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
Photo of RblWthACoz
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 Drewrd1988
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 claspada
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

I acquired this in a recent trade with Exiled.

A: Dark brown and opaque, with about one finger of head with fair retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral, herby hops fallowed by syrupy malts, caramel and some slight booze.

T: Nutty malts with some toffee. Quite rich with a slight hop bitterness. Boozy, in fact a bit too boozy. The alcohol seems to help accentuate the sweetness of the malts to the point it's nearly cloying.

M: Full bodied and slightly syrupy, but it does start to dry out in the finish.

O: If they'd managed to cover the alcohol a little better, this would be one delightful sipper. However, I've had beers over 11% ABV that hid their alcohol better than this, and combined with the sweetness of the malts it becomes a little too much. It was easy enough to finish the bottle, but certainly not something I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Slightly hazy brown body, with a good two-finger, dense, tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma it not very complex, as I'm getting only caramel malt and candy sugar. The bottle says Simcoe hops are used to dry hop. They must have faded as I am getting nothing in the aroma.

The taste is likewise very sweet. But, I get a very tiny note of an earthy hop flavor. Overall, the flavor is way too sweet for me to enjoy.

Medium mouthfeel and little carbonation. I expect this is old, but in my experience, barleywines age fairly well. Not so much with this one.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looking at a dark amber body with golden red highlights. This beer had two fingers of head when set down on the table. After a few minutes it has depressed to a slight film with copious amounts of lace.

Smell: The nose is full of ester notes, and also some floral ones while we are at it. Mingling in there is some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: This barley wine is certainly fruity. The fruit seems to be orange and strawberry in nature. It has a very bitter finish with a wheat malt backbone. There is also a slightly unpleasant cough syrup taste in the finish, almost like it is coming from the esters. Probably one of the most...interesting tasting beers I have had.

Mouth feel: The feel is actually quite full with no carbonation to lift it up off the tongue. The bitter finish diminishes how smooth it could be. It feels like a well crafted beer.

Overall: Barley wine? Lager? Who can say? I certainly can not. This beer is very different, and not all that enjoyable. Was it worth trying on tap? I suppose.

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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 Ryan011235
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/11/11

Rustic, coppery color with amber hues at the base of the glass. One and a half finger head doesn't last long. Half skim and half bubbled retention. A decent bit of large-webbed lace.

Smells simple, boring and sub-par. Caramel, bread, dough and a faint earthiness. The Simcoe hops mentioned on the bottle don't shine. I'm not picking out any citrus and there seems to be only a smattering of pine.

The taste is as unflattering and one-dimensional as the aroma. Sure, there's an acceptable amount of hop bitterness, but the vibrancy that can come with Simcoe hops is entirely missing. Beyond that are notes of doughy bread and caramel. A bit toasty and thankfully not much for sweetness. A hint of butter toffee as it warms.

Medium-full feel accented by a fine grittiness. Moderate carbonation seems appropriate enough. One big drawback is the presence of alcohol heat which, in the absence of complexity, readily makes itself known.

I have no idea how old the bottle is (I've only recently seen it in Columbus) so either this isn't as hopped as the label suggests or the hops have faded. In any case this is a lackluster brew at best. I only finished half the bottle.

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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 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 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 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 hopstradamus
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a murky, hazy-reddish amber color with a decent sized creamy, tan head that settles into a thin film clinging to the sides of the glass.

S. A sweet malt backbone is the heart of this beer but there is also a sherry-like aroma to go along with medium strength aroma hops.

T. The taste starts with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors then fades into caramel malt before finishing with a solid hop bitterness.

M. Medium to full bodied with extremely good carbonation for the style. It is not watery or heavy but is still satisfying.

Overall a very good beer, but not great. This is my favorite style so I has high expectations. This beer had more hops than I expected from a "Danish Barley Wine Ale" but less than I expected from an "American Style Ale" but the alcohol bite helps to accentuate the hops that are present.

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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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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 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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Batch One from Amager Bryghus
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