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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,757 characters)

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,887 characters)

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

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (362 characters)

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

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

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black stout with half inch, dark chestnut, creamy head. There is some carbonation and some sediment. Surprisingly little lace is left, especially given the long duration of the head.

Roasted malt followed by chocolate syrup and a background of coffee. There are also suggestions of molasses and light lime.

Hr. Frederiksen has a sharp hop bitterness which is quite unexpected: bold and upfront. There are notes of sherry with lots of dark grain, perhaps pumpernickel. The finish is long and bitter, like chocolate tar. Warmth serves this one well by mellowing its edges.

A full body with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. Astringency is quite high, especially in the long dry finish. Additionally there are some metallic notes.

There is a lot going on here, unfortunately, not all harmoniously. Still, this would be enjoyable with a cigar or beef stew. (865 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a dark opaque black, with a frothy, convex, mocha head that retained and laced well. Aroma of roasted dark smokey malts, espresso, and cocoa powder. Taste was full with maltiness, bittersweet and quite smooth on the palate, roasty, but not excessively so, tones of cocoa and coffee, and burnt marshmallow. Not quite full-bodied, alcohol barely noticeable, very nice and smooth, and extremely drinkable. (461 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of MBrausen
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a CSB sniffer.

A. Pours a deep black with a light caramel head, 1-2mm thick that fades to a thin ring.

S. Smells of peat, milk chocolate, toffee, and mild coffee. All reasonably blended and equal.

T. Tastes of bitter chocolate, and strong toffee overtones. Very malty and rich. Finishes with a lighter chocolate and slight vanilla.

M. Medium body, light taste. A little coarse with a smooth dry finish.

O. I really like this beer. The toffee isn't excessive, it is well balanced and packed full of flavor. It is very smooth to drink, but finishes dry making you always want another sip. This is a very good beer I would recommend anyone try. (673 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with slightly brown corners and a small but dense tan head. Roasty chocolate/coffee aroma, typical. Flavor is extremely roasted, tending toward burnt, with ashes and coffee and dark chocolate galore. Once the palate acclimates to the crushing roasted bitterness, some complex caramel, chocolate and alcohol notes come through. Big and bruising on the tongue, slick at times. (385 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to freud for this one! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle imported into Quebec. Batch #300, best before 09.2015

Pours super black and super thick with some moderate tan head. Aroma is full of dense, black coffee, some earthy bark notes, and some dark/unsweetened chocolate notes. Palate is a little prickly with alcohol, sticky sweet but then the bitterness comes in and straightens everything out. Lacking in carbonation but not completely devoid of it. Long finish.

Notes: It's a tasty Impy stout. Not the best, but pretty good. (537 characters)

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

I had this beer on Tap at Borefts beer festival.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. the foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A spicy aroma of licorice, chocolate, cinnamon, and some coffee. Some pine and sweaty hops in the background add a nice counterpoint to the malt.

T - Chocolate malt up front with a bit of espresso. Some spicy notes of clove and licorice come out in the middle along with a bit of caramel. The caramel lasts through the finish along with a smoky, roasted chocolate note and some pine hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice, and fairly hoppy, Imperial stout. There is a smoky character to the chocolate malt that adds to the complexity and works nicely with the coffee notes. (804 characters)

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

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

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

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

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

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really rich looking black color. The head was puffy and brown in color. The lacing wasn't too bad here. The smell of this beer was a mix of charcoal, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste of the beer gave off a touch of sweetness before the dominating aftertaste settles in giving off a strong boozy burnt flavor. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and I found it to be balanced fairly well. Overall it's a good Russian Imperial Stout for sure, I don't know if I'll ever seek it out again though. (519 characters)

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