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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 158
Gots: 121 | FT: 4
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
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.

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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

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.