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Hr. Frederiksen - Amager Bryghus

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 114
Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did not come to Brazil to drink Danish beer, but when a beer like Hr. Frederiksen falls into m lap, I will take a small taste, thank you. On to the beer:

The beer is black bodied and topped with solid head and good retention on top. A pleasing aroma excites the mood, as modest hops and a note of lactose set the table for a wonderful tasting experience. Coffee knocks on the door first, then a splash of bittering hops. With a strong note of chocolate, the beer takes on a pleasing bittersweet taste. It's a full bodied beer with a hoppy aftertaste, putting Hr. Frederiksen into good territory.

Photo of Way2drunk
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured n2 a tulip glass I was initially excited by the reviews. With a hint of sweetness I was excited. My first initial taste and feel thought were good but I waited 4 it 2 settle b4 committing to my final scores. The more I drank the more my scores reduced. The hoppy bitterness at the end is not a flavor profile i prefer. Not sure why it got rated so well but I still have Pride by Amager to try! Hopefully it will be better?

Photo of martyl1000
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is, notably, a collaboration with Mikkeler. Too much coffee, is what I would warn of.

Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hr. ("Mr.") Frederiksen is a real person that apparently had a significant hand in helping establish the Amager Brewery. I've never seen this guy but I'm assuming he's black - because the beer named after him sure as hell is! Heck, not even the head is white, but rather a dirty brown.

The aroma provides the kind of chocolatey richness that'll buckle the knees. Wow. The suggestion of winter fireside drinking is immediate. Espresso and fudge combine to make for what is quite possibly among the most decadent scents on the planet. And to think it's still chilled! This huge concentration of cocoa and coffee liqueur flavours warms the body and soul. Mmmmm.

If the idea truly was, as is written on the label, to make "a meal in a bottle", then clearly they had dessert in mind. This tastes like a double-chocolate, chocolate-chip cookie that's served alongside a cup of black coffee. There's sweetness, bitterness, and decadence all in one sip.

Its brewers claim to be "happy" to have gone "slightly berserk with malt" in crafting this one. It shows - or, more accurately, it is sensed. This has a dense heartiness that makes it ill-suited to daytime drinking (though it does temper the 10.5% alcohol enough to make it feel nourishing and relaxing, allowing the beer to be appreciated without any real fuss).

Hr. Frederiksen is a stout too wonderful to share with food and conversation - it is an offering as suitable to a solitary fireplace sit as any. Though not the palate-numbing, senses-overwhelming kind of blockbuster RIS, it nonetheless punches in with all the requisite espresso and dark chocolate flavours needed to classify it as a heavyweight. A real champion that'll earn a spot in your cellar.

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The bitterness of this beer is what initially punches you in the face. Once you get past that, it is a damn nice beer.

Starting with the appearance it pours black and with little head. The smell is coffee roasts and malts all the way. I love the nose on this beer. Taste is bitter up front, strong bitter. Then you get the malts and cocoa. Roasts and coffee are there too. The flavors are abundant in this beer. This beer coats your mouth and leaves the bitter behind after all the other flavors have left.

All in all a fine beer. I'm glad I bought a few of these, as I will be interested to see how age affects it. Review may change about a year from now...

Photo of Wajohnst
4/5  rDev -2.2%

rich, boozy, roasted malt bitterness

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, hops, and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - The fruity notes remind me a bit of a baltic port, and the hops give it a american black ale kind of taste. A little something from everyone with this beer. It's amazing how well hidden the booze is too. It has a pretty well balanced flavour and it is very drinkable. Pricey but worth it.

Photo of kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my trusty brandy snifter glass. best before july 2019, enjoyed on october 19, 2014

a: black as night with about half a finger of light brown- or tan-hued head. all high-abv stouts look the same man. but i love it. so 4.5 it is

s: my face isn't anywhere near the glass but i can smell notes of chocolate. taking a proper sniff with my nose in the glass, this beer is just hugely rich. massive caramel and dark chocolate right away. slight, non-invasive hints of alcohol. burnt/roasted malts and licorice as well

t: roasted malt, cocoa/dark chocolate, and caramel in the front. licorice and prune-like dark fruits follow. piney, earthy, slightly citrus-fruity moderate hop bitterness in the middle along with some coffee notes. finishes moderately dry and woody with a bit of an alcohol bite, which all work together to help keep the decadence on a leash

m: medium-to-full body with mild carbonation. slightly sticky

o: an indulgent, rich, and delicious imperial stout

Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Pitch black with a sizeable mocha coloured head that recedes quickly to a ring.

