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

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 41
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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Photo of chugalug06
1.88/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Big creme brulee colored head. Head is 1/2 foam and 1/2 soapy.

S - A mild home brew scent... not the best. Perhaps this one isn't as fresh as one would wish...??? oups. there's some chocolate lots of caramel.

T - Quite bitter. not too much flavor. Kinda bland.

M - Overly carbonated. Bitter, very bitter.

O - This one could end up in the drain.... :( I wanted to enjoy this one!!! This is hard to drink, it's much like a bad homebrew. What happened to this brew????

chugalug06, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for this, how in the heck is this on the buzzed list... light brown with an amber hue, light tope head, ok retention and lacing... the nose is all black ipa, a hint of yogurt, ok... the taste is not good, all roasted soap, not worthing trying

jrallen34, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a seriously creamy brown. Lots of lacing, frothy head. Looks great, dense and inviting.

Cocoa, earthy hops.

Oak, burnt coffee, earthy notes. Kind of boring, neither the hops nor porter aspects really stand out, everything just tastes passable.

Dry and bitter mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied.

Not really complex or interesting but certainly not bad.

ptykozoon, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Extra cloudy brown, reddish tint. Small off white head, turns into moderate lacing quickly.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, malt, mild earthy hops and mild coffee aromas. Dark fruits and grain alcohol slowly make their way to the nose.

T/M: Interesting combination of stout-like flavors; such as roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cream and molasses - and IPA-like flavors; like lemon zest, pine, dry hops and spices. Not the greatest balance of flavors, a little too unique to be combined in my opinion. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Lingering dry/bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D: I feel like Pretty Things, as a brewery, are always on the overly complex side of their brews, and this concoction proves my point. Still worth trying if this is your preferred style.

YouSkeete, May 16, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Deep brown almost black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is roasted coffee and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee. Lingering burnt coffee finish. $8.65 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

nathanjohnson, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

prisdefer, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Adamostella, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of gcotts
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

gcotts, May 16, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, cross between a brown and a porter.
On tap at The Ginger Man NYC. Lacey, brown body and tan head. Understaed bitterness, despite claims of high IBU. Roast is understated. Oats,wheat, mollasses, lots of malt is what I mostly get.Fuller mouthfeel.

Sammy, May 20, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

extremely dark chocolate brown in color, not quite black. 1/2" khaki colored head that fades. aroma is pleasant, reminiscent of chocolate, nutmeg, hops. similar in taste. a little roasty, with standard chocolate and coffee highlights normal for the style, but also finishes with lingering hop flavor. fairly thick, it coats the mouth. mild carbonation.

overall, it's definitely hoppier than most porters, especially English ones. I didn't like this one as much as their "KK" in the series.

jmdrpi, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for sharing the bottle.

Appearance -- Pours a chocolate brown hue with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Roast malt, coffee, cocoa, some moderate charred malt, and moderate hops.

Taste -- Lots of roast flavor, coffee, char, mild treacle sweetness and a mild fresh pine hop bitterness. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with mild bubbly carbonation.

Overall -- Nice. Reminds me of Avery's New World Porter, which I am quite fond of. That beer was better, though.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Redbones BBQ, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy, dirty brown in appearance with a thin wisp of off-white froth atop the liquid. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was surprisingly mild. Some floral notes were oddly detectible. As the beer warmed, I picked up subtle waves of sweet malts, coffee and chocolate. Overall, not as interesting as I had hoped.

The flavor profile was definitely more robust than the aroma. Malty up front with a mild, lactic-like sourness. Coffee and spices were noticeable. Nutty. Some subtle chocolate notes too. The finish contained prominent notes of earthy, herbal hops. This beer seemed to fall somewhere between a hoppy English porter and a brown ale.

The mouthfeel was creamy and medium bodied with a fine, mild effervescence.

The folks at Pretty Things are experts at brewing ancient, obscure styles and they concocted another interesting creation here. This is definitely worth a try, if for nothing more than posterity.

Damian, May 22, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased for $7.99. Original recipe was brewed on 12/6/1855. Poured into snifter.

Appearance – Dark cola brown with murky clarity. Wonderful creamy khaki head with good lacing and retention.

Smell – Burnt sugar, charred malt, rich fig jam, and a boatload of earthy hob character. Overall, it feels a bit rustic and unrefined.

