Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Barrel-Aged
Amager Bryghus

Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Barrel-AgedHr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,533
ABV:
10.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,757
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Barrel-AgedHr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Collaboration with Mikkeller

A blend of Hr.Fredriksens (Amager) and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Mikkeller) - then aged in bourbon barrels.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark color, with a small mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, tobacco, dark roast coffee, oak, and vanilla.

There's not a ton of actual bourbon here - more like pure barrel with oak and vanilla. The base stouts are super Euro in design and feel - with big roast, some licorice, dark fruit, tobacco, etc. There's dark chocolate, and a touch of complementary coffee character. The coffee far from dominates, which is expected, as only half the blend has coffee in it.

This is medium bodied, and very creamy, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. There's very little booziness here.

I thought I would either love this or hate this, and luckily I love it. This is exceedingly well done.

Dec 16, 2020
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a generous cafe latte head. Head dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Sweet coffee up front on the nose. Booze and chocolate follow.

Barrel notes jump out first on the tongue. Lightly boozy. Coffee is gentle. Sweet with a caramel/toffee character.

Syrupy rather than thick. Lightened as it warmed up. Pleasant.

This is a very nice BA coffee stout. Many thanks Bob.

Nov 07, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spent a pretty penny on this bottle, so I'm hoping it lives up to expectations. In all honesty, though, there's a very, very real possibility that I've had this before at a fest. But, of course, a stout fest featuring something like this is not going to be the most *ahem* ... memorable occasion. So, without further ado, let's see what's going on with the Weasel this time!

The pour here is an oily, tar-black color with a thin, not-very-retentive head that nevertheless leaves behind some alright lace. The surface is like an oil spill itself, covered with a thin veneer of foam, but the legs here seem oddly great. Overall, it's definitely not the best stout pour I've seen recently, but I bet the barrel-aging did something to this one. I will give it the benefit of the doubt in hopes that it can make up for the average appearance with a great follow-up when it comes to my other senses.

The nose definitely seems promising, but it won't be for everyone. Whiskey and roasted coffee right upfront with strong tannic character and some light notes of dark fruit and intense dark chocolate. It's kinda damp and vanilla-forward with a super-aged whiskey element that might not be to everyone's taste. I don't really know if it's even quite to _mine_, personally, but it's not bad. It just almost has this feeling of being a beer pulled from a cellar where it's been sitting for like five years already. There's no bottled-on date, so perhaps it actually is that type of situation, but I know my store only recently got it so I'm not entirely sure. It's definitely hot smelling and a lot of the subtler "oatmeal stout" characteristics are certainly lost. This is barrel-focused, for sure.

Nice smooth flavor profile that leads off with creamy oats (which I'm glad are actually present here because I was worried this would be just a generic whiskey barrel stout from the nose, to be honest) and toffee before fading into some rich coffee and whiskey flavors. Tannic barrel notes and vanilla aspects take up the rear, while the main thrust of the flavor is a big, burly stout build with tons of roast. Chewy and, yeah, super hot. This is almost unnecessarily strong tasting, honestly, but some people like that kind of thing. If this is, somehow, an older bottle, it definitely hasn't seen its strength tempered by the passing of time, that's for sure. Good feel; hearty and warming (duh), with a good grain backing and fun flavors. I mean, if you're a BA stout aficionado, this probably isn't going to have much to it that you haven't already tasted, but it's obviously decent to give a shot to if you see it around. It's expensive, though. I wouldn't buy it again for this price, but it was good to try.

Mar 06, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton Matt for the bottle.

A- 500ml bottle into a tulip with a midnight sky body and a one finger very deep nutty brown head. Cap makes it to a cm high with a thin foamy texture and fair retention. Nothing remains and lacing is rare.

S- A very smoothed out Bourbon barrel leads things off nicely and leads into great coffee and chocolate notes. The barrel brings a lot of that old oak vanilla as well as spicy whiskey. Roast charred grains throughout. The coffee is a smooth medium dark roast and both milk chocolate and dark chocolate come to mind. Sweet sweet Bourbon dessert.

T- As in the smell the Bourbon barrel is really the driving force of the beer and in this brew that is not a problem. Both the whiskey, oak wood and vanilla flavors are excellent and lend themselves to the base beer quite nicely. Very smooth espresso and milk chocolate flavors and a medium sweetness. Vanilla caramel bourbon chocolate espresso drink.

MF- Light-medium bodied for the style but since the beer is kind of vanilla/bourbon driven this makes it feel more drinkable and works out well enough. The carbonation is somewhat on the low side and the texture is slick and silky/frothy. Ends a bit warm.

An excellent barrel with smooth oak, vanilla and spicy whisky character meets espresso and chocolate. Well balanced.

Dec 28, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 17.70 (Including shipping)/500 mL capped bottle ($ 1.047/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, below average duration, diminishing to a three mm circlet and a heaped rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit, coffee.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with roasted malt and alcohol (10.7 % ABV). The chocolate peers from the background and the coffee and dark fruit are undetectable. No distinct flavors of either bourbon or barrel can be detected. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5. -0.25 point for being too cheap to put a date on the bottle. The aftertaste is dominated by alcohol fumes and destroys the roasted malt goodness, rather than enhancing it. ‘Way overpriced for the quality.

Original review 5/31/19, update 4/13/20
With nearly another year aging in my beer reefer, the alcohol fumes have dropped significantly and the chocolate has moved to the forefront. Still no coffee or dark fruit.

