February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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February 27th, 1832 Mild AleFebruary 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jamie2dope on 03-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of marchnlv
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of drumenigma
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bottle a friend had the other day. Overall this was an excellent beer. Don't be fooled by a name like mild ale as this beer weighs in at 10.5%. The smell was excellent with good hop notes and an overall balance. It was very drinkable despite the somewhat high abv. They did a really good job with this beer.

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Photo of batty
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: slightly hazy dark caramel, tinging toward brown, with a brighter than expected medium-dense head, sticking around minimally, but keeping decent lacing and a little foam for the session. Not incredible, but considering the 10% alc, pretty great.

S: a little barley-wine-esque, caramel-y malts and alcohol, and yeast makes a pretty good presence known as well - banana and a touch of apple, minimal hop presence.

T: a bit hard to describe along normal style patterns, but extremely pleasant. maybe a cross between an amped-up mild and a light barleywine. great balance. thick dark fruitness up front, strong caramel malt making it's presence known while still somehow seeming light. middle-end starts the hop presence, and adds great flavor without too much bitterness - bitterness perfectly balances the strong rich malt backbone and high alcohol, blending smooth the ending, mixing with the richness and creating a unique blend..

M: very smooth, rich, thick,

D: the price makes me want to drop the score on this, but I'm already planning on buying another one. and debating how I could homebrew a clone. overall very impressed, cool concept and very well pulled off.

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Photo of ynnpar
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to get one of the bottles of this that magically appeared at Bierkraft the other evening. Thanks again, guys.

Pours a really nice looking rusty red brown. Smell and taste are just right -- a bit of sweet, no heat even though this is 10.5% ABV. Goes down maybe just a bit too thick for my tastes, but still very very easy to go through a bottle of this on your own. A really great ale. Try it if you see it. First in what I hope will be a very exciting series of brews from these guys.

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Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown with lots of ruby tones mixed in throughout. A nice sized two finger head of light tan came up through the top and settled down quickly, leaving behind a nice film across the top and a good amount of side glass lace. The aroma was rich, candy sweet and mixed with a touch of alcohol. Light bready aroma lying underneath gave way to a very pronounced candied sugar like malt in the middle. Some light touches of fruit, but this was a caramel malt driven monster. Hints of alcohol in the finish, but a really nice medium body that was more then adequately carbonated was the real treat here. A very nice evening sipper

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Photo of taylojt
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For a beer with such high specification numbers, it is surprisingly easy to drink. The hops show bittersweet on the nose as part of a huge bouquet, with notes of peach and grapefruit, malt and earth. The palette is that of a thick pale ale or dry barley wine. The hops dry the tongue with minerality while the sugar coats the rest of the mouth, stewing the fruit found in the nose. The finish is long with a sticky burnt orange and mushroom-like quality. Thick and chewy, this beer would compliment meat dishes beautifully.

and am i really only the third person to taste this beer?

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It pours a very peachy hue of copper; there is very scant white froth atop. On the second pour, there is a thick foamy head that collapses slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

S - Big flowery-fruity nose, with lots of sweet bready notes and a little spiciness. Something about this reminds me of De Dolle beers.

T - The flavor is full of big breadiness with strong floral notes, but it is very hard to describe in further detail. It seems to have some buttery, honey-ish, toffee-ish and slightly peat-y notes. Spicy, herbal and floral hop lingers on the finish, producing notes of orange-blossom. The alcohol is very well-hidden, given the ABV, and is apparent only as a flavor enhancer. Another winner for Pretty Things.

M - On the lighter side of full-bodied, it is softly carbonated and very enhancing.

D - The alcohol is so well buried in this one, it is astonishing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery with a short cap of beige bubbles. The head faded after 10 minutes or so, but continued to leave sheets of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Nice aroma, bready and malty along with dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, baked apples, cinnamon, faint citrus. Solid bitterness was balanced with plenty of bready malts, oranges, mild alcohol, light toffee and figs. It finished with a little citrus and bread, alcohol warmth that seemed to contribute to mild dryness. Full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Great balance and surprisingly easy drinking considering the 10.5%. This is a really cool beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys make some pretty good bveer. In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a thick tan head and a bit of lacing. A musty aroma that was sour . Caramel, floral also. Taste was sour/funky, pine. Some noticeable alcohol, but not unpleasant. Somewhat on the warm side, but a great beer.

