December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to Dann Paquette (the Brewer), this beer is a Porter, not an American Black Ale. It was brewed in London in 1855, so it is an English Porter.

Added by busterthecat on 05-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 183
Photo of MrOH
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky, extra dark brown with 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Good retention. Tons of lace at every sip.

High quality cocoa and dark dried fruits in the nose. This is what I think of when it comes to porter.

The highest quality dark chocolate followed by a long, lingering bitterness. Chocolate and raisins, prunes, currants, etc. Some earthy, tobaccoish hop presence as well. Just amazing.

Medium-heavy body with medium-low carbonation. Perfect for the beer.

Possible, the most perfect porter I've ever had. I'm gonna email the brewery to see if I can get a clone recipe. Amazing. If it weren't so damn pricy, I'd almost alway have it on hand.

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

I loved everything about this beer. Packed with all the flavors mentioned by every other review, yet imminently drinkable with no overpowering. Despite the complexity, it is surprisingly light for as dark as it is.

If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this one might just be it.

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Photo of route66pubs
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks jctribe25 for another great trade

Appearance: poured into a Sam Adams "real pint" glass. What glass should this really be poured into? I don't know. But it poured nice a dark brown, very dark but somewhat watery, with a minimal beige / cream head that has tiny little legs on the glass.

Roasted chocolate overwhelms all else in the aroma, allowing just enough room for hints of toffee and vanilla to poke through.

As with the aroma, chocolate abounds with vanilla and a hint of toffee following. There is the extremely slightest hint of something reminding me of pine at the very back, but in an extremely delightful way.

I normally expect porters to be smooth, rich, and creamy. This, however, has a bit of a bite to it. The richness of the caramel and chocolatey nature is cut through by a hop bite to bring an edge that makes you want to know more of what is going on, without distracting from the original porter-intent.

This is an amazing, wondrous thing. I have a feeling that if I had access to this beer, I would buy as much of it as I could every chance I got to keep it around for as long as I possibly could. From the initial aroma through to the feeling at the back of the throat, every sense and emotion that is evoked by this liquid is pleasant, and most of them blow me away with happy goodness. This would be in my daily rotation if it could be, without question!

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Photo of natescape
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, almost black, but with an interesting lightness on the edges (when held up to the light)

S - Smells like a decent stout. Think Sam Smith's Oatmeal.

T - Wonderful. Complex. Leaves a long roasted chocolate flavor.

M - Just a bit of an alcohol taste on the fringe of the tongue. Yummy.

O - Fantastic. Really complex with lots of flavors. Leaves a great smoked flavor that's both intriguing and delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep crimson mahogany colored with a large semi-fluffy off white head holding stead fast with great retention leaving thick sticky lace. Very nice sexy beer.

Wonderful nose of molasses, beet sugar, brunt caramel, toffee, roasted malts, cocoa, earthy hops, dank and a bit wretched. Dried fruits, raisin, prune, fig, and date with plummy notes as well. Fantastic smelling porter.

And the taste follows suit of the nose. Rich and roasty and very bitter. Dark cocoa like tannins which I believe are from the roasted malt, and flavors of unroasted barley. Very pruney in the mouth with raisin and fig about. Bakers chocolate, earthy hops, tobacco and leather. Semi sweetness in the way of burnt sugar and caramel is swiftly dried out in the long chewy finish. Some red currant flavors and molasses rule the palate on the finish and in the middle. Possibly my favorite porter I've had, but hard to say. So much going on and so complex.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque brown. a two inch khaki-colored head crowns the beer and leaves behind a light slip of lacing. Retention is good.

S: Huge hits of caramel, toffee, and freshly roasted coffee. Smokey and minerally scents as well. Milk chocolate. Hops are European. Earthy and floral.

T: Sweet cola followed by caramel and toffee. Mineral tastes. Fig and date fruit tastes. Very smokey mid palate. Bitter dark chocolate and bitter black coffee. Hops are floral, but really only background noise. Long, intense finish with black coffee, dark chocolate, and smoke featured prominently. An assault on the taste buds. Excellent.

