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Batch 666 - Appalachian Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 12-14-2008)
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

dannyfayy, Apr 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

justintcoons, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

oline73, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

hollywood_15063, Sep 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

jbaker67, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of nkersten
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

nkersten, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

nickd717, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tanger for this extra. Served in a FoBAB pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of tan foam that settles to a thin cap and ring. The body is a dark brown color that displays some transparency and reddish highlights.

S - Fruity yeast, treacle, candy apple, cola, and molasses. Maybe a bit of Scotch Ale smoked malt too.

T - Surprisingly alcohol-forward, but apparently this is par for Winter Warmers. Scotch Ale malt character with tobacco, cotton candy, and burnt sugars. Peculiar and unexpected hop bitterness.

M - This was medium across the board - carbonation, body, stickiness, etc. Alcohol was not particularly well hidden.

D - While Nate was grimacing and forcing this down, I found it strangely compelling and refilled my glass a few times. We probably shouldn't have cracked this out of season, as it's pretty "to style".

MasterSki, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

trbergman, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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

bigfnjoe, Nov 06, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma brings a subtle spiciness on top of a base of deep caramel and nougat. Can't really smell any hops, perhaps they just blend with the spice potpourri that I am picking up.

Clear, though dark brown in color and topped with a nice off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Brown sugar and molasses dominate the flavor profile here. None of those spices present in the aroma are detected at all. A bit disappointing, but it's not bad at all.

Carbonation is on the high side and the body is medium to medium-full. It's quite drinkable at 7.7%

tlazaroff, Mar 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

whatname, Apr 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

fester71, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Bdel34, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

chrismel, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

wertschy, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ZEB89, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Gavage, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of thain709
3.63/5  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

thain709, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

jaxon53, Oct 05, 2010
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.

stakem, Sep 29, 2010
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Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
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