Batch 666 - Appalachian Brewing Company

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84
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-14-2008

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of nkersten
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared generously by Alex. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tasting pint style glass. Color is an opaque black with ruby hues and a minimal mocha head. Smell is of malt extract powder, honey, and some darker roasted malts. Tastes like burnt sugar, booze, dark roasted malts and more alcohol. Apparently having an alcohol forward taste is normal for the "winter warmer". Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky with a moderate carbonation. Considering booziness and so-so smell and taste, drinkability was actually not bad. That being said, I am glad we split this one.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appalachian "Batch No. 666"
22 oz. bottle; no freshness date
$5.52 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Without any style listed on the label, and no real suggestion as to what it was (666? It could have been a halloween / pumpkin ale) I didn't have much to go on except that it listed the alcohol as being 7.7% by volume. 'Ahh, what the hell?' I thought, 'I'll give it a shot'.

NOTES: Dark brown body with mahogany and ruby highlights. Frothy yellowed-tan head. Smells of cocoa with a background suggestion of roast or smoke. Coffee-like I guess. The head drops shortly, but thin curtains of grey lace are left behind on the glass - in time they break up into 'cobwebs'. Should have better head retention and lacing at just 7.7% abv. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests. The cocoa and milk chocolate return along with some soft dark fruit. It's fairly bitter, and just a slight touch piney. Some very subtle roast does seem to lay there under the surface - (I get it more in the lingering finish than across the tongue). A thin edge of alcohol is noticeable - not necessarily bad... seems to help, gives an edge and some character. Bits of sugary caramel linger in an otherwise dry, bitter and piney finish. Nice. Expecting more? Perhaps. Disappointed? No. Pleasant and very drinkable... gladly NOT overdone, particularly the hops. Hints of coconut as well; but I wonder about the smoke/roast? What's really there? Something along those lines would be in keeping with the label. Buy again? YES - $5.52! Seasonal?: Fall, Thxgvng, Xmas, winter BBQ, summer BBQ? ...case

So, OK, from their website... it is an "October Specialty" at a solid 19.5˚OG, and 61 IBU's. It's also, supposedly, "a devilish Halloween Brew" that's "dark bronze in color" - but not the batch I sampled! State Line is out of stock, but they'll re-release it on 9/28/12. I teetered between a 4.0 and 4.5 for "overall" score, but decided to go with the 4.5 based on ... well, I'm just not sure but I liked it enough to look into buying more, so that should be enough. It's not brilliant, but it's solid; and it's very reasonably priced.

Photo of nickd717
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade. HARRISBURG TICK HELL YES!

Pours darkest brown with a small tan head that leaves a film.

The aroma has loads of cocoa, sweet caramel, and roast. Slightly smoky, and pretty nice.

Sweet on the flavor. Chocolatey, but a little fake tasting. Burnt caramel, toffee, smoke, and roasted malts. Pretty good, but too sweet.

Medium-bodied and smooth with long finish. On the creamy side.

Overall, well, I'd like to homer this up, but honestly it's only decent.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harrisburg location on 1/10/09. Served in an oversized Mugger mug.

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin and fizzy caramel colored head. Retains around the edges with a big creamy flareup when swirled around, leaving behind some nice swatches of patchy lacing. The aroma is surprisingly rich smelling with notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate malts, some citrus character, and a touch of floral hops that bring up the rear.

The taste starts with roasted chocolate malts that take control from the get-go with supportive sticky sweetness coming courtesy of caramel, molasses, and a splash of citrus. The back is pulled up by some hop bitterness that combines with additional notes of coffee and roast to make for a memorable lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that is carried by an overall pretty darn smooth and creamy feel that really helps the drinkibility of this.

Holy crap! I had heard good things about this from fellow BA's and upon finally getting to check it out myself, I would have to agree! Full flavored and drinkable, I had to make sure that this wasn't a guest tap. *Just kidding. OK, maybe not ;P*

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler freshly filled at the brewery. If you put a gun to my head, I'd call this a Munich dunkel lager.

A: The beer is dark, a brown wooden color that is completely opaque. Brighter red highlights are the narrow base of the glass are evident. A finger or so of white head emerged on the first pour and has laced all around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is malty, syrupy with a strong caramel presence. Bread aromas mix with chocolate and a crisp hop profile.