M: Moderately thick, very creamy and slick. Almost velvety. Low carbonation. Very good.

O: A damn fine beer.

Notes: This is one great porter. The finish lasts for days, and it's packed chock full of vibrant tastes. If this is anything like what the British were drinking in the 1800s, they were truly spoiled. The history buff in me is really loving Pretty Things' dedication to these recreations too. Keep up the good work guys (and ladies).

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Photo of 7ways
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was worried that this beer would taste like a black IPA. It does not.

Muddy ruby-brown with a dense tan head. It even looks like an antique.

Chocolate, fresh biscuits, cinnamon, and coffee roast. Not picking up much in the way of hops in the aroma.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, light smoke (reminiscent of HotD Adam) , and mild coffee. Sparingly sweet and a tad sour. Nutty mid palate that transitions to a slightly hoppy finish. Perfect balance of bitterness.

Creamy, full mouthfeel.

I love this beer. I've been looking for a Porter like this for a long time, it's one of the best I have ever had. Even though it is not technically perfect, I'm giving it a 5 overall because all the elements work so well together and the experience is just so damn enjoyable. I like it better on the cold side, before the hop taste fully kicks in.

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Photo of bernie879
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Killian's pint glass; a very, very dark chestnut brown ale producing a 3cm lt. rustic brown, billowy head. Retention lasted the better parts of 3 min, leaving behind splotchy lacing.

Aroma: Roasty coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and tobacco all contribute very strong and distinct characteristics. Hops add a pleasant earthiness with citrusy flourishes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium-full bodied and carbonation. Creamy yet dry as hops and malts balance each other out leading to a pleasant experience. Hop flavors are much more present in the palate than one would have guessed by the nose. Those roasty, chocolaty aspects present I the nose are still well presented in the flavor profile but not as strong playing more of a structural role than highlighting the flavors.

Overall: Once again, Pretty Things comes through with an amazing beer, these people do no wrong. Great drinkability, complex flavors and aromas. Don’t pass this one up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cascading foam settles in atop the translucent chocolate liquid; excellent stickage leaving clumps of lace behind

Smell: Burnt brown toast with undertones of dark chocolate, tobacco and pine

Taste: Brown bread, with layers of charcoal, dark chocolate and coffee, up front; by mid-palate, the tobacco, and piney hop character arrive to add a decidedly bitter balance to the roasty malt flavors; after the swallow, a subtle fruity/lactic sourness enters the fold, but the finish is decidedly roasty and bitter, though the sour element lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a slight puckering sensation from the sour element

Overall: A fascinating beer and thanks to the folks at Pretty Things for bringing this historical artifact back to the present

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one solid beer, I have had both on tap and bottles, but enjoyed the tap better so i will review it as on tap

The beer pours a dark brown to almost black with very little to no light getting through. the head is tan and thick and holds to the side of the glass. the smell is rich roasty and hoppy. the flavor follows suit with a bit of hop flavor melded together with the roasted malt flavor, followed by a nice bitter finish. the mouthfeel is medium bodied and low to medium carbonation. overall a really excellent brew.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look is english with a nice two fingers of caramel colored foam. Nose is english... In that it is dominanted by the hard water expected out of a good english porter. Along with other subtlities in a beautiful balance of roast, coffee, and caramel dextrin. Palate is extremely broad for the abv. Coffee blend of tobacco bitter. With a nice forefront of mild sweetness. Maple earth grit that makes it dry with undertones of sweetness that have the dryness . Coal hints make it so so dry grippy.

as an english porter... it thats what you're looking for exactly. this is absolute perfection.

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Photo of brureview
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank it at a slightly higher temp( from the cellar) at about 56F. A little cooler- about 54 gives a better( and recommended temp) tasting.

Poured a deep dark chocolate color with a three finger head. First sampling in a tulip, good, but a pint glass is best for this style.

Aroma: lemon vanilla, chocolate and coffee.- not strong but pleasant.

