Batch One - Amager Bryghus
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
2.6/5 rDev -31.4%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/11/11
Rustic, coppery color with amber hues at the base of the glass. One and a half finger head doesn't last long. Half skim and half bubbled retention. A decent bit of large-webbed lace.
Smells simple, boring and sub-par. Caramel, bread, dough and a faint earthiness. The Simcoe hops mentioned on the bottle don't shine. I'm not picking out any citrus and there seems to be only a smattering of pine.
The taste is as unflattering and one-dimensional as the aroma. Sure, there's an acceptable amount of hop bitterness, but the vibrancy that can come with Simcoe hops is entirely missing. Beyond that are notes of doughy bread and caramel. A bit toasty and thankfully not much for sweetness. A hint of butter toffee as it warms.
Medium-full feel accented by a fine grittiness. Moderate carbonation seems appropriate enough. One big drawback is the presence of alcohol heat which, in the absence of complexity, readily makes itself known.
I have no idea how old the bottle is (I've only recently seen it in Columbus) so either this isn't as hopped as the label suggests or the hops have faded. In any case this is a lackluster brew at best. I only finished half the bottle.
05-12-2011 04:41:52 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Dsnish take on an American Strong Ale. Not bad. Pours copper-red, oily, with a formidable off-white head. Sticky lacing. Good start. Dense sweet caramel malt aroma punctuated with candied citrus fruits. Some pine, but mostly malt. Thick (for the style) mouthfeel that is syrupy and sticky. Could use more carbonation. Very nice taste. Heavilty malted, but still allows the bitterness of the hops to shine through. Good resin quality with a lesser amount of citrus. Well done.
09-10-2009 18:04:28 | More by magictrokini
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of toffee-coated plums. Also present are mild amounts of earthy and citrus hops that fade as the beer warms.
Tastes good. Smooth caramel malt flavors with hints of milk chocolate and even lighter hints of roastiness kick things off. Good amounts of sweet toffee flavors join in shortly thereafter as do very mild amounts of indistinct medium fruits. Near the end of the sip a good amount of grapefruit and lighter amounts of pine hop flavors make an appearance before giving way to a solidly bitter ending. Lightly roasted malt flavors linger on the palate.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer - it's just a bit off from being spectacular but it's knocking on the door. Well worth a shot.
06-02-2010 06:04:09 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Courtesy of Phyl21ca trade no. 9 with the man. Attractive looking yeasty glass, with some fruity esters. Soft mouthfeel, citrus, that explodes into a fruity peachy full taste in the finish.Amazingly well hopped at 80 IBU and using but Simcoe. The alcohol does show its ominous face.
08-16-2009 03:32:45 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a 500mL bottle into my 22oz Dogfish Head snifter.
Dense, nearly opaque Falu red body with a web of cream colored foam which recedes to a thin surface layer and a large collar that that brings to mind a bee-hive (not a beer I would suggest for those suffering from trypophobia). Lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle leaving chocolate colored drops on top of the foam with the last pour.
Overripe plums, prunes, dates, figs, light brown sugar, mild sherry, and apricot aromatics. Very bready smell makes this almost like a fruit-cake. Hops are absorbed by the esters and malt.
Rich malty palate entry with caramel and lots of esters (as in the nose). Hops contribute a hint of orange zest and good amount of bitterness. Vinuous and fairly boozey finish with just a touch of pine.
Medium-heavy bodied with notable heat and moderate astringency; a bit sticky, and surprisingly effervescent.
Described as a barleywine on the label - this in some ways reminds me more of an old ale. I don't think the experimentation with Simcoe really panned out, as the hop flavors are not particularly distinguished. The alcohol gets in the way a bit as well. Overall, a pretty decent effort though.
01-17-2010 06:19:27 | More by augustgarage
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma features a solid malt profile with a good dose of hops and alcohol as well. Very nice!
T- The taste like the aroma has a nice malt backbone with a generous amount of hops in the warming finish.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is a solid barleywine that is definitely worth a try. Recommended!
11-02-2009 04:56:21 | More by cjgator3
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Somewhat cloudy orange/amber pour. White head lasts throughout. Malty caramel aroma with a hint of light citrus. Medium not quite creamy body, slightly sticky. Sweet malt, toffee, yellow raisin with a nice pine and citrus hop spike near the end. Finish is pretty clean. Quite drinkable with the alcohol well hidden. Had this after a SN Bigfoot, I prefered this. If more available and cheaper, I would find this one again.
02-22-2009 04:56:42 | More by Bung
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is not as dominant as expected but still quite bitter. Taste is also dominated by some bitter US style hops with a bold malt backbone with notes of dry caramel. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with non hint of alcohol. Well done and somehting I would like to drink again.
02-28-2009 03:47:42 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy red-orange amber. Moderate one finger light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and a hint of light fruit. Caramel and sweet malt, slight light fruit, some vanilla and dark fruit. Abrupt bitter finish without aromatic hops. Moderate, creamy body. A decent moderately complex barley wine, but does not stand out in the crowd. Certainly would drink again, but not seek out. 6 month old bottle.
03-22-2012 03:35:36 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark, orange toned amber with a soapy white cap of fluff that slowly fades. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malty brown sugar, spices, peanuts, pecans, caramel, and orange peel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a malty, sugary flavor showing itself on top of some bitter, citrusy hops.
Mouthefel is medium-full bodied, sugary, sweet, spiced, with some bitterness being found in the finish.
12-31-2008 20:27:37 | More by weeare138
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a hazy copper-amber color with a solid finger of sticky, off-white head.
