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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Mikkeller ApS

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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel BrunchAmager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch

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BA SCORE
89
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Should be listed under Amager.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 06-28-2010)
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Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam who brought something to taste that I'd never even heard of, and a nice surprise it was!

Black with a nice dark khaki head.

Nose is all big, rich and full black chocolate and fresh coffee. Tones of creamed coffee and black coffee/bitter black chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and inviting. Thick like a coffee/chocolate malt.

Flavors are full, rich and assertive black chocolate/coffee and very inviting.

Could be considered big simple coffee. I find a wonderful rich roasted grain/coffee/black chocolate richness that makes this a delightful big drink.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly smooth and robust, the collaborative "Brunch" ale between Mikkeller and Amager culminates in a lush and velvety Stout that never discloses its high alcohol.

Its pour is lightly viscous as its black body pours on the glass with a creamy, velvety layering effect. As its cascade settles, the beer releases a creamy and froth espresso-like creme with semi-stern retention and slim lace. The beer prefers a brandy-like legging on the glass as opposed to trailing lace.

Boldly aromatic, the scent of coffee is evident. But not any more so, the notes of chocolate, walnut, and highly roasted barley play on the nose. Cognac-like alcohol aromas emit as does a savory sherry note heading into taste.

Its flavor is bold, robust and masculine. High coffee flavor is met with bitter chocolate flavors for balanced taste. The elements of char, campfire and heavy toast align with slim residual sweetness for a session of dessert-like taste with brandy. A quick vanilla finish is beautiful as it highlights its chocolaty and coffee taste.

But its saving grace rests in its texture. Its sultry-smooth carbonation and residual malts weave into a silky-smooth texture that feels like ribbon gliding across the palate. Finishing warm, the ale is masterfully deceiving in its warmth as cognac strength frames its taste.

Loving this beer, it hides its alcohols sneakingly well. But the malts wrap around the palate for full saturation of flavor for a powerful yet smooth and roasted taste.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very cool beer, one of the worst labels ever (different from the one pictured here). a blend of beer geek brunch weasel with another danish imperial stout, tons of layers to this one. the coffee, which i expected to be front and center, is way back behind a lot of the heavy roasted malts, and honestly i taste it more in the finish, after i swallow, than at any other time. it doesnt come out too strong in the nose either, i am surprised how subtle the coffee, which may well be the most interesting element here, is. tons of roast and girth to this, a little perfume in the nose coming from god knows where, floral out of place, but appetizing nonetheless. the flavor has some sweetness, caramel and dark chocolate before the coffee comes in. minimal bitterness is appreciated, and no acid at all from the coffee. not quite as complex as i was hoping it would be, nowhere near as interesting as the barrel aged brunch editions, but its a damn fine stout as it stands. i think the barrel aged version brings it to life a little more, especially in the feel, but both are excellent. easy drinking for its body and strength, this makes a fine dessert.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeffo for digging this one up and getting it to North America for me. Best before September 1st, 2015. Served in a Drie Fonteinen tulip.

A - Great looking stout. Ample dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving plenty of splotchy lacework. Body is black, with just the faintest glint of brown at the fringes.

S - The smell is full of chocolate cake, fudge, hazelnuts, and hints of cola and carob. The coffee has certainly faded in the last 18 months, but what remains is far from your typical diner coffee. Instead it's a very rich dark roast the integrates seamlessly with the other flavors.

T - The taste is a bit ashier and lacks the rich chocolate sweetness found in the aroma. There's still plenty of espresso, dark chocolate, and a bit smoke. The finish is slightly burnt, but it avoids the horrendous astringency and burnt tire flavor that plagues some Mikkeller and Amager offerings. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M - The feel is fantastic. Silky-smooth medium-full body, with pleasant medium-low carbonation. The finish is mildly sticky, and lingers lightly on the palate indefinitely.

D - I really enjoyed this for 8oz, but I suspect it would grow a bit fatiguing after that point. Reminds me of the first batch of Brunch Weasel that was vastly superior to the subsequent ones. I'd have this again, if it were easier to acquire.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amager / Mikkeller "Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch"

Brewed and bottled at Amager. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 10.7%. 500ml brown glass bottle with Amager branded silver pry-off cap served cold into a Guinness goblet at high alitude in Castle Rock, CO, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal stout per the label.

Expectations are sky high; I adore Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki-tan colour. Gorgeously creamy and thick, with a supple soft smooth consistency and a shiny complexion. Full and rolling. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - easily 8+ minutes. Admittedly, it would be more appealing if it were darker and richer, but it's a great head overall.

Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. I'm craving the first sip.

AROMA: Oatmeal, dark malts, chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, a luxurious roasted barley presence, and coffee - with an ideal level of bitterness. Unfortunately, the coffee isn't as intricate as I hoped for given the use of Brunch Weasel in the blend; it's not roasty or rich, and lacks any evocative java character or subtle burnt characteristics. That said, it does improve as the beer comes to temperature, releasing more interesting aromatics of Vietnamese coffee.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. If I experienced it blind, I'd guess this was maybe 8%.

TASTE: Luxurious mocha and coffee notes complement the exquisite roasted barley marvelously. Dark and chocolate malts fill out the body nicely, supporting the mealy oat notes, cream, and subtle milk chocolate beautifully. Slightly burnt, with some subtle dark fruit notes. Subsidiary hints of faint vanilla and caramel. Cakey. Char.

It's very well balanced, though structurally it's sweet in the first half and bitter in the second, lending it an uneven feel. Well-built, with plenty of subtlety and complexity. The Vietnamese coffee lends it some nuance, but I think the coffee's intricacy gets muddled in this blend.

As much as I like it, I do wonder if the whole is more than the sum of its parts; I think I'd enjoy the constituent beers more separate from each other. Or maybe it's just that Brunch Weasel is superior to Amager's component.

No hop profile comes through, nor do any yeast notes.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium to full bodied, and of ideal thickness. Impossibly soft, lending it an incredible comforting feel on the palate. The smoothening leavening effects of the oats is obvious here, but isn't so extreme as to veer this too close to a porter. Presence on the palate is fantastic, though in fairness it is slightly overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough. I'm surprised it hides its ABV as well as it does.

OVERALL: I'm always critical of (non-lambic) blends (I'm looking at you, Firestone Walker and The Bruery), and this - while very good - does seem to be muddled and unfocused, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole. I think Amager's component just plain can't hold a candle to Mikkel's Brunch Weasel - which is one of my favourite beers. This is worth trying, sure, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again. It does hide its ABV well, and it's very drinkable, but the toned-down coffee and the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel lend the build some awkwardness. Certainly a dessert beer. Good but not great.

B-

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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen. This is a combination of Amager's Hr. Frederiksen and Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and smooth coffee. As the beer warms the aromas sweeten a bit with hints of blackstrap molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Well-integrated roasted malt flavors work well with sweet molasses and mild amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hops make an appearance before being overtaken by smooth coffee flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass with no problems and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer very much however it's to be expected as both the base beers are exceptional. That being said I'm not sure if the combination of the two makes either one better. Either way, it's a tasty beverage and worth a shot.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour with a small dark tan head. Good.

Coffee and roast aroma with mild soy sauce and a slight herbal note.

Good roast flavour with lots of black coffee and a touch of malt. Mild hops. Nicely balanced.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A crisp, dry, roasty stout with some coffee flavour but not as much coffee as expected.

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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch from Mikkeller ApS
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