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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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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and some very fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some Fruity Pebbles/Flintstones vitamin type flavors. There is an assertive and astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel with a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but the aromas and flavors seem a bit muddled together and unbalanced.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark pomegranate red with maraschino cherry highlights and a splendid looking crown of sandstone colored whipped creaminess that fills the upper third of the snifter. A good bit of lace is starting to stick and looks as though it will last... but doesn't.

The nose is akin to a primarily pale malted American barleywine. The label reads 'Barley Wine Ale', so that's how we'll think of it from here on out. Unfortunately, too much time has passed for the Simcoe hops to be jumping out of the glass. Nevertheless, it's still a pleasantly fruity big brew.

The passage of time has not been kind to Batch One. There's no way of knowing how old this bottle is (two years at most?), but it doesn't taste like it was an outstanding ale in its younger days. The malts are Oktoberfest-like toasted-earthy and the hops have faded too completely. And Simcoe was such an inspired choice.

Due in part to the abscence of strong flavors, alcohol is too hot and harsh, which should never be the case in aged beer if it was brewed properly. All that said, the all-important taste and drinkability scores don't deserve to drop below the average line.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side for the style and the ABV, and is firm rather than creamy or sticky. Proper carbonation helps, but it can only do so much.

It's doubtful that Batch One Danish Barley Wine Ale was better when fresh, but anything is possible. Amager Bryghus has impressed me in the past with Hr. Frederiksen, Imperial Stout and Sundby Stout. Too bad this one doesn't measure up. Hmmm... that could be the reason why it's no longer being brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a copper-amber color with a solid finger of sticky, off-white head.

S: Toffee and caramel with a good dose of brown sugar. Maybe a bit of green apple to it. Some cardboard which makes the nose just of flat and boring. Just a touch of chocolate and very minimal hop notes.

T: Lots of green apple flavor. Quite a bit of cardboard, too. Boozy, despite being as old as it is. Some slight pine hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness. Toffee and burnt sugar provide the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just way too many things wrong with this beer. Lots of off flavors and too harsh.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly brown amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing brown sugar, fresh honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, except I'm impressed by the complex, melange of flavor I get. In addition to the obvious honey and brown sugar, there's some cherry, more vanilla, and some decent hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and there's a hint of alcoholic heat on the finish.

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....

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light khaki head that stays leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is sweet dark fruit and some alcohol. Light bitter aftertaste. $8.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 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 maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML bottle lifted off of a clearance rack; expectations are tempered. Was this really only brewed once in 2007?

The pour is sheer clay; I think I saw this beer starring in a scene from “Ghost”. Nose brings an herbal tint, oranges, light sweetness, an earthiness bespeaken of hops past their due date. Very odd.

Batch One is great if it’s a nine-yaer old barleywine; if not, not so much. The hops greet my palate with a shaken tree worth of old hops leaves, & leave a faintly metallic aftertaste…which isn’t as bad as it should be. Spritz of alcohol, latent sweetness, green apple, grapefruit. Caramel? Thick, coating. Half of this midget bottle will be enough, thanks.

Interesting take on the style; if it weren’t for that persistent metallic sliver in the back of my throat, this would be a winner. As is, pretty good.

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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
3.82 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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