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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 157
Gots: 122 | 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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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

22oz, bottled Nov. 2011.

Pours a stunningly clear ruby-amber with a small tan head. Some lacing.

The aroma is packed with alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, bruised apple and pear. Some sherry-like, lightly oxidized notes.

The flavor is rich and full, with lots of sweet malt character. Really fruity up front, with a clean, lingering finish of alcohol and thick malt. A lot of toffee and sweet bread on the palate. Notes of raisin and fig, as well. Though very sweet, this beer's complex malt flavors are not clouded by unnecessary IBUs and hop flavor. For a Barleywine, it's quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is heavy and slick, with medium-low carbonation.

I wouldn't have guessed this beer to be 13.5% ABV, but then again, Barleywines are generally well above 10%. I enjoyed it. Well done, ol' chap!

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

Pours a nearly clear amber from the bottle that becomes dark, murky copper in the glass. A finger of dense, silky sand-colored head fades to a thin top layer, leaving behind nice arcs of lace.

I wasn’t expecting the big malt aroma. Caramel, honey, toffee, sugar cookie, a touch of biscuit and the lightest hint of milk chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable in the mix as well.

The flavor continues the aroma’s theme. Big honey and toffee notes meld with cookies, brown sugar, sticky alcohol and toffee. Hops are pretty much an afterthought, but it’s not a big deal — the malt is plenty complex.

A notch under medium in body, with enticing softness. Carbonation is a simple tingle and breaks the beer into just a little fizz. I’m in disbelief that the alcohol is 13 percent; it feels more like 8 or 9. Lighter and more drinkable than it should be.

My Finest Regards to the brewers. This is an interesting, tasty example of an English barleywine.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010/11 22oz bottle.

Clear reddish-amber colored beer. Yellow head that holds well. Piney character to the hop smell. Caramel and Maris Otter aroma.

Yeast is quite flavorful and delicious. Caramel flavored, viscous body. Sweetness is a bit dominant. Super boozey. I like it, but undeniable booziness with the 13.5% ABV. This beer seems like it would age well with the yeast at the bottom, and high ABV. After taste is piney hops. I really feel they flavor profile want the beer to be served on the warmer side. Glad I tried it.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this barleywine is a dark teak/redwood color with a full finger of golden head fed by scant carbonation

S - dark fruits dominate, like typical barleywine, raisins, dates and such. roasted malrs and spiced apple add to a amalgam aroma

T - malts are first up, dark sugars follow, burnt caramel, toffee, overripe apples along with the raisins and dates soften the sweetness

M&D - big and powerful, deep aromas and flavors make this a great winter beer, layered and semi-complex, another good PT beer

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.