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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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

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Beer added by: jamie2dope on 12-03-2010

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose along with notes of toffee and hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste has a slight amount of malty sweetness and has notes of spices and hints of dark fruits and caramel.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and is quite smooth and viscous. There are warming sensations from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is surprisingly drinkable for 13.5%; it definitely tastes strong but no way near the level of double digits.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger rapidly dissipating head on a very nice dark amber body. a little lacing. aroma is very different than most barley wines. this one has more of a chocolate and yeasty aroma with earthy notes. more of the same in the taste without the boozy flavoring that so man y barleywines seem to have. medium body and moderate carbonation. this one is very differnent from other barley wines I have had and one of my favorites.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov 2011

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a rocky, three-fingered head; nice retention that leaves some strands and dots of lacing behind

Smell: Caramelized peanuts, plums, Oloroso Sherry and earthy, English hops

Taste: Burnt brown sugar, plums and caramelized peanuts, up front, with a developing cherry, fig and English hop character, in the middle; tobacco and Oloroso Sherry elements bring up the rear, with earthy hops lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I like to put a little age on my barleywines, so cellaring this one for 1 1/2 years certainly softened the rough edges and allowed the complexity to develop; another fine beer from the Paquettes

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't let the label fool you- this is not a kind beer. It is not a pretty beer. This is not the kind of beer that displays any finesse whatsoever! This is an aggressively charged, rugged, and powerful ale with impeccable balance and acute craftsmanship.

The barleywine opens with a viscous pour of creamy froth and malty visual weight. Deep garnet in color, its red and brown highlights emit through a semi-dense haze. Its thick blanket of eggshell white foam mimics whipped cream and laces with broken rings and spotted foam as the beer fades.

A quick swirl of the snifter reveals deep aromatics of lightly burnt toffee, maple, vanilla, earthy peat, and citrus hops. Its intense scent is powerfully alcoholic, yet seductively sweet. It invites the taste with little regret.

Strong sweetness greets the tongue with dense caramel, toffee, sorghum, maple, and brown sugar maltiness. Both hearty and sweetly satisfying, the nutty sweetness reminds the taste buds of "Cracker Jacks" candies and peanut brittle. Then come a middle palate of hoppy goodness in forms of pine resins, grapefruit, orange zest, and freshly cut grass. Its smooth bitterness balances the malts and gives a plateau of complexity that delivers new and exciting impressions of taste with each sip. The mild smokiness of peat, damp sod, roasted pecans, oak and toast are just a few varieties of taste that waft the after palate and keep the complexity coming.

Unquestionably full bodied, a swirl of the beer in the mouth delivers a fully engulfed texture, seeming of marshmallow cream. But as soon as the sweet creaminess rises, it begins a slow but consistent decline to a malty-dry closure with tannin-like spice, assertive alcohol warmth, and a long linger of malt textures and hoppy resinous dryness.

"Our Finest Regards" does all that American barleywines are asked to do. Its enormous taste is balanced, complex, and robust. It does all this without a hint of roughness, bite, or harsh textures. Even though the label portrays a kind beer built for drinking; remember- this is a sipper for sure!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that just towered over the top of the glass. Settling down smoothly and evenly it produced a thick coating of lace all along the sides of the glass. Rich vanilla and woody aromas are being picked up almost immediately. Huge notes of oak and subtle caramel and toffee and truly dominating here for sure. Warming only brings this out further, rich and decadent, sweet aromas just building off each other here. The first sip is divine, subtle, and rich and perfectly carbonated it simply rolls across the tongue with a gentleness that is unheard of. Vanilla and caramel merging with oak like notes and touches of earthy hops all working together seamlessly.

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

Thanks again for bringing me a bottle of this, Barry. Much appreciated.

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head.

S: Lots of different things going on here. Sweet toffee and caramel on the nose to begin with. There's a lot of fruit notes like plums and raisins, which give the beer a sort of Quad-like aroma. A decent amount of bread and some mild alcohol.

