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Batch One - Amager Bryghus

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BA SCORE
85
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 12-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Danish Barleywine" brewed with Simcoe hops.
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 45
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a copper-amber color with a solid finger of sticky, off-white head.

S: Toffee and caramel with a good dose of brown sugar. Maybe a bit of green apple to it. Some cardboard which makes the nose just of flat and boring. Just a touch of chocolate and very minimal hop notes.

T: Lots of green apple flavor. Quite a bit of cardboard, too. Boozy, despite being as old as it is. Some slight pine hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness. Toffee and burnt sugar provide the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just way too many things wrong with this beer. Lots of off flavors and too harsh.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark pomegranate red with maraschino cherry highlights and a splendid looking crown of sandstone colored whipped creaminess that fills the upper third of the snifter. A good bit of lace is starting to stick and looks as though it will last... but doesn't.

The nose is akin to a primarily pale malted American barleywine. The label reads 'Barley Wine Ale', so that's how we'll think of it from here on out. Unfortunately, too much time has passed for the Simcoe hops to be jumping out of the glass. Nevertheless, it's still a pleasantly fruity big brew.

The passage of time has not been kind to Batch One. There's no way of knowing how old this bottle is (two years at most?), but it doesn't taste like it was an outstanding ale in its younger days. The malts are Oktoberfest-like toasted-earthy and the hops have faded too completely. And Simcoe was such an inspired choice.

Due in part to the abscence of strong flavors, alcohol is too hot and harsh, which should never be the case in aged beer if it was brewed properly. All that said, the all-important taste and drinkability scores don't deserve to drop below the average line.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side for the style and the ABV, and is firm rather than creamy or sticky. Proper carbonation helps, but it can only do so much.

It's doubtful that Batch One Danish Barley Wine Ale was better when fresh, but anything is possible. Amager Bryghus has impressed me in the past with Hr. Frederiksen, Imperial Stout and Sundby Stout. Too bad this one doesn't measure up. Hmmm... that could be the reason why it's no longer being brewed.

Photo of crispy620
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm... The last review of this beer was four months ago. Hopefully, the beer hasn't suffered for the extra few months of age. That seems unlikely, but the other reviews don't really jibe with my experience. At any rate, here are my notes. This beer pours a dark, translucent mahogany red tone with a creamy head and good lacing. The aroma is strong with sharp bitter hop notes and the smoldering presence of alcohol esters. There's some good caramel malt underneath these odors, but it's not nearly as strong or sweet as I'd prefer. The bitter hop notes really come out on the palate. There's also a pepperiness to it, and the alcohol also is clearly evident. I'm not entirely sure what the style on this beer is supposed to be. The bottle says "Danish Barley Wine Ale" and the website says American Strong Ale like it does here. I was expecting a barleywine, but it lacks sweetness and probably makes more sense as an ASA. There is a strong caramel malt presence, but it's not nearly as sweet as I'd prefer. Maybe, there's something wrong with my tastebuds, but it feels like this beer is stripping a layer of skin off in my mouth. I keep coming back to the word "sharp" (it's odd that I'm finding it hot/sharp after an extra few months while most people who reviewed it fresher found it smooth and sweet. apologies if I'm off on this one). Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly viscous. Drinkability is low for me for the above-stated reasons. At any rate, it's a well-made beer that isn't to my liking.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looking at a dark amber body with golden red highlights. This beer had two fingers of head when set down on the table. After a few minutes it has depressed to a slight film with copious amounts of lace.

Smell: The nose is full of ester notes, and also some floral ones while we are at it. Mingling in there is some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: This barley wine is certainly fruity. The fruit seems to be orange and strawberry in nature. It has a very bitter finish with a wheat malt backbone. There is also a slightly unpleasant cough syrup taste in the finish, almost like it is coming from the esters. Probably one of the most...interesting tasting beers I have had.

Mouth feel: The feel is actually quite full with no carbonation to lift it up off the tongue. The bitter finish diminishes how smooth it could be. It feels like a well crafted beer.

Overall: Barley wine? Lager? Who can say? I certainly can not. This beer is very different, and not all that enjoyable. Was it worth trying on tap? I suppose.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2008 Best By Date; Sampled April 2008
A slightly vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a ruddy, red-amber color, but shows a lightly hazy, red-stained, honey color when held up to the light. Aromas of medicinal hops, green herbal hop character, hints of pine, some menthol, perhaps a hint of tobacco, and some sweet candied citrus zest aromas are the most noticeable part of the nose. In fact the hop character is really all that I can pull from this beer's nose, the malt is clearly here, but plays such a supporting role that it does not seem noticeable in and of itself.

Chewy and somewhat sweet tasting, this beer is definitely meant for sipping. My first sip yields a finish reminiscent of cooked cabbage / broccoli that lightly intrudes. Ample caramel malt character contributes a richness to this brew that helps to carry the dominant hop character. Speaking of which, that cooked vegetal note seems to be some hop by-product rather than DMS. The hop character contributes a mix of more dominant flavors reminiscent of menthol, pine-needles, a light infusion of bergamot, and a pronounced herbal character. The finish has a nicely sharp, green, slight menthol, astringent bitterness to it as well as a warming alcohol note that at times can be ever-so-lightly hot. The malt, while definitely a supporting cast member, is a nice contributor here; flavors of toffee, deeply caramelized malt sugars, biscuit-like grain, fresh whole-grain bread crust provide a nice, albeit soft, counterbalance to the hop character. The sweeter malt notes accentuate soft citrus hop notes, but these notes are secondary to the more herbal hop components.

An interesting beer, but this must have been quite hoppy upon first release, as it is still quite hoppy now at one year of age. As the beer warms up a bit it becomes more integrated, a bit softer and loses some of the harsher hop notes, though these still play a prominent role. Even though I am a hop head, this is just a bit too hoppy; I think it might have something to do with the particular hop varieties used as they are a bit harsher than I typically prefer. Still this is a tasty brew that is easy to spend an evening with.

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was a while back when I tried this beer and made basic notes on my phone. I remember it being pretty good but over hopped. Bitter earth, higher alcohol burn than I'd have liked.

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.