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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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AbbyAlex


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

10-26-2012 20:58:14 | More by AbbyAlex
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chalkda01

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-21-2012 01:20:59 | More by chalkda01
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-25-2012 03:32:19 | More by hollywood_15063
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

08-18-2012 20:15:21 | More by t0rin0
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-03-2012 23:47:08 | More by jbaker67
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sneth019

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-21-2012 02:40:46 | More by sneth019
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:28:47 | More by beer2day
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-26-2012 21:09:38 | More by BierBliss
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-18-2012 14:42:17 | More by yergermeister
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-13-2012 14:38:58 | More by whatname
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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%

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:18:49 | More by tlazaroff
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-05-2012 19:56:43 | More by robieobie1
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:49:40 | More by oline73
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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

1436

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 20:54:27 | More by Bierman9
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 14:18:07 | More by Knapp85
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 00:26:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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fester71

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-19-2011 00:49:18 | More by fester71
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-14-2011 17:02:34 | More by THECPJ
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-08-2011 03:56:29 | More by orangesol
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 03:22:56 | More by RyanPS
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xpdrinker

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 14:27:13 | More by xpdrinker
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2011 16:34:10 | More by AngusOg
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 17:37:38 | More by weeare138
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 666

My buddy got this growler from the brew pub at Gettysburg. I was lucky enough for him to share it with me. I usually review on the spot but I had go by memory.

Nice ruby body color. The head was brown and very creamy. It reminded me of a stout but not as dark . The head left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma had a brown sugar, toffee with a woody smell.

The taste had a slight coffee, some toffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate, brown sugar and a woody taste that takes center stage. Also, a alcohol taste was noticeable but not overbearing.

The mouth feel was nice and silky. Creamy head. The body is about medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Some alcohol heat was evident.

This is a tasty brew for sure. As it warmed, the alcohol and wood taste came more noticeable. The best part about this beer is the taste and mouth feel.
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Serving type: growler

10-21-2011 20:38:05 | More by 9InchNails
Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
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