other flavors that start to come out include some light toffee, caramel, tobacco. As it finishes it dries a bit and leaves a lot of the hop characteristics, fresh hop pellet, with more of the herbal earthy bitterness and mild grassy flavors. It's actually kinda intense.

The mouth is semi thick, pretty creamy, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is a little lower since that heavy bitterness lingers for quite a while. It has a decent dry finish as well, and no sticky flavors, and no booziness either, but just that crazy bitterness lingering for a while.

After my review of Hedgerow I was a little turned off by the beer. After talking to Dan about it, he said that I probably wouldn't like this one as much either, as it had a similar hop profile with the earthy herbal bitterness and not the American hop flavors. However, I have to say I actually kinda liked this one. The hops were nicer than I expected, still with the earthy herbal bitterness, and pretty heavy on the bitterness, but doesn't have that same bleh hop character the other one did that turned me off. This beer is very manageable and tasty. Now I'll have to continue working on the U.K. bitter style beers and try approaching the Hedgerow again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:22:18 | More by jlindros
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid and foamy head: two-fingers thick. Settles to a frothy dome; leaves ample amounts of ring lace. The color is deep ruby brown. No light shines through, like a stout.

Dark chocolate and lots of caramel aromas. Light mocha in the background. Darkly sweet like caramelized sugar just before burning.

Lightly sweet with a strong bite of burnt malt; shows up in the swallow. The aftertaste is similar to burnt toast, lasting a long time. There's an element of coffee grounds, too. The body is fairly rich, but it may be because the carbonation is on the low side. This could pass for a dry stout.

I can't decide if this one of the best beers or if I like it enough to give it that accolade. It is extremely flavorful, complex and interesting. It isn't my favorite style. So, I'll err on rating too highly.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 21:17:05 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber for $7.50 at Abe's Cold Beer. While this was tasty, it was more interesting than anything else. I think I've had a similar beer just once, the Edward Ale from Craftsman Brewing. This also reminded me of the Middle Ages beers, maybe this has Ringwood in it. Anyways there was a good kick of spicy hops and a creamy cocoa malt and yeast (I think that was from the yeast) character. For a second I thought it tasted a bit oxidized, but I think that was just the unusual recipe. Check this out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 19:39:47 | More by tempest
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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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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one flowing into my 32 ounce "growler" at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Nice looking brew, near black, head is large and lovely, med. mocha, long lasting and going to a thick collar, fine, thin film and leaving well developed lacing and low riding sheeting. Dark malt and some light earthyness in the nose. Flavorful, easy drinking and enjoyable brew. Dark malts, milk stout like sweetness, oatmeal stout like silkyness. Oozing with bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes. Smoothley citric hops add a snap of bitterness late. Add it up and comes out as a true stunner from PT. Well worth seeking this one out, It'd be nice if this one went into regular production, not sure if it will. Well done...

Serving type: growler

11-03-2010 23:23:34 | More by Billolick
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Once Upon A Time...11/15/1901".

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles gradually, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with a bit of funk hops character.

Taste begins with a fleeting sweetness, then exits stage left to make room for the lemony citrus (think Ludens lemon cough drop), then heads to the close with ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with pleasing drinkability as well. Gains complexity as it warms, this is one worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:32:13 | More by ppoitras
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plaid75

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt quickly followed by a strong herbal hop.

The taste was initially sweet with some caramel and dark fruit. The full blown herbal hop quickly overpowered the flavor and blended with a light smokiness aNd roasted malt at the finish.

The mouthfeel was light for the style and finished dry.

Overall a very good hop driven ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 01:44:54 | More by plaid75
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Quite dark in colour, but with a coppery orange hue around the edges. A thick, dense brown cap formed after the pour, which stuck around for a while. Clumpy lacing at first, followed by thick sheets coating the glass. The aroma is... interesting - and not something I remember running across before. It seems to be a combination of dark kilned malts and earthy hops that have a dirty citrus edge to them, not in a bad way but very unique. There's a spiciness as well, sort of cinnamon, that plays well with the fruitier notes. Rough bitterness, powerful and unrefined, piney with toffee sweetness backing it up. Malt presence was complemented by roast and dried fruit/raisin character, perhaps a bit of smoke. Again, very earthy. Hop bitterness lingered in the finish and was obviously destroying my palate. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and nearly creamy in texture, light alcohol warmth with a hint of astringency. Overall I liked it as an experiment, but the coarse nature of the bitterness was a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:37:31 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't wait to taste this historic recreation, but I do have a bottle for proper keeping as well.

