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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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470 Ratings

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 157
Gots: 116 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 12-03-2010)
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

Brunobstyle, Jun 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

jwheeler85, Sunday at 06:37 PM
Photo of nas5755
1.95/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- a dark sugar color with deep amber hues. A nice head with decent retention for such a large beer.

S- very bland with a little malt notes

T- Very bland dark fruits and raisins

M- Carbonation levels are good for the style, on the low to medium end. Not as thick and syrupy as I was expecting. A little heat on the finish(props to dan and martha for keeping the heat at bay. The feel of this beer is very pleasant and should be applauded.

D- I dont know what will happen to this with age but this english barelywine was just lacking complexity. There was nothing to savor in this bland beer and I was shocked it came from Pretty Things. Debating a drain pour and hoping age will do this wonders.

nas5755, Jan 11, 2011
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2/5  rDev -50.6%

Oneinchaway, Feb 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Rhettroactive, May 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Agnazub, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

siege06nd, May 12, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber of the winter '10/11 release into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed light brown to mahogany with lighter yellow around the edges and ruby through the body when held to the light. A creamy yellowish stained finger rests atop and slowly fades leaving a web of lace sticking.

The aroma is quite candy-like and sweet smelling like belgian candy sugar. A bit of accenting fruity alcohol aspect is also present with a faint citrus to herbal hop element. As it warms up, there is a very soft stale grain aspect that mingles with hints of cardboard-like oxidation.

The flavor is sweet like belgian candy sugar coupled with a strong solvent alcohol kick. The residual grain flavor is a bit dusty or stale tasting bringing out flavors of oxidation and herbal hops. Trying to dig deeper in character just reveals more booze.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is sticky sweet and very boozy. For a fairly big brew, it is sadly lacking in complexity and still very alcohol forward for being cellared for 2+ years. I would probably avoid purchasing this again.

stakem, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 2011.

Appearance - Deep brown body. A little reddish. Sizable khaki head. Retains a few swirls of lace and a thin collar.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt. Slightly phenolic. Fruity esters. Has a Belgian sweetness to it.

Taste - Very sweet. Bananas. Dark fruits. A little bit medicinal in the back. Slightly bitter, but not enough to overcome any sugars.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Well carbonated.

Overall - This is too sweet for anything besides a small serving size. Even then, I'm not sure about it. The medicinal flavor doesn't really overwhelm, but it isn't pleasant.

Alieniloquium, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

jwchestnut, Feb 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

kojevergas, Sep 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Lare453, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

redliner8, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

BradleyR, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ms11781
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Winter 2010-11 label on cap. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a ruby reddish color, maybe even close to brown. Minimal head with the pour and what is there doesn't stick around very long.

Nose has a huge malt presence and a decent amount of hops as well. Some caramel malt and some sweetness. Has an earthiness to it that I'm assuming is from some hops.

The taste is sweet malt with some brown sugar and toffee. There is a definite earthiness to it but I'm not really getting much in the way of hop flavor. Maybe some honey(?) or something. There is a sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Some alcohol at the finish but not as much as one would expect in a 13.5% ABV brew.

Medium to full bodied with carbonation to match. It's possibly that the carbonation is just in the middle but just a tad higher for the style so it seems to be more than it is. However, the ample carbonation keeps it from being syrupy.

As much as this brew seemed to have going for it I must say that the drinkability was a bit below average. Decent enough flavors but I feel this one could use a bit of age to see how the flavors mellow and meld together.

ms11781, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Jason. Poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a copper color with a reddish hue, cream-colored head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Caramel, burnt sugars, malty sweetness, pretty big booze. The booze is pretty monstrous with this beer, and really takes away from the other stuff that's going on here. The sweetness is nice, but I think this needs some more time in the bottle.

