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

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Once Upon A Time 1901 KKOnce Upon A Time 1901 KK

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87
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English Strong / Old Ale, or thereabouts.

(Beer added by: EPICAC on 10-12-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Billolick
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...

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ppoitras
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.

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.