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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

420 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%


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.

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AndrewLightning


3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Big fan of Pretty Things... and I really like barleywine style ales... however this particular selection is just too uniform to deliver any unique flavors. It pairs well with butter crackers and brie, as it should, and delivers quite the blow in terms of ABV. Malts, and possibly cherry and cocoa, feel as though they struggle. It's too earthy and drinks like a brandy. Perhaps this one should be saved for 2014 so the alcohol can mellow and allow for the hops and oak to mature. I'll be keeping a few bottles in my basement for then.

With that said: this is a well crafted and delicate offering of higher ABV as expected and a compact palate that excites and delivers.

Don't pass it up and let it breathe for 20mins (I did not and sadly it cost an excellent review)

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 08:09:06 | More by AndrewLightning
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Nugganooch

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 2011 22oz. Bottle

Notes from 01/11/13 – Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Pours a dark auburn brown body with a dense looking core that lightens out to more of a chestnut edge. Rather bubbly with a thin and quick receding khaki tan head. Some light dots and twiggy stick down the glass as the drink progresses.

S: Smells of sweet caramel and dark toffee malts with a firm booziness overall. There is a soft milk chocolate note under there with a bit of plum and vinous aromas. I get some earthiness to the beer and light pines as well. Fairly nice and on par with the style. I can smell the chew.

T: Taste brings a sweet toffee likeness with a deep caramel chew and layers of secondary flavors. Earthy minerals and a bit of orange zest compliment ripe dark fruits, raisins, cocoa, and Grape-Nuts cereal. There is almost a hint of smokiness in the finish with a light metallic tinge and some sherry-like oxidation noted. The beer has a fairly even moderate bitterness and the alcohol is kept surprisingly in check throughout the drink. Overall this is very smooth and the balance in flavors are quite nice.

M: Full-bodied and a bit sluggish with some warming alcohol. A rather creamy feel with carbonation on the lower end leaves the beer a bit wet with some weight to it.

D: This one is drinking rather nicely with a little over a year on it. The booze is quite tame and some of the vinous Sherry-like notes are starting to emerge. Really great malty flavors, smooth balance, rich and complex.
Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 18:48:54 | More by Nugganooch
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought at Stein's, New Orleans. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Rich mahogany. Thin head that retains exceptionally well throughout.

S: Dark fruits, woody earthiness... vanilla? Banana? Very unique.

T: Like the smell, very unique-tasting beer. Initially robustly sweet and plumlike, with legitimate quad characteristics. Then earthy, assertive English-hop bitterness comes on strong, and it finishes oaky.

M: Big, but not cloying. Booze is hidden well.

O: Our Finest Regards comes off a little like Hair of the Dog's beers, and both breweries are interested in historical styles. It's a really unique, buzzworthy beer and ideal for winter. I braved the whole bomber... but it took three hours.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 15:17:31 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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beerforbears

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thank goodness that 'Our Finest Regards' exists to sate my craving for winter beers that are fit for New England's annual delve into daylessness. Here's what I like about this beer:

Appearance: enough caramel color breaking through to contrast the darker tones. This beer is beautiful to look at.

Smell: again, caramel, sugars, a nutty darkness in there as well. When I drink this beer, the urge to hibernate strikes at the first whiff.

Taste: For me, this beer has a complex and somewhat elusive flavor profile. I don't get whammed over the head with a few dominating flavors. If I wanted to drink it and ponder its subtleties, I would find ample food for thought. However, if I wanted to just drink it and enjoy an accessible and delicious beer, I could do that as well.

Maybe I'm superimposing, but I think this beer genuinely succeeds at capturing a time of year and a feeling. When it hits the shelves, my caveman self prepares to trundle into the winter lair, pop open a bottle with some caveman friends, and hunker down. And I don't mean to suggest that this beer has neanderthal qualities - it's very refined. But it does tap into the part of my lizard brain than wants delicious boozy drinks, shared with good friends on chilly nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:50:34 | More by beerforbears
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours ruby hued brown with a small off-white head leaving a small ring on the edge.

Aroma features caramel, cinnamon and a lot of raisin/fig/plum character. Smells boozy.

