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

December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)

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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%

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 scottfrie


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:03:23 | More by scottfrie
Photo of natescape


4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:24:31 | More by natescape
Photo of nickfl


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:10:05 | More by nickfl
Photo of KarlosT


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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).

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

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)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:32:29 | More by KarlosT
Photo of Florida9


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:27:42 | More by Florida9
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????

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:53:23 | More by chugalug06
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:41:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:11:06 | More by axeman9182
Photo of angusblackheart


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 19:50:28 | More by angusblackheart
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:20:10 | More by jmdrpi
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:16:22 | More by stickynotes
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:21:31 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of 7ways


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:45:14 | More by 7ways
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 20:45:18 | More by THECPJ
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 08:30:09 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of jondeelee


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:10:10 | More by jondeelee
Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big want of mine sent to me by ActonBrewer, thanks! Poured into NB globe tulip...

A- Dark brown, almost black in color. A finger light khaki head with does settle very fast leaving not even a film.

S- Roasty, hoppy, chocolate covered popcorn. Different beyond belief... but I approve! And when I say popcorn, its not the buttery diacetyl, its straight up fresh popped popcorn.

T/M- This is so great. One of the most chocolate I have gotten in a beer- even more than some "chocolate stouts". Very bitter also, grassy bitter hops. Just roasty bitterness, hop bitterness, dark chocolate bitterness. I'm beating a dead horse here, but this badass is one bitter porter... Light body, nice pungent carbonation that facilitates the bitter profile.

O- I wish I had this in my immediate market year round. I loved the shit out of this. Sweetened up as it warmed, but overall this was a bonfied bitter, bad ass, mo fo...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 18:49:39 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of MrOH


5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:08:27 | More by MrOH
Photo of popery


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 05:27:34 | More by popery
Photo of mdaschaf


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Grabbed a bottle of this when I was up in Boston a few weeks ago.

A: Pours a rather nice orange highlighted brown with 1 1.5 finger tan head that had very nice retention, sitting on top for quite some time before settling to a thin layer of foam on top. Decent lacing.

S: A bit of sweet maple syrup, roasted malt and grains, some nice chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Slight floral hop component, but rather faint compared to everything else going on.

T: Quite roasty up front with a little bit of coffee to go along with it. The midpalate has some nice milk chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slight bitter finish.

O: Quite enjoyable. Easy drinking for the style, and not as hoppy as I was expecting. For once I don't mind that at all. I prefer there to be a slight break between the darker ales and ipas.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:27:35 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on August 17, 2011. What a fabulous presentation with the ribbon over the cap and the gray tone label that mixes 18th century calligraphy with modern sans serif typewriter font. The pour is a handsome but cloudy brown with a long lasting foamy head. The aromas are rich with baking chocolate, smoke, coffee, and hops. The body is full. The taste is bold with smoky chocolate with a near dry finale. It is also very drinkable. Excellent brew from Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:32:16 | More by puboflyons
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Awesome bottle, awesome looking beer. Muddy brown with a good top of tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Aromas are roasted chocolate and sweetened coffee.
T: Acidity really comes out with bitterness at the forefront. Very bitter chocolate comes out at the back and a few seconds after each sip, the roasty qualities are highlighted. I love the array of flavors in each sip, which covers the spectrum of bitter and floral to sweet and then to roastiness.
M: Medium to high carbonation gives this an extra refreshing bite.
D: Seriously yum. Solid solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 13:29:27 | More by washburnkid
Photo of glid02


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville.

Pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark and milk chocolate and deep pine hops. Also present are lighter, herbal hop notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malts up front are joined quickly by pine hops with hints of deep citrus. Midway through smooth chocolate flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall nothing about this beer was over-the-top, instead it was a solid and easy-drinking beer made above average thanks to the mouthfeel. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:18:06 | More by glid02
Photo of Wasatch


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, some very nice toffee notes, and chocolate hints. The taste is very nice malty, very nice toffee notes, and a touch of chocolate, slightly bitter. Medium Body. This one is very tasty, a joy to drink. Thanks Chris!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:18:57 | More by Wasatch
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 22:11:11 | More by jdhilt
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.