Hr. Frederiksen - Amager Bryghus

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 241
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 26 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,751 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,802 characters)

Photo of kingmidas
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  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. (2,225 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (716 characters)

Photo of cptierney
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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... (727 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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 (382 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 Nick3
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is pitch black with a frothy head that lingers. Nice lacing down the glass. Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Really great nose to this one. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate with coffee bitterness in the finish. Full bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Alcohol is present but doesn't overpower the beer, however, the beer definitely fills you up and you'll be feeling it by the end. (409 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 BigDank
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours thick and heavy into my chalice. Color is almost black with a thick dark brown head thats lasts a little while and leaves some lacing in the glass. Yeast sediment very visible in the black background. Slightly bitter with a smooth roasty finish. Roasted malt brings out a wonderful flavor in this beautiful stout. May not be something you can drink all night but I wouldn't mind trying it anyway. Very good beer that I will definitely be revisiting time and again. (480 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night (or as Frederiksen's sense of humor, as the bottle suggests). Head is a very light brown, creamy with a bit of a foaminess to it. Not a ton of lacing, but some patches around the glass.

S + T: A big roasted malt aroma, paired with a soft citrus - most like orange or even tangerine. The flavour is similar, with a big, unsweetened chocolate flavour rounding it out. It makes for quite a treat! I find myself taking a good sniff before each sip, to fully appreciate both aspects of the beer each time, and it isn't getting old. This is a very nicely brewed stout!

M + D: I'm a little surprised by my perception of carbonation in this beer. It's certainly not over carbonated or even heavily carbonated... rather, I feel there was an expectation that it would have a more tacky, molasses-like character about it and that is not really the case. It's quite a full body, but it's almost "soft and smooth," as well... almost creamy, but a little too 'slick,' if that makes sense. I'd like to say it's almost 'buttery,' but not as oily. I'll give up before I overthink it much more than I already have, but it's pleasant. A lovely sipping brew, but one I find myself sipping quite quickly! (1,205 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this one looks interesting. Cool story on the label regarding its namesake (additionally, Frederiksen is the last name of a couple of my cousins...also of partial Danish heritage, so thought I'd see how this one turns out). Impy pint, 500 ml...whatever ya wanna call it. Decent pffft of the cap so it sounds nicely carbonated. Into the Portsmouth snifter it goes.

Inky-dark espresso brown on the pour with a fair amount of clarity - in the snifter it gets more opaque and looks a whole lot more viscous. Head is a full finger and then some of maple candy/banana nut bread. Stuff really looks exquisite. Head retention is decent, lacing is very good. Head at first has that doughy coagulation going on but this down a fair bit.

The deep, dark, chocolate roast on this is very subtle yet creamy. Patent tannins provide a good backbone but don't become husky and astringent. There is a quotient of dryish booze here - it's additive rather than a nuisance. It reminds me of other Scandinavian stouts in its attention to detail. Well-hopped yet not obnoxious...Warrior? Target? Who knows - quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure.

Lighter in body than expected. Not clammy though. The hop profile and dryness emerge in spades here - mild sweetness of booze in the background and on the finish. Deep, dark roast and patent malt do very well in this setting. Again, the "coldness" of the Scandinavian impy prototype comes along but one must admire the craftsmanship.

Well-balanced and of moderate weight for the style. Drinks rather easily and provides a dry, slate-like char on the palate while warming you back up on the slightly boozy and quite hoppy finish.

Now look out, 'cause this deal packs a wallop at 10.5% ABV. The alcohol isn't exactly hidden, so best maybe with a big fat steak...or as a nightcap. Precision Scandinavian craftsmanship makes this one a nice change-up. Very well-constructed. (1,926 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 feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black appearance, richly roasted tan head.

Bittersweet aorma, rich espresso tones, chocolate and such.

Bitter malt kiss on the tongue, deep, thick, ...but not as thick as it could be to really rank amongst the best Imperial Stouts.
But don't call this an RIS, it's a Danish Imperial Stout. So they say.
Nice and roasty, fairly medium bodied...needs more girth, though.
Has to hang harder in the mouth.

But not bad, not bad at all. (441 characters)

Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled may 24/09.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a small dense brown head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. alcohol. huge rich caramel and toffee. bittersweet, dark, and milk chocolate. toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. cracker. roasty. anise. earthy and woody. bit of light citrus.

taste is good. lightly warming alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. rich caramel. bit of toffee. heavily toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. anise. roasty. woody and earthy. just over medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium carbonation level. pretty smooth.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance. the alcohol is a little warm, but it's quite nice otherwise. (798 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (739 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 Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours just one step shy of purely black with a thicker coffee ice cream colored head. Nose is some coffee and thick malts. Flavor is thick malts, mild coffee tones, mild chocolate and the like. Nothing too intense or coming off as overly amazing, but it works. Hearty enough, yes. Interesting enough yes. Feel is a bit vibrant on carbonation. A bit more than I would seek in this style, but not too bad overall. Liquid feel is thick enough, but the general feel is smooth. Quite smooth. This beer works for me. The price is slightly high, but that is to be expected due to where it came from. (592 characters)

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