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Our Finest Regards | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
555
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
133
Trade:
4
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Photo of cduffy201
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aged 1 year. One of the best English barleywine since ever had. Rich dark sweet breads and amazing sweet ripe stone fruits. Mouthfeel is perfect for style. Just amazing.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

PRETTY THINGS OUR FINEST REGARDS BARLEYWINE 1/10/16

Bottled Nov. 2015. Could let this age, but never had it before. This may be the only bottle I can ever get since the brewers are leaving the business.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick

a: Translucent copper/ruby with a two inch thick tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and dark ripe fruit

t: Follows the nose but with the emphasis more on the ripe dark fruit and a moderate attention-getting bitterness which does not linger long on the sweet finish. later the malt becomes more prominent.

m: Full, great body and good carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptional winter warmer. Finest regards received. Amazingly easy drinking for such a full-bodied high ABV brew. A shame this couple has decided to move on to other enterprises.

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Photo of JAck199
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant nose. Hint os sweetness as you would expect in a Barley wine beer. The beer has a hint of sweetness, run, malt and is a pleasant finish. No harshness just nice drinking beer. Just wish I could get more. Produced 11/2015.

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Photo of moodnoodle
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masters
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOSHRINARD
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Pretty Things

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Photo of dataylor21
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Acubflem
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty brew, I think a little more like an imperial porter or tastes like a blend of different dark beers. Love the carbonation and mouthfeel. Tons of roast chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty quad like as well.

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Photo of rderedin
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of Budinetz
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a chalice. Bottled in October 2014 (one year cellared).

Pours a deep ruby color with a white foamy head that dissipates moderately.

Smells of rich caramel, sweet malt, aged figs, dried cranberry.

Tastes of rich malt, dates, rich caramel, toasted raisins.

Mouthfeel is slick on the tongue with a rich body and a slight prickle from the carbonation.

Overall an awesome barley wine. Definitely one to get your hands on!

Cheers!

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

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

Photo of aubzachsyd
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nordbier
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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