Lovely Saint Winefride - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
Extremely dark mahogany. From a distance it looks black. A small amount of foam is is left around the rim. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Slightly smokey. Flavor is heavy on roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee just like the aroma. Faint amounts of an earthy hop character but it is covered by the large amount of malts. Thin body and a big carbonation tingle but it has a subtle creamy mouthfeel. Soon after the big malt flavor a overwhelming bitterness sets in. Extremely earthy and dry. A bitterness that will not leave the back of my palate.
02-18-2012 02:07:40 | More by DrinkingDrake
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation
Smell: light toasted malt and some nut
Taste: nuts, some wood, English malt, light hops and leather
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and less bitter end
Overall: A cross between Saint Botolphs and and English Brown. Not a bad beer as it has moments of real depth and complexity. I have been blown away by several Pretty Things brews, however this one just struck me as just above average. Not likely to get this one again.
03-12-2012 13:04:12 | More by tigg924
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener (perhaps a mug would be a better alternative)- poured a dark brown color with moderate transparency around the edges and at the bottom of the glass. Less than one finger head, decent retention, no lacing.
Big roasted malt smell- almost like I'm brewing myself. Maybe comes on a little strong.
Roasted malt dominates the palate as well- there is some coffee and maybe a little nuttiness as well. Has a similar taste as dry stout. A little bit of hops at the end but not pronounced.
Mouthfeel is decent- full bodied, chewy, with medium light carbonation. Good beer- wouldn't get it again if I'm looking for a lager but maybe if I'm looking for a good dark brew.
03-16-2012 00:36:53 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
S: Toasty notes with some hop bitterness, some pecan/praline, some cinnamon.
L: Fairly clear dark brown, light tan creamy head with good retention.
T: Dark fruits with toasted nuts. Herbal medium low bitterness leading to very bold toasted cracker and nutty. Sweetness in the form of dark fruits complement. Very malty and smooth.
M: Medium full body, medium-low carbonation, creamy.
Delicious, no real category for this, very unique.
04-23-2012 00:57:33 | More by bum732
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured into a pint glass a rich, dark caramel. Thick, low head that leaves rungs of lace.
Smells is rich dark roasty malts, a sip is bright and creamy with heavy malt hitting immediately after - deep roasty caramel dances with lightly burnt coffee knocked by some pseudocitrus bitterness at the end.
Huzzah, Dann! Dann used a decoction! See Dann decoct!
Decoct, Dann, decoct!
This is a mighty fine dark lager -- exactly the hearty, smooth, deliciousness other examples from the style seem to lack. I have to try it on draft, because this bottle was quick finished.
02-17-2012 00:19:03 | More by OldIronLungs
3.96/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a flute glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Nice aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is toasted malt, charred coffee and chocolate, light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A nice ale on the border between porter and brown ale, but with more char and chocolate than usually encountered in those two styles. I'm not sure that Euro dark lager is really very accurate for this more complex dark ale.
11-07-2013 04:00:25 | More by LiquidAmber
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high light tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown bread and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has additional flavors of roasted malts, earthy hops and a light amount of bitterness, each of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels on the lighter side of being medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend a little dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: The flavors of earthy hops—particularly those that persist through the finish—don't make this one of the easiest beers to drink, but it a rather interesting beer to sip.
10-10-2012 02:51:53 | More by metter98
3.84/5 rDev -2%
The beer pours a vigorous light tan head. The beer itself a nice dark obscure black with a purplish tinge to it.
A strong nut and toffee smell with bits of roasted malt and dark chocolate. However, the toffee smell dominates the others.
The toffee is less dominate than it is in the smell. I get little bits of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a smoky aftertaste.
Biting carbonation with a really smooth feel to it. The beer feels like its slipping down my tongue.
The beer style reminds of a porter with its chocolate and toffee tastes and smells. Overall, St. Winny is an okay beer but I'll probably lose her number.
05-02-2013 02:12:01 | More by HattedClassic
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Brew pours extremely dark with a webby rocky large head that slowly slinks down the edge of the glass.
Nose is excellent roasted malts, nice even blend of chocolate and coffee. Some caramel and espresso beans, has an excellent earthy quality. Nice bready sweetness.
Taste starts off with a roasted bready malt characteristic, that fades across the palate into chocolate and finishes with a clean slight coffee bitterness. More sweet caramel just before the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium but it stands up to the bold roasty flavors.
Overall this is quite a treat, best dark lager I've ever had.
05-15-2012 05:21:14 | More by natemort13
4.35/5 rDev +11%
Dan claims to have brewed this beer with old men in mind. Bring it, whippersnapper.
Clear, dark brown with a bawdy eggshell tan head. Looks like a mean glass of root beer. Great retention for a lager it decorates my glass with a quaint set of lacey curtains.
Smells like a fresh Vermont mud puddle - earthy and blackish brown. I like earthy.
Mocha with more bitter, earthy carob in back. A little roast malt peeks it's head just before the finish.
I'm looking forward to the day I'm a crazy old man who sits on the porch and yells at the world passing by. I could do it with this beer in hand.
02-28-2012 11:39:28 | More by donkeyrunner
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
Another Pretty Things brew for me; still reeling from the shock of seeing them on the shelves in Indiana. Cheers to unexpected beers!
A: An exquisite, slow-forming head of chunky foam plants itself at a high three fingers above the body. Looks rich and silky, almost stout-like – perfect for a beer like this – and it sticks around with an inch of pillowy silk. A ruby-hued, brownish body pours out with a dark shine, with incredible lacing in sheets all around.
S: Absolutely smooth and porter-like in the nose: smooth and chalky cocoa, semi-toasted malt, biscuit dough, and touches of light coffee. There’s a definite yeast presence to it, palpably bready, and with decadent baked undertones. Decadent chocolate syrup notes on the end.
T: Rich chocolate and decadent malt tastes take the palate by storm; each sip is all about those killer, smoothly sugary flavors. It hits over and over again with silky vanilla and fudge, on top of trace amounts of crusty, toasted grains. It’s bittersweet with its coffee with cream, crisp Noble hops, smoky caramel, and earthy date tones – mostly sweet, to be honest. It ends on a metallic tone, like what you would get from lactose sugar, with a momentary touch of cashew and peanut tastes. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
M: Hits a sweet spot with the palate, and the texture does nothing but accentuate that extreme. It solidifies this as a thick, porter-like lager.
O: Beautifully-crafted, but sweet to a fault, Lovely Saint Winefride hits an interesting high in the dark lager style. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it was a nice drink.
06-28-2012 04:17:48 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head recedes ever-so gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty.
Taste starts malty, with a burnt chewy texture to the middle, and closes with some warmth and a lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew overall.
03-26-2012 23:43:40 | More by ppoitras
Lovely Saint Winefride from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.