Batch One | Amager Bryghus

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Batch OneBatch One

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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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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Czequershuus
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy ruddy copper with a decent head. The aroma offers up apricots, pears, nutmeg, cinnamon, bright red apple, date, fig, plum, blackberry, and marmalade. This complex depth continues in the taste, with toffee, fig, dry caramel, plum, graham cracker, and orange peel present. There is a solid level of bitterness, and a finish of burnt pecans and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light given the flavors, medium bodied with a solid amount of fizz. Overall this is an utterly delicious beer full of dark, dried fruit, spice, and nut flavors, with an overlay of citrusy American hops. Completely worth a re-buy.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of THORN
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerman207
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this sitting on a shelf at one of my favorite beer stores for $2.99 clearance.

A: Wow - pours a dark cloudy orange and has 1 finger of head that lingers forever.

S: Nose is candied apple, malt, honey, and some raisin. Wow. Very powerful and very inviting

T: Taste is a bit smoky with apple and honey hitting the plate. Bitter finish that lingers

M: Smooth and a bit strong in the alcohol finish. Doesn't take away from it but it warns you to slow down.

O: Wow. For $2.99, this beer is fantastic. I believe this may be my first danish beer as well!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Bung
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Viggo
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 uturn
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 :(

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of baggio
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 claytong
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of DaveHS
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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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