Batch 666 - Appalachian Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
HUGE thanks to stakem for sending this one to me in 'Big Black Booty BIF 2011'!!!
Just in time for this review, number 666!!! m/
This gives all appearances of being black. Backlighting exposes a small edge of dark brown around the edge. An easy pour produces a very creamy looking, light capuccino brown colored, head of foam, about 1/8" thick. It doesn't seem like much at first, until you see that it never leaves(!). The lacing is almost curtain-like with it's thickness.
The look of this one is almost perfect. (A half point deduction for the lack of true black in it's color.)
Roasted malts, all full of sweet hints, are dominant here. A good amount of holiday spices are a little bit more subdued, but still nice. Hints of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. A hint of caramel and some light traces of brown sugar, along with mild dark fruit notes.
This nose is mild, overall, but there is a lot going on here, if you look around a little bit.
The spices hit first and are immediately followed by big notes of very roasted malts. Milk chocolate gives way to dark and bittersweet chocolates. Dark fruit sweetness, along with light traces of caramel provide a slight bit of balance.
The roasted malts are definitely the shining focus here.
This has a medium, almost full, body to it. It has an almost high level of carbonation to it, but it feels like it's natural. It's full of millions of little tiny bubbles which give it a great touch of creaminess. Very smooth.
This is quite delicious and very easy-to-drink. Too bad it was done as a one-off. I'd love to get more of this one!
02-17-2011 21:31:34 | More by coldmeat23
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3.08/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
09-02-2010 19:18:02 | More by nkersten
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-30-2012 15:34:49 | More by NeroFiddled
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
10-09-2010 00:07:18 | More by nickd717
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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*
01-14-2009 18:01:44 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-14-2008 22:56:37 | More by akorsak
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-24-2010 23:37:09 | More by Dodo2step
2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
02-11-2012 04:49:40 | More by oline73
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-28-2011 17:37:38 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
From 22oz bomber to Bruge hybrid glass on 11/26/11
-- 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.
12-22-2011 00:26:02 | More by Rhettroactive
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
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
11-06-2010 17:01:40 | More by bigfnjoe
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-20-2010 20:40:41 | More by BeerCon5
Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.