Batch 666 - Appalachian Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Growler from the Harrisburg location. Pours a dark brown. Sweet malt, burnt sugar, some bitterness, a touch of coffee. Our waiter told us that this was supposed to be around 7% but the brewer made a mistake, so he added more "stuff" to compensate, so now it was really around 9%. After drinking a few glasses of this all I can say is I hope he makes more "mistakes" like this! I look forward to getting another growler ASAP!
Serving type: growler
08-11-2010 13:01:35 | More by stonelis
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
Serving type: growler
07-03-2010 16:31:42 | More by sulldaddy
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2010 23:37:09 | More by Dodo2step
4.01/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-02-2014 20:27:06 | More by Darkmagus82
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2012 15:34:49 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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*
Serving type: on-tap
01-14-2009 18:01:44 | More by Kegatron
Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.