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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: 115 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 12-03-2010)
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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass- pours a mahogany color, somewhat transparent, with a decent head for a barleywine. The head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves little foam except a few spots of lacing.

Smells very strongly of alcohol also and also pretty strongly of yeast. There is a little bit of malty sweetness but mostly covered by the alcohol.

Taste is not like the smell- big malt flavor all over, some fruitiness (maybe apricot) with a swirl of yeast. Of course there is a taste of alcohol and it is noticeably present but its an enjoyable alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- not too thick with a little carbonation. Of course this is a pretty pricey brew but one worth getting if you like barleywine.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev -1.2%

wattershed, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1066th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

November 2011

Thanks to ???? for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- Dark crimson mixed with brown in the glass. A small head formed in a tan color and receded quickly. A couple dots of cling were left.

Smell- Big dark barleywine notes. It was very simple with rich malts and a decent amount of dried fruits a little spice and just a touch of booze on the nose..

Taste- Was pretty excited to see this one come out. Love me some barleywines. This was pretty standard but as it warmed for a second it was more smooth and rich and a touch creamy. Malty, fruit and a little bitter on the end. You get maybe a touch of espresso with some ripened plums.

Mouth- Medium bodied to almost full bodied. Medium amounts of carbonation. Leaves residual booze notes with some pepper and malt.

Drink- Very well done for the style. Way up there with blended flavors and drinkability
for such a high ABV. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

FosterJM, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 0z. dark brown bottle. Freshness date on cap label. 2010.
Served in a short Corsendonk goblet.
It pours a mahogany/amber color with fast-fading mocha head and a fair amount a patchy and trailing lacing.
Big blasts of complex aromas rise at once. Mashed fig, banana bread, Tripel sec, citrusy and resinous hops, peppery spices and white rum, invite inhale after inhale.
The flavors are even bigger and bolder than the smells. Tastes range from rum-soaked figs and ripe banana, to toffee and buttery caramel, to Indian pudding, to resinous and peppery spice, and back to that rummy flavor. The tastes sometimes are similar and cross into a Quadrupel-like profile...not a complaint...just my perception.
The mouthfeel is wonderful smooth an silky, and not as oily as it appeared when pouring. I was going to cap it, but couldn't resist.

BeerResearcher, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Murky earth tone brown, one finger nice tan very pretty head and some sticky lacing

S - Sugar, very silky sweet booze, sweet dried dark and citrusy fruits, wood, used wine barrels, Belgian yeast, Apple orchard, huge sweet malts, some fruit and floral hops and just an all around really pretty sweet and crisp smell

T - Huge malt, nice brown sugar, very nice fruity and a bit citrus hop, flowers, Belgian yeast, oak, So crisp and fresh tasting,
very, very nice booze and lots of earth

M - Medium plus body, nice balance, has a great complexity, low plus acidity and a very nice sweet and bitter finish

D/O - This is a very, very nice fresh barley-wine. I don't know how it could get better with age, maybe the booze would tone down? I really enjoy the booze on the nose and palette. I am excited that we now get pretty little things all the way down here in Cali. If you like big, nice, complex and very enjoyable ale, give this one a try!

Final thought - Price is high at $11 bucks a pop, but worth it. It does have to travel pretty far to get here. The 13% abv means you only need one or a couple if you are a nut

whatthehull, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown amber. Slightly transclucent. Half finger Head slightly golden.

S- Sweet Honey smell. Wine smell definitely comes out. Slightly boozey smell.

T- Sweet honey/caramel taste.

M- Smooth and drinkable. Alcohol doesn't come out too much especially at 13.5%. A little bit syrupy.

O- I liked this beer for the most part. I thought it was going to be a bit too boozey from the smell, but the taste wasn't too boozey. Overall pretty good for a Barleywine. Could have been a little bit less syrupy.

jaasen64, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BostonBrewins
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A slow, thick looking pour. Dark Brown with ruby hues. Not much of a head forms, and what is there dissipates quickly. Not surprising for a barleywine though. Has some nice legs to it, sticky lacing.

S - Sweet, candy like aroma. Caramel and toffee with some biscuit undertones.

