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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | 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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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

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
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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
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spokeydonkey

New York

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
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-10-2013 23:42:41 | More by Massbmx
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-10-2013 00:31:49 | More by CADMixes
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-26-2012 19:15:40 | More by splendidsplinter
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

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
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-02-2012 04:57:24 | More by markgoodman10
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

08-13-2012 13:44:48 | More by GrindFatherBob
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mcss

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-26-2012 21:00:18 | More by mcss
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

5/5  rDev +29.2%

05-27-2012 23:36:54 | More by Thomas_Picton
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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
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IheartTomorrow

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-22-2012 05:00:43 | More by IheartTomorrow
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JayfromBoston

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-11-2012 02:12:04 | More by JayfromBoston
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-29-2012 14:58:55 | More by jhb138
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.3%

03-24-2012 18:23:03 | More by sweisel80
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FosterJM

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

02-13-2012 15:39:09 | More by FosterJM
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-14-2012 00:28:17 | More by mbs11
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-20-2011 05:26:20 | More by JAHMUR
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-19-2011 01:54:28 | More by HopStoopid120
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-15-2011 08:39:50 | More by EskimoDave
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TIJAE

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-02-2011 16:31:13 | More by TIJAE
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-02-2011 05:51:23 | More by rab53
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 17:19:37 | More by Rochefort10nh
Once Upon A Time 1901 KK from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.