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 selecter70
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eagerly awaited, I jumped at 1st sight to grab this from the shelf at Formaggio's, anticipating their take on a 'lost' English ale. While billed as a 'mild ale' this recipe is far from expectation, as it is actually a strong 10.5 ale with the mildness referring to the malt type used to balance the heavy hop use; another unexpected quality. The pour was a golden orangey brown that settled with a light tan 1 finger head and some decent lace. The aroma was a sweet and sour fruit with musty and malty bread qualities. The flavor likewise was sweet and sour with a whole lotta hops as well as biscuity malts all playing around for dominance. Tart plum, raspberry & strawberry as well as honey co-existed with the sour and hops. A bit tacky with some nice chewiness and creaminess, this remains medium bodied with some alcohol to warm the mouth, but not too much to overwhelm or distract. A delicious desert ale that worked quite well with the Austrian cheese we had after dinner.

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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 ShadesOfGray
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from Capones in Norristown, PA. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip. Pours a very light and clear amber color, but results in a slightly darker amber and hazy. Head is about a finger or 2 and is an off-white to tan color, and very creamy! Pretty good head retention and leaves quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is great! Kind of reminds me of Pez! There's some fruit and malts noticable. The booze is not hidden, you can really smell pretty decent amount of booze.

Surprising flavor, versus the appearance! Wonderful flavor, very fruity, spicey, and malty. Can't put my finger on the type of yeast, but it's unique. Pretty things continues to make very good beers. When you burp, the aftertaste is even better(haha)! The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Once Upon A Time - 2/27/1832".

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with lasting legs and slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity.

Taste starts syrupy, balances with bitter promptly, then fruity for a moment, and back to a more lasting bitterness. Warmth lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and soft over the tongue, albeit a bit biting at the close, with commensurate drinkability for the style. Seems a bit hoppy for an English Strong, but as the label says, this one can confound the styles. Interesting and worth your time.

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous orange with a thick white head that disappears leaving only a little lacing. The smell is caramel, fig, whole grain bread. The taste is toffee, dried apricots, fresh figs, couscous, pork fat. It's quite thick, mildly carbonated. Definitely one to split, but I wish I had another to sample.

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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 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 bum732
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange, nice bubbly head with decent retention. Smells of strong toffee, lots of fruity esters, mostly cherries, rasberries, general citrus, biscuity, floral and a touch of grassiness. Tastes of toffee and caramel malt with a nice rich cocoa backbone. Fairly strong fruit notes, melon and rasberries. A nice floral and fruity bitterness leads to some dark fruits and maybe a touch of oak. Bitterness fairly moderate with alcohol slightly noticeable.

A nice beer, very unique, very English. Lots of fruity esters, more than i've ever tasted in a beer. The toffee works great with the hops. A big beer and definitely a sipper. Great work by a great brewery.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a deep ruddy amber orange. its got a bit of a white head that fades to a thick ring pretty quickly with some lace clinging to thewalls of the glass.
the aroma is sweet and soft, mostly you find toasted caramel and toffee. it's a bit two faced however, one minute the emphasis on the toasted aspect, the other it's more of a syrupy sweet. there are whispers of hoppiness, sort of an herbal, flowery, powdery hoppiness... but you don't get much.
the flavor is like a double english bitter, crossed with an old ale. it's got a huge rich malty aspect with that certain biscuity toffee quality that you always find in english ales. the caramel is also pervasive. there is a barleywine like fruitiness going on behind the malts as well, raspberry and strawberry mostly. thre fruit transisitions into the hops, which are a little hard to distinguish with all the maltiness going on, but are still present, with a some nice herbal qualities right at the finish. there is also a moderate bitterness. a beefy amount of hops must have been used to achieve this with all the sweetness going on. there are some sweet tea-like qualities in the aftertaste. it's very sweet, but somehow falls shy of cloying and overdone. the alochol is present, but pretty well masked in my opinion.
the mouthfeel is full and chewy. the carbonation is pretty low, but suits the beer well. soft and supple.
the drinkablity is a hard one to peg. it's very sweet and high in alcohol, but is also highly flavorful, great tasting, and maintains a unique balance. 3.5 seems to be the way to go. to sum up, think ESB, barleywine, and old ale rolled into one. an interesting concept, with excellent execution.