T - Tastes just as it smells. This is a certified malt bomb and there's nothing wrong with that. Big, sweet malty flavor. Balance has been thrown out the window, very little bitterness. Notes of sweet caramel, dates, and bread pudding. Lots of residual sugars. Alchohol is there but it's not scorching. A bit of tea like flavor too. Very flavorful stuff.

M - Full bodied and low carbonation. The only problem is it's a bit syrup, under attenuated.

O - A very nice sticky sweet offering. It's only weakness is it's ultra syrupyness, but beer is to be enjoyed and not overly criticized and I certainly enjoyed this one. Worth a pickup despite the slightly larger than average price tag.

BostonBrewins, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation. Thin layer of lacing coats the glass.

N: Concord grape, caramel, banana, cherry, plum, bready malts, notes of cocoa and some very subtle booze notes.

T: Banana bread, overripe plum, concord grape and caramel upfront. Dark fruits (plum and grape) become more apparent mid-palate along with hints of cherry and molasses. Finishes with some roasty cocoa, toffee and notes of black licorice and coffee.

M: Full bodied, silky, smooth, sticky, chewy and warming.

O: This is a tremendously refreshing English Barleywine. Goes down incredibly smooth for the high abv. Lovely dark fruits throughout mingling with caramel, bread and molasses while finishing nice and roasty. Exceptional!

justintcoons, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kirkse, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of heff316
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

heff316, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of rmalinowski4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

rmalinowski4, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-13-2012
Freshness: Bottled 11-2011
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Pours a chestnut colored reddish brown, semi-clear. The head is tan with large bubbles, maybe a finger high which fades quickly, but leaves nice fingers of lacing during the session.

Smell: Rich, malty sweet aroma, with complex notes of molasses, ripe fruits like plum and raisin, brown sugar and spices. I also get some alcohol in the nose.

Taste: A nice malt bomb here, with caramels, plus nutty and spicy flavors. A good amount of alcohol is evident, with a whiskey-like quality. Also taste some woody/oak flavors, maybe from the earthy hops. A strong and flavorful taste.

Mouthfeel: Luxurious and full bodied, with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet but not overly so, with a spicy/peppery aftertaste. Due to the alcohol warming, its a nice sipping beer.

Overall: My first Pretty Things Beer and my first English barleywine. Have to say I really enjoyed this ale!

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

sommersb, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

nickfl, Jan 13, 2012
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.

kylehay2004, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

nanobrew, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Yabev15, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of sorvats
4/5  rDev -1.2%

sorvats, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Blanco
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark mahogany color with white filmy head. Smell is very pleasant, but basically malt and dark fruit. Some of the booze does come through though which is a slight detractor. Flavor is malty with a hint of roastiness. A little bit of tart fruit in the background. Thick bodied. I really like this beer. This is my first English Barleywine, and I'm not sure if this is per style, but I'm digging it a lot more than I do American Barleywines. Very nice.

Blanco, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Winter 2010/2011 label on the cap. Served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to Gushue3 for hitting this want of mine.

A: Pours a dark ruby with purple hues intertwined and light red edges. there a half inch off white head that forms on the pour and it recedes to a nice thick collar that leaves some stick lace.

S: Very light hops actually pop here right at the beginning, but it gives way to quickly to caramel malts, some burnt sugar and some plums and raisins.

T: There is almost a very faint oxidized flavor going on that leans to a sherry like flavor. Interesting to say the least. The toffee and caramel malts from the nose show up here as well the some booze soaked dark fruits and some candied figs.

M: Medium bodied, surprisingly a tad thin. I prefer a thick and syrupy mouthfeel and this didn't quite hit that. Lower carbonation as well.

O: The mouthfeel was a tad of a conundrum for me as I don't know how something this high ABV with all the right barleywine characteristics can be as thin as is it was. Still a nice tasting brew though.

Treebs, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Pours a golden brown with a nice thick head and good carbonation for a Barleywine. It doesnt seem as syrupy as some can be.
Smells of sweet vanilla, candied fruit, and booze.
Taste is similar, adding some brandy like characteristics and grassy/hay notes.
Overall, a nice barleywine, mild, drinkable and approachable.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Scout11
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Scout11, Jan 02, 2012
Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.