Our Finest Regards | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Pretty Things to you this winter season: “Our Finest Regards”. Four years into our project and we’re grateful and amazed that so many people love and support great beer these days. The fact that we’re still here is a credit to you all.

But for the question of primary importance: What is the beer? Well, it’s our Pretty Things barleywine. Inspired by malted barley, a tribute to the barleycorn. Yes, it’s simple, but that’s what barleywines are all about. Ever since brewing in England, Dann has dreamed of making a barley-focused beer using the malts of Yorkshire (and never hesitates to plug his favorite: Thomas Fawcett & Sons). The American version of a barleywine is normally a sad beer indeed, lots of hops and alcohol but the star of the show is left scratching his chin in the eaves of the theatre. This is not one of those beers. The English invented this style and they’re the only ones who know how to make one, save the rare American brewer.

Give barley a chance and this mysterious little grain can do grand things!
To get the density of sugars needed for this sort of beer, we employed “double mashing”. The brewhouse that we work on can only get to maybe 18 plato for a single running of wort: but we wanted 27 plato! So we combined two brews by running wort into the kettle and then using it to mash in the second batch. We don’t take credit for this idea. We’re certain it has been done many, many times before. But it wasn’t until Will Meyers (the great Cantabridgian Cervecero) brought this method to our attention that we realized we could brew a barleywine of proper gravity… (he never told us that he hadn’t actually performed this sort of brewing before!). Anyway, it works!!
Expect an aroma of juicy sultanas, wet wood, green apple, malted milk balls, marzipan and alcohol deliciousness. It’s got a medium body and is a little more spritsy than we’re sure the Brits would like. Serve over 50 degrees fahrenheit in a stemmed glass.

Very suitable to drink this year or next, or even the winter after that!

Added by jamie2dope on 12-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by KingHenry:
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4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't claim to be an expert reviewer but just had to support what Pretty Things did with one.

Had on tap at Track 84, RI.

One of the best barleywines I have ever had. Very well balanced, you would never guess this one comes in at 13.5%. Very nice mouth feel and extremely smooth. If you still see any of this around I would def reccommend snagging as many as you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby color with a nice frothy head that retains very well. Great lacing. Not usually something you see from such a high ABV beer in my experiences. Aroma is of cherries, bubble gum, laffy taffy, apples, smells like candy...raisins, tons of character and very inviting, with a touch of alcohol presence. Taste if of sweet malts, taffy, cherries, vanilla extract, figs, not very hoppy at all....dont look for balance here. Gets a little cloying after half the bomber is gone. This is definitely a beer with a high potential for aging.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, vintage date on the next label.

LOOK: Hazed tawny amber.

SMELL: Taffy, caramel, toasted pecans, ripe pear, golden raisins, leafy, herbal tea, yeast, candied orange, alcohol.

TASTE: Toasted malt, big warming alcohol, nougat, ripe exotic fruit, figgy, yeast, nutty.

Super tasty, well balanced and a sipper clearly from its size. A massive beer that opens up a little bit more with every sip.

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Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat to enjoy via a growler (32 ouncer) filled at Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY (what a cool little place BTW)

Pours dark honey amber, near clear, under a truly impressive (especially for a 13.5% beer) medium khaki head. Its tightly knit, stays on and on...and on...and.. leaves gobs of thick sheeting and clouds of lace. Nice look to this one.

Nose is the expected waft of malty goodness, not much else.

Large, smooth, somewhat sweet and mostly tasty brew. Layers and waves of honey sweet malts, some vanilla...Alcohol surely present... notes of lime, mouthwash, candied fruits, candy, peppermint.

Heady stuff, righteous night capper....way to go large Pretty Things....gaining major respect for the stones shown on this undertaking..

