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Hr. Frederiksen - Amager Bryghus

Hr. FrederiksenHr. Frederiksen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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DaveHS

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A-Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch of coffee colored head. Leaves thin, soapy lacing.

S-Roasty, sweet malts, vanilla, cacao nibs.

T/M-Reminiscent of North Coast's Old Rasputin, if it were slightly less dry. Very roasty up front, not terribly sweet. The finish is dry,with light bittering hops and a warming booziness. Medium to full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-I expected more for $13.00, but it's not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 04:21:41 | More by DaveHS
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Brent

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very chocolate-forward Russian Imperial Stout, with all the heft associated with the style. Dark and semi-sweet chocolate, laced with espresso notes. Some lightly charred notes lurk in the background. Alcohol is a bit warming, but no boozy notes. Overall a very well done RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:07:39 | More by Brent
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crusian

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this bottle last night when I was drinking... I do remember it being extremely smooth, almost like a milk stout. So creamy. The ABV on it it VERY well hidden. now that I see it is 10.5% wow. find it, buy it. totally worth a try. Sorry this is short. didnt want to gyp the review on it, as it was really good... but ended up doing it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:15:52 | More by crusian
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 20:58:14 | More by smcolw
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; bottle-conditioned in a long-neck, slim 500ml brown bottle, Batch No. 235, BB 04/2015, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a super dark hue, nearly black even, topped with a marvellously-lasting thick and tight tan froth, like brilliantly aerated milk froth, leaving even sheets of laces along the way. Black beauty.
S: absolutely enchanting... the aroma is like a melting pot of various kinds of malts - vanilla-ish semi-sweet chocolates, ground sweetened peanuts, hazel nuts, crushed calcium pills, oatmeal biscuits, cocoa powder, kidney bean mash, sweet coffee - laced with black date jam, a mild touch of musk (esp. following a swirl), an even milder touch of banana-oil like esters, flowery hops, a wedge of slightly burned leftover roast beef and salty-sweet Taiwanese soy sauce extract... Harmony. A sheer bliss. So well bottle-conditioned this is...
T: the full-bodied, silky-smooth and super-creamy swallow of black malts, coffee syrup, and complex chocolaty-nutty maltiness is followed closely by a restrained dose of black prune-ish, date-ish and even black cherry-skin-ish fruitiness, while the spicy hop bitterness mingles well with the smoky & charred aroma of black/roast malts. Lightly chewy comes the lingering mouthfeel of hop tannins and roast woodiness. Not as terribly bitter as an American RIS, the aftertaste is definitely a harmony and shows only a necessary level of bitterness to remind my tastebuds to yearn for yet another sip... The finish is quite interesting, like Chinese root-herbs mixed with the old tannic feel as of dried tangerine peels & sun-dried chillies, semi bitter-sweet, salty-sweet & semi-spicy. The wonderful charred aroma lingers in the finish, where the dry-ish mouthfeel knows no end.
M&D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth & creamy, and the carbonation is definitely in its right place, lifting a fuller-than-full body that surprisingly never goes overly heavy. This ale surely tastes more like an American Strong Stout than anything else, but the drinkability is such that, it's so easy to overlook the alc. strength that I mindlessly treaded into the dangerously heavenly barley field with an empty stomach... ouch! A marvellous stout all in all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 08:42:35 | More by wl0307
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:27:40 | More by mdfb79
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bosse and his brother.

Bottle into a tulip.

Dark brown pour with a light tan head, ok retention and lacing, but nothing special...The aroma is super strong, tons of woody alcohol from start to finish, a touch of vanilla and coffee. Pretty decent over all, but I figure with more age this could smell really special once the wood dies down...The taste is also pretty strong, once again dominated by a lot of wood, alcohol has died down. Coffee becomes much more prevelant which is good to help balance out the wood. The coffee is a little roasty and bitter, I really liked the taste more the aroma, at the end too much alochol though...Feel is nothing special, decent drinkability as the wood hurts it.

Overall, a pretty tasty RIS. Nothing to go search out or trade for but if you see it, go with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 14:06:33 | More by jrallen34
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one from overseas I never thought I would be able to get a hold of, but alas it finds its way into my fridge! Served chilled and used as the nightcap, this one was split into three snifters and served on 07/03/2010.

