Hr. Frederiksen - Amager Bryghus

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BA SCORE
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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 241
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300
Batch #300, go figure. 500 ML poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-- Poured a near black cola color. Settled black, no light penetrating the glass. Dark mocha colored head, half a finger in height. On swirling get half finger again, a few strips of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good mixture of small and large bubbles in the head.

S-- Roasted malts and barley, brown sugar, Carmel and sweet coffee. First thought was this would be incredible as a BA beer with the other smells. No alcohol smell to this at all and more like an imperial oatmeal stout to me.

T-- Thick and rich chocolate. Lots of coco in the taste. Fairly bitter coffee with a touch of goldings I think. Big, bold taste.

M-- Smooths out in the middle of the palate. Get Carmel again. Back of palate a lot of coco and coffee. Low carbonation and heavy near thick feel. Bitter coffee and coco finish. A little bit one dimensional and in your face with that dimension though.

D-- ABV is well hidden. Did not notice it until halfway through the glass. Has a couple of thin spots but like this beer. Quite tasty. 500 ML is almost perfect for this beer. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black brown with a solid quarter inch mocha head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Roast malt, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, and a hint of dark cherries form the sweet aroma.

Roast character dominates, with dark chocolate undertones and a bitter, espresso , peppery finish. There's an underpinning of dark berries. Nutty, toasted notes emerge as it warms.

Body is syrupy, with minimal carbonation, and an astringent finish. Alcohol warmth is pretty high.

A little harsh in the roast character, and not as complex as I hoped. Might improve with age. Bitterness is over the top. (603 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on Tap at Borefts beer festival.

A - Pours a deep, deep Ebony color, with absolutely no light through the glass. Has a head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - Nice sweet vanilla aromas with dark fruit, oak wood and roasted malts.

T - Vanilla, cherries, figs, chocolate flavors, coffee flavors with a bitter finish. Very, very nice.

M - Smooth but not sticky with a medium to full body, with minimal carbonation.

O - A very decent Imperial Stout, definitely worth buying. (504 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of IPA35
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors for about ten dollars, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Almost black with some light around the rim only, one inch light tan head, good retention and also some lacing
S-Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, dates, roasted malts, dates, brown sugar, and light pepper
T-All coffee at the beginning, roasted malt and dark cocoa nibs in the middle, more malts and burned sugar in the finish, mild chocolate and vanilla in the finish but it mostly just complements the coffee component, more dry than sweet
M-Roasted, dry, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, taste lingers, moderate level of carbonation
D-Alcohol is hidden nicely, smooth for having such a coffee component, better warm and much easier to drink, could have another bottle probably but one is almost a meal in itself

This beer was super hyped when it first came out and there is a good reason for it, cool story behind its name and sounds like the man it is named after is great friend to the brewers, would drink again, recommended (1,064 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

Finally getting around to trying this stuff, mostly because I just wanted to hang around the Option a bit longer. Whatever works, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, light earthy greens, and a touch of anise. The taste brings in more of the same, though that hint of anise is now clearly a hint of licorice. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid stout, a dense beast of roast that you'd expect from our Scandinavian friends. (620 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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... (670 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle

Well I liked this RIS a lot but something kept me from ranking it in my top tier and as I sipped the jet black brew it occured to me that the beer is almost too full of flavour with some sharp notes on the finish( maybe a few years in the cellar would soften it). The best Impys are big complex but also smooth and luscious. This beer had all the right notes but lacked some of the true melding of flavours that really make this style amazing (478 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with half an inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice RIS; some nice chocolate and roasted malts, would have again.

RE-REVIEWING. Original score was 4/3.5/4/4/4

Second tasting from 03/19/11. Thanks to Brad for sharing one. Bottle is from batch 5 with a "drink by 05 2010" label on it, bottle number 396 of 400.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and burnt malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, and alcohol. Slightly bitter from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice smoked beer. I enjoyed it but ntohing in it blew me away. Would have again. (949 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, dark and rich like my daddy. Poured at a good temperature with an average size, foamy, tan head that soon settles and some lace. Color is a clear, very dark, almost opaque black red. Aroma is roast, dark ripe fruit, malt, cocoa. Flavor's like nose, sweet on top, followed by bitter. Body is very rich with som bitter high points. Finish is like flavor, long, and very boozy. (380 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours inky black with a thick chocolate head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, rich sweet malt, and alcohol. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate and rich sweet roasted malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth palate. Definitely a very good impy. Not very complex, but very smooth so it wins points there.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5) (326 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown color ahead with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some well balanced sweet malt with notes of black chocolate. Taste is well balanced with great notes of creamy black chocolates and roasted malt. Hops don't play much of a role but body texture is creamy and well crafted with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well made overall but I was expecting more character based on previous rating. (492 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. 

S- The aroma is fantastic. The malts are dark and roasted with a lot of chocolate in the aroma as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with the dark roasted malts. Some sweet chocolate flavors start to come in around the middle. Finally the finish features a good amount of bitter chocolate flavors. Very nice progression of flavors from beginning to end.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The body is a little thinner than expected.

D- Overall, this is a really tasty Imperial Stout that is very drinkable considering the high ABV. Definitely worth a try! (726 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head starts with three fingers. Settles slowly and leaves no lace. The color is dark, dark brown where no light passes.

Chocolate cake aroma along with cocoa, vanilla and dark cherries.

The taste is dried cocoa powder. Less vanilla and less sweet than the smell suggests. It's a big beer without being extreme. Despite the abv, this has little alcohol warmth. There's ample hop that shows up in the swallow. The aftertaste is a long-lasting dark chocolate. Rich body without being oily. (493 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get the protypical IS aroma of coffee, vanilla and chocolate, along with some underlying booziness and coffee grounds. While nothing earth shattering, the nose is certainly attractive. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the vanilla seems to be much more pronounced. There is also some nice bitterness on the finish, which counters very nicely the moderate sweetness. The mouthfeel is interesting, with almost a milky quality on the palate. Otherwise, this beer has a pretty full bodied mouthfeel, with the alcohol pretty well hidden for such a high abv. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but the alcohol isn't heavy or tiring on the palate.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is a solid enough beer. Not bad at all. (844 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Batch 5
Bottle 396 / 400
Best before 05 / 2010

The beer appears near black, with a quarter inch of beige head that leaves a fair bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of smoke, roast, and chocolate. The flavor is a little sweet, with notes of chocolates and roast. Alcohol presence is discernible, especially in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent beer and representation of the style. A small serving was just right. (469 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a small light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses backed by good amounts of roasted malts. Also present are very slight hints of anise and sweet dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and dark molasses up front are joined quickly by hints of anise. Midway through very slight hints of dark chocolate come into play, fading out into a moderately sweet ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was certainly on the sweeter side of stouts I’ve had from Amager, and I have to admit I prefer the drier ones they produce. Still, this is certainly their biggest offering and it’s one that’s still worth a shot. (775 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

(203rd) (939 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer offers bitterness throughout with anise and licorice flavor. This is combined by a medium plus caramel and sugary sweetness and milk chocolate. A bright bitterness finishes up the beer. A medium mouthfeel. (214 characters)

Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.