Batch 666 | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Batch 666Batch 666
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Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
abcbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ffejherb on 12-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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3
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10
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Photo of sneth019
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with 1-finger tan head. Light lace and light retention. Nice color.

Nose is light spice and caramel/molasses. Spice is understated, with the caramel dominating.

Taste is stronger caramel, a faint whiff of molasses, and nutmeg/cinnamon mix. Hops are lacking. Roast malt component in the finish.

Grainy, earthy feel. Very thick, without overpowering. Slightly oily. A bit unfinished, but not disappointing.

Overall, worth a shot but not one to go out of the way for.

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Photo of BierBliss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma brings a subtle spiciness on top of a base of deep caramel and nougat. Can't really smell any hops, perhaps they just blend with the spice potpourri that I am picking up.

Clear, though dark brown in color and topped with a nice off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Brown sugar and molasses dominate the flavor profile here. None of those spices present in the aroma are detected at all. A bit disappointing, but it's not bad at all.

Carbonation is on the high side and the body is medium to medium-full. It's quite drinkable at 7.7%

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Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of oline73
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/mahogany with a finger of tan head that fades rather quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Malty and a bit sweet with some dark fruit. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: A bit more interesting than the smell. Malty with some dark fruit and hints of molasses. It is possible that there are some spices, but they are in the background. There is some mild roast and alcohol in the finish along with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fairly mediocre winter warmer. At least it tasted better than it smelled. Probably going to pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a nice pint of this on 28JAN12 at the Harrisburg location, while on break from Ft Indiantown Gap.

My shaker was filled with a deep, dark mahogany bier. Though hard to tell, it was without haze; quite the dark offering. The creamy head was tan and a bit rocky, too. Good stick was left down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a bit mild, with some roasty aspects and a touch of florality. Body was middle of the road medium, and it was prickle-free on the tongue.

It started sweet, with some caramel, then had a bit of roastiness and a hint of dark choco. I also picked up a suggestion of peatyness in there as well. At the finish it had some pithy hop characteristics, ending on a dry, rindy note. Solid all the way!

I also had their cask version, with the most noticeable difference being the mouthfeel. It was even smoother and a touch fuller in that regard, and still tasted topshelf. Prosit!!

3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appalachian "Batch No. 666"
22 oz. bottle; no freshness date
$5.52 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Without any style listed on the label, and no real suggestion as to what it was (666? It could have been a halloween / pumpkin ale) I didn't have much to go on except that it listed the alcohol as being 7.7% by volume. 'Ahh, what the hell?' I thought, 'I'll give it a shot'.

NOTES: Dark brown body with mahogany and ruby highlights. Frothy yellowed-tan head. Smells of cocoa with a background suggestion of roast or smoke. Coffee-like I guess. The head drops shortly, but thin curtains of grey lace are left behind on the glass - in time they break up into 'cobwebs'. Should have better head retention and lacing at just 7.7% abv. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests. The cocoa and milk chocolate return along with some soft dark fruit. It's fairly bitter, and just a slight touch piney. Some very subtle roast does seem to lay there under the surface - (I get it more in the lingering finish than across the tongue). A thin edge of alcohol is noticeable - not necessarily bad... seems to help, gives an edge and some character. Bits of sugary caramel linger in an otherwise dry, bitter and piney finish. Nice. Expecting more? Perhaps. Disappointed? No. Pleasant and very drinkable... gladly NOT overdone, particularly the hops. Hints of coconut as well; but I wonder about the smoke/roast? What's really there? Something along those lines would be in keeping with the label. Buy again? YES - $5.52! Seasonal?: Fall, Thxgvng, Xmas, winter BBQ, summer BBQ? ...case

So, OK, from their website... it is an "October Specialty" at a solid 19.5˚OG, and 61 IBU's. It's also, supposedly, "a devilish Halloween Brew" that's "dark bronze in color" - but not the batch I sampled! State Line is out of stock, but they'll re-release it on 9/28/12. I teetered between a 4.0 and 4.5 for "overall" score, but decided to go with the 4.5 based on ... well, I'm just not sure but I liked it enough to look into buying more, so that should be enough. It's not brilliant, but it's solid; and it's very reasonably priced.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was malty but didn't have too much else really going on. The taste of the beer was average at best, I feel like this one falls a little short in the Winter Warmer style. There is no spice notes that I could tell and it mainly tasted fairly generic to me. The mouthfeel had a good carbonation to it but was a little on the light side again for a winter brew. Overall I had much higher hopes for this brew and I was let down. With a name using the number of the beast this beer should have been much more aggressive in all aspects. I feel that Appalachian kind of dropped the ball on this one.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruge hybrid glass on 11/26/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks to Chris from Metro Cellars for supplying this sample bottle. A classy gesture from a classy distributor. --

*From what I've been told, this is a blend of a Brown Ale and a Porter.

A: Hazlenut toffee brown in hue. A standard pour yields a lush two finger head that sticks around for a while. Above average lacing follows.

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla extract, spice and tinderbox. As it opens, a bit of tanned leather and mild cigar tobacco shine through.

T: Quite impressive. A bit of sweet, dried vine fruit up front. as it moves to the mid, it begins mutating into a rich, brownie batter like brew. The transformation is unexpected and wholly enjoyed. As it warms, there's a pronounced spice note on the fore-palate.

