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

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 183
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: busterthecat on 05-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 183
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at O'Reilly's served in a pint on tap.

The color is deep brown, almost black like cola with translucent clarity at the base. The thick tan cap holds well and leaves a thick lace pattern with ultra fine bead. The smell is great with a very expressive dark chocolate nose and slight bitter roastiness which reminds me of dark bread and has a slight coffee-like nuttiness in the aroma. There is a hint of pine from the hops which is pleasant.

The feel is good with plenty of deep roasted and mild bitterness with slight caramel sweetness accenting with an almost creamy body and slightly dry finish without much in the way of alcohol presence. I love the taste - it has woody and slight nutty grain which comes off like a high cocoa content dark chocolate taste with subtle earthy elements and hint of hops giving balance but the balance does seem to be more dry than sweet and bitter with slight pine flavor and gentle dark sugar notes. I recommend this to anyone who likes a nice balanced porter which is not heavy on the sweetness. This is an excellent beer! (1,074 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Appearance: A rich, dark brown - beige head, good lacing

Smell: Well, it's definitely an English Porter - toasted malts, some burnt, some roasted - some herbal, leafy English hops - a lot of minerality - some chocolate and cocoa powder

Taste: Chocolate, burnt, and rocks - seriously - chocolate malts, dry baker's chocolate, light cocoa - minerality is quite high, and this kind of tastes like licking a rock - bitter, English hops, slightly herbal

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry

Overall: Good, and so English

This is remarkably English-tasting considering it was brewed by Pretty Things. This is interesting, and I am glad I had the opportunity to try it. (760 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From THE CPJ. 22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with an ivory colored head that settles to a thin haze and creamy ring, leaving some spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Nice "roasty" aromas of baking chocolate, coffee beans, and dark malt with a touch of sweet cream. If I was blindfolded I'd say this was a Milk Stout.
T - Robust flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and dark malt with a touch of caramel and cream. Finish is long and intensely bitter, like accidentally eating a piece of baking chocolate, but in a good way.
M - Very smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable despite the bitterness, this is going down easy.
O - A memorable beer in a style category that is usually underwhelming to me, I'm stoked I got to try this! (817 characters)

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Extremely dark brown that lets zero light through. Creamy off white head that disappears fast. It almost looks solid unless you look very closely and can see some carbination.

Smell- A faint roasty coffee smell mixed with something unique that I cant quite figure out.

Taste- The taste delivers way more than I expected after smelling it. Very robust. A HINT of some dark chocolate, some more mellow roasted coffee notes, maybe a little smokyness and lots of malty sweetness. Theres also some bitterness in the after taste that gives it a nice twist. The flavor lingers and does NOT dissapoint.

Mouthfeel- A little warmth from the alchohol, plenty of body with some detectable carbination, matches the flavors real well.

Overall- Awesome porter. I'll definitely go back and buy another to share with a friend. (829 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for this one wyllder!

A: Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a finger of soft dark tan head that quickly faded into a thin fuzzy film that left a ton of tiny spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The chocolate really comes through nicely.
T: Follows the nose with rich and smooth notes of roasted malts, toasted grains, light roast coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish has good bitterness to it, and the aftertaste is roasted and lasts forever.
M: Smooth and fluffy carbonation, soft and full mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Very creamy and smooth.
O: One of the best in style that I’ve had, and a great beer at that. Smooth mouthfeel, rich flavors, easy to drink. Thanks again, Eric. (789 characters)

Photo of natescape
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, almost black, but with an interesting lightness on the edges (when held up to the light)

S - Smells like a decent stout. Think Sam Smith's Oatmeal.

T - Wonderful. Complex. Leaves a long roasted chocolate flavor.

M - Just a bit of an alcohol taste on the fringe of the tongue. Yummy.

O - Fantastic. Really complex with lots of flavors. Leaves a great smoked flavor that's both intriguing and delicious. Highly recommended. (435 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Dark, malty notes of licorice and brown sugar with some spicy hops.

