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Rugporter - Amager Bryghus

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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 94
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: illidurit on 05-25-2009

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large light brown foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolate malt notes with light spicy notes. Taste is also dominated by rich chocolatey malt notes with light dry roasted malt notes and light peppery notes in the finish. Body is quite full with some creamy notes with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Light green hoppy notes are also detectable but very subtle. Enjoyable porter with nice level of drinkability but falling a bit short on the complexity side.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO. Served cool.

Appearance - Very dark brown in color and opaque,3 fingers of dark tan head poured and is foaming and frothy. Head lasts for a few minutes leaving spidery lacing all over the glass. Glorious.

Smell - Light coffee aroma with some grainy rye scents. Also a floral component in there. Nice blend of smells that is welcoming.

Taste - Coffee up front, transitioning to a rye grainy bitterness with some mild hop presence. A roasted quality in here as well and a slight bit of heat in the back of the throat presumably from the rye. There is also the faintest trace of smokiness in this liquid adventure.

Mouthfeel - Slick and smooth. Low carbonation levels but still slides down the throats without a second thought. Full flavored and a moderate finish.

Overall - Excellent beer that i look forward to purchasing again when the need for a rye porter strikes me. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oily dark burgundy colour, nearly black in the glass with a thin but dense chocolate coloured head. An impressive amount of lacing for such a limited amount! Creamy and fulsome mouthfeel is befitting the high ABV. Rye and roasted grains are the focus of the aroma, with coffee and dark chocolate tones as well as a real smokiness that's more apparent as it warms. These elements combine nicely in the taste, from an initial chocolaty sweetness to a decent bitterness in the finish. The rye and roasted dark malts give the body a nice depth. And the alcohol burn in the finish is scarily well hidden by the bittering hops. I had hoped this would be a "sipping beer", but it is going down far more quickly than I'd planned...

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pt .9 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was a deep brown and the creamy head was medium tan.

The smell was smokey. Fruit and grain. Not the strongest.

The taste was also faintly smokey. This one puts me in mind of a chocolatey granola bar. Spicy and rich. There is almost an oily texture (in a pleasant way). Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with an understated carbonation. Very smooth and rich.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before June 2016. While I've had plenty of macro crap from Denmark over the years, I think this is the first true Danish craft beer I've had the pleasure of trying. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a mug.

Pours black as night, topped with two fingers of frothy, bubbly, extremely resilient beige-coloured head. It seeps away in an excruciatingly slow fashion, coating the glass with a honeycomb pattern of lacing as it does so. This is one of the finest-looking beers I've had in weeks. Nice aroma, too - a tempting blend of roasted malts, rye, dark cherries and chocolate, with lesser notes of coffee, licorice, alcohol and smoke. Alright, I gotta taste this stuff.

This is a delicious porter. Roasted malts, molasses and rye bread get things started, with a big wave of dark chocolate and espresso flavour. This is followed by hints of dark cherry, raspberry syrup and char, with a nice, long roasted malt and dark chocolate finish that has a touch of spicy rye. The alcohol content is noticeable, but works nicely alongside the prolonged aftertaste and roasty flavour profile. Full-bodied, with low carbonation for a luxurious, creamy mouthfeel that coats the palate with each sip; a little sticky on the lips.

Final Grade: 4.2, an A-. Amager Rye Porter is an outstanding winter sipper that I encourage all readers to seek out and try. The flavours are bold and fairly complex, with just the right amount of warmth from the alcohol to make this an ideal night capper for the cooler months. Great stuff - too bad this one isn't available locally (and I only opted to take one bottle), as this is the sort of strong porter that I could make a habit of indulging in frequently.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black body; frothy, milk chocolate head with pretty good staying power

Aroma: chocolate takes the lead of the roasted malt aromas, with some nuttiness and a little espresso

Taste & Mouthfeel: bitter chocolate is intense, with the same oily texture; solid boozy burn throughout; some coffee essence in that bitter roast, particularly in the lingering finish; hint of orange liquer; lacks balance and variety; medium body, appropriate carbonation

Overall: this feels like it's heading into stout territory, with a stronger roast than I'd expect; needs to be toned down a bit, and the roast lightened up to make it really enjoyable

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amager Rye Porter pours an opaque, deep brown with sticky, shotgun spray foam. The last few ounces were thick as mud and made the complexion correspondingly murky; there's such an abundance of sediment that the bottom of the bottle looks like a solar eclipse.