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one on my travels back to MA.
Pours a cherry amber color with a thin layer of off-white head. Minimal lacing as this one is swirled around a standard snifter.
Digging the aroma. Dried fruits (cherries mainly) invade the nostrils....the alcohol is there, but what do you expect for 13 plus percent abv.
Flavor is lovely. The same fruity quality is making its way to the taste after the first swig. Much more mellow that I was anticipating with the malty backbone keeping things true to style with this English Barleywine.
Love the mouthfeel. Low carbonation, but by no means flat. Clean in the finish. A sipper for sure, but draining a bomber solo with an hour to kill is not a problem.
Probably my second favorite PT beer, after their Mild.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, brown in color

Smell: toasted malt and cinnamon

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon,fig, bread, and caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet and spicy

Drinkability: A tasty barleywine that really hides the abv. I do want this sipper again. The spices are present but not overly done.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt with some toffee mixed in. I don't really get any hop or alcohol notes in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar, alcohol, molasses and toffee. The alcohol is definitely present but is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jondeelee
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Our Finest Regards opens to a rich, warm, malty aroma, full of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, coffee grounds, and an excellent set of fruit esters (fig, date, plum, prune), with molasses, brown sugar, vanilla bean, caramel, and touches of tobacco and ash adding further earthiness and smoke. Hops add a rim of pine resin and very light grapefruit rind. A thick layer of rich brown bread, toast crust, and biscuit brings more complexity. As a whole, the nose is excellent, and even more so because it smells far more like a good porter or stout than a Barleywine. There are obviously a lot of sugars in here, but they tend toward the darker fruits and molasses-type sugars, and it’s fairly easy to compare the aromas here to a cup of rich, creamy gourmet hot chocolate, into which a hint of espresso and a dash of Bailey’s, or perhaps bourbon has been stirred.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sweet, smoky, ashy, and incredibly complex flavor. Tobacco, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and ash mix with dates, plums, figs, and prunes, the sweetness bolstered by brown sugar, caramel, vanilla bean, and light molasses. The balance between sweet chocolate and tobacco ash is excellent, the notes presenting fabulous interplay and complexity. In subsequent sips some of this complexity is lost, but a good bit does remain, joined by a larger sense of hops, which bring pine resin and grapefruit rind. Rich brown breads, toast crust, and biscuit underlie everything. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sweet chocolate and tobacco ash notes, lingering on the tongue for a good while. The alcohol is most noticeable here in the aftertaste, as alcoholic vapors creep up the nose. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the finest Barleywines I’ve had the pleasure to try, and a welcome break from many of its peers, which come across as overly sweet and alcoholic. Here, the sweetness is tempered wonderfully by bitterness and ash, and the high 13.5% ABV goes largely unnoticed in taste, making itself known mainly in the aftertaste, as well as in a continuous burning on the tongue and soft palate. Fantastic brew; would drink this regularly.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark brown in color, though a clear, dark orange at the edges with a moderately sized light khaki head that sticks around for a while. This leaves messy spiderwebs of lace all the way down the glass. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

Complex, interesting, and divine aroma of caramel, maple syrup, plum, and chocolate. Excellent.

The flavor is similarly good to the aroma, with lots of decadent caramel and maple syrup flavors, some dark fruits, moderate bitterness, a little bit of candy bar, and some earth and wood. Balanced, drinkable, delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I thought this was fantastic. I'd like to buy a couple more of these: have another fresh and another a few years down the road.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet caramel malts with hints of nuttiness and dark fruits - plums with small amounts of figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit sweeter. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of toastiness. Midway through the sip solid amounts of medium and dark fruits - plums mostly with hints of figs and green apples - work their way into things. Slight amounts of molasses come into play near the end of the sip before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a nice beer for the style that managed to not overdo it on the sweetness. Nice, balanced, and well worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jmu500 for the great extra.

22oz. Brown bottle poured into a Russian River tulip.

A: Pours a lightish brown with copper hues. Decent head on the pour with some retention and little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with plenty of dark fruits. Much more of the fruit from the big yeasty esters. Some hop aroma to balance... Almost seems like American hops with the fruits going around.

T/M: Dark fruits are still big with plenty of the caramel and toffee with a touch of molasses. Some hop bitterness and flavor to balance a touch. Alcohol is pleasant and soothing, though I'd never guess 13.5. Carbonation is mild and body is medium full to full.

D: Pretty damn tasty beer. One of the few pretty things beers that I've had but another tasty one.

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