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Our Finest Regards - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

420 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%


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.

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dasenebler

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:26:04 | More by dasenebler
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Phelps

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:34:30 | More by Phelps
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:52:43 | More by mlazzaro
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:55:13 | More by sinstaineddemon
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:29:24 | More by PeterIngemi
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Pahn

New York

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:03:35 | More by Pahn
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doughanson78

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:31:04 | More by doughanson78
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 16:44:03 | More by Sean9689
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mactrail

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 06:16:34 | More by mactrail
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 15:18:42 | More by Slatetank
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davey101

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:15:00 | More by davey101
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

[94/100]

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 07:14:17 | More by mindspin315
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mikeyv35

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:05:38 | More by mikeyv35
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JustHarmless

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 14:13:43 | More by JustHarmless
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:16:31 | More by Hopdaemon39
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:32:38 | More by FosterJM
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Whew!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 14:45:26 | More by BeerResearcher
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whatthehull

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:59:04 | More by whatthehull
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:44:57 | More by jaasen64
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BostonBrewins

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:07:01 | More by BostonBrewins
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:50:52 | More by justintcoons
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:55:04 | More by sommersb
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:37:33 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:34:23 | More by kylehay2004
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:03:01 | More by Blanco
Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.