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Batch One | Amager Bryghus

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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 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 barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 THORN
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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 ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't buy Danish beers because they are too expensive but i got this at 20% discount so it was only $7 for 500ml. The appearance is a fat tan head that laces the glass well and a ruby red barleywine color to the beer. If I didn't know better I'd think i was looking at Old Guardian. The smell is hoppy, sticky, sweet, syrupy, smells like barleywine but nothing overly impressive. The flavor is dead on for the style, very hoppy, bitter, syrupy, grainy, candy, easily passes for an American barleywine, well done since that is what they are shooting for. Given the price I'll stick to American barleywines made in America.

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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 wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany color, incredible, rich, creamy head that was dense
S: mild to medium nose, nice roasted malts with caramel hints, Simcoe hops not overly noticeable
T: nice, well-rounded, not too over the top with hops, this would be a very good beer to age
M: good, a slight bitter finish but that would mellow with age
D: as young it's got a hot alcohol taste but still very drinkable for a barleywine

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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 meatmallet
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. The head settles quickly.

Smell: Very sweet and strong. I can detect rich caramel, raisins, grapefruit, and alcohol.

Taste: It starts off sweet and creamy and changes as you swallow. At first I get some of the caramel malts, chocolate and the dark fruit flavors of raisins and plums. It quickly changes into bitter hops and grapefruit. It has a good alcohol burn to it with hints of pepper and spices.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Full bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation.

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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 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 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 Viggo
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 popery
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm... The last review of this beer was four months ago. Hopefully, the beer hasn't suffered for the extra few months of age. That seems unlikely, but the other reviews don't really jibe with my experience. At any rate, here are my notes. This beer pours a dark, translucent mahogany red tone with a creamy head and good lacing. The aroma is strong with sharp bitter hop notes and the smoldering presence of alcohol esters. There's some good caramel malt underneath these odors, but it's not nearly as strong or sweet as I'd prefer. The bitter hop notes really come out on the palate. There's also a pepperiness to it, and the alcohol also is clearly evident. I'm not entirely sure what the style on this beer is supposed to be. The bottle says "Danish Barley Wine Ale" and the website says American Strong Ale like it does here. I was expecting a barleywine, but it lacks sweetness and probably makes more sense as an ASA. There is a strong caramel malt presence, but it's not nearly as sweet as I'd prefer. Maybe, there's something wrong with my tastebuds, but it feels like this beer is stripping a layer of skin off in my mouth. I keep coming back to the word "sharp" (it's odd that I'm finding it hot/sharp after an extra few months while most people who reviewed it fresher found it smooth and sweet. apologies if I'm off on this one). Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly viscous. Drinkability is low for me for the above-stated reasons. At any rate, it's a well-made beer that isn't to my liking.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky apple cider brown with a very large off white to cream head that recedes slowly with some decent lacing. Aroma is some good hoppiness, grapefruit is quite strong, some orange and a cotton candy sweetness as well. Taste follows with some good citrus hoppiness and berry sweetness, some strong peppery hoppiness, quite bitter on the palate, a decent amount of alcohol in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, fairly peppery, some alcohol warmth. Decent beer, quite bitter which is nice, but the alcohol is a bit in the face for my likes, at least with the body feeling slightly thin. Still a good dipa, no problem finishing the 500ml.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 baggio
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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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