Very interesting flavor profile. All of the aroma comes through and also a very distinct nuttiness. Almost like a cross between and English bw and a quad or something similar. Very fruity with some spice and a big brown sugar backbone. Alcohol warms the palate the whole way through.

Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Alcohol is present throughout, but doesn't detract from the flavors.

Well I can't say this one isn't complex. I'm not sure I've ever really had a beer quite like this one before which is something I can't say often. I'm not entirely sure I love the entire flavor profile, but the overall was more enjoyable than the sum of its parts. Had a few too much Belgian character for my taste buds, but glad I got to try it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 17:49:24 | More by jmarsh123
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:06:41 | More by BEERchitect
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty brown with a ruby tinge. One finger light tan head.

S - Brown sugar & caramel with dark fruit notes.

T - Sweet, bready malts, candied sugar, slightly burnt toffee & light brown sugar. Overall on the sweeter side & stays there.

M - Full bodied, not syrupy and good amount of carbonation.

O - A bit sweet but not over done, smooth & powerful but well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:15:57 | More by cvm4
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:06:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Our Finest Regards opens to a rich, warm, malty aroma, full of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, coffee grounds, and an excellent set of fruit esters (fig, date, plum, prune), with molasses, brown sugar, vanilla bean, caramel, and touches of tobacco and ash adding further earthiness and smoke. Hops add a rim of pine resin and very light grapefruit rind. A thick layer of rich brown bread, toast crust, and biscuit brings more complexity. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and even more so because it smells far more like a good porter or stout than a Barleywine. There are obviously a lot of sugars in here, but they tend toward the darker fruits and molasses-type sugars, and it’s fairly easy to compare the aromas here to a cup of rich, creamy gourmet hot chocolate, into which a hint of espresso and a dash of Bailey’s, or perhaps bourbon has been stirred.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sweet, smoky, ashy, and incredibly complex flavor. Tobacco, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and ash mix with dates, plums, figs, and prunes, the sweetness bolstered by brown sugar, caramel, vanilla bean, and light molasses. The balance between sweet chocolate and tobacco ash is excellent, the notes presenting fabulous interplay and complexity. In subsequent sips some of this complexity is lost, but a good bit does remain, joined by a larger sense of hops, which bring pine resin and grapefruit rind. Rich brown breads, toast crust, and biscuit underlie everything. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sweet chocolate and tobacco ash notes, lingering on the tongue for a good while. The alcohol is most noticeable here in the aftertaste, as alcoholic vapors creep up the nose. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the finest Barleywines I’ve had the pleasure to try, and a welcome break from many of its peers, which come across as overly sweet and alcoholic. Here, the sweetness is tempered wonderfully by bitterness and ash, and the high 13.5% ABV goes largely unnoticed in taste, making itself known mainly in the aftertaste, as well as in a continuous burning on the tongue and soft palate. Fantastic brew; would drink this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:53:34 | More by jondeelee
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov. 2011 bottle, I think from my first trade with valdieu2 a while back. Thanks!

A: Pours a woody amber with some ruby hues. Small off-white head.

S: Heavy vinous and dark fruit notes - grape, cooked prune, light caramel, slight solvent character underneath.

T: Notes of crushed grapes, drying alcohol, slightly sweet bready malt, candied plum, slight brown sugar, banana, slight floral bitterness. The booze makes its presence known without overpowering the beer.

M: Thick-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: This is a powerful and smooth barleywine, and damn delicious. I shudder to think what a solid 8-12 months in a bourbon barrel could do to this thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:36:35 | More by Etan
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 2011

Pours a dark murky brown/rust color, not much of the tan colored head or lacing though, few chunkies floating around on the first pour.

Smell starts out with a huge toffee caramel aroma, strong malt presence, hops are absent but not surprised for an English style, no hint of alcohol on the nose which is surprising considering the strength.

Taste has a great caramel toffee malt flavor, picking up some interesting notes like banana in the aftertaste which is odd but not necessarily bad, I find it hard to believe this to be stronger than even 8% since the alcohol is so well hidden, great body with soft yet active carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:51:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2011; almost a year old.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a large and dense tan head. Fades slowly leaving an almost continuous wall of lacing.

