1955 Double Brown | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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1955 Double Brown1955 Double Brown

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle with an bottling date of Feb 2014. Sampled on June 2, 2014.

The pour is an unfiltered darker brown color with a softy, silky beige head up top that stays around.

The aroma is typical of a good brown ale with a definite sweet and nutty malty character and a clean , crisp slightly earthy hop note.

Medium body.

The taste has big and bold nutty maltiness with a mildly bitter lingering finish. A tasty brown ale that is true to the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a golden dark-ish brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like nutty brown malts, chocolate, roasted malt, and toasted bread.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had. It's not really sweet at all, and focuses more on the toasty and roasty aspects of malt flavor, rather than the sweet caramelly malt flavor you usually get in a brown ale. There is some caramel, but it tastes toasty and unsweetened, along with toasted grainy bread flavor, hazelnuts, toffee, some bitter chocolate, leafy herbal hops, and lightly roasted malt. There's a lot of cool stuff going on here.

This is medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a bready, crisp mouthfeel.

This is exemplary, and shows that a traditional brown ale can still be very interesting.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled In: FEB 2014

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a fingers worth of creamy head that fades down to a thick cap that leaves great lacing

S: Rich toasty malts, some nuttiness, a light caramel sweetness, and some grassy and earthy hops all stand out

S: Follows the nose. Starts off with some toasty malts, a light sweetness, some nutty and woody notes, as well as the earthy hops. Unfolds slowly, eventually finishing with more toastiness and a very light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with soft, moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: A very good example of an English brown, with plenty of flavor and great drinkability. Pretty Things definitely nailed this with the help of Ron Pattinson, who knows his stuff. Definitely worth picking up

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4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February of 2014 so 1-2 months old.

A: Pours a nice medium brown with a very tall and frothy light light brown head. Great head retention and heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Nutty with a fair amount of toasted bread. Pretty subtle (this is only 5.1% after all).

T: Flavor is much bolder than the aroma. Surprisingly bold in fact. Strong nuttiness, almost over the top. Toasted malt throughout, giving it a toasted bread and pretzel-like flavor. Get some strong bitterness, this one is surprisingly hoppy. Kind of a piney and herbal bitterness I think? Primarily in the finish and aftertaste. Lingering pretzels and piney bitterness between sips.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Fairly bitter and drying in the finish.

O: Very interesting and tasty brown. The aroma had me guessing but the taste caught me by surprise. Strong flavors, one of the most flavorful 5% beers I've had. Surprisingly hoppy too. Not a up-front west coast style IPA hoppiness, it kicks in much later and melds much better as well. Really nice in general, Pretty Things rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark albeit completely see through brown with a creamy head that doesn't seem to weaken at all throughout drinking. Maybe my senses are off but there's not much there on the nose for me except maybe a bit of malty brown sugar sweetness. As for taste on the other hand, there's a lot going on here, starts nutty with a brown sugar sweetness and roasted malt background and rolls into and ends with lingering piney hop bitterness. Extremely drinkable, smooth yet crisp mouthfeel... Reminds me a bit of Smuttynose Durty for comparison.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with fantastic lacing, thick foamy head that held extremely well and finally faded into a thick collar and lots of wisps when swirled. Aroma is earthy brown sugar, a little woody and nutty. Taste is bitter chocolate, molasses, and earthy hops. Full, rich mouthfeel, a bit silty. Low carbonation despite that huge head.

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4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is dark brown with a red hue
Caramel sweetness and chocolate are in the smell, some darker fruit smell
Taste is darkly fruits and caramel that's not too sweet and then clicks to a bitter finish, good bitterness. Some earthy hop feel is there
Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation to carry style with nice spice, dry close
Overall a good brown ale

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1955 Double Brown from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 73 ratings