Huge head of chocolate rises up from the bottom of the glass and caps a dark as night body that has the look and feel of oil. Giving it some time only lets the lacing totally obscure the entire glass and lets the aroma build up and over the glass competing with every other scent in the room. Dark coffee, well roasted with a huge chocolate presence come straight up and at you, really just wonderfully done I have to admit. Smooth, even and well put together the rich roasted malts collide with notes of vanilla and a nice bitter note that brings up the rear. Each sip is like a finely roasted coffee bean that you dunked in a glass of Hershey syrup and roasted over a campfire. Just that good! Smooth, decadent and extremely filling this was the quintessential sipper and after dinner dessert.

Overall as solid as they come, I had a lot to sample on over the last week and this one landed in the top ten with ease. A really, really solid offering here.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:13:40 | More by mikesgroove
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA, I think.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Thick head lasts well, with coating lace. Aroma is very sweet, with dark fruit and prominent alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark malts to start, nutty chocolate blossoming in the middle, and coffee coming on with bitterness at the end. Warm lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. Would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:00:06 | More by ppoitras
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours up absolutely black with no light passing though. Two finger thick head subsides to one finger thick head in about 30 seconds, but holds that thickness for quite a while. This looks very nice indeed.
Smell is oatmeal cookie dough, chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey; very tempting.
While there certainly is a nice little collection of nuances in the flavour, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and such, there is quite alot of booze in the mouth on this one. This drinks every bit the advertised 10,5%. This is also hopped with Centennial, which I really do not care for in big stouts such as this. Still, a very good stout nevertheless.
Mouthfeel is solid, thick, and heavy, just as it should be in a big Russian Imperial. Not quite as chewy and assertive as I'd hoped and given the strength of the alcohol in this one, but nearly.
Given the abv on this one, plus the fact that is contains Centennial, I personally give the drinkability of this "average" at best.
Still a hell of a stout and well crafted, indeed, just not exactly my ideal stout.

*Note* It is also worth mentioning that this stout has much more sediment and debris in it than I have ever seen in any other stout. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 20:23:49 | More by SilentSabre
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nickd717

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Nick3.

Pours black with a light tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is lots of roast and coffee. Maybe some floral hops even.

Flavor has very little sweetness and lots of roast and char. Pretty hoppy for the style with coffee as well.

Very dry on the palate with medium body for the style.

Solid beer overall. Pretty different from your typical American impy stout, in some ways good and some ways not so much.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 06:19:48 | More by nickd717
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-10-10 - poured into a Dogfish Head snifter - 1PT capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a pitch black out of the bottle with a creamy, tan head. Some lacing is noticeable.

Smell: Notes of dark, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice. A wonderful aroma is potrayed, but the smell is somewhat weak and belies the true complexity of this beer.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice candy mixes with a bitter grapefruit hoppiness to produce a delicate balance. The alcohol provides a subtle, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Although this beer is a little light on the palate, it exudes a smooth, silky velvet quality.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable with good balance between the sweet and bitter elements. Maybe a little on the bitter side, but I like that! Also, alcohol in this one was just right.

Comments: This beer was purchased in the fall of 2009 and cellared 6-8 months. It paired very well with chocolate. Overall, a very good beer and an extremely bold stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 17:38:29 | More by MarvinSnyder
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black licorice black with no accents and a massive crown of cascading cream the color of dark brown sugar. The head is still three chubby fingers several minutes after the pour. Impressive retention means lace assessment will have to wait. Ultimately... not bad.

Here's hoping that warming and foam meltage turn a good aroma into a great one. So far, we have boatloads of dark chocolate-like roasted malt and a passing glance of citric hoppiness. Centennial hops to the tune of 81 IBUs (when fresh) sounds like a great idea to me. Too bad this bottle has been cellared for at least one year.

Hr. Frederiksen is deliciously bold stout. First impressions: mouthfeel too light, impressive grapefruity hoppiness and expertly buried alcohol. How are the Amager Bryghus brewers able to unlock so much palate-saturating flavor? Sundby Stout manages the same feat at only 6.2%.

