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Hr. Frederiksen - Amager Bryghus

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Hr. FrederiksenHr. Frederiksen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008)
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Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkyMOD, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 22 / 400, Batch 5, Best By Date March 2010; Sampled 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, September 2008
Pours with a darkish, brown colored head that sits on top of a simply, opaque, black beer. There is lots of roast malt character in the aroma with notes of dark cocoa, darkly roasted coffee beans, and a finish that almost has a smoky note to it with its concentrated malt aromas. There is a touch of earthiness to the nose as well as some light notes similar to burnt, dried figs.

This is lightly sweet tasting at first, which accentuates some dark cocoa notes, but a substantial roast character quickly kicks in and counters the sweetness with ample coffee notes and a very deep, roast bitterness that dominates the finish. The roast character accentuates quite a bit of charcoal-like acidity and some harsh, acrid notes. Alcohol definitely adds to the harshness in the finish as well. This is a bit more enjoyable than I may be making out to be, but it can be quite harsh in the finish at time; ultimately the roast character seems to be a bit more than the base malt character can support (but that is probably just me).

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black with a massive frothy coffee colored tan head that has amazing retention, barely settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Huge roasty malt aroma with a very prominent roasted coffee/espresso bean presence along with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, licorice and burnt toast.

Full bodied and incredible quaffable. Thisbeer is a huge malt bomb with lots of roasted and silky notes bouncing off of one another. As in the aroma their is a very prominent roasted coffee flavor that is perfectly balanced by a velvety silk chocolate presence. Chewy mouthfeel with hints of toffee, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal and alcohol warmth in the finish. Surprisingly hoppy for the style that again adds to the complexity and some bitterness to the finish. This beer is awesome and I highly recommend it!

corby112, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a opaque black with a small, light tan head that sticks around forever. Tubular bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, anise, more vanilla and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout flavors of caramel, cocoa, and ...dark chocolate mousse. Yum! Doesn't get much better than that. Like a milky way candy milkshake. So damn good.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, roasty, and very drinkable. An addictive beer. Not as robust as Odin's Tipple but damn nice.

weeare138, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub, and a pleasant surprise it was! Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells roasty, and of chocolate, espresso, and a touch of smoke- very nice. The taste is of rich smooth espresso and chocolate, but delightfully it becoes more bitter and hoppier with an earthy component as it warms and as you continue to drink. Viscous and smooth in the mouth, but not overwhelming nor overly sweet. A fine brew.

Georgiabeer, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -2.2%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. No obvious dating on the bottle.

A real nice wonderful solid and coffee brown head, with some creamy bubbles towards the edge. Lots of staying power with some good lacing. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black with not much else to see. Head slowly disappears and leaves a nice large island of big bubbles.

Nose is kind of simple. Small roasting char and roasted malts. Some ripping husky like grain. not really much else, nothing exactly exciting, but nothing real disappointing either.

Taste is quite surprising. Strong roast coffee sense, bittering hop with a little bit of pine on the end for the aftertaste. Notes of tobacco, this is really nice tasting. Mouthfeel brings some solid body but nothing really velvety or silky. Just a good solid feel.

Overall rather like this one, not even a hint of boozyness too. Great beer.

smakawhat, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Porus a really dark and opaque brownish black, thick brown head forms, very rocky, settles down to a thick layer and ring, great lacing on the glass, looks like a stout. Smell is nice, very floral and very rich, caramel and chocolate roast, toasty, some dark fruit, oak, alcohol comes through, quite hoppy, smells pretty nice. Taste is similar, milky at first, chocolate, roast, brown sugar and caramel, biscuits, vanilla, alcohol, light floral and a touch of grapefruit, nice bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth comes through but this is pretty smooth. A pretty nice RIS, the Scandi's are doing a pretty good job.

Viggo, May 25, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours thick. Like motor oil. And it looks thick in the glass. Big frothy dark brown head caps it off. lacing is full. Rich, vinous nose. Chalk full of anise oil and char and tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel on this one is quite full. Coats the tongue with long lasting flavor. High viscosity. High bitterness. High everything. High calories??? I"m guessing. Probably around 700 for this 16.9 oz bottle. Flavor comes at you aggressively with bitter hops and bitter roasted malts. Almost and acrid black malt accent, but not quite. A little smoky. Black licorice comes to mind. Interesting danish beer. And very good.

Bighuge, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.

Poured black, with a large amount of yeast settled both at the bottom of the bottle and the glass itself. Dark brown.mocha head with light lacing and light retention. Nose is roasty, with espresso and roasted malt acidity. Some big hop notes too. Tastes of brown sugar, espresso, roasted malts and again, some fairly prominent hop notes. Full mouthfeel, with a touch of alcoholic sweetness - bittersweet on the whole and just delicious. A real solid imperial stout, I'd love to revisit this.

liamt07, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Tone
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Tone, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

glid02, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle for more than a few months. Should have aged nicely.

Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head into my glass.

Alcoholic with a hint of cream and a dominant mass of coffee. Smells like a traditional RIS.

Yep. Alcohol still lingers (cor blimey!) but the roasted coffee is a treat to behold if you can find it with your taste buds. You'll even be treated to a dollop of cream and cocoa!

Mouthfeel is much the same. Lingering coffee and cocoa.

Could have used some more aging. Regardless, an interesting take on the style.

Brad007, Aug 07, 2012
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Jul 11, 2010
Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.