Batch One - Amager Bryghus
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3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
10-24-2011 00:09:22 | More by setexascustoms
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
09-25-2011 19:53:24 | More by FanofHefe
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-29-2011 23:45:07 | More by Pintofbrown
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
this is really a one time brew?
dont know much about this brewery, can anyone feel me in?
appearance - first thing i noticed was the beautiful head. very controlled pour lands a 2 inch head that after 5 minutes has become an half inch and is stick to the side of the glass. burnt orange with some copper hints.
smell - fruit and sugar come first then the alcohol. definitely not as pretty as the appearance. not sure the date of the bottle but no hop presence. as it warms caramel comes in
taste - precisely like the nose. with caramel and alcohol being more dominating than the fruit here. not sure the age, so cant say if this is normally more hop loaded.
mouthfeel - as for the head, it isnt as strongly carbonated as you might think. pretty drinkable for being a barleywine. also on the lighter end so perhaps thats why. creamy with a bit too thick of a body (thick from sugar)
08-09-2011 22:01:12 | More by claytong
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a slightly brown amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing brown sugar, fresh honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, except I'm impressed by the complex, melange of flavor I get. In addition to the obvious honey and brown sugar, there's some cherry, more vanilla, and some decent hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and there's a hint of alcoholic heat on the finish.
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....
04-15-2011 20:58:45 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +5.5%
500ml oz capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.
This beer is no longer brewed and has been in my "cellar" for a little over 2 years.
A: This beer poured an opaque reddish brown with a half finger off white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.
S: The nose was of sweet caramel, toffee, some dried fruit and a bit of citrus hops.
T: The taste was like the nose, started off with sweet caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits and some dark chocolate; the hops have completely faded in the taste.
M: The mouthfeel was moderate to thick with a nice carbonation level and very nice warmth from the alcohol.
D: The drinkability was very good for a Barleywine.
Too bad I have no more in stock, or I'll be looking for another, but then again this beer is no longer brewed :(
04-07-2011 16:51:26 | More by uturn
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
A 16.9 oz. (500 ml) bottle, acquired at Liquid Solutions' liquidation last January (2010). No date on the bottle, but ~obviously~ at least a year old; poured to a short snifter at cellar temperature.
A: Without the benefit of light, this looks like a muddy, cinnamon-tinged cocoa; held to light, it glows ruby, a bourbon-amber - really lovely! One has to look closely, but the smallest carbonation flourishes here, rising to a creamy khaki lid that - no joke - lasts for over an hour. Fragmented lace in fiery licks up the glass. Possibly the prettiest BW I've seen, and that's saying something.
S: For as gorgeous as it looks, I'm a little let down by aroma. No doubt the 'fresh citrus-like character' the label brags about has waned on the shelf, but the aroma here is really *just* sweet toffee, with hints a sugared fruit and cocoa. Smells like, well, an English Barley Wine... where as I *think* the point was/is for greater Simcoe awesomeness. Godd strength, however.
T: Not sure what the difference is between a 'Danish' vs. 'English' vs. 'American' Barley Wine is, but this one proclaims itself as the 'Danish' version. Here we have LOADS of spice and fruit, and what seems to be a yeast strain that's Belgian (again, SPICY). Baked bread and a raisin pudding, then something a little vinous/grape-like. Curious beer and certainly not like the standard barleywine.
M: Alluring creaminess, fine and seemingly barely carbonated. Softness belies a steady warmth. Medium body grows heavier and develops more the nearer to room temperature it gets, excellent lasting finish, with blended spice and bitterness.
D: Plenty drinkable, no question about that - at least as drinkable as 9%+ can be. As a 'retired' beer, one expects some deterioration, but the result here is an aged beer that marries wonderfully with my palate. The look had me enthralled until the final sip, and feel and flavors were wonderful throughout. Here's to hoping to have this one again, however unlikely that is.
02-18-2011 23:40:02 | More by msubulldog25
2.55/5 rDev -32.7%
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.
02-18-2011 05:07:18 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
A. Pours a murky, hazy-reddish amber color with a decent sized creamy, tan head that settles into a thin film clinging to the sides of the glass.
S. A sweet malt backbone is the heart of this beer but there is also a sherry-like aroma to go along with medium strength aroma hops.
T. The taste starts with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors then fades into caramel malt before finishing with a solid hop bitterness.
M. Medium to full bodied with extremely good carbonation for the style. It is not watery or heavy but is still satisfying.
Overall a very good beer, but not great. This is my favorite style so I has high expectations. This beer had more hops than I expected from a "Danish Barley Wine Ale" but less than I expected from an "American Style Ale" but the alcohol bite helps to accentuate the hops that are present.
12-02-2010 19:37:25 | More by hopstradamus
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
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
09-26-2010 21:37:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
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
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
2008 vintage acquired in a trade
A: Poured a dark amber and gold color with good carbonation. This beer appeared to change colors while pouring.
S: Nose is hops, caramel, toffee, dark fruits
T- Taste like the nose. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits and chocolate element that pops up from time to time. VERY GOOD
M- Sticky and sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied with very good carbonation.
D- Excellent Danish Barleywine as it says on the label
05-27-2010 00:52:07 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
Huge beer! Poured with a nice foamy frothy light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is a super vineous malty hoppy slam. Flavor is the same. Big bittersweet. Full mouth and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a boozy warming. really good beer.
03-23-2010 02:42:40 | More by drpimento
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
1 Pt. .9 Fl oz bottle poured into pint.
A: Dark cloudy reddish brown. Quarter inch Dirty white bubbly head. Some floating particles can be seen. Thin lace left around pint.
S: Cherries, rum, citrus hops, and sweet malts.
T: Rum soaked cherries (hmph). Bold toasted malts sweep into bright citric hops. Spices are wide and blend well. Finishes with syrup and lingering alcohol.
M: Medium on tongue. Alcohol is warming. Slight syrupy feeling.
D: Big beer. I enjoy the fruitiness of this beer. It is well balanced in all between hops, malt, and alcohol.
03-06-2010 05:23:46 | More by THORN
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
I normally don't buy Danish beers because they are too expensive but i got this at 20% discount so it was only $7 for 500ml. The appearance is a fat tan head that laces the glass well and a ruby red barleywine color to the beer. If I didn't know better I'd think i was looking at Old Guardian. The smell is hoppy, sticky, sweet, syrupy, smells like barleywine but nothing overly impressive. The flavor is dead on for the style, very hoppy, bitter, syrupy, grainy, candy, easily passes for an American barleywine, well done since that is what they are shooting for. Given the price I'll stick to American barleywines made in America.
02-01-2010 00:58:49 | More by ArrogantB
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
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
A: deep mahogany color, incredible, rich, creamy head that was dense
S: mild to medium nose, nice roasted malts with caramel hints, Simcoe hops not overly noticeable
T: nice, well-rounded, not too over the top with hops, this would be a very good beer to age
M: good, a slight bitter finish but that would mellow with age
D: as young it's got a hot alcohol taste but still very drinkable for a barleywine
12-05-2009 02:54:12 | More by wisrarebeer
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
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. The head settles quickly.
Smell: Very sweet and strong. I can detect rich caramel, raisins, grapefruit, and alcohol.
Taste: It starts off sweet and creamy and changes as you swallow. At first I get some of the caramel malts, chocolate and the dark fruit flavors of raisins and plums. It quickly changes into bitter hops and grapefruit. It has a good alcohol burn to it with hints of pepper and spices.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Full bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation.
09-18-2009 23:19:48 | More by meatmallet
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
4/5 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
Batch One from Amager Bryghus
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.