Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project St. Botolph’s Town Rustic Dark Ale

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Blanche de Chambly Flut glass(only clean beer glass :-\). Labeled as bottled on /may 2010 Batch Six.
A heads up, Pretty Things has to be one of my top 5 favorite breweries in the United States, if not the world.
Dark ruby brown, nearly opaque, with an impressive 1 1/2” light brown, thick, foamy head. Leaves thick lacing. Settles down to 1/2” with awesome head retention.
Smells are a little subdued, but I smell some maple/brown sugar, caramel, some kind of nuttiness, a little spice- anise or nutmeg maybe.
Rich tastes of brown sugar, roasted malt, some breadiness, light smoke, a hint of caramel and cocoa, some oak, and an interesting earthy and nutty finish with a nice bitterness. Malt forward but nicely balanced with some slightly spicy hops. A little sweetness comes out as it warms up.
Nice texture, medium bodied, ends light and clean.
For its complexity, its still smooth and engaging, easy to drink the bottle by myself.
This is a pretty awesome beer. Has some stout-like qualities mixed in with the great brown ale qualities (the bottle calls it a “rustic dark ale”, which seems fitting). Complex and unique. I look forward to having it again.

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