A: Black with a huge tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Huge citrus rind aroma, marmalade, treacle, rum, hints of licorice.

T: Bitter bakers chocolate, resiny orange rind, roasted nut, caramalized raisins, rye bread, earthy mineral, treacle, licorice, strong bitterness, hints of sherry.

M: Well-attenuated (more than some historic KK's), moderate body has a light acidity.

D: Hop-forward while it's fresh, but a surprisingly good drinker for its weight.

With an OG of 1.075 and 7.8% abv, the final gravity would be around 1.016. This seems to be one of the bigger examples of the day.

I think final gravities often hovered around 1.020, with the alcohol around 7%, which would give this style a different balance (more porter/old ale than 'black IPA'). Especially when it was 'kept'.

At 5 months it's quite different. The hops have really faded and it's a lot more like a porter. Really great stuff.

An Edwardian brewpub would be really neat!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 21:02:01 | More by Derek
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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at American Craft. It pours a dark color, brown to the point of black, with a frothy tan foam that stays wet-looking. It smells a lot more roasty than expected, I'd heard the dark color was due to some dark colored sugar but I do believe there is a lot of roasted malt in this beer. The background is almost stout-like but the main aroma is from strong hopping.

Same with the flavor this has 2 distinct phases, cocoa/roasted malts and citrusy hops. Maybe better meshed than in Darkness, but I guess this is really a different type of beast. A little bitterness in the aftertaste but it seems more from the malt character than anything else.

The body was cask-like even though this was a standard tap, low carbonation and a light creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 11:44:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty solid black color with a good sized tan head that slowly recedes and sticks itself to the glass. Smells of earthy spicy hops up front. Slight mineral twinge in there as well as some sweet toffee. Taste is sweet with a touch of alcohol at the onset but that sweetness is quickly overrun with an herbal, earthy bitterness that survives throughout most of the tasting range. Some butterscotch drops by for a second then there is some chocolaty sweet roast that tries to find a voice. Leaves a long lingering tea/hop bitterness in the finish. Full body, resinous and creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. This one is different for sure, the more I drank the better I thought it was. Decent brew, probably not something I would drink often, but nice to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:07:11 | More by johnnnniee
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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

22oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a half inch, loose, mocha-colored head. Head eventually settles into a thin band around the edges and a soapy skim across the surface. A few spots and thin slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Subdued aromas suggest a roasted character and chocolate malt. There's also a slightly metallic presence in the mix. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a slightly acrid and burnt quality with a bitter hops presence that follows on a malty backbone. There's also some alcohol in the mix. Finish culminates in a lingering bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation and a light alcohol burn. An interesting beer with a multi-layered complexity; however, best shared amongst two or three. Definitely a beer that has cellaring potential in my opinion. I might need to pick up a bottle to sit on for a couple additional years before re-evaluating.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:53:32 | More by Jwale73
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Gmann

New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown color with lighter brown highlights at the edges. The head was a toasted khaki color, dense and foamy, which slowly settled into a sparse cap but left a solid wall of lacing on the glass. The aroma seems to be of a doughy/bready malt, some toffee and candied honey. Perhaps a touch of grassy hops. The taste starts off with a bit of a fusel alcohol punch, the kind that vapors through your nose, which is followed by a bitter hop presence. A bit of an odd combination. There seems to be some roasted flavors in there and a caramel sweetness and a hint of butter. Some herbal notes as well. Not sure about the old ale style but perhaps it will work into it with age. No boozy cherry, raisin or plum flavors. Moderate to full feel with tingly carbonation; finishes quite bitter from the hops and malt. Certainly the most hoppy "old ale" I have had. I definitely think this one needs to age for a bit before you drink it. The hop bitterness needs to soften, the vapory alcohol needs settle and the malt needs to take on a more fruity flavor. I will try to buy another and age it and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:48:58 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Julio's New England Beerfest a few hours before the official release party. I remember this being much creamier and well, better then. I also remember being pissed off because the guy wouldnt sell any bottles, even though the flier said they were available for purchase. Finally able to pick up a bottle.

A - Poured into a tulip a healthy rich dark brown with a big fluffy light brown two figner head that left nice heavy lacing along the surface along with clumpy side lacing.