(3.75) S: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, dates, figs, plums, and cherries. The chocolate is bold upfront and rich but other aromas aren’t quite as potent as I was hoping for and require a bit of digging for me. There is a nice herbal aroma to this.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma – herbal bitterness (anise-like) with a very malty taste. Again, dark chocolate is forefront with harmonizing sticky dark fruits and dried figs and dates. There is a nice caramel quality here but this leans to the bitter and dry side. Alcohol is considerably well hidden.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly rich, creamy and sticky. Excellent.

(4.0) D: This is a very good imperial stout. The dark chocolate and herbal bitterness complement each other very well.

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.20 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a challis

A- 4.25- Opens well pouring no head but a nice film. VERY dark

S-- 4.25 Roasted malt galore. What a nice blend. Rather hot right now. Hope it cools.

T- 4.0- A but hot. Nice roasted malt and chocolate. Bitter. Decent chocolate

M- 4.0- Ok. Bit chalky.

O- 4.08- This is a nice one. Bought many for the cellar.

Food Pairing

This nice little stout went well with..... Beef Stew

Enjoy!

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle purchased for about $7.20 CDN from the LCBO. Served fairly cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, dark brown nearly black. Opaque and murky, with nearly a finger of light brown coloured head. Tremendous lacing slicks to the glass leaving a thin coating and a multitude of patterns. Head retention isn't spectacular, but the head settles into some wispy froth that does stick around for the duration.

Smell - quite roasty, chocolate and coffee come to mind with a extra dose of vanilla. Subdued yet aromatic, there are no off smells here at all. Very inviting.

Taste - once sip, and its defcon five in the mouth with the excitement of the flavours. Roasty dark chocolate with a trace of coffee starts things off, then transition to a bourbon soaked vanilla flavor, before capping things off with some leather and oak like flavors. Bitterness is persistent but not overdone. One of the best.

Mouthfeel - creamier than creamy this is a wonderfully filling and extraordinarily smooth beer. Moderate finish, behind the obviously substantial body and the carbonation is thee but barely noticeable with the thick tongue coating creaminess of the whole thing.

Overall - wow, truly one of my three or four favourite stouts I've ever had, wonderfully filling a decadent with intense flavours, but every sip just leaves you coming back for more. Definitely worth a buy and I will pick up another, if I can find it, even given the fairly steep price.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Real fruity aromas with some sweet malt mixed in.
Pours pitch black – starts with a 1" foamy tan head and dissipates to a thick foam.
Malty palate with a big chocolate flavor accented with dark unsweetened chocolate bitterness and a touch of roast.
Low carbonation yet creamy and chewy with a little dry astringency on the finish.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Obsidian black. A tight tan head with great retention. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Intense. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and strong bourbon.

T: Damn! Sip and be awed. The coffee rolls in, then vanilla and chocolate pervade, followed by a wallop of bourbon. This is a commanding stout, that begs to be savored. Robust and rich.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this one. One of the better RIS's I've had. Amager kicks ass .

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just more proof that we dont need a barrel or vanilla beans to make a massive and truly mellow and delicious imperial stout. this is classic, but a little different than the american ones, tons of body but not with all the sappy sugary texture. i love that, its almost dry in the end, dark chocolate and chocolate malt team up with maybe even some dark wheat for a really interesting flavor and ingredient profile that is distinct to this beer. after trying the mikkeller collaborations, i had to have this. it almost has a coffee flavor on the front end, but there is also very little bitterness. just grain done right, and i admire the seemingly simplistic nature of this beer, as well as its well hidden alcohol content and its price point. full bodied but not sticky and palate coating, different in that way. i wish for perhaps just a bit more carbonation, or at least carbonation retention, it seems flat after just a few minutes. opens up with temperature, this is a beer for a big wide snifter and a couple of lazy yet contemplative hours.

Photo of t8dd
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Global Brew. Hefty aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Poured jet black with a thick tan head, some retention and good lacing. Deep, rich flavors-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smooth on the palate. Long finish. Really nice stout.

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coal-black body with a rich, foamy, thick, light tan head. Roasted and charred grains, anise, tobacco, bitter chocolate and cocoa all wrapped up loosely together within the aroma. Rich malt sweetness emphasizing the highlights alluded to and reinforcing the characters noted in the smell. Heavy bodied; semi-sweet/dry finish.

