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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

173 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 39
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: 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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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2012 01:22:29 | More by dudeabides76
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 08:04:42 | More by angrybabboon
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-17-2012 01:53:40 | More by uvm2003
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kirkse

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-16-2012 03:09:17 | More by kirkse
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2012 00:19:56 | More by mschofield
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-20-2012 01:51:20 | More by Adamostella
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-17-2012 23:50:23 | More by IdrinkGas
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jsanford

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:48:44 | More by jsanford
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:46:45 | More by RyanLigeia
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-14-2012 00:28:06 | More by mbs11
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-08-2012 17:56:25 | More by kevgod
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scottfrie

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:03:23 | More by scottfrie
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emdawg

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2012 05:49:28 | More by emdawg
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-31-2011 17:26:23 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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natescape

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2011 02:52:03 | More by OBIrish24
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-24-2011 22:52:47 | More by nathanjohnson
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-19-2011 01:51:03 | More by HopStoopid120
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-18-2011 20:47:43 | More by alamode
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:32:29 | More by KarlosT
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TIJAE

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-02-2011 16:30:56 | More by TIJAE
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2011 05:50:41 | More by rab53
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-28-2011 02:19:01 | More by bigdaddypolite
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LHRodriguez

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2011 19:29:24 | More by LHRodriguez
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
92 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.