Amager is Danish but this porter, for all intents and purposes, is American. It has a hoppiness prominent enough to smell of pine bark and minty greens; if I didn't know any better I'd guess this was brewed in the Pacific Northwest. It smells like a milk chocolate peppermint paddy.

The palate, like the aroma, has an abundance of coffee-and-cream flavour, firm notes of spiced chocolate and roasted hazelnut, but what's most appreciated (by my taste buds at least) is the leafy, herbal, pine-accented hoppiness. Rye also adds a distinctive peppercorn-like spice to an otherwise dark, roasty, cocoa-accented brew.

The hops have a rosemary-like savoriness and the malts flavours of custard, chocolate and vanilla reminiscent of crème brûlée as well a coffee-like roast; it's one part sweet, one part savory and entirely rich. A classic dessert beer candidate but might also suit a juicy grilled steak.

Amager Rye Porter reminds me of some of my favourite American porters (and a couple stouts even) plus offers a little spicy something extra - there's not too many guys in the business that make dark beers so simultaneously hoppy and roasty, gratifyingly rich and easily approachable.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark brown with a three finger head that lingers for quite a while.

S: malts, coffee, chocolate, leather.

T: Sweet and molasses taste, malts, coffee, and rye.

M: low carbonation and full body.

O: this beer was great on most points, but I found the taste a little too sweet and treacle like. Not a bad beer overall, but because of the taste, I would have to pass on another if offered.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.25

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, rye and coffee. There is also a rustiness and some grains and a touch of vanilla. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some bitterness that lingers.

Overall - Definitley a beer that got a lot better as it approached room temperature. The rye adds a nice twist to keep the flavour very interesting throughout. Well crafted and a great sipper.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour with a creamy mocha head at one finger. Nice alcoholic film of lace and a film of retention.

S - Some rye. Roast, chocolate, grain.

T - You can definitely pick up on the rye, and it's especially present in the finish. Lot's of chocolate.

M - Mild carbonation. Full body and a rye/roasty finish.

O/D - Not a big rye presence, which is good b/c I don't typically enjoy the harsh spiciness of it. Good complexity and depth on this though. Another good one from the Danes.

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Photo of TerryW
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut brew under a moderate head. Head settles to a heavy, long-lived film. Gives u lots and lots of spotty, patchy lace on the way down. A good looking beer.

Lots of sugar and alcohol in the nose. Alongside chocolate, licorice, treacle. Primarily chocolate syrup.

Sweet and syrupy to taste. Some dark sweet fruit to start. Biting cocoa, very bitter underneath the sweetness. Less licorice on the palate than the nose.

Decent enough, but too much lingering bitterness for my taste. Headed towards the extreme edge of things.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a deep, deep chestnut brown; opaque everywhere but its edges. It looks like a thick Porter when it poured and its viscosity is confirmed by how slowly the carbonation cascades up the glass. At the top rests over a finger's worth of frothy light tan head. The lace sticks in sheets as the head recedes.

Big chocolate immediately comes off the nose. It's dark and sweet. There's a soft earthy roastiness with a touch of smoke. Everything is heightened with a sweet boozy tone. I'm not getting much of the spicy rye character but I'm guessing that's because of the greater ratio of dark malts used in this.

It's big, it's sweet, it's roasty, it's dry. It's everything I love about a Porter. I get the influence of the rye a lot more in the taste. It comes in the back and is matched with the alcohol. It helps to dry everything out while giving off a spicy earthiness that extends into the finish. It's booziness again only amplifies the flavors rather than blowing you back. It comes across as sweet with some fruity esters jumbled up in it. Dark, roasty coffee runs with the booze past the finish.

A bit of slickness comes with its medium/full body. You feel the weight of it most in the back of the palate where the kick of alcohol hits you. The lower level of carbonation makes the body seem bigger as well. Its drinkability is through the roof for me. Most of the credit can be given to how flavorful it is but the body helps as well.

What a Porter. I drank this way too fast for how big it is. I'd gladly take another.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/10/13, cheers Liam for the bottle

A as dark as brown gets and I can see about a third of the way to the other side of the glass under a long lasting thumbs width of mocha foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S rye malts there but could be missed if I wasn't looking for it, lots of chocolate, a little smoke and licorice, just a hint of raisins, booze and cherry

T slightly more spicy rye in the mouth, a little coffee I didn't really smell, not too far off the nose, roast is a little darker I suppose

M leaning towards full, mellow carbonation but not flat, a little sticky on the lips, dark roast with a spicy kick and a little char lingers

O I could drink another, nice blend dark malts with a hint of the rye malt, plenty of flavor and hits the mark in all areas

well suited for this frosty evening and the booze is a little sneaky but that doesn't bother me as I need to go to bed, I think I've been drinking way to much black beer lately I may be stouted out and perhaps this one deserves more credit.

