Batch One | Amager Bryghus

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Batch OneBatch One

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Danish Barleywine" brewed with Simcoe hops.

Added by baggio on 12-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was a while back when I tried this beer and made basic notes on my phone. I remember it being pretty good but over hopped. Bitter earth, higher alcohol burn than I'd have liked.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into can glass

A: almost no head with a fairly stiff pour. Super brackish hazy amber color very murky and can not see through it. Looks like low carbonation.

S: very hoppy with almost a sour raisin smell very malty jells like burnt sugars

T: starts out with plums morphs into resin and when you swallow a rush of sweet and malty with that burnt sugary taste with a nice layering effect of bitterness

M: Very heavy on the tongue syrupy very soft mouthfeel little to know carbonation

O: This is a pretty big Barleywine it tastes bigger than it is which is odd but it's got such a nice layered flavor I like it. Thus is recommended

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

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!

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Drewrd1988
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DaveHS
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

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.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 73 ratings