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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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90
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504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 156
Gots: 121 | 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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4.75/5  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!

Photo of Phelps
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
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%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
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

Photo of CP20
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber bottles in nov 2011, poured into a duvel glass.

A- pours a hazy brownish ruby with a one finger tanish head that disapates quickly... Looks tasty

S- brown sugar, fig, caramel, raisin, apples, pear

T- yum, where to start, caramel a toffe, slight toastyness underneath a blanket of sweetness, caramel and toffe covered pears and apples pronounced on the finish, almost nutty toasty notes on the finish as well, very nicley rounded. The alcohol is there but nicley hidden at the same time.

M- medium bodied almost syrupy, but the low amount of carbonation seems perfect, warming, this would be nice to
Drink by fireside.

O- a very nice barleywine, One of my favorites of this style for sure, a tid bit on the sweet side but very nicley done, not aggressively rounded by bitter hoping to control the sweetness, but just enough to keep it all together.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Pahn
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. From what I believe was the first batch, in late 2010 (has been in my basement since then).

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick, solid wall of lacing. Pours a not quite translucent maroon and leaves streaks of lacing.

Smell: Moist yellow pound cake, with some grape and effervescence underneath. Slight molasses and faint (but sharp) chocolate. There's lots of highlights that contrast the overall impression of pastry and whole grain bread, but enrich rather than clash. Graham cracker, caramel hard candies, cinnamon, booziness. Lots going on and all of it great.

Taste: Time has been good to this beer. Up front, it's a malt bomb, with fresh grains, cake, hard candy sweetness, and caramel, moving into a long, boozy, complex finish. A bit less bitter than one would expect to balance all the malt flavor, but the alcohol heat performs that job adequately.

Upon release, this beer was much more straightforward grape/prune flavor, high carbonation, powerful (overwhelming) alcohol. Now the dark fruit has significantly deepened, tasting like raisin skin, prune, fig, with lots of sweet, related but surprising flavors (whenever chocolate comes out it's striking but good). The booziness is still strong, but now it allows other flavors to shine along with it, rather than overpowering everything.

This beer is the malty elixir promised by the label, with a comforting alcohol warmth and tons of complimentary flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy, never slick nor juicy. Still finishes quite hot. Neither dry nor sugary.

Overall: I love beers like this. Gets to the heart of what I want in beer: layers and layers of interesting, delicious malt flavors. Strongly suggest picking up multiple bottles and aging them.

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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