Babayaga | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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454 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Babayaga, our autumn seasonal beer, appears each year just as the winds begin to blow a little stronger and the nights bring Winter’s first frost. The beer is a 7% export-strength woodland stout. We found this beer in a cauldron in a tiny wooden cabin perched on chicken legs in the woods near the Volga River. The old lady inside, an ancient witch/wise-woman/baby-eater called Baba Yaga, let us try some. We liked it so much, she said we could brew it for all of you here back home, as long as we named it after her. And so we did! How could we not have: she’d have eaten us if we didn’t!

It took us a while to figure out the secrets to Baba Yaga’s recipe, but we think we’ve got it: We smoke some malt with rosemary, and we add a few other eerie embellishments that she’s making us keep hush-hush. We ferment with a mix of English and Belgian yeast strains. This beer should taste like Eastern European folklore, like woodland, streams, cold dark nights and woodsmoke. Enjoy it!

…And what’s over here? A poem about the eerie old woman and the beer she brought to us! Close your eyes, imagine yourself lost deep in the foggy thicket somewhere, and click the little linky below…

Added by m1ked on 11-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
454
pDev:
10.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark cola, light cream head with a faint cocoa

very rich. lots of ripe fruit, some dark roast coffee.

very rich in flavor, some cherry and rosemary. lots of charred roasted malt, and dark chocolate bitterness.

light and airy but a nice amount of bite in the carbonation.

decent, interesting to say the least.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 13oz tulip at Sunset Grill and Tap (Boston, MA).

A: Black with brown-ruby edges and short 1/2-finger cap of head that recedes to leave copious lacing.

S: Smoky dark maltiness carries the aroma with some grape and fig dark fruitiness that provides a roast component to the nose as well

T: Solid flavor but nothing too special with some caramelly and slightly fruity figgy dark maltiness. The smokiness in the nose carries forward in the flavor, subtle but enhancing, with some mildly herbal hops. Bitterness is mild-to-moderate.

M: Fairly highly carbonated with medium body. Alcohol character is low.

O: A pretty good but not great stout with a light smoky quality.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Babayaga opens to a coffee-and-cream aroma, tinged with touches of tobacco and ash, and bearing slight remnants of chocolate and black malt. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar add a sweet boost, joined by small whiffs of fig, vanilla, anise, black licorice, and white pepper. There’s also a thin thread of grapefruit and pine from the hops, though in no way does this interfere with the stout aromas. The nose is balanced heavily toward black notes, but is as a whole nicely balanced, with enough sugars present to make things palatable; this is definitely a novice-friendly stout. The nose does want for a bit more oomph, however, the low 7% ABV not coming across here as watery, but as simply meeker than expected, and the beer suffers somewhat from a lack of uniqueness.

On the tongue, the initial flavors are largely black coffee, tobacco, and ash, but these are joined quickly by a strong sugary rush of caramel, and brown sugar, and tinges of fig. Slight hints of black licorice and vanilla lurk in the background. Hops provide a surprisingly present grapefruit and lemon presence, lending a medium-strength citrus undertone. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer’s ashy characteristics move to full throttle, and the final flavors are largely black malt and charred grains, which last into the aftertaste and linger on the tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is an unexpectedly watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue like soda water.

Overall, this is a nice stout, and again one of the more novice-friendly ones on the market (as opposed to, say, an ash bomb), but suffers from a lack of pizzazz. The flavors here are nice, but light, and the watery mouthfeel doesn’t help. The fact that the beer’s latter notes are almost exclusively ash seems to point to a general dearth of sugars (thus the low ABV), and so while the initial flavors are good, they lack staying power.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It poured a nice, opaque black with a quarter inch and rich tan head.
Smell - It's what I expect of a stout: mint, roasted barley, char, and chocolate.
Taste - As you'd expect, it tastes as it smells: minty, roasted, charred, chocolatey, and malty.
Mouthfeel - As smooth and rich as any.
Overall - A great stout, there's not much more to say. It's probably a better cold weather beer. No, it's definitely better in cold weather.

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picked up locally. had this one on tap at a BCTC festival a while back and loved it...looks like i haven't gotten around to posting that review yet? none-the-less, just came to town and picked up bottle. enjoyed from my pretty things wine glass.

a - brew poured a pewter black with a finger plus of beige tan head that slowly fizzled away leaving a thick ring on the surface and lots of clustered bubbled islands.

s - as soon as it was opened i could smell the beer. irish stoutiness. upon closer inspection lots of roast and char with a hint of bailey's and mint. fairly charred.

t - tastes just like it smells...char and bailey's cream. very mint chocolate chip with a good amount of roast.

m - the body is a bit over charred. i know that this one is classified on this site as an american stout, but the bottle says sylvan stout and honestly this is pretty to style for an export stout (edit: checked pretty things web site and they list it as an export stout - submitting correction)

o - overall, spot on export stout. really nice irish flavorings and good amount of char. easy drinker and definitely one of the winners in the pretty things lineup.

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Babayaga from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 454 ratings
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