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Photo of mick303
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip gave a strong medium brown head over a quite dark brown beer, head dense and creamy with good retention and lacing.4

S – something reminiscent of blueberry pie here, a crisp biscuitiness, with some berry sourness and a (somewhat lactic) sharpness to it. Some mild roasty character but the real element is a dark fruit note with some spices, rhubarb, raspberry, a definite pie character with the pronounced rye malt.4.25

T – dark fruits, cherry, raspberry with more dark chocolate and dark malts than the smell. Coating molasses, and a slightly oily bitterness. Some biscuit, edge of a warm rye sourness creeps in with some rhubarb, plummy and sort-of bitter licorice preserve character. Leading to a full finish with hot licorice and a sour spicey kick to it. As it warms it shows more depth. 4.25

M – thick and light carbonation. A big coating feel that really dries out on the end with some residual spiciness. An oily and molasses character. Yet the balance is fairly good with a solid fruit profile.4

A solid and tasty strong porter. Definitely quite aggressive, with a thick dark roasty malt character and fairly high bitterness, the rye played a noticeable part but sometime struggled to come through, it added a nice complex toasty spice. This was interesting but didn’t really all come together, theres definite potential here and it does make quite a tasty porter and is worth trying. 4

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Photo of svanet01
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Poured into a tulip glass - dark chocolate in appearance and smell. Slight carbonation, bringing a little crispness to the flavor. I am impressed on how well the rye malts blend into the porter style, giving it a nice bitterness (more reminiscent of dark chocolate than hops). There is also a nice creaminess provided in the body.

Overall, an excellent beer, definitely to be tried again.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Reddish-black with a tall and creamy mocha head. Very good ringed lacing and long lasting retention.

(4.25) S: Burnt caramel, molasses, herbal anise, dark fruits (cherries, plums), banana, slight citrusy elements, and light cocoa powder.

(4.25) T: Rye upfront, caramel syrup, bitter molasses, quite a bold cocoa taste (in the form of creamy milk chocolate), herbal anise, and dark fruits. Similar to aroma but with more cocoa than anticipated. Fairly well balanced with bitterness countered with the roasted malt sweetness. Very good.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a lower carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and rich texture. However, this is almost too creamy/syrupy for my preferences.

(4.0) D: This is a very good porter with a diverse mix of appealing flavours. The cocoa powder (or chocolate milk) element and the rye presence were both great features.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good retention, head slowly fades, leaves some lace.

Nose is very rich. Dark fruits, dark chocolate and spicy rye notes. The chocolate scent is very strong.

Taste is also rich. Rye is quite strong, with a generous spicy flavour. Pepper. Chocolate is still there, as well as a woody flavour. Generously hopped and fairly bitter, particularly in the finish.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit oily.

Overall, quite good. A really nice nose, quite a good flavour.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, part of the LCBO Fall 2013 release. Best before June 2016.

Poured into a short tulip. Espresso brown-black, with a lovely mocha head that has remarkable staying power. Nice streaks and icicles of lace. When swirled, the brew certainly looks like it has some heft. Can't wait.

Rich sweet malt, a touch of smoke, marshmallow, chocolate and coffee. Smells very tasty.

The rye nicely accentuates the very sweet malty character to the brew, giving it a spicy woodyness. Smoky, very rich brew - tastes its weight. Caramel, coffee, chocolate, and other tasty American porter notes.

Thicker bodied, lovely carbonation. Great feel.

Damned tasty brew, really enjoyed this. Rye was advertised, and rye delivered. Will certainly buy again before this release is done.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown, not much of a head but some islands of coffee brown foam.

Smells of very rich, sweet malt, dark chocolate, booze, whiskey, some spicy rye...lots of booze and chocolate and whiskey.

Taste of rye spice, bitter chocolate, some roasty coffee maybe, whiskey character again. Very rich, not as sweet as the nose though.

Mouthfeel is very rich, syrupy, very sweet but also very bitter roasty, hard to drink fast but very nice.

A very rich and very nice imperial porter.


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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured mid-poker night, right after a lovely can of Furious. Given to me by my lovely wife for Christmas. You're a keeper!

Poured into my imperial pint glass, this is very dark brown with competent, middle-management carbonation. Nose strikes like a rattlesnake, lovely dark malts, hint of smoke from a distant fire, raw earth. Very nice.