T - Dark bread and brown sugar up front with some spicy hops. More dark sugar character comes out in the middle with notes of molasses and caramel. The beer comes to a finish with spicy hops, licorice and caramel malts as a touch of smoke.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - It is an interesting opportunity to try a beer recreated from the mid 19th century. I am used to historical beers coming from ancient recipes and coming with a rather loose interpretation of the original (ahem, DFH), but this seems to be quite authentic. The dark character is quite different from what one typically gets in a modern porter as this beer is all about dark sugar rather than roasted grain. (957 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

interesting beer. different.

East Indian Style Porter, historically designed/brewed to mimic the beers from 1885 London. Apparently, porters from England were sent to the troops, whereas the IPA's were reserved for Officers (also brewed in England).

a:
brown, muted. something between a brown ale and a stout. little to no head. little carbonation.

s:
it smells great. fresh, crisp, hints of the hoppiness of an IPA. The smell/aroma set my expectation high for the taste, which fell short (sigh)

t:
complex taste. very sharp, tangy (not just from the bitterness of the IPA). sometimes I think I taste notes of burnt coffee.

mf:
very interesting and different. it evervesces on the tongue ... somewhat like an over carbonated beer.

Overall: very interesting and complex beer. suspect for many folks (with a better pallette) than moi would appreciate it. Perhaps w/ time I would like it more. (897 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a bit of an odd look to it. The color is brown, dark brown really, but it still has a good bit of translucency left to it. Held up to the light, it actually appears a dark pastel brown. Forms a moderate sized, creamy, deep tan colored head that slowly reduces to a slight surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Some moderate lacing.

S: Smell is of roasted malts, cheap coffee, and chocolate. And a little bit of smoke.

T: The taste is assertive and complex. Starts off with a mild malty sweetness. Deeply roasted malts mix with an almost burnt flavor. Coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, burnt caramel. Then a little bit of citrus and pine from the hops - not enough to dominate, but enough to make its presence known.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Smooth, creamy. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A quite enjoyable and rather complex beer. Loads of flavor without being overpowering, cloying, or tiring. Very nice. (959 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
1.87/5  rDev -54.4%
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???? (475 characters)

Photo of glib
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I loved everything about this beer. Packed with all the flavors mentioned by every other review, yet imminently drinkable with no overpowering. Despite the complexity, it is surprisingly light for as dark as it is.

If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this one might just be it. (304 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid brown. Black at edges. Head is tan, bubbly, and lingers. carbonation looks solid. A good swirl rejuvenates the head time and again. Pours on the heavier side for the style. This bodes well.

Smell: Minerals. Rocks, loads of baker's chocolate. Big dry cocoa. Touches of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Faintly sweet. Char and smoke as well. Lots of malt complexity. Toasted and roasted malts. Burnt crusty meat edges.

Taste: You can dunk a rock in it. Roasted, burnt malts carry a touch of caramelized sugar and a ton of straight cocoa. Coffee adds a nice burst on the back, but it's almost unrelenting on the minerality. As it warms, the malts jump up a bit and some real chocolate, as in milk chocolate, comes out. Big roasted profile. Some char on the back as well. Super complex for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly dry. Carbonation is on the high side, but it works with the deep mineral flavor and sweet malts. Almost creamy, but never quite makes it.

Overall: Damn fine take on the style. It's scary how well they copied British water. Tons of flavor and complexity for days. This would probably stand up to some aging, maybe a year. (1,176 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, allowed to warm for a few minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pretty Things December 6th, 1855 East India Porter pours almost entirely black. There's a little bit of cherry shining through at the bottom of the glass, and that's it. There are about three fingers of light caramel head sitting atop the beer. Retention is outstanding, the head's creep down the side of the glass is a slow one. There's a solid ring of lace marking the apex of the head, but below that it's little too spotty. The nose is predominantly roasted coffee, with solid support from dark chocolate aromas. A nice herbal note lies far in the background, but keeps things interesting. The malt profile of the flavor is very similar to that of the aroma, with coffee being the primary note. Chocolate is a little bit more present here though. The bitterness of the coffee melds into bitterness from the hops, before closing with a subdued herbal noble hop flourish. The body is is a serious letdown, nowhere near rich/full enough and it crosses the line into watery. The carbonation is appropriately subdued, and doesn't overtake the lackluster body. I enjoyed this most recent entry in the Once Upon A Time series when it was fresh, but thought a little bit of time would improve it some. I think I was right, but held on to this bottle a month or two too long. (1,359 characters)

Photo of angusblackheart
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown/black beer with a nice thick tan head and slinky lacing.

