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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 40
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to Dann Paquette (the Brewer), this beer is a Porter, not an American Black Ale. It was brewed in London in 1855, so it is an English Porter.

(Beer added by: busterthecat on 05-04-2011)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

megamass, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

costanzo_mike, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Hootie159, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

beertardis, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jymkata, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nebula1999, Feb 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Hirshi, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

prisdefer, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a Coca Cola dark brown with a bit of reddish brown coming through in the light.

The aroma has a nutty toasty/roasty porter quality. Not huge of the aroma, but a familiar porter aroma.

The flavor follows with that gently roasted malt character, a bit of bready and caramel sweetness. However, the beer is quite vibrant hoppiness. It’s woody, herbal, and decently bitter. However, it’s not too overpowering. The beer is extremely drinkable with this good balancing of sweetness and bitterness.

A wonderful take on the style with its bitterness.

dar482, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bilco, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

666_MPH, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jaxon53, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

gory4d, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Ljudsignal, Sep 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$9.29 for a 22 oz bomber from Blanchards in Boston.

A: deep dark copper color, beautiful creamy head
S: full, intense nose, deep roasted malt with creamy qualities, almost no hops noticeable
T: wow!, the taste is not represented by the nose, extreme hops but malt is definitely there too, for a 6.0 ABV/93 IBU beer it's surprising how much the malt is present, deep roasted/dry malt with strong slight astringent bitterness, a bit more bitterness than I usually like but I like the beer overall
M: chewy, roasted malt up front with definite back-of-the-tongue sharp bitterness
O: a very interesting style and I'm glad Dann and Ron brought it back

wisrarebeer, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazy, chestnut highlighted brown-to-black coloring with a thin, frothy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of heavy roasted coffee, both bitter and a bit smoky. Flavors are very heavily roasted, with a solid profile of coffee, both bitter and rich. Very heavy coffee profile. The aftertaste is bitter and roast, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate note. Dry, bitter, mid-lingering finish. Solid brew, and fun to see what brews used to be like back in the day, as they say.

GarthDanielson, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a 22oz bottle in what seem to be the newer packaging, bottled in November 2012, reading simply "Once Upon A Time 1855 East India Porter". Beer pours *super* weird -- I was expecting a porter of some sort, but this is almost golden in color. Well, it's a brownish red, but super hazy (and I have not been unkind to the bottle since I purchased it a few days ago). If I was grading this against typical standards for either a porter or an IPA it'd definitely get dinged for appearance, but who knows what 1855-era East India Porter is supposed to look like.

Aroma is much more typical for a porter, with standard roasty notes up front in a big way, and a much subtler suggestion of citrusy hop goodness. Flavor wise, however, East India Porter is the perfect label. It's super roasty in the mouth, as much as any traditional porter, or maybe a dry stout, though mouthfeel is more carbonation-heavy like an ale (I suspect the original 1855 version would not have been gassed and bottled). And then there's a hoppiness which is almost on par with an East Coast American IPA (I wouldn't call it an English IPA, though). It just lacks the citrusy brightness and any of the floral quality of an IPA. I thought it might compare to a CDA/American Black Ale, but no, the extra roast and nuttiness changes the equation qualitatively.

An interesting treat and I don't mind drinking it one bit.

hreb, Apr 05, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Aaron for sharing. The beer is cola brown with a thin, broken, beige head. The aroma offers coffee, roast, brown sugar. Ok flavor. A tad harsh. Coffee bitterness with lingering charred roast. Moderately low carbonation. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Huhzubendah, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.