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Photo of thepeter
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-nothing special, but decent hazy copper with finger worth of head.

s-very nice, complex and a whole lot going on. Sweet zest of a clemintine, bit of spice and well hopped

T-much like the smell, but even more intence lot's of flavor. Malt, citrus zesty, peppery spice, a touch of wood and a very nice dry finish.

M&D- much more delicate than I would have imagined. A bit too carbonated at first but it settled down after a bit. Very drinkable especially for the alc% of this one. I was very impressed there.

Overall a very good beer from a great brewer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is fruit, spice and malt. Flavor is sweet, spicy, hints of apple with a good hoppy backbone. Nice mild ale. High ABV is hidden. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
The color is a leathery, hazy copper with a thin beige head and loads of web lacing.
A strong aroma of caramelized sugar and barley malt are dominant. A sharp breath of citrusy and floral hops spring forth. A mild rummy fuminess fades in and out.
Tastes are simply, yet wide-ranging. This is an amazingly balance brew. The sweet buttery malt, edgy citrus and metallic hop and floral flavors blend very well with a strong Grand Marnier/Triple Sec alcoholic kick. Subtle flavors of tart orange zest and doughy bread come to mind.
We love to see and taste the results of Dann Paquette's projects. Quite the brewer!

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Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy tawny orange body. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Very good lacing. Nose features some big toffee and caramel malts. Light vanilla, oak, and brandy notes as well. Just a hint of vegetal, woody hops as well.

Taste starts off with a slightly smoky, flinty taste. Some toasted grain as well. Big rummy, toffee-rich malt follows. Mild herbal twang in the background provides a touch of balance. Oaky, vanilla accents. Boozy fruit flavors fill up the palate before a woody, malty, warming finish. Full-bodied, with a creamy, soft feel. A very nice sipper.

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Photo of BelgianPrincess
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that dissipates into light lacing within a minute or so.

Smell is of deep malts (Damn, I'm a bit congested right now). I can definitely tell that there isn't much spicing or hoppy-aroma going on.

I'm realizing that this tasting is a total fail because my nose just isn't with it, so I'll be general and only say what I know:

Malty in character, lager-ish, this brew is not too sweet, certainly English-tasting, and incredibly drinkable for it's abv... very and actually surprisingly so. Drinks like its 7%.

Very English, and so not my thing, but I could see loving this under different predilections.

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Photo of silentjay
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure at all what to expect from this one.

bottle departs from Pretty Things' normal cartoonish style to look like an old newspaper article. Fits well with the direction the beer is aiming to go.

pours like an amber. a reddish-copper with small head that sticks around for a while. lots of rising bubbles keep the head in tact.

Smell is rather strong, lots of caramel malt and english herbal hops. definitely doesn't smell like an amber, but rather a malty bitter. Tons of caramel.

Taste is herbal hops upfront with much more caramel as wel as some butterscotch coming through on the tongue. a bit of spiciness on the back end with more caramel lingering on the tongue. a bit of alcohol harshness.

Mouthfeel is huge. carbonation is plenty, but not overdone. each little sip feels like a mouthful and there is a syrupy feel left on the tongue.

Drinkability is good, but hindered a bit by the alcohol harshness. It does warm the gullet, but this one will last me an hour to finish. Not that I don't enjoy it, but the caramel can be a bit sticky sweet, and the alcohol burn keeps the sips small.

Hoppier in the aroma than the taste, lots of caramel in this one. A bit pricey compared to Pretty Things' other options, but since its a beer/style I havent visited before, It is worth it to experience once, and I wouldn't rule out buying it again. The perfect beer when you want to have one over the course of a slow, rainy night such as this.

Edit: as it warms it develops a strong barleywine feel to it.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of squaremile
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at a recent BA tasting event. I have not had a ton of milds yet but I am really starting to enjoy them. Pours a cloudy orange with notes of honey, citrus, and funk on the nose. Taste is more of the same adding lemon zest. Mouthfeel is very light with a pretty dry finish and a tiny alcohol bite. Very pleasant and refreshing, and very dangerous at 10.5%

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jlindros.

Pours a semi-dark amber color with a small white head.

Scent of sweet fruity malts, spicy yeast, bitter citrusy hops, and some sugars. Very pleasant and quite strong with nicely hidden alcohol.