T: The dark malts dominate the start of each sip with a roasted flavor that has burnt bread, chocolate and caramel in abundance. Coffee flavors abound, mixing with maltiness and coating the tastebuds. The hop profile doesn't dominate up front but chimes in as the malts settle down. The citrus is not overwhelming and even yields to the malty flavors on the back side of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, warming without hinting at any level of alcohol. The combination of coffee dark malts and touch of coffee is enjoyable.

D: The beer is nicely drinkable, a bit on the strong side though. The drink is full, a decent sipper that nicely warms without punching you in the face with booze.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- ABC

A- light dark chocolate color if that makes any sense. a decent finger and half head hovers around that is slightly fluffy. it is a tan color.

S- coffee and dark fruits ( apple maybe cherry) and some sweet caramel malts.

T- dark fruit and dark coffee flavor. The malts really dominate this brew. They are sweet like molasses but mixed with a dark coffee.

M- creamy and almost thick bodied. Burnt char and coffee feel coats the mouth.

D- not a sipper but not easily downed. A nice beer to chill and relax with. Would defintely like this beer to return from retirement.

Photo of oline73
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/mahogany with a finger of tan head that fades rather quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Malty and a bit sweet with some dark fruit. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: A bit more interesting than the smell. Malty with some dark fruit and hints of molasses. It is possible that there are some spices, but they are in the background. There is some mild roast and alcohol in the finish along with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fairly mediocre winter warmer. At least it tasted better than it smelled. Probably going to pass on this in the future.

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Collegeville...
Appears a dense chestnut brown(crimson edges) with a small beige head that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar.
Smell is of roasted chestnuts, a touch of figs, cocoa, raisins, espresso bitters, vanilla, molasses, and yeasty chocolate cake.
Taste mimics the aromas with bitter blasts of grain and grassy hop notes.
Mouthfeel is coating, with sweet and bitter notes challenging the palate. Amazingly, little beads of citrusy hops wash away the sticky malt flavors that are sticking to the tongue. Pretty nice stuff.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruge hybrid glass on 11/26/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks to Chris from Metro Cellars for supplying this sample bottle. A classy gesture from a classy distributor. --

*From what I've been told, this is a blend of a Brown Ale and a Porter.

A: Hazlenut toffee brown in hue. A standard pour yields a lush two finger head that sticks around for a while. Above average lacing follows.

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla extract, spice and tinderbox. As it opens, a bit of tanned leather and mild cigar tobacco shine through.

T: Quite impressive. A bit of sweet, dried vine fruit up front. as it moves to the mid, it begins mutating into a rich, brownie batter like brew. The transformation is unexpected and wholly enjoyed. As it warms, there's a pronounced spice note on the fore-palate.

M: Nice weight. The depth and complexity of this is on point. The layered feel of the beer really adds to it's likability.

O: Easily the best beer in Appalachian's line up. Batch 666 is complex yet easily approachable. It feels well thought out, and something I'd return to. Recommended.

*And no, from what I can tell, this is most certainly not a Winter Warmer.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a HUGE mug.

A- pours jet black with a 2 finger tan head. Very puffy head, with minimal lacing

S- roasted malts, sweet chocolate, hints of bitter coffee and dark fruits...very nice, albeit a little mild

T- I'm not getting a TON of flavor...slightly bitter chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruits in there, but everything is really muted and blah.

M- its got a nice, thick body to it...but with the weak flavors, it seems like overkill

D- eh. At least they tried something a little different...but its still a typical Appalachian beer, lacking much flavor or character

Photo of BeerCon5
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with 1 finger of frothy beige head, decent lacing.

The scent was of roasted malts and fruit.

The taste was roasty chocolate malts at first, then molasses, and fruit. There was also a good hop presence, notable spiciness, and warming alcohol.

Full-bodied, smooth and a little chewy, good carbonation.

