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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

458 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 154
Gots: 115 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 12-03-2010)
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.1.1. 22oz bottle labeled Winter 2010/11 served in wide-mouth Chimay glass. Beer is a rich raisiny amber brown with a red background and a medium chestnut head. Nutty/toffee aroma with a hint of floral hops.

The beer presents a whirlwind of flavors: significant alpha acid bitterness up front, then toasty and grainy, followed by some brighter flavors of fruit and citrus, then a sugary sweet note (not quite caramel, and certainly no diacetyl), and finally lives only the faint tingling of very fine carbonation. Very heavy body.

I previously tried this at redbones on draught (it comes in pints!). Without introduction it seemed like a strong brown ale. But the heavy malt bill is not merely the exclusion of hops. There's no hiding the alcohol in this beer, but at thirteen and a half percent the balance is actually quite good.

Cellaring would only mellow out the flavors and mature the nose. Definitely could improve it, but this beer doesn't need it.

13.12.3 Update: Tried the Nov 2011 bottling again after cellaring for over two years. Indeed, cellaring has mellowed this beast out, and it is now extremely smooth, fruity, and delicious. Unquestionably a barley wine, and a great one at that. Immediately upon opening the bottle the aroma smacked me in the face with an entire fruit cake. Raisins and plums, but also over-ripe pears, apricots, dates, and a hint of treacle. Heavy as fuck, but mellowed the fuck out.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled In: OCT 2013

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that lasts for about a minute before fading to a nice thick cap

S: Lots of lightly toasted, nutty malts with a bit of graininess and husk. Lightly sweet, with a little bit of fruitiness. Alcohol extremely well hidden for 13.5%

T: Starts off with the maltiness, which imparts quite a bit of nuttiness, grain, and husk. Some darker fruits vaguely show up, along with some notes of fig. Quite toasty. Finishes with a trace of alcohol and a little bit more of the fruitiness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and complex English barleywine. The yeast definitely imparts the English part. Way too easy to drink for 13.5%, although it's hard to do more than just sip slowly. Great price point. Definitely has some aging potential as well

BEERMILER12, Nov 23, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A nice ruby grapefruit red body, chestnut brown coming out of the glass. Opaque and super creamy half tan finger head which settles to a good thick even collar. Nice looking barleywine.

Wonderful bouquet on this nose. Turbinado and molasses like sugars, slight nut and hints of milk chocolate. Some crisp husky senses match strangely and buttery smelling toffee and butterscotch. Real nice.

Juicy palate with a large chocolate milky finish. Sense of interesting grapefruit hop action, and tight carbonation. Great mix of malt chocolate sweetness and juicy grapefruit. Lots of treacle sensing syrup with the butterscotch action hinted on the nose much more toned down. Good silky coating in the palate if a tad sparkling sensing carbonation.

Overall a real solid and impressive barleywine. Great barleywine find indeed!

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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.