M: Nice weight. The depth and complexity of this is on point. The layered feel of the beer really adds to it's likability.

O: Easily the best beer in Appalachian's line up. Batch 666 is complex yet easily approachable. It feels well thought out, and something I'd return to. Recommended.

*And no, from what I can tell, this is most certainly not a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of fester71
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Collegeville...
Appears a dense chestnut brown(crimson edges) with a small beige head that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar.
Smell is of roasted chestnuts, a touch of figs, cocoa, raisins, espresso bitters, vanilla, molasses, and yeasty chocolate cake.
Taste mimics the aromas with bitter blasts of grain and grassy hop notes.
Mouthfeel is coating, with sweet and bitter notes challenging the palate. Amazingly, little beads of citrusy hops wash away the sticky malt flavors that are sticking to the tongue. Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 666

My buddy got this growler from the brew pub at Gettysburg. I was lucky enough for him to share it with me. I usually review on the spot but I had go by memory.

Nice ruby body color. The head was brown and very creamy. It reminded me of a stout but not as dark . The head left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma had a brown sugar, toffee with a woody smell.

The taste had a slight coffee, some toffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate, brown sugar and a woody taste that takes center stage. Also, a alcohol taste was noticeable but not overbearing.

The mouth feel was nice and silky. Creamy head. The body is about medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Some alcohol heat was evident.

This is a tasty brew for sure. As it warmed, the alcohol and wood taste came more noticeable. The best part about this beer is the taste and mouth feel.
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Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, may as well be black, color with just a smidge of light creeping through. It produces an inch of tan head and leaves some lacing behind.

S - The aroma is lacking a bit, I get some roasted and crystal malts. There also traces of spices, but too faint to make out.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel.

T - Dark roasted malts come first and quickly interweave with sweet caramel. A very nice milk-chocolate flavor follows and it concludes with a roasty bitterness.

By far the best offering I've seen come out of Appalachian that wasn't from a homebrewer(the single hop IPA series was great).

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
HUGE thanks to stakem for sending this one to me in 'Big Black Booty BIF 2011'!!!
Just in time for this review, number 666!!! m/

This gives all appearances of being black. Backlighting exposes a small edge of dark brown around the edge. An easy pour produces a very creamy looking, light capuccino brown colored, head of foam, about 1/8" thick. It doesn't seem like much at first, until you see that it never leaves(!). The lacing is almost curtain-like with it's thickness.
The look of this one is almost perfect. (A half point deduction for the lack of true black in it's color.)

Roasted malts, all full of sweet hints, are dominant here. A good amount of holiday spices are a little bit more subdued, but still nice. Hints of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. A hint of caramel and some light traces of brown sugar, along with mild dark fruit notes.
This nose is mild, overall, but there is a lot going on here, if you look around a little bit.

The spices hit first and are immediately followed by big notes of very roasted malts. Milk chocolate gives way to dark and bittersweet chocolates. Dark fruit sweetness, along with light traces of caramel provide a slight bit of balance.
The roasted malts are definitely the shining focus here.

This has a medium, almost full, body to it. It has an almost high level of carbonation to it, but it feels like it's natural. It's full of millions of little tiny bubbles which give it a great touch of creaminess. Very smooth.

This is quite delicious and very easy-to-drink. Too bad it was done as a one-off. I'd love to get more of this one!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a HUGE mug.

A- pours jet black with a 2 finger tan head. Very puffy head, with minimal lacing

S- roasted malts, sweet chocolate, hints of bitter coffee and dark fruits...very nice, albeit a little mild

T- I'm not getting a TON of flavor...slightly bitter chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruits in there, but everything is really muted and blah.

M- its got a nice, thick body to it...but with the weak flavors, it seems like overkill

D- eh. At least they tried something a little different...but its still a typical Appalachian beer, lacking much flavor or character

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Photo of nickd717
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade. HARRISBURG TICK HELL YES!

Pours darkest brown with a small tan head that leaves a film.

The aroma has loads of cocoa, sweet caramel, and roast. Slightly smoky, and pretty nice.

Sweet on the flavor. Chocolatey, but a little fake tasting. Burnt caramel, toffee, smoke, and roasted malts. Pretty good, but too sweet.

Medium-bodied and smooth with long finish. On the creamy side.

Overall, well, I'd like to homer this up, but honestly it's only decent.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to FishGetter for grabbing this brew while on his trip to Harrisburg. Thanks buddy! Served this chilled, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. This is my first beer from Appalachian Brewing.

Appearance: Batch No. 666 pours out what appears to be a deep brown color that instantly looks black in the glass. A somewhat hard pour brings on a head that is a light tan color, soapy, and about a finger high. Head settles quickly into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Some light wisps of webby lace were left behind.

Smell: Roasted malt seems to rule the nose. Slightly spicy ,and a bit of dark fruit lingers. Maybe some bits of chocolate and toffee. Very roasty.

Taste: Big roasty character to it. Roasted malt with some charred wood. Bitter chocolate is also noted. Has a bit of a medicinal flavor in the background. Finishes dry and a bit bitter. Alcohol is all but hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not quite chewey, but thicker. Carbonation is medium, yet tingly.

Drinkability: A pretty drinkable brew. I'd like to try some of their other offerings. Thanks again Shawn.

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Batch 666 from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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