S: Sweet. Brown sugar and caramel primarily. Touch of toffee and molasses and vanilla in there too. I swear I even get a little maple syrup even though I'm fairly certain there's none in here.

T: Super sweet and rich. Loaded with caramel, brown sugar, toffee and some molasses. Ends with a little earthy bitterness. Just a little. Light vanilla throughout but shows up strongest in the lingering aftertaste. Occasional hint of raisin and cocoa depending on the sip.

M: Thick, heavy, smooth.

O: A nice big english style barleywine. Not overloaded with molasses like a lot of them are, but still quite sweet in all the ways that you would expect. Hefty dark malts, vanilla and a little fruitiness goes a long way. Pretty Things is quickly becoming one of my go-to breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:50:39 | More by Dope
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

242nd Review
Bomber poured into a wine glass
Vintage: November 2011

Thanks joshclauss for bring this to Dublin and sharing! From notes.

A: Medium burgundy/brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Mix of caramel, vanilla, oak, and sweet toffee. Touch of dark fruit. Rich, complex, and deep. Soft alcohol presence lingers off the nose.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee up front followed by oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Brown sugar and almond finish this off. Alcohol is very well hidden on this and the beer is quite deep.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: Great beer that has potential to be excellent with some age, I think. Complex and rich. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 10:00:46 | More by spdyfire83
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to beerdy for sending this beer my way on a trade! Thanks Brien!

reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with 1 finger of tanish white head.

Smell: Massive malt forward nose. Oddly enough bananas, dark fruits, bready, and caramel.

Taste: Carmel, toffee, vinous, fruity sweetness and dark fruits. Getting a vegital and medicinal aftertaste. Little bit of a spicy and sharp warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It lets you know that its a big beer by shown some boozy heat.

Overall: This is a solid English Barleywine, but not much that really makes it unique.

Mouthfeel:

Overall:

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 17:45:59 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a murky dark caramel with a 1 finger tan head. Random blotches and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and candi-sugar.

T- Caramel, dark fruits, cough drops and slightly medicinal notes.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Abv is noticeable and has a slightly dry feel.

O- Nice English barleywine, but there was something just off in the taste that I wasn't enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 17:12:35 | More by kawilliams81
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange brown with a fair off-white head that has no retention nor lace.

Candied fruit and syrupy caramel malt in the nose. Some alcohol.

Booze soaked bruised apricots with toasted malt. Some vanilla, a little wood, some nuttiness, and some slight balancing bitterness that was herbal and understated. The alcohol works, and you notice it, but it does not have a strong chemical flavor.

Full bodied with some carbonation, just enough to clear the palate.

Very nice version of the style. Emphasis on flavor rather than a shovel-hit to the face with alcohol. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:40:37 | More by OtherShoe2
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Brodybeer


4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper small head retention. Cloudy
S. alcohol is present. Otherwise get barrel old grape smell.
T. Good. Bananas up front. Alchohol is hidden very well compared to the smell. Carmelized banana. Fruity but not too much. I like how the flavor profile is smoothly transitioned from one stage to the next. Fairly seamless
M. Fairly thin for barley wine of this style. Not a bad thing though. Carbonation overpowers the malty syrupy smell but just enough to hide the alchohol up front. Otherwise carbonation moves out of the way for the good flavor
O like this barley wine. Very formidable. Job well done on a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 04:06:57 | More by Brodybeer
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AgentMunky

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled November 2011.

A: Looks like an English Barleywine. Chestnut in shade, ruby in light, with a light off-white head that fades fast.

S: Boring fruit, lightly tart. Caramel malt and candi sugar.

T: Rich, ensorcelling, and excellent. Musty tobacco, leather armchairs, and beautifully stale yeast. That may sound strange, but it works to the infinite advantage of this beverage. Subtle fruits, stern esters, and superlative depth.

M: Moderately thick, smooth-sweet, slight fruit spice, and musty yeast.

