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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 158
Gots: 119 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to wedge421 for this.

A: Dark amber/copper color. Fairly clear. Three quarters of a finger off white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Alcohol is very in your face. Toasted caramel and toffee. A earthy hoppiness comes through. Overall on the sweeter side.

T: Toasted caramel and toffee upfront. Earthy hop flavors and a light bitterness in the middle. Sweet caramel and toffee come back in the finish along with a medium alcohol bite.

M: Medium light body. Higher carbonation. A light alcohol burn.

O: A decent Barleywine. Alcohol comes through way to much. I'd like a better hop profile.

Photo of guezarka
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of valdieuer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Oneinchaway
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Jason. Poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a copper color with a reddish hue, cream-colored head, thin ring, wisps.

S - Caramel, burnt sugars, malty sweetness, pretty big booze. The booze is pretty monstrous with this beer, and really takes away from the other stuff that's going on here. The sweetness is nice, but I think this needs some more time in the bottle.

T - Similar to the nose, big booze and some sweetness in there. All of the 13.5% is evident in this beer, and it shows no mercy on the palate. Carmel, burnt sugars, booze, and sweet malts. Finish is boozy sweetness with a big alcohol bite.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I can see this one smoothing out and becoming more enjoyable over time, but I think that's about 6-12 months away. Right now, there's too much booze and not enough complexity to enjoy it. I would love to have a bottle with some age, but fresh, I'd have to pass.

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite delicious big ale. Red, almost cherry amber color in the Affligem chalice. You might wish for more foam. However, there is ample carbonation on the tongue. Sweet and honeyed. Like agave syrup or some kind of unusual tropical tree sap. Enough hops to remind you that it's beer and not a rum liqueur. A hint of peat in the nose, along with cake batter. Full of fruit, dried pineapple and cherries, a touch of canned peaches. Well, it just tastes like dessert, so enjoy it as a great after-dinner sweet.

Turned out to be a good choice for 1,000th review. These guys are what I like in craft beer-- peculiar and idiosyncratic, but competent.

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this -cheers!
enjoyed from a snifter chilled.

A medium brown shade with caramel hue and thick cream cap that retains well with fine bead. the lace sticks in a wavy pattern. The smell is very nice with lots of malt and vinous/floral ester. There is a graham cracker-like odor with nuttty and sweet malt with light alcohol. The smell has a hint of plum and mild spice with a nuttty almond tinge which gives a fruit and cookie combo in the nose. The feel is thick bodied which is buoyed by a moderate carbonation level. The creamy feel with sweet and dark fruit tanginesshas a nice light bitterness backing with semi-dry warming finish.

The taste has some fruit from the yeast with nutty and spiced elements. A nice plum like tinge with stone fruit tanginess and light caramel notes with light ripe banana accents. The tast has a slight dark sugar like muscovado with gentle fig and hint of melon with mild citrus andd mild alcohol w/ nutty semi-dry hazelnut like toasted accent. The flavor has a sweet honey tip which augments the grain flavor. Overall a very good barleywine with a lot of complexity with fruit flavors that rival some cognacs. The Barleywine is one I could enjoy frequently if not for the relatively high abv Cheers Pretty Things!, thanks cuz!

Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of davey101
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A - Very dark red, almost bordering on black. Creamy light khaki head with great lacing and retention.

S - Reminiscent of an old ale. Strong on the malts. Caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Some earthy yeast and oak, as well as subtle cocoa and coffee notes.

T - Caramel and toffee. Super sweet malt with rich dark fruits and oaky vanilla. Some brown sugar and molasses round it out. The finish is light booze and belgian yeast. No hop presence at all. Very silky and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit excessive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

O - A very good English style barley wine. Pretty things nailed the style. This beer is worthy of the cellar.

Photo of mindspin315
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent sized light brown head. Deep amber/mahogany body. Good amount of lacing and insane amount of head retention. One swirl brings back a nice size head.

Even though this is an English Barleywine it smells like it could be a Belgian inspired Barleywine. Heavy amount of dark fruits, cherries, yeast esters, apple skin, chocolate malts, wet wood, and a chewy maltiness. Hops really take a backseat in this brew. Most of the time hops play a big part in Barleywines but the yeast and malts are the stars of the show here.

Upfront a light sweetness coats the mouth and bit of alcohol ramps up right in the middle...comes up quickly and fades away before the aftertaste. Flavors of clove, leather, light vanilla, apple skin, and cherry. Light creamy smooth mouthfeel with an alcohol bite upfront that comes through but doesn't domintate the palate. Carbonation is very mild and overall a smooth texture.

I'm drinking this at about 2 months old...at 2 years old this is going to be really great. Being so fresh this brew has a lot going on, but with age (1,2,3 years) I can only imagine how amazing this beer will develop. The alcohol does reveal itself here but doesn't dominate...with age I believe it will become undetectable. To me this is a unique take on a barleywine and will change in a good way over time. The flavors/feel will only round out and develop into something even more amazing! Most definitely a worthy cellarable beer.


Photo of amcmaho1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 01/21/2012
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Snifter

Pours a light mahoghany brown in color w/ a 1/2 finger off-white head that produces, medium lacing. Aromas of brandy soaked fruits(both dark and light), fruitcake, and booze. The taste started off w/ a blast of oak up front, followed by dark fruits(raisin, plum, fig) and even some apple/pear, finishes w/ light caramel/toffee and subtle hop bite. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty easy to drink as the 13% ABV is well masked.

Overall, not in my top 5 EBW, but just shy. Definately deserving of it's top 25 ranking in the style. Would gladly drink again.

Photo of JustHarmless
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Ommegang chalice glass.

A- Beautiful mahogany color with a quickly dissipating tan head

A- Wonderfully sweet aroma, with molasses, dark fruits like plum and raisin, sweet malts

T- The taste is a lot like the nose, with molasses, caramel, dark fruits, concord grape, slight spice notes on the back end. Great sweetness

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. A bit syrupy, which is appealing to me

O- I am a huge fan of English barleywines, and this is a great example of the style. I am also a big fan of Pretty Things and their beers never disappoint. Wonderfully sweet, smooth with a great alcohol wallop. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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.

Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of heff316
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rmalinowski4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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!

Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.