Smells like ac hoppy dark beer: citrus, roast, chocolate.

Taste is roast, mild hops, espresso, and chocolare.

Mouthfeel was a little ooff for me, not sure why, but maybe it was a linegring drying feeling?

Still, a great brew! (307 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of stickynotes
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of 7ways
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was worried that this beer would taste like a black IPA. It does not.

Muddy ruby-brown with a dense tan head. It even looks like an antique.

Chocolate, fresh biscuits, cinnamon, and coffee roast. Not picking up much in the way of hops in the aroma.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, light smoke (reminiscent of HotD Adam) , and mild coffee. Sparingly sweet and a tad sour. Nutty mid palate that transitions to a slightly hoppy finish. Perfect balance of bitterness.

Creamy, full mouthfeel.

I love this beer. I've been looking for a Porter like this for a long time, it's one of the best I have ever had. Even though it is not technically perfect, I'm giving it a 5 overall because all the elements work so well together and the experience is just so damn enjoyable. I like it better on the cold side, before the hop taste fully kicks in. (843 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with orange hue 1 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roast, coffee, chocolate,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty decent english porter. glad I got to try it and will probably have again.

Cheers,
The CPJ (304 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" mocha head. Deep burnt umber brown body. Smells nicely of hops, caramel, chocolate. Taste is really nice and smooth too emphasizing cocoa and coffee followed by a hops boost to the finish. It all compliments each other unlike some of the other over-hopped dark beers popular right now in which the hops even overwhelm the dark roast flavors. (353 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EIP opens with a dark, rich, malty nose that speaks of its porter heritage, being full of tobacco, peat, chocolate malt, and heavily-creamed coffee, as well as more subtle hints of toasted nut and a shade of dark fruit esters such as fig.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately and simultaneously porter and hints of IPA. On the porter side, the brew is quite dark--more stout than porter--with large black coffee, tobacco ash, chocolate and black malt notes, as well as hints of toasted nut. On the IPA side, there's obviously a double helping of hops in here based on the strength of the grapefruit flavors, which manage to come to the front despite the massive amounts of malt. Pretty Things' website says that the hops in this brew equal a double IPA, and the grapefruit and pine flavors swim ever closer to the surface as the beer is held on the tongue, and by the latter parts of the aftertaste constitute the larger portion of the flavors. Subsequent sips reveal fruit esters such as fig and lychee nut, as well as a healthy citrus dose from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, leaving a slight burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is a solid beer, and while there can be a slightly-too-powerful alcohol tinge at the edges of the brew--which is surprising since it's only 6% ABV--it's most certainly a delicious porter that features heavily the tobacco flavors of the style. (1,446 characters)

Photo of MrOH
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky, extra dark brown with 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Good retention. Tons of lace at every sip.

High quality cocoa and dark dried fruits in the nose. This is what I think of when it comes to porter.

The highest quality dark chocolate followed by a long, lingering bitterness. Chocolate and raisins, prunes, currants, etc. Some earthy, tobaccoish hop presence as well. Just amazing.

Medium-heavy body with medium-low carbonation. Perfect for the beer.

Possible, the most perfect porter I've ever had. I'm gonna email the brewery to see if I can get a clone recipe. Amazing. If it weren't so damn pricy, I'd almost alway have it on hand. (642 characters)

Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark, murky and brown. It has a creamy, beige head that sticks around for quite awhile.

S: The aroma has sweet cocoa upfront with some cola and mineral/pine hops. It has some bready, toffee-ish malt tones backing up the darker and hoppier notes. Interesting aroma but it pales in comparison to the taste.

T: The taste is much more full and rich than the aroma. There's a big sweet coffee/chocolate note backed up by caramel maltiness. The finish is fairly bitter with a nice hop bite. It's a smooth, full flavor, and the beer drinks bigger than the abv.

M: Smooth, creamy and a bit bracing in the finish.

O: Very good and interesting beer. I would actually prefer it to be a bit less hoppy, though the hops were actually weaker than expected. It's not terribly bitter or anything, but I'd like to taste the rich malt flavors in an even gentler brew. Still, I'm a fan of Pretty Things, particularly these Once Upon A Time beers. (947 characters)

December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.