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

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

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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 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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Photo of EtOHMD
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a deep wine glass at eastern standard. Clear copper color. Sweet smell - caramel toffee malty burnt sugar . Taste follows and is very nice. Alcohol well hidden but still present. Agree with the barley wine comparison at least for the aftertaste. Pretty smooth and crisp. Would go for 1 or 2 but not more.

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Photo of muttyd
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass. Almost $11 for the bomber, so my expectations were rather high.

A - Deep amber / red color with a thick bubbly head that settles to a thin ring.

S - Lots of spice and burnt sugar. Slight alcohol aroma. Little to no hops.

T - Loads of caramel malt sweetness. Also notes of butterscotch. Spicy, but little hop presence. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Medium body and bubbly on the tongue. Long alcoholic/sweet finish.

D - Not sure if I could drink more than one of these, and at $11/bottle, it gets expensive!

Overall, this was a solid brew. Not too familiar with the style, but it does remind me of a barley wine (which I am rather fond of). Would definitely buy again.

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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 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 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 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 jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Winchester Wine and Spirits, there is a plug for you guys. I unfortunately missed the release of this at Deep Ellum, but now it is here, so lets go. The idea of an imperial mild sounded sort of backwards to me, but apparently way back in 1832 mild was more of a way of saying that the beer in question was sold fresh as opposed to aged. Color is amber, with not a whole lot of heading. The nose is a wonderful mix of nougat, caramel, hops and butterscotch. Flavors that jump out at me include honey, toffee, more butterscotch, baked bread, and some toasted tastes. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not viscous or chewy. The alcohol can be tasted and felt for sure, but it does not impair drinkability at all as far as I am concerned. This is definitely one to sip and savor. It is really cool to see a brewery like Pretty Things making a beer like this that tips it's hat to English styles, which I feel have been sort of swept under the rug recently. Age could give this beer some really interesting qualities. It gets my stamp of approval.

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