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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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Nov. 2011 bottle, I think from my first trade with valdieu2 a while back. Thanks!

A: Pours a woody amber with some ruby hues. Small off-white head.

S: Heavy vinous and dark fruit notes - grape, cooked prune, light caramel, slight solvent character underneath.

T: Notes of crushed grapes, drying alcohol, slightly sweet bready malt, candied plum, slight brown sugar, banana, slight floral bitterness. The booze makes its presence known without overpowering the beer.

M: Thick-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: This is a powerful and smooth barleywine, and damn delicious. I shudder to think what a solid 8-12 months in a bourbon barrel could do to this thing.

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Bottled November 2011

Pours a dark murky brown/rust color, not much of the tan colored head or lacing though, few chunkies floating around on the first pour.

Smell starts out with a huge toffee caramel aroma, strong malt presence, hops are absent but not surprised for an English style, no hint of alcohol on the nose which is surprising considering the strength.

Taste has a great caramel toffee malt flavor, picking up some interesting notes like banana in the aftertaste which is odd but not necessarily bad, I find it hard to believe this to be stronger than even 8% since the alcohol is so well hidden, great body with soft yet active carbonation.

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Bottled Nov 2011; almost a year old.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a large and dense tan head. Fades slowly leaving an almost continuous wall of lacing.

S: Sweet. Brown sugar and caramel primarily. Touch of toffee and molasses and vanilla in there too. I swear I even get a little maple syrup even though I'm fairly certain there's none in here.

T: Super sweet and rich. Loaded with caramel, brown sugar, toffee and some molasses. Ends with a little earthy bitterness. Just a little. Light vanilla throughout but shows up strongest in the lingering aftertaste. Occasional hint of raisin and cocoa depending on the sip.

M: Thick, heavy, smooth.

O: A nice big english style barleywine. Not overloaded with molasses like a lot of them are, but still quite sweet in all the ways that you would expect. Hefty dark malts, vanilla and a little fruitiness goes a long way. Pretty Things is quickly becoming one of my go-to breweries.

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Bomber poured into a wine glass
Vintage: November 2011

Thanks joshclauss for bring this to Dublin and sharing! From notes.

A: Medium burgundy/brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Mix of caramel, vanilla, oak, and sweet toffee. Touch of dark fruit. Rich, complex, and deep. Soft alcohol presence lingers off the nose.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee up front followed by oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Brown sugar and almond finish this off. Alcohol is very well hidden on this and the beer is quite deep.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: Great beer that has potential to be excellent with some age, I think. Complex and rich. Very enjoyable.

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reviewed from notes taken on 7/4/12.

vintage 2011 poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with 1 finger of tanish white head.

Smell: Massive malt forward nose. Oddly enough bananas, dark fruits, bready, and caramel.

Taste: Carmel, toffee, vinous, fruity sweetness and dark fruits. Getting a vegital and medicinal aftertaste. Little bit of a spicy and sharp warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It lets you know that its a big beer by shown some boozy heat.

Overall: This is a solid English Barleywine, but not much that really makes it unique.



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A- Pours a murky dark caramel with a 1 finger tan head. Random blotches and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and candi-sugar.

T- Caramel, dark fruits, cough drops and slightly medicinal notes.

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