Rugporter is one of the best mash-ups of rye & porter I've tasted. Surprisingly, the dominant flavor is burnt roast that tips over into smoky territory, but in a lovey, restrained manner. Tastes just like the wood-burning oven we used to cook on at the Renaissance Festival in the autumn (when I was young & foolish enough to do such things). Dark maltiness tugs at its forelock, sweet but melded tightly with the roast. Light spiciness & a fingernail full of earthiness rounds out the experience. I had to make this last an entire game of Texas Hold 'Em, otherwise it would have gone rapidly.

Pitch perfect marriage of rye & malt. I'd like to see this one in the fridge more often. This is a unique & excellent beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter, showing a deep black coloring, with mahogany browns and maroons when held to bright light. It held a one and a half finger tall head of medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. This left sheets of lacing, and eventually situated into a creamy film across the top, and a crown of bubbles around the edges. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma sang of sweet rye off the bat, met by thickly roasted malts of coffee and dark chocolate, each of which showed a significant raw and chalky character. Additional notes of hazelnut, bittered cocoa, baked white sugar, phenolic clove and mild Band-Aids, black pepper booziness, and vanilla giving freshness, sweetness, and acidic creaminess were also apparent in the mix. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed nice malty sweetness to it, but the real star was the massively roasted coffee malts. As we sipped, coffee malts, wet yeast, and grassy hops were met by big rye bite, adding a certain sweetness savory freshness not typical for a hearty porter. The middle peaked with more bittered grassiness, heavy char, bittered chocolates, and medicinal phenols. Cutting through this bittered core were sweeter notes of cherry syrups, milk chocolate sugars, and creamy lactics. The end came through with a cleaner wash of chocolate malt, milk chocolate sweetness, a revival of that rye freshness, light grassiness, buttery diacetyls, and drying chalkiness. The aftertaste breathed of roasty and chalky coffee malts, light caramels, raw espresso beans, and toasted rye graininess. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium but foamy. Each sip was very smooth, with gloriously soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth was thoroughly coated, and a bit sticky, but with eventual astringency and chalk on the back. The abv was fine, and the beer drank pleasantly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the greatly roasted full flavoring of the malts, and the equal punch of coffee and chocolate maltiness in the aroma. This beer is actually pretty exceptional in the fact that they start with a nice base beer and add to it. A lot of breweries tend to try something off kilter on top of trying to make a new style of beer for them, but fall short on both accounts. Here we have an excellent porter base, with rye inclusions that add something truly unique and new for a twist on an already classic beer. This beer is rich, sweet, and savory, and something you should definitely try if you can.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle at cellar temperature is split between two pint glasses.

The beer has an opaque dark brown body with a huge head of chocolate brown foam. As the head settles lots of pretty lacing remains.

The beer has a very complex nose. There is a lot of toasted malt as well as chocolate malt. In addition, rye spiciness is strong and it mixes well with some peppery bitterness from the aroma hops.

The flavor closely mirrors the aroma. I can taste a lot of chocolate and some toast. Peppery flavors form the rye are strong as I swallow. The beer's taste doesn't betray its ABV; it feels more hearty than strong.

The beer has a medium body and lower carboantion. There is a decent amount of tingling from the rye (if I let the beer rest in my mouth). A thin coating on my lips and inner mouth has some of the chocolate flavors and is slightly sticky.

This is a very good porter. The addition of rye is a nice touch. The fact that it isn't trying to be a baltic porter means that it drinks easily and doesn't suffer from an overly sweet or sticky body. This beer is highly recommended.

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Photo of Floppydu
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love the Rye in this, it really compliments the porter style!!
Pours dark brown with a slight cappuccino head.
Chocolate and sweet malt aroma with a little booze on the back end.
Dark chocolate taste that turns to spicy rye and a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a glorious appearance with jet black body, dark tan creamy head that is very thick, and gobs of lace as the beer goes down in my dimpled mug. Nose has a thick nougatey-roasty aroma to it, like a liquified Three Muskateers bar. Palate offers a nice dark chocolately sweetness up front with good body, earthy/hearty rye grain influence, followed by roasty flavors and bitterness from the hops to round it out somewhat nicely. Finishes with licorice and dark butterscotch. Pleasure to drink.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, roasted malt and soft coffee. Sweet smelling.
Big roaster flavours, some coffee but no where near as interesting as the aroma. Too much booze. Finishes with a big roasty finish.
Could use more carbonation, very syrupy.

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Rugporter from Amager Bryghus
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.