Yes, batch 12 was the first (bottled) batch. Had a good pepper spice (which is the only things the newer ones lack a bit of IMO, but I like chili beers), but the cinnamon was overbearing. With the newer batches, they balanced the flavors much better, upped the ABV and thickened the mouthfeel. Its the reviews of batch 12 that ruin its overall rating on BA. Any of the wax top versions are far superior.