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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Domvan
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, 2010 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark, dark semi clear brown with a thin off white head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, raisins, plums, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Quite pleasant. No real alcohol on the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, can't believe how well the alcohol is hidden here. Not hot at all. Loads of caramel, vanilla, raisins, plums, sweet candy malts. The hops have mostly faded here, just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Super mellow and harmonious. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is super mellow, not boozy at all. Drinks more like 7% or so. Lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a super smooth barleywine. The age really really helped destroy the heat that was so prominent when it was fresh. Just lovely.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big chocolate and toffee aroma, with a hint of fruitiness.

On the sweet side, with underlying fruit notes of muted cherry and raisins. Toasted malt provides a healthy backbone. Very boozy, this should age well. The caramel sweetness overwhelms when it's young, and hopefully oxidation will bring out more complexity.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Durge
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeAndrews
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MandoMaster
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this on tap from my local gas station/craft beer shop (gotta love South Florida!). Didn't have much of a head left after pouring from a growler but the carbonation stayed with it fairly well throughout the tasting. I have to say, my first impression of it was not great: flat (due to growleritis), flavor complexity lacking (I read all the reviews and was not impressed), and the finish was all but unpleasant.


I had only one glass the first time I took it home. I left it in the fridge for a couple weeks and something miraculous happened. More body, complex flavors of vanilla, fruit, and a clean finish with a little alcohol to remind you you're drinking a barleywine.

If you come across this, let it sit for a little while. Or open a bomber, have a glass, contemplate eternity for a few weeks after you've stoppered the bottle, and return to find something quite flavorful.

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Photo of Tele
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish brown. The one-inch, light tan head lasts about a minute with good lacing.

S: 4.25 Smells rather sweet. Vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and raspberries make up the aroma first. Nice malty backbown with very light hops and a touch of smoke on the finish.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, nice malty sweetness up front with lots of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, toffee, and more berries. There’s also some esters present reminiscent of a dubbel or quad. The beer finishes with a minerally element and light bitterness.

M: 4.5 Really nice, rich mouthfeel and nearly perfect carbonation level. The bitterness leaves a bit too much dryness on the finish.

O: 4.25 Excellent example of an English barleywine. Lots of malty sweetness and all the complex flavors that come along with it. This beer reminds me a lot of Sucaba without the bourbon flavors.

Serving type: Bottle

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alohaneen
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: barleywine has a quite too murky look. Hoping it settles as it warms-up. The color is a deep hue of brown with reddish highlights. The head retention is low as to be expected for this style with a tan color.

Aroma- deep luscious chocolate aromas with sweet fruit esters. Very big almost cherry smell. Hop aroma is low to moderate-cannot tell hop aroma trying to get better at this. Malts are definitely the most prevalent aroma. There is a bit of a sherry-like quality as well.

Flavor-unlike any English Barleywine I have had. Not saying this is bad just quite different. First sip-has a very sweet syrupy like molasses with a more plum or dark cherries like fruitiness. There are some nice roasty notes faintly in one of the many layers, which there are quite a few. Another layer can taste a bread-like body. It all Fades into a nice subtle dryness. The chocolate finally appears at the back. Leaving a big taste and malt heavy tongue. Little to no hop flavor is present. The alcohol flavors are quite hidden and no heat is experienced.

Mouthfeel-full-bodied with a very silky luscious texture. A very low warming sensation is experienced, it tends to linger on the back end but is still very mild. Carbonation is moderate. This is not an aged bottle. Pretty fresh.

Overall- not exactly the style I am use to. But not saying it is bad. Just unique by using different malts or different amount of certain malts. I believe this beer could be aged due to the higher amount of carbonation and to settle down some attributes to the beer.

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

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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bomber in a Duinen snifter, this most excellent barley wine pours a hazy brown with a light off white head that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of plums, raisins, light chocolate,a light brandy aroma, strong alcohol, and brown sugar. Flavors are up front sweet and mildly coating with dark raisins and brown sugars to the fore, chocolate flavors mildly come in the back with a strong alcohol burn to the aftertaste. Great carbonation, great dark fruit flavors blending in merrily with brown sugar. An excellent example of an English barley wine with decent carbonation that gives it a slick yet effervescent finish. Very nice.


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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Table & Vine in West Springfield. Thick black-brown appearance with some hints of red in the light. Thick head when poured, but it dissipated eventually leaving some nice lacing on the sides. Aromas are very sweet with distinct flavors of malts, dried fruit like raisins, nuts, toffee, and alcohol. The drink definitely had a sugary-fruit taste mixed with toffee leading to a bittersweet drink with a sharp bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a good carbonation and helps to give the drink a crisp, creamy feel. Overall, a fantastic drink.

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Our Finest Regards from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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