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Photo of harsley
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was a good beer but not to have that often, for me anyway. It was very high alcohol tasting since it was so young. It had a very nice malt presence with some toasty/bready components to it, and definitely some English hops were at the party. It was very unique, and I must say, unlike anything I can think of that I've tried before. I enjoyed my glass but I was wishing I had someone to share the bottle with as one glass was about enough for me. Glad I tried it. Although it would go against the whole point of this beer, I think it would be fantastic with a little age.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours clear, dark copper with a quarter inch head of dense off-white.
Good retention throughout the glass with moderate lacing.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, leafy hops, and caramel drizzeled butterscotch.

On the full side of medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Caramel-laced malt, brown sugar, and earthy hop resin start the palate. Sugar-dusted brown bread bits with a bite of bitterness.

Finishes with lingering brown sugar, butterscotch, and warming alcohol.

Very Old-aleish with a heavy hand of hops.
A bit too sweet for my tastes, and the butterscotch detracts, but the "Once upon a time" concept from Dan is quite intriguing.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly cloudy amber. Huge eggshell head that is quickly disapearing.

S-Alcohol. Sweet honey. A bit of pear. Hops seem to be buried underneath the alcohol.

T-Interesting. First really sweet, roses and honey. Then the hop bitterness hits you (pretty firm) and then earthy hop flavor takes over. Almost spicy hop flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Slightly hot but for how big it is, it's ok. medium carbonation.

D-Interesting beer. Like an English barleywine with english hops but thrown in like it was an american barleywine. Much more hop flavor than other english barleywines i've had, and I like this.

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Photo of mikey711
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Shogokawada for this serious want of mine!

A: Nice orange color with a mild bit of carbonation that comes up from the bottom of the glass. A decent amount of head forms, half inch thick, with very nice lacing webs that remain. The head retention was decent

S: First note is definitely fusol alcohol followed by some clean herbal hoppiness. Plenty of sweetness but overally it didnt seem that aromatic

T: A slightly syrupy caramel taste to start that was quite cloying, I was also disappointed that the hops didnt come through a little bit more and were overwhlmed by the sweetness. There is also a slightly astringent quality to it

M: Decent amount of body, but again it has a syrupy quality to it

D: I wish i had someone to share this bottle with

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a translucent orange-gold/amber (nice color) with a quarter inch off-white cap that quickly disperses into a bull's-eye dollop and a thin bubbly band around the edges. Nose consists of caramel malt, some booze, a little sugary and maybe some citrus esters. Taste consistent with nose, but definitely a little hops in the mix that cuts the sweet malty goodness nicely. There is something of a residual aftertaste, a little bitter/medicinal/skunky (last bit reminds me of that Heineken aftertaste). Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even and level carbonation from start to finish and a slightly oily consistency. Decent brew - well-hidden abv, not much complexity, but I dig the story behind the beer and would like to see more historical reenactments of this nature.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

got the last 2 22oz bottles @ Yankee's. A rather bland label compared to most of the other Pretty Things beers. 22oz into Portsmouth tulip.

A- Caramel, nice deep color, creamy white head that does some pretty thick lacing. Head fizzes out but lacing remains.. for 10.5% it's pretty darn impressive.

S- Hops- floral (subdued) and a bit piny.. grassy notes come through strong and a sweeping rush of alcohol and malt sweetness. Powerful.

T- Rich malt, not too sweet though. A wave of alcohol that was in the nose doesn't shy away in the taste. Hop bitterness is here but most of the hop flavors are not. Grassy hops are noted.

M- Alcohol is here, no hiding that. Still, great carbonation, nice prickly feeling on the tongue.

D- Moderate. I'd buy more if I could, glad I got to try this. Not my favorite pretty things by a long shot, but a really interesting beer with a cool story to tie it all together. I'd reccomend this one if you have access to it.

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