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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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Julio's looking for some DFH Hellhound and much to my surprise saw a the last bottle of this on the shelf. Had to purchase it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown with a big, fluffy nearly 3 finger head that slowly faded to leave nice side lacing and a frothy halo.

S - Wow, this is complex. The dominant character fo rme is a charred malt type aroma. Its really unique, not burnt or smokey but somehow a combination of the two. Getting some light espresso notes as well as a nice slightly floral hop aroma on the end.

T - Similar to the nose there are some sweet, roasty malts and that really unique charred taste. There are some light chocolate flavours that give way to slightly bitter hops.

M - Low carbonation makes this slightly creamy, though, just barely thin.

O - Really glad I got to try this limited porter. Lots of complex stuff goin on with this one. A great "recipe" from the mid 1800's...go colonialism!

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer and I'm intrigued by the historical recipe that was unearthed to make this beer. No telling what it would have been like in 1855 sans technology, pristine vats, holding tanks, and sanitized lines, but it is intriguing nonetheless. The nose has a slightly charred aroma, but there are bittering hops in the nose as well.

The beer is very interesting, almost like an IPA porter, if there is such a concoction out there. It has a very burnt, charred, and biting hop flavor with all the roasted chocolates, dark malts, and creaminess that you would fine in a porter. It isn't boozy, nor does it have the acerbic caramel and oakiness that you would find in an imperial stout, just the smooth, milky cacao and chocolate powder with some bittering hop that defines the beer. I will go back for another and add to the review.

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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 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 donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazelnut colored pour begets a large, lumpy tan head that begets a storm of lace and stalwart retention until my beer begone.

Aroma is nuts, cocoa and espresso trail mix minus the raisins. Strong leafy, herbal and somewhat styrofoam hop character. Smells somewhat like a dandelion and chicory root coffee I drink.

Taste is bitter bakers chocolate and roast malt to the point of char. Bursting with herbal and pine sap hops. Hops not only add flavor in and of themselves, but also push the dark malt flavors forward.

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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 celticfutblclub
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice deep brown with a good vanilla colored head on it about two fingers thick. recedes quickly but laces the glass nicely.

S - gorgeous nose on this. roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel with a bit of a piny hop smell poking in there.

T - sweet caramel malts hit first and are abruptly punctuated by a bitter resiny hop taste. this erodes into roasted coffee chocolate malt finish. there is a lot going on here. my one complaint would be the resiny hop taste doesn't complement the roasted/chocolate flavors in my opinion. still it's an interesting brew with a complex bill.

M - theres good carbonation in this. it feels slightly lighter than most porters i've had but its not necessarily a bad thing and i think that the slightly lighter feel works better given the hoppyness it exhibits.

O - this is an interesting creation from pretty things. lots of malts lots of hops. overall this all comes together well but i would have to say that this is not a particular favorite out of their selection. still definitely worth a try (all of their stuff is).

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Photo of busterthecat
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle the day it arrived. Poured into SA perfect pint glass. No bottle date. Since no category "officially" exists for a EIP, I went with the closest it attempted to model. Cheers.

A- Pours a nice rich caramel hue. Sits quite dark in glass, a dense dark brown. A large dense & creamy khaki head sits proudly. Head lingers for a bit before diminishing to a foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Lots of rich and creamy notes; sweet toffee, smooth roasted coffee, hazelnut. Perhaps a slight twinge of piney hops, but roasted malt centered aroma is bold.

T- Lots of rich and roasted notes. Hazelnut, coffee, some mocha. Malt upfront, but spicy and piney hops do shine through, hops slowly increasing towards the mid and finish. Hops gain momentum and almost take center stage. The nuttiness and hops blend very well. Comes together in a nice mellowish complete package. Hops growth with warmth.

M- Medium body is solid and pretty dense. Rich and smooth on palate initially, some lingering bitterness come through secondly. Fills palate and flavors last a while. A nice chewy feel.

O- A very solid new brew from Pretty Things. A very enjoyable history lesson in the way things might have been over 100+ years ago. A hop forward porter that blurs lines and peaks interest. Highly recommended.

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