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Batch One - Amager Bryghus

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus visit their website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Danish Barleywine" brewed with Simcoe hops.

(Beer added by: baggio on 12-31-2007)
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Reviews by hoppymeal:
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky apple cider brown with a very large off white to cream head that recedes slowly with some decent lacing. Aroma is some good hoppiness, grapefruit is quite strong, some orange and a cotton candy sweetness as well. Taste follows with some good citrus hoppiness and berry sweetness, some strong peppery hoppiness, quite bitter on the palate, a decent amount of alcohol in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, fairly peppery, some alcohol warmth. Decent beer, quite bitter which is nice, but the alcohol is a bit in the face for my likes, at least with the body feeling slightly thin. Still a good dipa, no problem finishing the 500ml.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:50:17 | More by hoppymeal
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:39:42 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The same devilish twist that the American brewing culture did to the English barleywine recipe, the Danes are bringing back to the Scandinavian regions of Europe. Where one suggest influence, another may suggest envy.

Batch One pours like the prototypical American strong ale: A deep amber hue saturates the glass with ruby, maroon, and garnet colors that illuminate through a heavy yeast and hop haze. Medium-weight foam tops the beer with a frothy, creamy whipped appearance. The glass becomes adorned with leopard prints of lace that's evenly dispersed about the glass.

The dialogue of malt and hops start their stalemate when the gravity of malt aromas clash with that of citrus pith and piney scent. Both rise to the ultimate limits of their entitlement to beer but without wavering to the other.

As this clash of sweet and bitter interplay continues in taste, the upheaval of fruit esters take the form of oranges, cherries, and figs. As esters inform the sweet starchy taste of barley malt, the spiciness of alcohol rises to side with the citrusy hop bitterness that excel in aftertaste.

The bready textures become the battlefield on which the war between the hops and malt play out. As the creaminess subsides, the malts turn from caramel sweet to malty-dry. Hops turn from citrus flavor to pithy and resinous bitterness to finish. But the reluctance to fade from either the malt nor hops actually benefit the drinker in allowing for an indefinate linger of both malt and hops to extend well into the next sip.

This is the story of American barleywine, and one in which Amager captures very, very well. If conflict equals balance, then those complexities are delivered in full force to even the most expectant palates. Batch One is a complex beer that's not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 06:14:18 | More by BEERchitect
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 21:50:42 | More by jdhilt
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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03-22-2012 03:35:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 13:38:12 | More by claspada
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and some very fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some Fruity Pebbles/Flintstones vitamin type flavors. There is an assertive and astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel with a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but the aromas and flavors seem a bit muddled together and unbalanced.

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New York

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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this sitting on a shelf at one of my favorite beer stores for $2.99 clearance.

A: Wow - pours a dark cloudy orange and has 1 finger of head that lingers forever.

S: Nose is candied apple, malt, honey, and some raisin. Wow. Very powerful and very inviting

T: Taste is a bit smoky with apple and honey hitting the plate. Bitter finish that lingers

M: Smooth and a bit strong in the alcohol finish. Doesn't take away from it but it warns you to slow down.

O: Wow. For $2.99, this beer is fantastic. I believe this may be my first danish beer as well!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:37:51 | More by beerman207
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3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I acquired this in a recent trade with Exiled.

A: Dark brown and opaque, with about one finger of head with fair retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral, herby hops fallowed by syrupy malts, caramel and some slight booze.

T: Nutty malts with some toffee. Quite rich with a slight hop bitterness. Boozy, in fact a bit too boozy. The alcohol seems to help accentuate the sweetness of the malts to the point it's nearly cloying.

M: Full bodied and slightly syrupy, but it does start to dry out in the finish.

O: If they'd managed to cover the alcohol a little better, this would be one delightful sipper. However, I've had beers over 11% ABV that hid their alcohol better than this, and combined with the sweetness of the malts it becomes a little too much. It was easy enough to finish the bottle, but certainly not something I'd seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:09:22 | More by setexascustoms
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3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Slightly hazy brown body, with a good two-finger, dense, tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma it not very complex, as I'm getting only caramel malt and candy sugar. The bottle says Simcoe hops are used to dry hop. They must have faded as I am getting nothing in the aroma.

The taste is likewise very sweet. But, I get a very tiny note of an earthy hop flavor. Overall, the flavor is way too sweet for me to enjoy.

Medium mouthfeel and little carbonation. I expect this is old, but in my experience, barleywines age fairly well. Not so much with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:53:24 | More by FanofHefe
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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.