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Batch One - Amager Bryghus

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very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:32:45 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, picked up at Premier in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy brownish red, pretty chunky and opaque looking, nice medium sized tan head forms, drops to a thick layer and leaves some solid lace rings around the glass. Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, lots of grapefruit, oranges, very earthy and woody, floral, raisins and dark fruit, light honey, biscuit, touch of alcohol, pretty nice. Taste is neat, very fruity and floral, grapefruit, roses, orange peel, strawberries, biscuit and caramel middle, brown sugar, big bitterness in the finish and lightly astringent, alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth and astringency but other a pretty solid barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:56:16 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 20:44:27 | More by grub
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 08:09:06 | More by popery
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 03:47:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:56:42 | More by Bung
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:27:37 | More by weeare138
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 17:58:49 | More by hopdog
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:50:17 | More by hoppymeal
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 14:21:44 | More by mdagnew
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 03:42:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special review for new years eve!

A: Amber with a light-brown creamy head.

S: Tropical fruits, grape, malt, hops a'la plenty and herbs.

M: Cocoa, earth, caramel, nuts, pine.

M: Dry and rich with a medium carbonation.

This did not taste at all what i expected. With 80+ IBU's i expected this to be more like an DIPA but it turns out to be a nicely balanced brew with rich and complex flavours. A really nice beer from Amager Bryghus. If you can get hold of it, give it a go!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:47:22 | More by baggio
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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
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