The rundown includes bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a large amount of black licorice, and a heapin' helpin' of white grapefruit zest. Warming gives the intensity knob another quarter turn when it seemed to have been maxed out. Do most Danes like highly-hopped, American-style big beer? This is definitely not a classic, European RIS.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't come together well enough as the ounces pass. It's still lighter than medium for the style/ABV and isn't even slightly chewy. Lazy carbonation doesn't add as much lift as it should. Drinkability (at least for me) suffers as a result.

Hr. Frederiksen is very good beer that doesn't quite reach world-class status in the end. With a more full, more creamy, more crushed velvety smooth mouthfeel, this Danish Russian Imperial Stout would be one for the ages. Even so, I'm enjoying it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 14:31:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black out of the bottle, creating a 1 ½ finger medium-looking beige head with very good retention. Next to zero carbonation evident, and ends up jet black in the glass. Thicker foam cap sticks around nicely, remaining until the end, and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bolder nose of burnt and roasted malts and some smokiness as well. A bigger dose of pure chocolate and roasted coffee beans there as well. Some slight touches of wheat malt show through too. A "thick" nose, for lack of a better word.

TASTE: Roasted malt, with some accompanying wheat malt, and some smokiness as well. A good dose of booze makes an appearance on the initial taste too. Some bitter, roasted coffee beans and chocolate show through nicely on the finish, leading into a bold and longer lasting aftertaste that is roasted and bitter, with some nice boozy elements as well. Quite nice, and the booze fits the bill well here.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, but not quite as creamy as it could be. Goes down fine with no bite, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Not as creamy or as smooth as I'd hoped, and it's slightly lighter on the palate than the style calls for. Nice, but average at best for the style.

OVERALL: Another good effort from Amager. Mr. Frederiksen is definitely boozier and bolder than his missus, though I'm not sure if that makes him the better choice. The mouth-feel wasn't quite what it should have been, though the boozier elements made it a different experience for sure. All in all, this is obviously a stronger version of Mrs. Frederiksen, and worth checking out for sure. I enjoyed this one, and would pick him, as well as his wife, up again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 16:00:12 | More by Jeffo
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kingmidas

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, alomost like coffee roast, but still abit off sweetness to it. If you had a sip of wtaer in between sips off beer you would get the full experince of this dark roasted. Had it imported, thru a friend, who recommended the beer. I would recommned all dark beer lovers to try this with a great dinner meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:01:06 | More by kingmidas
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando last week and meant to review it in my hotel room. Well, one thing led to another and I had too many lined up and got pretty tired before reviewing this one. Now it will be my first review of the evening back in Houston now, so it will get a better shake now anyway. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no light visible through it even when held to the light. It is dark! The head was a small 1/8" thick tan lid on top of the beer that was only there for about 20 seconds or so and faded into a small ring around the edge with some "islands" in the middle that I guess are maintained by bubbles rising.

Aroma: My first impression was of coffee, but as I inhaled deeper, it turned to toffee and finally ended with a slight wood ash from the roast grains. The aroma is already complex, but after the head faded, it came across as rather clean and neutral with some reserved roast and chocolate. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is turning a good bit more fruity as the beer warms up some and I am getting sweet dark fruit in particular (plums, figs, dates). The beer smells like it has a bit of age on it, which really contributes to its overall complexity.

Taste: The beer is dark and somewhat acidic on the palate on the first sip, but the overall balance is really nice. It is pretty well attenuated, so it hits the palate quite drinkable for such a high ABV beer. In fact, I only pick up the alcohol in the cold beer after it sits in the belly for a minute. The carbonation is ample and contributes to the hidden alcohol. the roast is the bigger player in the finish over any hops or sweetness. It finishes mildly acidic, and it seems like this may be contributed to by the hops, but it still remains drinkable.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. I like the balance, which is a little unusual for me on this style of beer as I typically like them a bit on the sweet side. This one is definitely on the "dark side", which is a rather pleasant change. If I were to see this beer in the stores when I am traveling again, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. I am not going to make a special trip for it, but I would drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:34:57 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, half-finger of dark tan head; almost coal black color that is deep and totally dense.

