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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%


Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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ToddHolder

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 15:41:54 | More by ToddHolder
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beergoot

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:35:38 | More by beergoot
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:48:30 | More by Alieniloquium
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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:55:31 | More by metter98
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:28:46 | More by Tone
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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..

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:18:12 | More by KFBR392
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:54:39 | More by jdhilt
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jpro

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:00:25 | More by jpro
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:37:14 | More by bluejacket74
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IPA35

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:01:14 | More by IPA35
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CooperEllis

New York

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:35:34 | More by CooperEllis
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barczar

Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 01:35:28 | More by barczar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's with incredible complexity that Amager churns out a massive stout that becomes a tutorial in Russian Imperial Stout flavor profiling.

Black as night, the beer is strikingly opaque and with an onyx mirror sheen. As the beer releases a strong creme foam, the beer begins to blanket the glass with froth that settles in to a long lasting session and trails with broken mocha-stained lace.

Strong nutty fresh ground coffee evokes the senses with a culmination of earthy Turkish coffees. Fruit and vinous grapes provide a pronounced merlot scent equipped with tart alcohol, burnt fruit (cherries) and licorice. The scent is woven together by the underlying toffee aromas

Undeniable espresso flavors project early and coat the mouth with sweet roast flavors- bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnuts sink into the taste and develop into a long fudgy finish. Meanwhile, strong alcohol flavors emerge- bringing with them the vinous tartness of burnt cherries, currants, dry red wine and sharp acidity. The stout continues to develop, first to a high roasty coffee-like bitterenss and then to the sharper and more citrusy grapefruit peel to close.

The rather full body makes the most of creamy malt sweetness and diffused carbonation. But as the carbonation recedes, so do the effect of its malty body. It's then when the beer develops a dry brandy-like warmth, roasty dryness, acute tannin seemingly from roast and grain. An aftertaste of tart acidity ensures that the complexities are never ending- even well after the last sip.

This incredible stout is soothing to both the mind and the palate as new flavors are explored with each sip. Its a fantastic lesson in stout flavor that begins with the intimidating pour and ends with an echo of roast and wine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 22:53:38 | More by BEERchitect
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe

Pours black with a tan finger thick head. This looks great on the out of the bottle. No lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and sweetness with a bit of alcohol - really pleasant but not too strong - your run of the mill RIS with a kick of booziness

This beer has layers of flavor, sweet roasted malts, some bitterness - almost a bit oatty, espresso and raw chocolate, and finishes with a bit of hoppy bitterness. This is a solid RIS.

This is not a overly heavy stout, but isn't thin either. Well balanced and well carbonated - a pleasurable drink.

Overall a great beer that I would love to drink again. This was also my first beer by Amager and I will be picking up some more. Very happy to have received this via trade and been opened up to a new brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:37:53 | More by TheBeerologist
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. The beer arrived in a 3/4 sized snifter and glowed the deepest chocolate brown. Due to the full pour there was only a half inch tall head of creamy tan bubbles. Carbonation appeared average, and no sediment was noted. The nose filled with the deepest char and smoke. There was raw dark chocolate, chalk, light honey, steely yeast and coffee, and soft lactic heavy creamer. On the back came some tart strawberry sweetness and hollow booze. Our first impression was that there was a smoky flavoring, but the feel was beautifully and surprisingly light. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with deeply smoked chocolate malts and white sugar sweetness. Soy sauce saltiness and fusel booze mixed in, both cutting and enhancing the big dark maltiness. The peak hit with booze and black cherries, lime rind bitterness, and sour lactics. The finish was all about the malts, with raw charcoal, chipped smoked hickory, metallic coffee beans, and tinny yeast bitterness. Despite all this, the finish was soft and soothing. The aftertaste breathed of that same char and smoke, coffee and raw chocolate, and general raw malt bitterness. The body was medium, yet soft and syrupy, while the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated with wet cream and froth, but really it stayed nicely light to the touch. Ultimately the mouth was left dried, with a boozy juiciness down the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped rather slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the contrast between the huge taste profile and the even, soft feel. There was nice sip to it, but most surprisingly it was light for the style, but appropriately so. All the smoke, booziness, and malts were there in the nose and the taste, but it was kept very drinkable by not being bogged down with heaviness. This is a must-try beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 23:03:01 | More by TheBrewo
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 21:43:47 | More by TMoney2591
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a tan head. Heavy on the ash, roasted malt, and coffee. Dark chocolate, hints of alcohol, and some cocoa. Minimal sweetness compared to the roast. Quite bitter and ashy, roast, char, and coffee. A bit of dark chocolate, molasses, and a touch of sweetness, but really not enough to make up for all the roast.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:03:55 | More by womencantsail
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Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:26:19 | More by Brad007
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rarbring