This was a really flavorful beer, there was a great balance of the many flavors.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My bro picked this up in a growler and it was described to him as a "mix between the porter and IPA", So I wasnt sure what to expect.
The beer pours a rich deep brown hue with bubbly spacious head of 1 cm foaming up with a gentle pour into my pint glass. The aroma is roasted malt and some sweet brown sugar, maybe a bit of earthy or spicy hops but that could be just my imagination working with the description from the barkeep.
First sip reveals an average body and smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. This beer is easy to drink.
Flavor is similar to nose with malt notes dominant, roasted notes and some coffee ground, mix with a bit of brown sugar and cover over any booze or hops that were in there.
This seems much more like a stout than the winter warmer it is categorized as on BA, but the beer is enjoyable and tasty and goes down very smooth. I enjoy it regardless of style and recommend it if its available when you visit ABC.

Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From old notes in 2012.

Appearance: pours a dark reddish brown color with a 1" head.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, and a bit of earthy bitterness is mild on the nose.

Taste: slight roasted malt tone with some toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, and a moderate bitterness create a pleasant beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice beer to slowly sip and enjoy. Not overly exciting, just a solid beer.

Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to FishGetter for grabbing this brew while on his trip to Harrisburg. Thanks buddy! Served this chilled, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. This is my first beer from Appalachian Brewing.

Appearance: Batch No. 666 pours out what appears to be a deep brown color that instantly looks black in the glass. A somewhat hard pour brings on a head that is a light tan color, soapy, and about a finger high. Head settles quickly into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Some light wisps of webby lace were left behind.

Smell: Roasted malt seems to rule the nose. Slightly spicy ,and a bit of dark fruit lingers. Maybe some bits of chocolate and toffee. Very roasty.

Taste: Big roasty character to it. Roasted malt with some charred wood. Bitter chocolate is also noted. Has a bit of a medicinal flavor in the background. Finishes dry and a bit bitter. Alcohol is all but hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not quite chewey, but thicker. Carbonation is medium, yet tingly.

Drinkability: A pretty drinkable brew. I'd like to try some of their other offerings. Thanks again Shawn.

Photo of Deuane
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-The deepest brown copper that still allows light through. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.

S-Faint roasted malt...not much else.

T-Mmmmm...the taste makes up for th lack of aroma. Rich, roasted malt with a touch of spicy hop bitterness and a honey like sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body tihe a nice lasting roasted bitterness. Pleasant dry finish.

D-Wow! One of the biggest surprise beers of the year, ABC makes a beer that is honestly good! Regardless of what this style is this one is nice, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 8/30/10.

On tap at the Harrisburg location. Curiosity got the best of me since it has been a few months since I had this from a bottle. They had it on tap so why not give it a go.

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown that is clear around the edges. More than a finger of tan head appears and retains fairly decent. As it slowly receeds it forms an uneven cratored surface and a bit of patchy lace clings to the glassware. (Note: more than 2 minutes into the experience there is still some head showing, this is not a normal occurance for a beer on tap at ABC!)

The aroma of this brew is sweet with the scent of cocoa and a light grainy character shines through as well. As it warms, there is some coffee character that comes out.

The taste includes a bit of fusel alcohol upfront with a mixture of flavors including coffee, chocolate, roasty grains and some malty sweetness. A bit of residual sugar lingers in the mouth coupled with the bitterness of the roasted grain.

Medium feel with a low level of carbonation. This brew reminds me of a type of hybrid stout meets brown ale or scottish ale but with more forward alcohol character that is somewhat sweet and fusel in character that somehow pulls some strange sweetness towards it like molassess or dark skinned fruit. Worth a try but nothing amazing.

Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer was served with a pitch black body...there wasn't any ruby highlighting...this beer was black...a creamy, one finger, light brown head that showed decent retention...it settled into a film...started off with decent lacing

S - The aroma opened up with some dark fruits...a sweet caramel and other roasted malts made an appearance...a touch of smoke as well

T - A big part of this beer focused on the malts...I did not pick up on the metioned citrus hops as other reviews...I was stuck on the burnt malts that were present...dark fruits were present but over shadowed by the malts...there was that caramel sweetness that saved the beer...and again a touch of smoke

M - Full bodied...could have been creamier...coats the palate

D - I don't know what to classify this as...I don't think it was a winter warmer...but it's not meant to be drank on 85* days either...a nice fall beer...I wish I could have picked up on the hops that others have mentioned

Photo of MikeWard
3.89/5  rDev +4%

batch 666 is my 666th beer on beer advocate. the apocalypse is upon us. Be afraid, be very afraid.