Depth and nuanced aroma and flavor notes swirl about with this big beer. It really dances on the edge of decadence, perhaps not quite getting there, but good enough for me. Not quite at the 'world class' level for me, but without a doubt, luscious and sumptuous in all its dark glory.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but opaque at the edges. Khaki head. Big discrete bubbles.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt, pushing burnt. Dark coffee. Some grassy aromas. Dark fruits and licorice.

Taste - Intense dark roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Hop bitterness in the back end. Some lactose, maybe? Lends a creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and nicely bittered. The lactose lingers, though.

Overall - The lactose smooths it out, but I don't like the flavors it adds. Otherwise, really nice.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan that quickly transitioned to lots of bubbles covering the surface and eventually only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate chocolate malts, roasted malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial flavors of licorice with strong notes of roasted malts that are most prominent towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible. Hints of chocolate malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It seemed like the taste might have tasted a little more complex if it had a little more carbonation.

Photo of Tone
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of cherry, hint of chocolate, hint of hops, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, hint of coffee, hint of chocolate, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, blend, body, and complexity.

Photo of KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a light to medium body. Finger of head on the pour and had a thin layer of lacing on the edges of the glass while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Coffee and big potent hops jump out right away. Definitely a sweet malt character with a light roasted character to it. So hop forward though, reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout.

Taste: Mossy, oaky, hop front attacks the palate immediately. Slight medicinal, synthetic malt character. Earthy hops continue to tingle throughout drinking. Light roasted coffee malt flavor. Palate is saturated and exhausted by this brew.

Mouthfeel: heavy and challenging for the palate. Strong hop character rides throughout.

Overall: Definitely hit it with trying to create an American stout. Huge hop profile with medium to light malt character. Mossy earthiness rides throughout..

Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger brown head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet coffee nose and flavor is sweet coffee with slight bitter coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Photo of jpro
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 cL bottle purchased at the brewery in Copenhagen. Batch no. 545. Drink by Dec 2017. Poured into an Amager snifter glass...

A: Pours a mahogany-black, with two fingers of coffee-foam head; minimal retention leaves a few slight strings of lace - kind of expected at 10.5%, I guess; bottle conditioning introduces some floaties upon the second pour.

S: Malted milk; roasted malt some considerable alcohol / nose warming as the beer approaches room temp.

T: Roasty malts and dark chocolate; some black coffee notes; hop finish is massive - piney bitterness is pretty big on the end; not much of an indication of the 10.5%, although there are some hints as the beer warms.

M: Full mouthfeel; low carbonation; some heat as it warms... I think this beer could benefit from an extra dose of carbonation (which is pretty much my only issue with this brew).

O: A really nice Russian Imperial Stout. Complex and hoppy, yet drinkable; many layers of flavor are experienced, especially as it warms. I'm interested in trying the Amager Imperial Stout, now... Glad I picked this up!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that sticks around for a little while, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and some dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts, coffee, licorice and chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, worth a try. $9.99 a bottle.

Photo of IPA35
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost my review, great...

Pours a nice black beer with dark brown around the edges. Great rocky head and retention.

Smells nice, some coffee, liquorice and some earthiness either from the malts of hops.
Some sweetness.

Overall a decent tasting beer but pretty bitter. I had difficulty finishing it.
It has some sweetness, it has coffee, liquorice and chocolate and an earthiness (from mainland/british hops together with the malts perhaps?).

Mouthfeel is medium, thin for the style.
Smooth though with medium-low carbonation.

Overall better than their IPA but pretty damn bitter, would go better in a 33cl bottle if you ask me.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a box from GRG1313 - one of the many 'send me a label' boxes he's posted - that included Foothills Baltic Porter and vintage AleSmith Speedway Stout , this bottle more than held it's own. Thanks to GRG1313 for an amazing box of beer as well.

Rich flavor is malt-heavy with a lot of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit watery at the end. Not 100% on the year this was bottled, but it's possible it just spent a little to long in the cellar. Doesn't impact the drinkability, but dings the overall score a shade.

Enjoyed this at just below room temp, and both the aroma and the flavor were robust enough to warrant a long, slow session with this bottle. Thoroughly enjoyed this and was reminded that finding a nice, simple, stout isn't always easy in the current market.

Also, there is zero chance you would peg this at 10.5%. I didn't believe the site and double-checked. Remarkably smooth and no trace of booze.

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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.