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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hopley, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA

Poured into a Pretty Things wine-style stem glass. Deep dark brown color with a small but lasting beige head. Dark roasty malts in the nose, coffee, piney hops. Notably bitter in the taste, roasty dark malts, a generous dose of piney hops, coffee beans, solid earthiness, ash, with a bitter and almost harsh aftertaste. Body was about medium, actually quite robust compared to other beers of the style. Good overall, but for me, just a little too bitter for a porter.

Rifugium, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

grittly, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev -3.6%

AnitaBrewski, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/09/13 notes. Bottled shared by nimbleprop; thanks Mac.

a - Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, milk cholxate, light floral hops, light pine hops, and some cream. Hops aren't too strong but overall, a pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, burnt malts, and some light pine hops. Less hops than the nose; I like the taste a touch better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty nice English porter. Normal chocolate and roasted characteristics with a little bit of a twist with the hops. Easy to drink, would have it again.

mdfb79, Feb 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mrovelli, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Thren, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kaelingirl, Jan 25, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome bomber sent to me from dope (thanks!) split with my bro with my portion going into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown/tawny pour with ample light tan head and lacing.

S: Strikes me as 'English' and unique at the same time; toasted caramel and toffee for sure. Big bready notes, with a hefty hop backbone thats more earthy than I'm used to.

T: This beer SHINES here; more malt-driven on the palate, with notes of chocolate, toffee, toasted sugars, darker caramel, bread and toast. There are some roasted notes too, and grainy coffee emerges as it warms. Hop bitterness on the finish reminds you that this thing is still hopped-up; earthy and herbal. Really unique, but enjoyable.

MF: Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

O: Really pleasant and unique. My first offering from Pretty Things as well. Cool beer with a cool back story.

Scotchboy, Jan 21, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank it at a slightly higher temp( from the cellar) at about 56F. A little cooler- about 54 gives a better( and recommended temp) tasting.

Poured a deep dark chocolate color with a three finger head. First sampling in a tulip, good, but a pint glass is best for this style.

Aroma: lemon vanilla, chocolate and coffee.- not strong but pleasant.

The mouth feel is tangy, and not too carbonated. It is smoother at the lower serving temp.

This is a solid porter. It tastes like a classic porter-rich, malty, chocolate, lemon, and coffee.

A very drinkable and classic porter. Highly recommended. It may be my one of my favorite porters.

brureview, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jason, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

comrade_tony, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

trevorpost, Jan 08, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, translucent, ruby brown with a big, fluffy, pillowy, light brown head and

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, charred wood, nutty.

T: Wow that's nice. Super toasty and nutty. An interesting hop presence. Smoky and woody. A bit cloying close to room temperature.

M: Big flavor and super smooth. The body is perfect for this style. Thick and creamy with decent carbonation.

O: If this is what was drunk in the 19th Century they had it good. And now that most are drinking the corporate swill it seems we are going backwards as a human race as far as beer is concerned. This is a great beer.

Gatch, Jan 06, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pretty things stemmed beer glass.

A: a murky nutty brown with deep ruby highlights. A finger if toasted head after a regular pour, dissapates nicley, with nice lacing... Looks yummy.

S: earthy toasty grain, brown bread, earthy hop, an almost coffe light roasty toasty note. Smells hearty and warm.

T: light note of chocolate along with some seriously roasty and toasty grain notes which remind me almost of coffee. A nice earthy hop right in there with that toast as well, very tasty, with some very nice balance and complexity.

M: medium body with lush carbonation, grainy and dry, with a bitter finish.

O: this is a very interesting brew, and one that i really enjoy, both because of the taste and as well because of the story and history behind it. Unique and intriguing a great porter to keep you warm on a cold night.

PeterIngemi, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GrindFatherBob, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Thomas_Picton, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

gcotts, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JayfromBoston, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jhb138, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Massbmx, Mar 25, 2012
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to snifter. $13 for the single. Sampled 11/11/11.

A: Pours with a beautiful, 3 finger khaki-colored head, thick, mousse-y, & compact. The head throws a seriously thick web of lace across the glass, while the dark brown body adds torn sheets.

S: Huge roasted notes of chocolate and coffee with lightly toasted toffee and caramel to add depth and complexity. Hop character is big as well, imparting aromas of dank pine resin and herbs. There is an earthiness about this beer as well plus a little green leaf. Fantastic.

T: Every bit as good as the nose suggested. The bitter chocolate flavor is layered and there is a light acridness courtesy of the intensely roasted coffee. Huge hop presence keeps the finish very bitter. With very little sweetness, this beer is dry the entire way through. There is a hint of paper that comes across more as old wood than in an oxidized way.

M: The mouthfeel was let down considering everything else about this beer is incredible. The body is a bit light; the texture a bit thin. And with only a gentle amount of carbonation, the texture is also slick. Ideally, the beer would hang onto the tongue a little longer and not [kind of] glide over it.

O: Mouthfeel aside, this beer is a winner. Over the last 2 years, I've come to trust that Pretty Things will deliver a quality brew. And if this beer is an accurate recreation, as the label suggests, then them soldiers were drinking pretty damn good.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.