Once Upon A Time 1901 KK - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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3.86/5 rDev -0.3%
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
01-19-2013 12:42:50 | More by MRsojourner
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-13-2013 23:15:31 | More by VelvetExtract
3.83/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-12-2013 22:49:34 | More by spokeydonkey
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-23-2012 02:38:34 | More by PeterIngemi
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-15-2012 03:21:38 | More by greenengineer
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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
05-17-2012 21:49:04 | More by BostonHops
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
1106th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
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.
02-13-2012 15:39:09 | More by FosterJM
Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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