S - A few aromas that I cant quite place. There is some nice roasty malt aromas along with a very slight bitter hop aroma. Very, very interesting but interesting doesnt always equate to good.

T - The guy did say this was a black IPA and while I get some nice maltyness one has to search for that potent hop flavour. There is a typical hoppy IPA bitterness on the backend though which is nice. I've had better examples of black IPA, and while the stlye says old ale, I have to go off of what I was told.

M - Really solid carbonation. Works great with the flavor and style. Almost a light mouthfeel which is fun with this style that is normally much more creamy.

D - Overall a nice brew from pretty things. Again, could have sworn the sample I had a few weeks back was much better than this but alas, this is what I have to go off of.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 05:21:20 | More by rudzud
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 10/24/10.

A - Poured a deep brown liquid with robust garnet tones and a creamy tan head that reduced to a thin ring of retention and some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is quite woody with a charred, almost burnt malt character that imparts an ashy quality. A hint of citrus rind and chocolate notes emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Ashy, woody and earthy with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate notes to add a bit of contrast. Mild tobacco leaf creeps into the mix as well. Malt character is on the nutty side, lending a bit of astringency. Finishes with an assertive hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and modest carbonation providing just a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with fairly aggressive, semi-dry hop bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate. Quite astringent as well.

D - Interesting but not something that I'd really want to drink again. I found this to be a bit too bitter and astringent overall, which hindered the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:16:20 | More by ffejherb
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Pretty thing in my pretty snifter late at night watching HBO. I missed last years version so I snatched this up with the quickness.

November 15th, 1901 KK comes out the bottle looking kinda dirty, lets say a dirty red/brown color pouring out. Once in the glass a dark shade of black with red towards the edges. A nice inch of suds that is khaki colored stays on top for a bit, anice ring around the collar but no stick.

The bottle and other reviewers state this to be a black IPA and I just don't smell it. Old ale is acceptable, although I get a bunch of styles in the nose. For shorts sake lets say a nice hopping of goldings, roasted malt, dark fruits up the wazoo, caramel, cocco, french vanilla, licorice and others. There is alot going on here to say the least.

I was not digging the dark fruit in the nose, too much, thankfully it's not as prominent in the mouth, but grape and berry are there. A nice dose of roasted malt plays with the kent hops in a nice way. Under this union a whole lot of caramel, cocco, light chocolate, and vanilla. No yeasty bread from this, thats a change. Licorice palys a role with the fruit which im just not a fan of. Even with that flaw this is still tasty.

The feel is coating for a bit with a semi weird aftertaste that stays, and stays and stays. After a while I realize that is the hops, while not so big in taste they sure do make a dent afterwards. After a bit this is pretty much medium bodied beer with ample carb going for it. Feels thinner than it looks and tastes.

Another interesting beer from pretty things. A great beer to share, a great beer to dick a whole bottle to your head, just clocking in at under 8%. I liked it cold and as it warmed. While this is good now, Im going to lay a bottle down for 9-12 months to see where this goes. I will never miss one in this series again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:41:19 | More by BARFLYB
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate--not overly complex

Taste: roasted malt, charred wood, coffee, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a very bitter finish, medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting brew that I would seek out again. This tastes borderline Black IPA. The beer is super dry but the flavors come together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 15:12:02 | More by tigg924
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a hommel bier tulip. Special thanks to jayli for this nice little surprise!

A: Pours a very, very dark brown. This would be black if it weren't for some lighter brown tints at the top and edges. The head never gets more that 1 1/2 fingers thick, but is quite creamy/pillowy and leaves a lot of lace stuck to the glass.

S: My first impression was that this smelled very woody. Burnt malt, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, and then the hops kick in big time with a decidedly herbal and piney aroma.

T: Much like above. I also picked up a bit of cherries drizzled in fudge, anise, milk chocolate, cocoa, molassas, and dark bread before the pine sap hops completely took over.

M: Starts off pretty large. Semi-sweet for an instant before quickly turning dry, herbal, prickly, and spicy during the long middle and very long finish. A really nice peppery zing on the tongue during the finish.

D: A very nice drinker. The flavor profile of the hops wore a little thin by the end of the bottle but thankfully there was a lot else going on here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:49:43 | More by GbVDave
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Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
87 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.