Batch 666 | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Batch 666Batch 666

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ffejherb on 12-14-2008

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My bro picked this up in a growler and it was described to him as a "mix between the porter and IPA", So I wasnt sure what to expect.
The beer pours a rich deep brown hue with bubbly spacious head of 1 cm foaming up with a gentle pour into my pint glass. The aroma is roasted malt and some sweet brown sugar, maybe a bit of earthy or spicy hops but that could be just my imagination working with the description from the barkeep.
First sip reveals an average body and smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. This beer is easy to drink.
Flavor is similar to nose with malt notes dominant, roasted notes and some coffee ground, mix with a bit of brown sugar and cover over any booze or hops that were in there.
This seems much more like a stout than the winter warmer it is categorized as on BA, but the beer is enjoyable and tasty and goes down very smooth. I enjoy it regardless of style and recommend it if its available when you visit ABC.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harrisburg location on 1/10/09. Served in an oversized Mugger mug.

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin and fizzy caramel colored head. Retains around the edges with a big creamy flareup when swirled around, leaving behind some nice swatches of patchy lacing. The aroma is surprisingly rich smelling with notes of caramel, molasses, chocolate malts, some citrus character, and a touch of floral hops that bring up the rear.

The taste starts with roasted chocolate malts that take control from the get-go with supportive sticky sweetness coming courtesy of caramel, molasses, and a splash of citrus. The back is pulled up by some hop bitterness that combines with additional notes of coffee and roast to make for a memorable lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that is carried by an overall pretty darn smooth and creamy feel that really helps the drinkibility of this.

Holy crap! I had heard good things about this from fellow BA's and upon finally getting to check it out myself, I would have to agree! Full flavored and drinkable, I had to make sure that this wasn't a guest tap. *Just kidding. OK, maybe not ;P*

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Photo of trbergman
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into pint glass. I was told the brewers used a little of this, a little of that, whatever was around at the time, so this is quite a weird beer.

A - Dark chestnut with one finger of tan head.

S - Raisin, fig, date, and dried cherry.

T - Dried fruits; chewy, dried apples; burnt toffee; tobacco; well balanced with subtle bitterness, though mostly malty.

M - Smooth, medium body.

D - Complex, kind of odd, doesn't really seem to know what it's trying to be.

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Photo of Deuane
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-The deepest brown copper that still allows light through. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.

S-Faint roasted malt...not much else.

T-Mmmmm...the taste makes up for th lack of aroma. Rich, roasted malt with a touch of spicy hop bitterness and a honey like sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body tihe a nice lasting roasted bitterness. Pleasant dry finish.

D-Wow! One of the biggest surprise beers of the year, ABC makes a beer that is honestly good! Regardless of what this style is this one is nice, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler freshly filled at the brewery. If you put a gun to my head, I'd call this a Munich dunkel lager.

A: The beer is dark, a brown wooden color that is completely opaque. Brighter red highlights are the narrow base of the glass are evident. A finger or so of white head emerged on the first pour and has laced all around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is malty, syrupy with a strong caramel presence. Bread aromas mix with chocolate and a crisp hop profile.

T: The dark malts dominate the start of each sip with a roasted flavor that has burnt bread, chocolate and caramel in abundance. Coffee flavors abound, mixing with maltiness and coating the tastebuds. The hop profile doesn't dominate up front but chimes in as the malts settle down. The citrus is not overwhelming and even yields to the malty flavors on the back side of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, warming without hinting at any level of alcohol. The combination of coffee dark malts and touch of coffee is enjoyable.

D: The beer is nicely drinkable, a bit on the strong side though. The drink is full, a decent sipper that nicely warms without punching you in the face with booze.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 12/13/08. The bartender indicated this was a "Winter Warmer," so I took his word because there was nothing listed on the beer menu or the ABC web site about this beer.

A - Dark chestnut brown body with burgundy highlights and one-finger creamy light tan head that retained fairly well and yielded some sticky lacing around the glass. While the head diminismed to a patchy film, it flared up quite nicely with each swirl of the glass.

S - Aroma is earthy and woody with a touch of citrus hops. Malt has a dark roasted character with a slight hint of chocolate and mild dark fruit.

T - Flavor is pretty rich with dark malts and chocolate notes as well as a prevalent dark fruit character reminiscent of plum. Some juicy citrus hops emerge in the middle, which was a pleasant surprise. There is an ever-so-slight tinge of smokiness in the finish joined by a subtle bitter hop presence.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Bitterness isn't crazy, but it is fairly pronounced and apparent in the finish.

D - Interesting take on the style. Not sure I would have even known this was a Winter Warmer. Not sure I would even even classify it as such. Nevertheless, this drinks more like a dark lager or dopplebock with a nice amount of hops. One of the better ABC brews I've had recently.

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3.72 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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