This was actually kind of a sad review for me and it’s one that I’ve been putting off for a little while. I’ve written briefly about the closing of Pretty Things here before, but this time my review comes with a bit more finality – this was my final bottle of their beer.
Beer Name: Our Finest Regards
Brewery: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Description: An English-style Barleywine brewed with a “reiterative mash” (i.e.they used runoff from the first mash in the second) technique, this was typically released in the months of November and December to help the locals keep warm. My bottle was from the 11/2015 batch.
Appearance: It poured a thick, dark-caramel brown body topped that was topped off by a layer of tan foam.
Smell: Sweet aroma of brown sugar and toffee, with a slight bit of heat on the end.
Taste: Rich, sweet malts upfront highlighted by a complex blend of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, and butterscotch. A bit of heavy cream came on in the middle right before the beer picked up the lightly toasted dark malts and subtly heat that carried it into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with very low carbonation.
Hype: Fond memories. This was very well regarded in its day, but being my last bottle from this brewery I had a special attachment to this as well. I didn’t want to it to go, but I also figured it was time.
Overall: Simply fantastic! It surpassed my expectations and I couldn’t have asked for a better final taste of this brewery. It’s been rumored and teased that Dan and Martha Paquette, the team behind Pretty Things, has been looking to start professionally brewing again in England so hopefully I may someday come across some more of their beer. Cheers to them!