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Imperial Stout - Amager Bryghus

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.01% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2008)
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Reviews by stcules:
Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Intense black color, light brown foam, quite beautiful.
Toasty smell, chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, cocoa. Intense and pleasant.
At the taste very dusty, cocoa and liquorice, intense. The alcohol is here, but it is in control.
Relatively smooth, and drinkable, despite its 10 ABV. A hint of raisin.
Quite long aftetaste, vanilla and liquorice, some woody and dusty note.
Average body, good imperial stout, good structure.

stcules, Dec 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate involved as well. Slight hints of coffee waft out every now and then. There's not a whole lot going on here but it's a Pinocchio-like nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors up front ride the line between sweet and bitter. Midway through the sip rich chocolate flavors join the fray along with very light roasted coffee. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As with the nose the flavor profile isn't overwhelming but what's there is done very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by a big stout from a brewery I hadn't previously heard of. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black. Tar, Licorice, interesting bitterness in the finish. Above average mouthfeel, only a bit of coffee, and some burnt toat, and chocolate distinguishable. Drinkable, but I have enjoyed many other RIS better. Thanks pyl21ca. Cound use ageing.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -23.7%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon at Publick House Provisions while in Boston for BA's Night of the Funk. Worth a trip to Publick House Provisions for the remaining few bottles - wish I'd bought one more to see what some age will do, although drinking really nicely now and I suspect age will not add anything.

Pours black with a thick creamy dark tan head.

Nose is assertive strawberry dark chocolate with coffee tones.

It is medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and is very well balanced.

Flavors are of bitter black chocolate and rich black coffee with a hint and undertone of sweetness.

Flavors are well integrated and pretty complex with an appealing finish of big roasted grains and bitter espresso bean.

GRG1313, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If this is retired I must have found a finely aged bottle when I bought it on February 13, 2011. The pour gurgles deeply from the bottle and comes up jet black with a tiny hint of dark brown when held up to a light. Decent one inch head. For a 10% ABV the aroma emits little in the way of alcohol and much in the way of dark malts and burnt chocolate. A lining of hops can be noted on the nose after several deep whiffs. The big body results in a sweet chocolate, mild maltiness, and balanced hoppiness at the end. Enjoyable.

puboflyons, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large medium brown foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt and bitter hosp with great black dry chocolate notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some dry roasted notes and some black chocolate with a bitter hoppy finish with notes of green fresh hops. Full body with a somewhat creamy body and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done if maybe slightly too hoppy and more creamy chocolate malt could have potentially improve this beer.

Phyl21ca, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of spicelab
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Mahogany highlights when poured against the light, darkest brown in the glass, with a modest chocolate milk looking head. Not much lacing but a solid film remains.

Nice and roasty, with liquorice, charcoal, cocoa, star anise and some bready notes. Uncompromising and tough. I like it.

All of the above and more. Slightly spicy dark fruit character arrives, bringing muscatel and dark palm sugar notes which complement the roasty characters well.

Creamy and luscious with perfect carbonation. The kind of mouthfeel that is so seamless and unobtrusive you don't notice it.

Very agreeably crafted. Maybe not an excitement machine, but the roasty and sweet proportions are bang-on and the 10%ABV is perfectly integrated. Well done.

spicelab, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 9.99. No bottling information. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with one and a half finger tan head. A bit of residual lace remains on the side of the glass. 

Nose is roasty, cocoa and slightly smokey. 

Well rounded flavors of  chocolate, mild coffee, bitter cherry skins, smoke and dark malts. Alcohol is almost completely masked. 

Medium full, creamy body. Adequete but not overdone carbonation.

A well rounded stout. Nothing stands out to make it spectacular but it's a smooth drinking brew. It's nice now and I suspect it will get even better over time. 

ThickNStout, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice deep deep heavy ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - A little hop and nice molassis malts.

T - Nice woody flavours all through and heavy expresso flavours at the finish. The malt is full and creamy. A little hop is present.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - This is everything a impy stout should be. Would like to see a little more variety in the flavours.

eric5bellies, May 06, 2011
Photo of fx20736
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a thick milk chocolate head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, vanilla, pecans with slight hints of Bourbon and cherries.

Mouthfeel: yes

Taste: Unlike a BDSA, sweetness is well controlled and is there only to counterbalance the other flavors. Alcohol is noticeable. So is a slight lactic sourness, some vanilla, some caramel and some smoke.