The mouth feel is tangy, and not too carbonated. It is smoother at the lower serving temp.

This is a solid porter. It tastes like a classic porter-rich, malty, chocolate, lemon, and coffee.

A very drinkable and classic porter. Highly recommended. It may be my one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all other Pretty Things so far, wicked excited to try this, I havent been let down yet.
This pours a rustic, muddy brown with a creamy, superfine tan colored head. Lacing is fairly sticky, left behind as the head dissipates fairly quickly.
The nose on this is really cool, interesting roasty toasty malt, with a hop presence that by no means dominates, but boosts the profile enough to be a good mix. Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dare i say dirt, maybe fresh mulch? Its dank and resinous and i keep sticking my nose in the glass because i keep picking up different scents. Very interesting.
Espresso, hops, cocoa all come through on the palate, it keeps getting better and better. My first sip of this beer was pretty good, several sips into it it starts really putting a smile on my face.
The combination of bitterness and what really turns out to be a phenomenaly creamy mouthfeel with just right carbonation, is a great balance. The bitterness on the finish lasts just long enough, and when it drops off, leaves all the great roasted flavors behind.
Initially was not overly impressed by this, but damn does it really turn around quickly. Delicious.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at O'Reilly's served in a pint on tap.

The color is deep brown, almost black like cola with translucent clarity at the base. The thick tan cap holds well and leaves a thick lace pattern with ultra fine bead. The smell is great with a very expressive dark chocolate nose and slight bitter roastiness which reminds me of dark bread and has a slight coffee-like nuttiness in the aroma. There is a hint of pine from the hops which is pleasant.

The feel is good with plenty of deep roasted and mild bitterness with slight caramel sweetness accenting with an almost creamy body and slightly dry finish without much in the way of alcohol presence. I love the taste - it has woody and slight nutty grain which comes off like a high cocoa content dark chocolate taste with subtle earthy elements and hint of hops giving balance but the balance does seem to be more dry than sweet and bitter with slight pine flavor and gentle dark sugar notes. I recommend this to anyone who likes a nice balanced porter which is not heavy on the sweetness. This is an excellent beer!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice roasted malt scent along with a touch of hop aroma and a solid crystal/chocolate malt sweetness. It's dry with an excellent roasted nose. The taste is great as well. Again, the roasted character comes through nicely with dry toasted feel. Chocolate and caramel malts add a beautiful layer of sweetness that really rounds out the flavor. The hop character is outstanding. It packs a powerful bitterness up front and resinates through to the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine English India Porter. It would be an excellent porter alone, but the hops add a good deal of depth; very nice.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, some very nice toffee notes, and chocolate hints. The taste is very nice malty, very nice toffee notes, and a touch of chocolate, slightly bitter. Medium Body. This one is very tasty, a joy to drink. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of washburnkid
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Awesome bottle, awesome looking beer. Muddy brown with a good top of tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Aromas are roasted chocolate and sweetened coffee.
T: Acidity really comes out with bitterness at the forefront. Very bitter chocolate comes out at the back and a few seconds after each sip, the roasty qualities are highlighted. I love the array of flavors in each sip, which covers the spectrum of bitter and floral to sweet and then to roastiness.
M: Medium to high carbonation gives this an extra refreshing bite.
D: Seriously yum. Solid solid porter.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the release at Deep Ellum - ripping good time! Top hats abound! I laud Dann and Martha for their great attitude towards brewing and Pretty Thing's consistently exciting takes on historical recipes!

Poured into a nonick pint glass a nice red mahogany - two solid fingers of creamy head slowly establishes itself and clings to the glass like a midshipman.

The nose pops with an earthy pine hop character, bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee.

Big smooth sweet malt in front, chocolate jumps out but is quickly brought inline with a roasty, spicy, pine hop bitterness. Body is medium with lower carbonation, but the hop profile makes the endeavor delicious. Clean, mostly dry finish with a lingering hop resin. Brilliantly drinkable.