Aroma pretty powerful, and can pick up on the roasted qualities show up prior to even bringing the glass close to my nose; fresh coffee; bittersweet chocolate and a burnt roastiness as well. Taste follows the aroma quite well, and the alcohol doesn't rear up in the aroma or the flavor, but is hugely warming on the back of the throat. Deep roastiness is the key here in terms of flavor, some dark chocolate without much sweetness, very tasty. MF is medium, and almost feels a bit too thin to support the weight of flavors coming across; vibrant carbonation. Definitely an enjoyable sipping brew, warming, tasty, and a damn fine example of the style. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 19:23:11 | More by Nickls
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gford217

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful viscous black with a big thick tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides, maintaining a large cap throughout.

The aroma dark roasted malts, bitter espresso and some licorice sweetness. There is also a slight smokiness underneath.

Man, this is textbook RIS and in the best way possible. It's supported by the huge roasted, almost smoked, black malts. Throw in some cocoa, coffee and anise and you've got yourself one tasty stout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and, like the look, very viscous, smooth and highly carbonated for the style.

I've been looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint at all. It's a big, seriously toasty RIS that is spot-on for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:10:08 | More by gford217
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, oily, smoky aroma with undertones of unsweetened chocolate, fine roast coffee and molasses. It pour a deep, chocolaty sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fluffy tan head. Rich flavor has strong unsweetened chocolate component along with tones of roast coffee and molasses plus a teensy bit of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and oily, tingly and edgy.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:46:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black which probably won't come as a surprise to anyone. It smells roasty, very malty, almost smoky, not bad. The flavor is dead on American style RIS, roasty, fruity, vinous but somehow not spectacular. This could easily have come out of an American brewery but for the price I'll have to choose the American alternative.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:49:21 | More by ArrogantB
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WeisGuy

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pour pitch black and viscous, one-inch creamy haki colored head with good lacing considering the abv and great lacing

s - deep roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and a hints of wood, some heat in the aroma

t - burnt malt and bitter chocolate mixed with some sweeter dark fruits, the finish is quite hoppy and bitter but a bit hollow and disappearing, the bitterness on the finish is awkward and almost acrid, some alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, despite the viscous-looking pour it's a tad thin on the palate for an impy stout, somewhat dry finish, some alcohol warming

d - a sipper, fairly harsh on the palate with the bitterness, taste is unique and fairly interesting if not all that amazing

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 06:36:43 | More by WeisGuy
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cptierney

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Beamish pint glass.

The color on this beer screams impy to me. It is black, black, black with a nice deep brown head that has traces of darker brown that run through it when agitated. Not much lacing as I drank it down but the head retention was swell.

Some other reviewers had said that the nose on this guy was weak. I can't disagree more. This beer reeked of cocoa and coffee with some sweet hints of sugar along the way. A really fragrant brew.

The mouthfeel on this beer was a mild bummer considering its high quality in the other categories. Just a little too thin for my taste the brew was subjected to a stronger carb bite than I would like in a chewy imperial stout.

The taste on this guy was fascinating. Deep cocoa and coffee notes come to the fore along with a hint of smoke. But what really sets this guy apart is its sweet notes. My amigo says coconut, but I get a little more caramel and vanilla. At any rate the overall sweet character on the brew makes for a fun imperial. The finish bittering was minimal and had no real affect on the drinking experience.

High marks for drinkability. Sweet goodness with little buildup consequence make for a sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 07:19:59 | More by cptierney
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours black, with a very brown large longlasting head with very small bubbles. Lots of lace.

S: Heavy roasted malt, bitter almonds. Surprisingly weak smell.

T: Heavy roasted chocolate malt with bitter hops and dried dark fruit. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee - very complex.

M: The aftertaste is both sweet and bitter/dry. And lasts all nigth! The body is powerful and the carbonation is moderate.

D: Very well tasting. I had the mrs. (Frederiksen) earlier to night, watching the world cup qualifires (soccer) between Denmark and Sweden. I poured this one in the last minutes of the game - Denmark won the game with 1-0 - and Sweden losts it's chances to go to the world cup...
But the beer is really nice...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 10:51:26 | More by Sunnanek
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jsh420

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is all about the cocoa - has some dark roasted malts with some hops - reminds me alot of storm king

taste is chalky chocolate and not much else - no hops

mouthfeel is kinda thin for an impy

drinkability is ok but @$9 pint+ there are way too many better impys out there - i doubt i ever buy this again

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 03:11:19 | More by jsh420
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 17:08:47 | More by johnmichaelsen
Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.