O: Interesting, rewarding, and compelling. I will seek out this beer again, even though it's not obviously excellent. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 08:24:45 | More by AgentMunky
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber (22oz) served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a rich amber tone with ruddy/orange highlights and a solid degree of clarity to it. finger and a half of beige head recedes fairly quickly into a thin film/collar around the glass - subpar retention not surprising given the glassware and beer strength; very nice lacing. great looking ebw.

nose is lead by sweet malts, a bit of a candied fruit presence; caramel and some subtle earthy hoppy characters. flavor follows the aroma with the addition of some muted molasses and a well-perceived (though not as much as you'd think given a 13.5% ABV) alcohol presence, especially evident in the finish. tasty and enjoyable, albeit doesn't distinguish itself enough to be a truly upper echelon english barleywine.

medium to full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation; creamy. very drinkable, you have to remind yourself to slowly nurse.

originally reviewed: 12-06-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:36:44 | More by BostonHops
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:34:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a solid brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that left barely any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: noticed brown sugar off the bat, a little maple syrup, traces of chocolate, caramel notes, and a hint of booze lingering the background.

T: the caramel flavor was more prominent on the taste alongside brown sugar, chocolate, mild hop character, some dark fruits, a touch of citrus, and boozy accents.

M; the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, mild citrusy, boozy, and sticky finish.

O: I tought it was an average barleywine but seems like it could probably settle or drink better with a little time on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:05:55 | More by Gobzilla
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litheum94

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Nov 2011. Reviewed 3/22/12.

Body is an opaque, dark cherry wood. Has a moderate, light brown head. Fizzles out quickly to a ring of foam and a patchy cover.

Lots of malts: caramel, roasted nuts and toffee. Sweet, peanut brittle and coffee. Very light hopping, citric and floral. Very nice smelling.

This is definitely an English barley wine. Caramel, toffee, salted nuts and roasted malts. Slight coffee and some burnt orange peel tame the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

A great beer from one of my favorite styles. Wish I had one to age longer, as I can see this getting better.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:50:57 | More by litheum94
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in Winter 2010/2011 so this bottle had about 1 1/2 years age on it when I cracked it.

A: Deep, rich caramel brown with hints of red. Does not pour with an excessive degree of viscosity; about right for the style. Thick khaki head that slowly dissipates and remains around the edges.

S: Vanilla, caramel, molasses; slight twinge of booze. Some figs/dark fruits in there too maybe(?)

T: Delicious; well balanced, smooth, rich. I'm getting lots of caramel on the front end with some molasses/brown sugar as well. Lots of rich sweet toffee too. Definite prominent vanilla presence. Lots of dark fruits (plums, figs, green raisins). A little bit of a yeasty presence as well. Faint hop finish.

M: Smooth and rich, like the taste. Honestly, a pretty easy drinker for such a high ABV; it is well hidden (after 1 1/2 years of aging anyway.) The only reason I docked a few points here is because it's just slightly on the thin side for me.

Overall, this is my first brew from Pretty Things and I am definitely enjoying it. English Barleywines are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles and I'm glad that I got to try this one. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 22:22:37 | More by bcostner1
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ehammond1


4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark brown in color, though a clear, dark orange at the edges with a moderately sized light khaki head that sticks around for a while. This leaves messy spiderwebs of lace all the way down the glass. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

Complex, interesting, and divine aroma of caramel, maple syrup, plum, and chocolate. Excellent.

The flavor is similarly good to the aroma, with lots of decadent caramel and maple syrup flavors, some dark fruits, moderate bitterness, a little bit of candy bar, and some earth and wood. Balanced, drinkable, delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I thought this was fantastic. I'd like to buy a couple more of these: have another fresh and another a few years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:20:53 | More by ehammond1
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: This was a pretty, dark cherry cola brown. It poured with a smaiilsh short lived head.

s: Sherry like fruit; powdery, fruity candi sugar; caramel and toffee.

t: Definitely English in character. Fruity, but in a boozy way, not sweet. A semi-sharp spicy tingle at the end along with some toffee.

m: Incredibly velvety; lush and full bodied with gently creamy carbonation.

o: Very nice b-wine, I hope to find more reasonably priced bottles outside of PA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:45:59 | More by DIM
Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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