At the brewpub during Luther Bowl last Saturday. Dark an sinister looking, decent bite to it, not overly boozy. picked up a bomber to go, which cost, (you guessed it) $6.66.

Photo of jwhancher
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the ABC location in Harrisburg. Looking at the taps & after seeing the name, I just had to try this one. Ended up having 2 or 3 (it was one of those nights). Bartender said it was an imperial red. Looked pitch black. Tasted very chocolately, roasty, borderline coffee-like with decent hop aroma. Didn't think it was an imperial red. Seemed more like a black IPA. I digged it, but after at least a couple of these the ABV really kicked in. Nice offering and a step above of most other ABC brews.

Photo of trbergman
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into pint glass. I was told the brewers used a little of this, a little of that, whatever was around at the time, so this is quite a weird beer.

A - Dark chestnut with one finger of tan head.

S - Raisin, fig, date, and dried cherry.

T - Dried fruits; chewy, dried apples; burnt toffee; tobacco; well balanced with subtle bitterness, though mostly malty.

M - Smooth, medium body.

D - Complex, kind of odd, doesn't really seem to know what it's trying to be.

Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, may as well be black, color with just a smidge of light creeping through. It produces an inch of tan head and leaves some lacing behind.

S - The aroma is lacking a bit, I get some roasted and crystal malts. There also traces of spices, but too faint to make out.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel.

T - Dark roasted malts come first and quickly interweave with sweet caramel. A very nice milk-chocolate flavor follows and it concludes with a roasty bitterness.

By far the best offering I've seen come out of Appalachian that wasn't from a homebrewer(the single hop IPA series was great).

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served deep copper-brown color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention fading slowly to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a caramel and molasses sweet smell mixed with a darker fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas is a bit of a bready smell as well as a very light spice smells and a bit of vanilla rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and more roasted flavor with a good level of caramel and toffee. Some of the sweeter flavors develop further by darkening in nature, taking on more brown sugar and molasses like flavors. Along with the darkening of sugars, so too comes some darker fruit flavors of a plum and fig nature. A little bit more roasted and chocolate flavor come to the tongue as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with a little bit of an alcohol booziness, the finish of the taste leaves a rather nice warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and full with a carbonation level that is rather low. Both are nice for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew and create a mouth coating feel that baths the tongue in all the flavors.

Overall – A rather tasty winter warmer. A nice flavorful and enjoyable brew and one to try if you have a chance.

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was malty but didn't have too much else really going on. The taste of the beer was average at best, I feel like this one falls a little short in the Winter Warmer style. There is no spice notes that I could tell and it mainly tasted fairly generic to me. The mouthfeel had a good carbonation to it but was a little on the light side again for a winter brew. Overall I had much higher hopes for this brew and I was let down. With a name using the number of the beast this beer should have been much more aggressive in all aspects. I feel that Appalachian kind of dropped the ball on this one.

Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with 1-finger tan head. Light lace and light retention. Nice color.

Nose is light spice and caramel/molasses. Spice is understated, with the caramel dominating.

Taste is stronger caramel, a faint whiff of molasses, and nutmeg/cinnamon mix. Hops are lacking. Roast malt component in the finish.

Grainy, earthy feel. Very thick, without overpowering. Slightly oily. A bit unfinished, but not disappointing.

Overall, worth a shot but not one to go out of the way for.

Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a nice pint of this on 28JAN12 at the Harrisburg location, while on break from Ft Indiantown Gap.

My shaker was filled with a deep, dark mahogany bier. Though hard to tell, it was without haze; quite the dark offering. The creamy head was tan and a bit rocky, too. Good stick was left down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a bit mild, with some roasty aspects and a touch of florality. Body was middle of the road medium, and it was prickle-free on the tongue.

It started sweet, with some caramel, then had a bit of roastiness and a hint of dark choco. I also picked up a suggestion of peatyness in there as well. At the finish it had some pithy hop characteristics, ending on a dry, rindy note. Solid all the way!

I also had their cask version, with the most noticeable difference being the mouthfeel. It was even smoother and a touch fuller in that regard, and still tasted topshelf. Prosit!!

3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.