Taste of sweet fruit, bready malts, and sweet, juicy hops. A fairly simple taste and a bit too sweet, but still a damn good beer with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a biting, refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time, and someone I traded it to even tried it before me. Anyways, here it is finally.

A: Poured into my White Birch tulip glass with a huge 3+ finger head (aggressive pour) that is frothy and bubbly and fades at a decent rate. It's a pretty clear copper orange reddish color. The head leaves a slight lacing on the sides as it fades.

N: Lots of sweet malts and fruits at first. A nice malty aroma with some sugar, maybe candi sugar, maple syrup, and nice sweet aromas, with some lighter but heavier malts. A hint of boozy sweetness with that. Some medium dark fruits grace the aroma as well, perhaps some raisin and maybe even apricot. A nice hint of a hoppy bitterness with a slight earthy but subtle hop character. I'm starting to get an alt-beer feeling on the nose.

T: Hmmm, lots of strange flavors. Reminds me somewhat of an alt beer with the heaviness and bitterness together, as well as strange fruit flavors. First is the malty sweetness and syrupy flavors. Some maple, some sugar, some lighter but heavy malts, all blend for a sweetness and definite boozy taste. WIth that comes more fruit, perhaps dates and figs or raisins very slightly, slight juicy and medium dark fruit. A slight chewy nougat like flavor too. A bitterness, that seems to come from lighter European hops, which is what gives me that alt-beer like feel, but it is definitely no stranger to the flavor. A slight creaminess to go along with the nice bitterness.

M: Heavier body with syrupy incantations even. lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet with lingering candi sugar and some other sweetening syrups, but still somehow dries a bit. A bitterness with some earthy feel to it fills out the finish. Some lingering fruit. The finish doesn't vary much from the original taste.

This is a pretty nice beer, not as hyped as I was expecting, but very nice nonetheless. I build up for beers like this too much sometimes. It reminds me of an old ale blended with an alt, which is somewhat what it seems to be. A little heavy and boozy, with nice mingling flavors. I would love to actually age this one, despite it being a "mild".

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hop note, slight citrus, spicy. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, hoppy, picking up some citrus notes, and some spice/pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, way better than a Ridgeway ESA, lol Not as hoppy as the label sez though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows I have a bottle of this sweet beer. A relatively plain label from Pretty Things, a brewery whose labels typically run exotic. The bottle description: "On Feb 27th 1832, a brewer stepped into the Black Eagle brewhouse, Brick Lane, London, and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. A mild ale at 10% alcohol, with more hops than most modern American India Pale Ales. This beer is brewed with mild ale malt and Kent Golding leaf hops."

The beer pours a bright orange color, a little haze, with a nice thick and wet white foam that laces all over the glass. The aroma wasn't like any mild ale I've ever tried, this is all old ale to me. It smells sugary sweet and malty, I cannot smell the hops described on the label.

The taste is just as sweet as expected, not cloyingly sweet but pretty damn sweet anyway. A little burn in the aftertaste confirms the ABV, and the thick body speaks to the size of the malt bill. Just a little bitter in the back end, I guess that's where the hops show up. Really interesting, this is tasty but hard to peg style-wise. I like it a lot, but a little goes a long way what with the alcohol content. Another winner from Pretty Things.

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Photo of BenZ
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Nice off-white head, golden to slightly copper, not crystal clear.

Aroma is awesome: fruity and floral but deep at the same time. Maybe some alcohol hits the nose as it warms.

Upon tasting, the first thing I noticed was the sweetness and I was afraid it would be a cloying mess. It isn't. The hop bitterness and alcohol balance it well. I'm glad I'm not aging this.

Nice silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY (woohoo- I got the last bottle they had) $11.99. An English ale from Pretty Things with a historical twist...hmmm interesting. Pours a ruddy/cloudy darker amber, minor light tan head, quickly going to a skimpy collar with minor lacing. Caramel, malty, alcohol nose. Large brew, more caramel, alcohol lime notes. Bready malt notes, alcohol kicking, smooth with some biting hops towards the rear. After initially being a bit fizzy, this one mellows and warms in the glass, turning into a high quality and tasty sipper. Well done, and worth seeking out, not sure how much more of this nectar there is around..

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February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
3.97 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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