Sweden

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

A black brown brew, a tan head that leaves loads of lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee beans, dried peas and dark chocolate.

A sweet dark bread aroma, toast, sausages, dark dried fruits, dark espresso and cocoa beans.

Little carbonation, smooth, thick and sticky, a tremendous body.

A very rewarding RIS, much action, long sipping.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 20:33:27 | More by rarbring
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:37:27 | More by drpimento
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

Tried next to the variants of this beer.

Pours a nice near black super dark brown with some bubbly lacing and ring of dark tan head.

Smell is a standard for RIS very roasty and has a molasses edge to it, lots of malt and dark fruit. The taste follows the smell, but adds lots more flavor like espresso, licorice and cocoa notes. Very solid RIS flavor, has layers of taste without any barrel aging and is very nice.

The feel is thinner than usual, ok carbonation and a little bitter roast at the finish. Overall a solid but unnoteworthy RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:29:12 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, medicinal in appearance. Great looking half finger head. Well done.
S: just a ton of malt supplemented by a nice roasted aroma. Coffee, chocolate. Sweet and great.
T: follows the nose, but with a hint of booze. Very sweet, but cut by a mellow coffee flavor and a hint of hops toward the back. The booze comes through about half way through and is quite agressive. Tasty.
M: thick but not too heavy. Drinks like a meal. Slightly bitter at the end and a tad dry.
O: outstanding. Agressive but not overpowering. Great flavor, great body. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:10:58 | More by Infamous7100
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest

Pitch black, darker creamy 1/2 finger head, nice lacing.

Toasty malt, mocha, bit of roast and coffee, powdered cocoa, little nutty.

Taste plenty of roast, coffee, light syrupy, bit of caramel, powdered cocoa, bakers chocolate, hint of earthy spicy hops, bit of dark fruits in there, roasty almost burnt soy sauce but not quite. Finish is fairly bitter with more spicy hops, bit more roast and syrupy malts, bit of booze, cocoa, mocha, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, bit creamy, good carb, touch of booze.

Overall not bad, nicely done imp stout that taunts at overpowering with roast and soy sauce briny taste but never goes that far. Nice hops, roast, choc, dark malts in general, booze blends fairly well too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 22:53:55 | More by jlindros
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew is a 2009, poured into Bruery Tulip

Whoa! Nice soft two finger head. Very milk chocolate in color. Foamy with nice big bubbles rising. Brew is thinner black color. Not much lacing...

Tons of anise, very strong licorice. But, by no mean slurry. Smells very bitter and strong. Rice choclate and bitter coffee stands out. Unique scent, not overly pleasing.

Very bitter! Deep 88% chocolate with slight pepper. Strong licorice flavor; i'm not a fan of licorice. this brew is DRY and paste-y. Lots of flower-y flavors. Warms nicely. Perfect carbonation, very interesting since a big pop rises when bottle is opened. Fairly watery.

Recommended, but it's not as good as previous scores represent. It's aged very well, it's much more smooth then originally drank.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:15:13 | More by chugalug06
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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.