Taste – Sweet sugary malt, bitter burnt roasted malt, perhaps a hint of vanilla, and rounded out by a heavily hopped finish. Earthy, herbal, with a sharp bite that cuts through the malts. Bitterness lingers alongside smoky burnt malt with hints of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Soft medium body. Smooth carbonation. Pleasant all around.

Drinkability – I love the idea behind the Once Upon a Time beers. Taking a look into the past and reviving an original recipe. This is a unique beer with rough charred edges and a boatload of hops. Really great with steak and dark chocolate. Great stuff, Pretty Things.

Sam21, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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
Photo of stickynotes
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a rolling head that settles to a light brown 1/4" foam. Nose is rich roasted malts, some chocolate, some hops just barely there. Taste is a bloom of roasted malts, some caramel some bitter hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pleasant some carbonation off the tongue as it passes through, some roasty flavors find their way through my nose, medium-to-heavy body. A solid porter with a real pop, the hops are an enhancing addition. Robust and malty, this is a porter I'm happy with and would buy again if in the malty mood.

stickynotes, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I gotta say I love the "Once Upon a Time..." series. The history of beer and the culture around it is what got me interested in beer. I'm glad that the guys at Pretty Things are keeping the history alive.

Given to me by ShogoKawada. Poured into a Fantome tulip, also given to me by ShogoKawada. Huge thanks Phil!

This certainly doesn't look like today's porters. It pours out looking very ruddy, muddy and cloudy. Its got a much redder hue as well. It collects in the glass a much deeper color, but its still not the typical color of a modern porter. Its very purple and red, its beer isn't black by any means. It has a really nice, large, dense head that leaves a full coating of lace.

Wow, what a surprisingly hoppy-ass beer. This thing is a full on hop bomb. It almost smells like a black IPA, but this beer makes the distinction between black IPA and hoppy porter. Lots of pine matched up with coffee of equal strength. Dark fruits slink in and out. There is a raw, earthy, woodiness about the whole thing. So earthy that I can actually pick out aromas of wet dirt.

Yeah, this stuff is really hoppy. The hops take over the flavor, nearly. A faint flash of citrus is caught on the tip of the tongue. Things move into a very bitter realm of pine and deeply roasted, black coffee. That earthy, dirt and wood essence is here, but not out of place. A bitter coffee roast carries things to the end. The aftertaste is very bitter, like chewing on charcoal. Bitter, bitter, bitter. Bitter. Bitter....Bitter.

Carbonation starts out aggressively but can be tamed easily with swirling. The beer's body is a heavy medium with a long lingering aftertaste.

Wow, these old school British folk knew their way around an aggressive pint of beer. And this stuff is aggressive by today's standards. I wish England was still making beers like these.

MbpBugeye, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer dark in color with a slight tinge of blood red. The brownish head slowly wisps away like a ghost. The aroma of this beer hints at licorice, and roasted malts. A slight creaminess gives way to a slight bitterness with hints of burnt coffee, roasted malts, and anise. Had it at Sapsuckers in Huntington, New York.

angelogarcia3, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the new Porter Cafe in West Roxbury. Served in a Harpoon IPA glass. Dirty brown colored body. Thin white head. Chalky powdery cocoa smell. Taste was impressive, though. I found it unique to try a hoppy porter. The chocolate malt was there for the porter aspect, but there was definitely a nice dose of hops on the palate. Mouthfeel was a bit confusing though. Not thick enough for a porter, but heavy for an IPA. Doesn't hide the alcohol though, as I thought it was way above 6%. This is an interesting beer from Pretty Things. I am not sure that I fell in love, but I certainly am always impressed when I try a new PT beer.

morebeergood, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice deep brown with a good vanilla colored head on it about two fingers thick. recedes quickly but laces the glass nicely.

S - gorgeous nose on this. roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel with a bit of a piny hop smell poking in there.

T - sweet caramel malts hit first and are abruptly punctuated by a bitter resiny hop taste. this erodes into roasted coffee chocolate malt finish. there is a lot going on here. my one complaint would be the resiny hop taste doesn't complement the roasted/chocolate flavors in my opinion. still it's an interesting brew with a complex bill.

M - theres good carbonation in this. it feels slightly lighter than most porters i've had but its not necessarily a bad thing and i think that the slightly lighter feel works better given the hoppyness it exhibits.

O - this is an interesting creation from pretty things. lots of malts lots of hops. overall this all comes together well but i would have to say that this is not a particular favorite out of their selection. still definitely worth a try (all of their stuff is).

celticfutblclub, May 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

trevorpost, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.