Aromas begin with copious amounts of toffee and caramel with a good dose of brown sugar. Just a touch of chocolate and very minimal faded earthy hop notes.
The tastes follow the nose but are slightly less interesting. Toffee and burnt sugar provide the sweetness with minimal hop presence, light earth and citrus but nothing substantial. Flavors are all well integreated but nothing pops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and boozy; alcohol helps it from being overly dry.
Overall this is definitely a solid beer, though I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I could drink a lot of. Glad I had the chance to try this one, on draft no less, but nothing that needs to be sought out or one I need to have again anytime soon.
03-19-2012 13:38:12 | More by claspada
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Must have been from 2010 or 2011 so at least a year old. For that though it is well carbonated bubbles traveling from the base to the head making a 1/4 inch opaque colored ring that sticks around for quite a bit.
S - First thing I could smell from the bottle neck was sherry and toffee. In the glass I get more sherry, citrus hops, and more sweet malts.
T - Still quite boozy but light in the flavor. Mild toffee mixes with a faded citrus hop blend. The actual sherry I smelled seems to just came and went so with age it just blended I guess.
M - Very drinkable but still sip worthy. Age seem to make it a tad watery.
Overall I never had a barleywine from Denmark so it was worth the 5 dollar pass. I will stick to my Monster Barleywine (or since it's been retired Avery's Hog Heaven) if I need a more vivid hoppy barleywine. Would love to try this fresh if brewed again.
11-19-2012 22:39:42 | More by DrDemento456
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours copper with a thin beige head that leaves spotted lacing.
The smell is of caramel, light booze, citrus - pineapple, orange and grapefruit, with a slight touch of resin.
The taste is of caramel sweetness with a bitterish, citric balance. Although some alcohol shows, it certainly is not strong for abv.
It is creamy smooth with medium-to-full body. Mild carbonation is enough to cut through to keep it from being too sticky.
This is dangerously drinkable! Thought it would be more of a "slow sipper"! Simcoe hops present, but strong malt backbone. It is labelled as an American Barleywine, listed here as American Strong Ale...I could buy into either (though lean BW if I had to choose)...Very good, either way!
09-02-2009 01:49:16 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
A-Pours ruby red with maple highlights. A thin ring of bubbles and minimal eggshell white head.
S-A little boozy, candi sugar,candied fruits, plum, peach, caramel.
T/M-Not as much depth of character as the nose indicated. Fruity, but not overly sweet, which is refreshing. At 9.2%ABV the alcohol is hidden very well. The candied fruit in the nose does not come through. This is actually fairly hoppy, even at almost 3 years old! Full bodied and lush, with moderate to low carbonation.
D-It's a decent barleywine, but considering the stiff competition, I probably wouldn't spend $11 for it again.
10-23-2010 05:07:15 | More by DaveHS
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.13/5 rDev +9%
500ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...
Poured a rich copper amber colour with a faint haziness. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent thickish covering... no carbonation at all... some light lines of lacing..
Aroma - Lots of spicy and juciy fruits (pineapples, grapefruits, pears and apples), lightly toasted caramel maltiness, fresh citrus and piney hops coming through, burnt sugar sweetness, light tobacco, cut wet grass, sea salt notes, some of the 9.2% alcohol just noticeable, quite peppery, slight trace of talcum, marzipan...
Taste - Rich caramel maltiness followed by a big blast of piney and grassy hop bitterness, some burnt toffee sweetness, toasted bready notes, some butterscotch, (over) ripe fruits (bananas, bitter oranges, figs), toasted nuts, quite peppery, some medicinal and liquorice notes..
M&D - Rich and smooth... full bodied... This one is definitely a sipper...
Overall - An excellent strong ale... recommended...
11-26-2008 14:21:44 | More by mdagnew
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!
500ml bottle. sampled july 1/09.
pours deep red-brown, crystal clear except for the few chunks that come through at the end of the bottle. the beer changes to nice ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. the small dense dark tan head drops slowly and leaves nearly a solid sheet of lace behind.
aroma is good. nice rich caramel and toffee. lightly toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. light alcohol.
taste is good. caramel and toffee again. nice citrus combo - orange, tangerine, grapefruit. bit of orange peel. hint of pine. touch of alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. medium-low bitterness level.
mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well. pretty good malt depth. just feels like it needs a little something more.
07-01-2009 20:44:27 | More by grub
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
500ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.
Poured a medium and cloudy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, nutty, toffee, and some pine, Tastes of caramel, citrus -orange peels-, dark fruits, and pine. Light alcohol in the finish, but overall well hidden.
12-19-2008 17:58:49 | More by hopdog
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a four finger light khaki head that stays leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is sweet dark fruit and some alcohol. Light bitter aftertaste. $8.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
07-05-2012 21:50:42 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Dense moderate head. Cloudy orange-amber color. Excellent ring lace after each sip. It also leaves a coating of fine bubbles between the rings.
Strong dry caramel aroma. A touch of chocolate malt. Lots of sugar--smells like molasses.
There's a hop presence I wasn't expecting (from the smell). Slightly metallic. Some burnt sugar on the tongue. Lots of alcohol warmth, especially from the aftertaste. There's a touch of bitterness in the swallow that remains throughout the aftertaste, but as an afterthought. The body is rich and the carbonation is as expected.
Obviously potent by the warmth the beer generates. Good points for the strength of the aftertaste.
08-01-2010 21:40:09 | More by smcolw
Batch One from Amager Bryghus
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.