Notes: This is a very complex, balanced and tasty beer.

fx20736, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

phingdong, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård. Batch #150. ABV is 10.01%. Pitch black colour, impressive brown head. Lovely aroma of hops, heavily roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, hints of vanilla. The flavour has an intense bitterness from start to finish, both from the hops and the roasted malts - too much hoppy bitterness for mye taste, as it overshades the finer tones of 8 different malts. Also burnt notes, and notes of too strong coffee. Not enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. Ashy aftertaste.

Sigmund, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of rojo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark body with light brown foam with a resting thin layer containing small bubbles. Smells a lot from chocolates, some acid notes and vanilla, maybe even nuts. Very bitter taste with dry chocolates and some coffee and syrup. Not much sweetness or carbonation, but the aftertaste contains more sweet notes and bitterness. Not at all complex in the beginning, but as time kept going this one had more to show. A good imperial stout even though not the best I've had.

rojo, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, barely any alcohol noticeable, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs, red grape), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... for a 10% brew this is dangerously drinkable..

Overall - A pretty good Impy stout although there are better examples... definitely worth a try though...

mdagnew, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Capone's courtesy of Geist. Served in a Savor wine glass.

Pours near black with a tan head and some spotty lacing. Nose has a good amount of roast and a substantial amount of chocolate and coffee combined. Some very light smoke. Flavor has quite a bit of roast. Medium body. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BKBassist, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey

A: Thick fluffy and chunky looking 1 finger head (marshmellowy), pure jet black color.

N: Kinda light but when you get a good nosing it's a pretty good stout. Some bitterness from both roasted malts and lots of nice earthy hops. Roasted malts, some dark bittersweet chocolate, touch of creamy, slightly sweet caramel, molasses, crystal malt, semi dry. The hops build as well.

T: Hmmm... a little different than I expected for an Imp Stout from Denmark.Tons of roast, slightly spicy and bitter roasty char, as well as a nice hoppy earthy bitter taste. Some black patent malt and crystal malt. It's pertty smooth and creamy too, luscious and velvety, some creamy malt flavors, and perhaps some oatmeal. There's some hop pellet taste with the earthy hops. Very rich and malty.

M: Super rich, luscious, smooth, and lower but decent for the style carbonation.

F: Bitter! Long earthy roasty charred scorched malt bitterness combines with a growing earthy hop character. Gets a little salty mineral quality at the finish too, but not too much. Dries pretty well too. Thick and syrupy coating on the mouth with some residual sweetness that sticks (see what I did there) around for a while. It seems to get hoppier as it goes too.

jlindros, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a snifter, pitch black color, with a modest tan head, minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, very roasty, ash and smoke. More of the same in the taste: roast, ash, earth, notes of dark chocolate, toasted pumpernickel, and vegetal hops. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable for the style, though perhaps not quite as smooth as some of its peers.

Rifugium, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Good and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Nose is roasted chocolate and molasses and flavor is baked chocolate and some molasses. High ABV is hidden. Expensive at $11.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. Mouthfeel is complex, with the beer showing leather, tobacco, coffee grounds and a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is rich and complex, with the beer showing considerabl coffee, black chocolate and leather on soft creamy frame. There is some noticeable bitterness and heat on the finish, which detracts a bit from the beer's drinkability, but is really not a major problem in this easy to appreciate beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with the low carbonation working well to showcase the long, smooth, somewhat creamy finish.

An impressive, solid effort from this new to me Danish brewery.

John_M, May 02, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black. No light gets through at all. A two finger tan had rises with excellent retention. The rocky foam gently recedes to a thick ring. The half inch ring stays all the way down the glass. Light lace is left as well. Looks awesome.
T: Toasted malt up front. Baked bread. Light coffee, but plenty of milk chocolate. A roasted nutty aroma as well. A light, but lingering hop aroma. Complex, subtle, and excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted malt and lot of chocolate and toffee. Not overly roasted at all, or overly acrid (both are down falls to the style IMO). A nutty almond flavor. Some baked bread as well. Lingering hops. I love it.
M/D: A full body that is creamy and smooth. Decadent and velvety. Easy to drink. The alcohol show a bit, but a great beer to sip on.

This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Lots of complexities and so easy to drink. I was really surprised to find a bottle, and it did not disappoint. Highly recommended if you can still find a bottle.

champ103, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of chocolate and vanilla up front, with roasted malt and coffee in the finish. Not as overwhelming a flavor as others of the style, but still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Aug 12, 2010
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Imperial Stout from Amager Bryghus
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.