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)

Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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