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

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
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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Photo of Gatch
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.

Gatch, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
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

MRsojourner, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of spokeydonkey
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.

spokeydonkey, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Massbmx, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of CADMixes
4/5  rDev +3.4%

CADMixes, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

splendidsplinter, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
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.

PeterIngemi, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of greenengineer
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.

greenengineer, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of markgoodman10
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

markgoodman10, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

GrindFatherBob, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev -22.5%

mcss, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Thomas_Picton, May 28, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
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

BostonHops, May 17, 2012
Photo of IheartTomorrow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

IheartTomorrow, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of JayfromBoston
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JayfromBoston, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

jhb138, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
2/5  rDev -48.3%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
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

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.

FosterJM, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JAHMUR, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HopStoopid120, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +3.4%

EskimoDave, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of TIJAE
5/5  rDev +29.2%

TIJAE, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.