Batch One - Amager Bryghus

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85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
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:
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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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.