T: Again, toffee and caramel along with quite a bit of bread. The fruit notes are very prominent once again and there's sort of a Belgian character to the beer, all told. Decently sweet, but still somewhat dry.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Really different, especially for an English Barleywine, but quite solid and enjoyable.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Barry.

Pours a dark, very clear caramel hue. The head is reduced to a collar after a short while. Smells of brown sugar, dried earthy fruit, toffee. Some alcohol too, but it's surprisingly reserved given the high ABV. The palate closely resembles the nose, highlighting flavors of dried fruit, apricot, berry preserves and toffee. Nice fruitiness from the yeast, though it's a clean and malt-forward beer overall. Medium in body, could use a touch more viscosity. I enjoyed this quite a bit, though I think some gentle oxidation would give the beer more depth. Wish I had another bottle to age for a couple years.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A malty aroma of brown sugar, dark bread, plums, red apple, licorice, cinnamon, and clove.

T - Dark caramel, red apple yeast, and spicy notes of cinnamon and clove up front. Some more phenolic yeast character comes out in the middle with plum and licorice. Finishes with more dark fruit, clove, and a warm, almost brandy like character.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very complex and actually quite drinkable considering how strong it is. The alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't seem as harsh as one might fear from a beer of this strength. Nicely done, and I'm sure this would age well if given the chance.

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3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/10/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a ruby red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a very hearty malt comes in and for the most part covers up a big alcohol sting. The hops presence is decent for the style but gets over-powered by the sweetness and alcohol. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, if you're ok with the heavy sweetness this is a good high-octane beer to sip on for a long time.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, vintage date on the next label.

LOOK: Hazed tawny amber.

SMELL: Taffy, caramel, toasted pecans, ripe pear, golden raisins, leafy, herbal tea, yeast, candied orange, alcohol.

TASTE: Toasted malt, big warming alcohol, nougat, ripe exotic fruit, figgy, yeast, nutty.

Super tasty, well balanced and a sipper clearly from its size. A massive beer that opens up a little bit more with every sip.

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

This is a very nice barleywine. Unfortunately, as it was bottled only a few months ago, it is much too young to really be getting the grandeur that I assume it will one day show. And that is what I will leave it at: this is a very good barleywine, though I think it has the potential to be stellar with some age on it.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this for a couple months, and I'm so excited it's finally here!

Creamy 1 finger head leaves a light lacing as it fades slowly. Lots of bubbles floating up through mostly clear copper orange red rosy.

Nose brings lots of malts, sweet barley malts, light caramel and molasses, chewy malt aromas, and some reddish malts. WIth that is a bit of earthy herbal hops, some grassy bittering hops. Some light butterscotch and toffee aromas as well.

Taste is fairly sweet but overly. Somewhat rich and some warming and light tingly booze. The sweetness balances the booze well. The booze does play a bit more of a role as it warms, but never overpowering. PLenty malts as well, dark caramel, molasses, toffee, some red malts, creamy malts, very light butterscotch and creamy caramel. Some dark fruits poke their head out, but don't make a big bid. Some bitterness, added by some light herbal earthy hops. A bit of a candy like hop flavor too. A slight hint of minerality as well. The finish comes a little bit drier but still a bit sweet. A very slight sticky mouth coating finish as well, and a slight boozy feel on the finish. Long creamy malted barley lingers for a while on the finish with more of the caramel and a bit of molasses.

Mouth is heavier bodied but not too much, with good carbonation, and a bit of warming and tingly booze.

Drinkability is pretty good, doesn't drink anywhere near 13.5%, more like 8-9%. It also has a bit of a drier finish but fairly sweet. It's also creamy and smooth and just plain drinkable. The sweetness, malts, and creamy taste balance the alcohol well, and the hops add a nice touch but don't overdo it.

Well done Dan! A very tasty beer, and very dangerously drinkable for those cold winter nights. It will do well in my cellar as well, which looks like the rabbit hole on the label.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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