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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

178 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Orbfan, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -3.6%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ComRock12
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ComRock12, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of brandonasplundh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brandonasplundh, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Slatetank, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -3.6%

dudeabides76, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

angrybabboon, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of uvm2003
4/5  rDev -3.6%

uvm2003, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kirkse, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mschofield, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

IdrinkGas, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

jsanford, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RyanLigeia
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

RyanLigeia, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
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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.

scottfrie, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
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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.

natescape, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

nathanjohnson, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

HopStoopid120, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

alamode, Dec 18, 2011
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.

nickfl, Dec 12, 2011
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.