T - Similar to the nose, big booze and some sweetness in there. All of the 13.5% is evident in this beer, and it shows no mercy on the palate. Carmel, burnt sugars, booze, and sweet malts. Finish is boozy sweetness with a big alcohol bite.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I can see this one smoothing out and becoming more enjoyable over time, but I think that's about 6-12 months away. Right now, there's too much booze and not enough complexity to enjoy it. I would love to have a bottle with some age, but fresh, I'd have to pass.

Sean9689, Feb 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

deNerval, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

OUJayhawk1799, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of trappistlover
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(sampled at Dak’s memorial day tasting. Courtesy of beerbastard!!). Pours a hazy mahogany with a khaki head. Aroma has some caramel and grains. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is slightly bitter. Pretty nice beer but not a tradition barleywine. Glad to have tried this one.

trappistlover, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't had a single sip of beer this week (unusual for me) so I decided to reward myself tonight with something that packs a punch. Our Finest Regards pours out a beautiful rose color, with a creamy two inches of white heading. A big perfume of alcohol hits immediately as it warms, followed by some stone fruits. Similar taste as there is with the nose, but there is an undercurrent of brown sugar and molasses to be had that reminds me of some of my favorites from this style. Body is not as big as the ABV suggests, but with that being said, it is one to share with others. Although I like the fact that this is a Barleywine with lots of unsympathetic alcohol content and flavor, I would imagine this is going to be even better with two to three years of age on it. A true Winter Warmer we have here from Pretty Things. Cheers

jamie2dope, Dec 03, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to GoOSU for his continued generosity...Thanks Steve!

A--Nice copper red hue, not too much head or carbonation, but good looking beer.

S--Faint and medicinal, some fruity notes by mainly a medicinal aroma that just seems a bit strong.

T--Mild hops with more of that medicinal flavor on the palate. Not getting a lot of the classic EB notes I would expect.

M--A bit thin, so-so.

D--This beer fell a little flat for me. Just seems to be missing something, a theme with what I have had from Pretty Things. Not a beer I would go out of my way to try. Bummer, this is a favorite style of mine and was super pumped for this offering.

garbercury, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear garnet with a pretty large creamy head. Nose is thick, sticky malt, honey, some leafy bitterness. Mouth is malt forward, sticky, a definitely leafy finish that could either mean this is a touch oxidized or it's something about this particular beer. Sweet, honey upfront. As it opened the leafy finish kind of calms down, but there's still something there I don't really dig. Feel is super creamy, thick and velvet. Overall pretty nice, but not one of the better English barley wines or old ales out there.

JAXSON, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, ruby in color with some minimal off-white head. A bit darker than expected.

S: Caramel, bready malts followed by some strong and sweet booze. Some brown sugar and slight fig aroma. Just a bit overwhelming fresh I suppose. Minimal bitterness as expected.

T: Seems to have more flavor resonating after swallowing the beer. Begins a bit hot and with some sweetness. The caramel comes through late, strange. Alcohol is surprisingly less noticeable on the palate as on the nose. Follows the guidelines of an English barleywine on the low hop character, just seems to lack body.

M: 13.5 abv English BW, you would expect a malty, syrupy treat. Seems to be a bit thin somehow. Carbonation is a bit prickly on the tip of the tongue as well.

O: Seems good English Barleywines are hard to come by with American brewers. Might have to stick with good old J.W Lees when I need my sweet barleywine fix.

kiddynamite920, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown with a tan head. Those nose is light caramel, toffee, brown sugar malts. No alcohol to be detected. For such a big beer, the nose is a bit too reserved, foreshadowing a bit. The taste is really mild, smooth and maybe a touch lacking. Just like the nose, caramel, toffee, brown sugar malts. All pretty low-key. The mouthfeel is medium-thin. Not really to style. Medium carbonation. Overall, the accomplishment of this beer is how they turned 13.5% into a smooth, mild, booze-free barleywine. That said, it totally lacked the punch that I want with a beer like this. A bit bland, unfortunately.

seeswo, Jun 20, 2011
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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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