Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass (second pour was into a snifter)
Many thanks to jleblanc
Deep tobacco-burst; when held to the light it offers nice depth & range of color. A slow pour yielded two fingers of foam that quickly became prone to porous collapse. Thin layer of retention; minimal lacing. Not much more than a collar by the end.
After intermittently sniffing at the beer it seems that the aromas move in waves. Occasional whiffs of raisins, plums, dates, caramelized sugars, maybe a nip of brown sugar, musty yeast, floral & earthy hops, faint notions of candied fruits. Most interesting is that it smells neither overly sweet nor particularly boozy. Smells a little juicy at times & a bit solvent-like after a good swirl or two.
To taste, the sweetness is similarly held in-check. Alcohol heat doesn't run amok, though it is noticeable & was warming after the first sip. Toasty sugars hit first with caramel, brown sugar & maybe some molasses. Quite a bit of toastiness; righteous. Dark fruit notions are a bit more restrained, picking up toward the latter part of the mid-section. A sheet of earthy hops holds it all together (as well as adding a modest kick). Minute undertones of yeast.
Reasonably medium-full body. This is cleanly-crafted enough so as not to cause a burdensome feel. Instead of being sticky-sweet or a slick, boozy mess the sugars have more of a gritty, grainy feel - certainly to my liking. Carbonation is appropriately low, staying out of the way. Finish pretty dry with a mild spiciness.
I really like this one; easy enough to sip over time & the abv is well-hidden, too. Perhaps it's too hop-forward at the moment, for the style anyway, but I think this one should hold up pretty well over time (wish I had another to keep around). Regardless, I like it just fine now.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 05:31:34 | More by Ryan011235
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3.96/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Purely transparent dark brown, medium head that comes off slightly light meaning that it dissolves just after one sip that an original rise of about a finger's length. Oh by the way it's off-white.
Smell: Has a sweet scent, almost like a toffee scent.
Taste: Sweet light coffee feel, not bitter really more bean type of taste with a twist of toffee that feels a bit sweet. Cafe con leche anyone?
Mouth: Medium bodied brew, it is sticky but not overwhelming like I would prefer it to be. I have been spoiled with other English barleywines and this one just comes up a notch or two above average.
Overall: Worth trying at least once but not something I would go hunting for. There's a lot better out there but you would need to really hunt. If this one comes along before hand grab it. It won't disappoint but I am not going to over-hype something to just let you down.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 03:10:20 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.