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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

451 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 154
Gots: 117 | 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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bilmun

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17%

12-22-2013 17:36:00 | More by bilmun
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Dbrag

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-15-2013 17:34:38 | More by Dbrag
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-15-2013 15:45:29 | More by BigOldOaf
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Sekliw

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-15-2013 13:48:13 | More by Sekliw
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-11-2013 00:53:28 | More by MistahBeah
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-09-2013 16:30:37 | More by morebeergood
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Beersnake1

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-09-2013 02:59:26 | More by Beersnake1
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hreb

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

12-04-2013 04:32:26 | More by hreb
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2013 03:59:25 | More by Thomas_Picton
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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

11-23-2013 06:30:50 | More by BEERMILER12
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NickyT

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-23-2013 00:24:17 | More by NickyT
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

11-21-2013 01:41:45 | More by smakawhat
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-20-2013 17:24:00 | More by ant880
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-19-2013 00:57:01 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2013 22:08:18 | More by ccozzi
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

11-15-2013 05:34:24 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-12-2013 02:57:33 | More by JMS1512
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-11-2013 15:31:04 | More by Rekrule
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b2bomber

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +15.5%

Okay, unorthodox review here, so hang on with this one.

It was a cold day, the sun goes down early up hear in MA. I had a couple of packets of mulling spices from Whole Foods. So I had this wacky idea. Poured the beer into a 2qt pot. Added about 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar and two mulling spice bags. Brought up to heat (below boiling, probably around 150-160. Hold temp for about 10 mins. Remove spice bags.

Taste was great! Sweat and and malty. Maybe too much spice, probably should have used just on mulling pack. Overall a great experience though. Will try again later in the season!

11-10-2013 23:33:35 | More by b2bomber
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-10-2013 20:09:39 | More by jim_carignan
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nineworldseries

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-06-2013 18:56:47 | More by nineworldseries
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-26-2013 05:58:09 | More by blindpiggie
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-26-2013 05:46:09 | More by BradleyR
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -20%

10-24-2013 04:23:21 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-18-2013 22:41:25 | More by Dicers
Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.