I can taste it! I can taste 1855! The India Pale Ale gets all the history notes for it's use of hops as preservative, but the darker variety, the East India Porter that Pretty Things has recreated is even better. I can almost picture myself sipping this after a rollicking cricket test match with the local lads in Rangpur. Ahh, colonialism.

Beer how it was, now. Very pleased.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown liquid that was only barely translucent. Huge head of tan foam on the top that settled down only briefly to coat the sides of the glass with a thick, spider like web of lace. Dark roasted malts are all over the aroma. Notes of molasses, cocoa, hints of brown sugar and light touches of everything from licorice to dark fruits. As it warmed it got a touch one sided as some elements of peat started to break the surface. But taken the first sip all was forgotten. Just huge rich notes of chocolate malts and a touch of licorice just come across the tongue in waves of flavor. Rich and very sweet, hints of molasses and roasted coffee now come across the tongue. Very well put together

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: murky, reddish brown with a two finger, tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: roasted malt with some dark chocolate and resinous hops. Smells great.

Taste: follows the nose with a big roasted grain taste, some dark chocolate, coffee, and resinous hops. This is an incredibly roasty beer and, as a big fan of roasted flavors in my beer, I love it. The hop bitterness isn't as much as I thought it was going to be. Very good.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, hidden alcohol, and easy drinking to where it'd make a fine beer to have a session of.

Overall: I'm pretty impressed by this beer. I think this and Jack D'Or are my favorite Pretty Things beers and as a porter/stout fan, I think this is great. If this is the beer that was popular in the 1800s, I'm jealous. I would pick this up as soon as you can. Cheers!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.00 bomber from Abe's.

Extremely dark brown body, topped by half an English pint glass of light tan foam. Very good lacing.

Aroma is inviting well roasted coffee. Earthy. Hints of fresh hay in the background.

Rich roast coffee taste, with an undercurrent of chocolate. Earthy hop signature at the swallow, with a good nip in the aftertaste.

Rich smooth chocolate syrup mouthfeel.

Overall, delightfully drinkable and highly recommended.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle goes for $8.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours darkest shades of brown, lifting a huge head, with retentive powers in full force. Fluffy and puffy and leaving impressive globs of sheeting and lace.

Sweat cocoa, vanilla, darker grains in the nose.

Freshly full flavor, lots of chalky chocolate, dark and bitter chocolate, dark coffee grounds,blasting herbal hop load lurking in the finish and pushing the flavor package. Creamy and super smooth in the mouth and over the tongue.

Nicely done. I really enjoyed this one.Go get some.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Extremely dark brown that lets zero light through. Creamy off white head that disappears fast. It almost looks solid unless you look very closely and can see some carbination.

Smell- A faint roasty coffee smell mixed with something unique that I cant quite figure out.

Taste- The taste delivers way more than I expected after smelling it. Very robust. A HINT of some dark chocolate, some more mellow roasted coffee notes, maybe a little smokyness and lots of malty sweetness. Theres also some bitterness in the after taste that gives it a nice twist. The flavor lingers and does NOT dissapoint.

Mouthfeel- A little warmth from the alchohol, plenty of body with some detectable carbination, matches the flavors real well.

Overall- Awesome porter. I'll definitely go back and buy another to share with a friend.

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Photo of lazyboy247
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber.

A: deep brown in color and with a toffee colored head. church window lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S: a lot of hops here.

T: this is a really complex beer, quick finishing hops but really intense. followed by a malty spiciness. its exactly what I thought it would be a hoppy porter.

M: Creamy

O: I really liked this beer, it was like an American black ale but different. it has a lot of porter qualities with a little bit of extra bitterness.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark black-brown color with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich roasted coffee and milk sweetness. There are also some deeper malts and a touch of hops as well.

T - Starts off with some roasted coffee flavor and some sweet milk and malt flavors. Through the middle a bit of hops and some sweet chocolate flavors comes out. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and a touch of hops that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The roasted flavors create a nice dry mouthfeel. The finish is also full of roasted flavors with a bit of milk sweetness.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and balanced and blend together nicely. The hops are a nice addition to traditional porter style.

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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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