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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 160
Gots: 121 | FT: 3
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 12-03-2010

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Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 198
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MandoMaster
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this on tap from my local gas station/craft beer shop (gotta love South Florida!). Didn't have much of a head left after pouring from a growler but the carbonation stayed with it fairly well throughout the tasting. I have to say, my first impression of it was not great: flat (due to growleritis), flavor complexity lacking (I read all the reviews and was not impressed), and the finish was all but unpleasant.

However...

I had only one glass the first time I took it home. I left it in the fridge for a couple weeks and something miraculous happened. More body, complex flavors of vanilla, fruit, and a clean finish with a little alcohol to remind you you're drinking a barleywine.

If you come across this, let it sit for a little while. Or open a bomber, have a glass, contemplate eternity for a few weeks after you've stoppered the bottle, and return to find something quite flavorful.

Photo of Tele
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish brown. The one-inch, light tan head lasts about a minute with good lacing.

S: 4.25 Smells rather sweet. Vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and raspberries make up the aroma first. Nice malty backbown with very light hops and a touch of smoke on the finish.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, nice malty sweetness up front with lots of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, toffee, and more berries. There’s also some esters present reminiscent of a dubbel or quad. The beer finishes with a minerally element and light bitterness.

M: 4.5 Really nice, rich mouthfeel and nearly perfect carbonation level. The bitterness leaves a bit too much dryness on the finish.

O: 4.25 Excellent example of an English barleywine. Lots of malty sweetness and all the complex flavors that come along with it. This beer reminds me a lot of Sucaba without the bourbon flavors.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of LehighAce06
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alohaneen
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: barleywine has a quite too murky look. Hoping it settles as it warms-up. The color is a deep hue of brown with reddish highlights. The head retention is low as to be expected for this style with a tan color.

Aroma- deep luscious chocolate aromas with sweet fruit esters. Very big almost cherry smell. Hop aroma is low to moderate-cannot tell hop aroma trying to get better at this. Malts are definitely the most prevalent aroma. There is a bit of a sherry-like quality as well.

Flavor-unlike any English Barleywine I have had. Not saying this is bad just quite different. First sip-has a very sweet syrupy like molasses with a more plum or dark cherries like fruitiness. There are some nice roasty notes faintly in one of the many layers, which there are quite a few. Another layer can taste a bread-like body. It all Fades into a nice subtle dryness. The chocolate finally appears at the back. Leaving a big taste and malt heavy tongue. Little to no hop flavor is present. The alcohol flavors are quite hidden and no heat is experienced.

Mouthfeel-full-bodied with a very silky luscious texture. A very low warming sensation is experienced, it tends to linger on the back end but is still very mild. Carbonation is moderate. This is not an aged bottle. Pretty fresh.

Overall- not exactly the style I am use to. But not saying it is bad. Just unique by using different malts or different amount of certain malts. I believe this beer could be aged due to the higher amount of carbonation and to settle down some attributes to the beer.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bomber in a Duinen snifter, this most excellent barley wine pours a hazy brown with a light off white head that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of plums, raisins, light chocolate,a light brandy aroma, strong alcohol, and brown sugar. Flavors are up front sweet and mildly coating with dark raisins and brown sugars to the fore, chocolate flavors mildly come in the back with a strong alcohol burn to the aftertaste. Great carbonation, great dark fruit flavors blending in merrily with brown sugar. An excellent example of an English barley wine with decent carbonation that gives it a slick yet effervescent finish. Very nice.

Cheers.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Table & Vine in West Springfield. Thick black-brown appearance with some hints of red in the light. Thick head when poured, but it dissipated eventually leaving some nice lacing on the sides. Aromas are very sweet with distinct flavors of malts, dried fruit like raisins, nuts, toffee, and alcohol. The drink definitely had a sugary-fruit taste mixed with toffee leading to a bittersweet drink with a sharp bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a good carbonation and helps to give the drink a crisp, creamy feel. Overall, a fantastic drink.

Photo of BigRizz62
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMBSH
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, caramel, dates, brown sugar, red apple, light cocoa, fig, light spice

Photo of dannycohen62
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sfnagle
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.