May 31, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a 3/4", foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very good aroma of bourbon, coffee, malt, chocolate, vanilla, and char.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (present throughout), a decent bit of dark chocolate (could've used more), some char, a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying oak barrel), and a lot of coffee. This is one of those flavors that grew on me. It's a boozy and burnt at first, but it settles down and the other ingredients emerge. Complex and tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, likable beer. Drinkable.

Jan 27, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. Vanilla, boozy aroma with hints of dark fruits. Boozy body with boozy vanilla and dark cherry tastes with dry finish and great finish.

Jan 16, 2019
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours mostly black with a small sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, cocoa, oats, char, earthy/floral hops, and subtle coffee. The taste follows with complex roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, oak, vanilla, oats, char, hops, and a hint of coffee. Light sweetness and medium bitterness/dryness throughout. Some noticeable alcohol comes though. Low carbonation and average body for the style, but creamy and drinkable. Overall, this is a complex blended stout with a nice roasted malt and barrel profile. Worth a try.

Jul 27, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought at Liquor Shed. No dating found. My bottle says 10.7%abv.

Pours a really dark brown, almost black. Short lived head of tan foam, no lacing to speak of.

Big coffee and oatmeal notes in the smell but lots of maple syrup like sweetness takes over after a few whiffs.

The taste is way too sweet for my palate. Coffee and oatmeal are overwhelmed by the maple syrup like sweetness. Hot as hell and now I'm getting some cinnamon flavours.

Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

I realized that this would be a sipper because of the abv but it's a VERY slow sipper for me. Worthy of ~$12 for the 500ml bottle? Yeah.

Jun 02, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. (And what a surprise to find this.)

A - Very dark brown colored pour that's borderline black color with a thick, toffee colored head.

S - Char and light smoke, delicate bourbon, cocoa, and milk chocolate.

T - Toasted milk chocolate, delicate smoke and char, bourbon, oak, lingering chocolate roast with bourbon. Also has very nice roasted toffee.

M - Full bodied, thick, creamy, and velvety.

O - This beer is blended incredibly well. Even though it was the very last pour from the keg, it was still good.

Dec 09, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this baby in the Depths of hell, inside a walk in cooler, at a local liquor stop. Figured it had been there a few years. So considered this review, as if it has been aged a tad bit lol

A- Pours an opaque black with minimal Khaki head, that dissipates rather fast. Spotty lacing with a ring of head that stays behind. Very nice looking beer

S- Oatmeal and sweet chocolate, right up front. Very faint with coffee and bourbon. Tad bit of oak and vanilla, Smells very light and sweet.

T- Oatmeal, cocoa nibs, faint coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Maybe a hint of Tabacco. Nice hoppy semi dry finish. Flavors are very well blended and smooth. The Coffee beans take a backseat in the brew, which I like.

M-Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes sweet and dry.

O-I would compare this to Founders Breakfast stout. You can't taste the almost 11% in this beer, nor does the coffee really dominate. It's a little too mellow for being bourbon aged, and the Alcohol content. Very easy to drink, but I would prefer a Founder Breakfast before this one. Nonetheless, it's a good sweet sipper

Aug 16, 2016
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Pliny_the_Self-righteous from California

3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Minimal head with some lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Taste is predominantly coffee and roasted malt with a lingering alcohol burn. Decent barrel aged coffee stout, but not nearly best in style.

Jan 18, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Not getting much barrel. Maybe a bit of vanilla and oak only. Good coffee and roasted malt bitterness. On the thin side. A hint of dark fruits in the after taste.

Dec 03, 2014
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pants678 from California

3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Black body, small lacing of beige foam.

60% coffee, 40% bourbon.

Front loaded coffee. Damn near munching on coffee grounds, has that granulated feel with a terribly harsh edge. No match for the Espresso Yeti or Vietnamese Speedway smoothness. Bourbon whiskey's well underneath, hardly worth mentioning, same goes for any and all chocolate notes. The scales are not balanced, have to say it's not at all worth the $20 bomber.

Body is surprisingly light. Taken blind, I would've guess it a brown ale.

Jun 22, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served alongside Mikkeller Cù’t Cà Phê Bia and Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch (Barrel Aged).

The beer is near black with a towering, foamy, beige head. the aroma offers bourbon, oak, roast, chocolate, vanilla, Lots of barrel characteristics. Vanilla and oak, bordering on tannic. pretty smooth on the palate. A bit of a bite in the finish from the bourbon. Lingering vanilla with a touch of coffee. Overall, pretty good, but my least favorite of the three.

Mar 16, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

its the not barrel version taken to the next level. while the coffee is less intense than it was in the normal version, it is worthily sacrificed on the altar of mouthfeel. the barrel unites the two stouts blended here where perhaps they were a bit disjointed before, and the vanilla and char elements from the barrel marry perfectly into the stout, my only critique is that it seems to add a little hotness to the finish, warming alcohol on the swallow, but the body it gives, and the softness in the carbonation more than make up for it. like the regular one, i would have loved to see a bit more coffee in this, being the special kopi stuff, but this is a beautiful and highly refined massive stout, as good as i expect from mikkeller, but not quite so unique as his brunch. layers of licorice and tobacco and dark chocolate all weave together, its complex but somehow simple for what it is too, just an excellent stout by all counts. a little pricey at 18 or 19 bucks, but theres not much on the market to compare to it, so worth a try if this is your cup of tea without question.

Feb 18, 2014
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Jayman931 from Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap @ FFF brew pub 10oz snifter
a- nice...motor oil with a lingering kalua colored head

s- smells like beer geek brunch

t-let it warm up a bit....coffee...bitter like cacao...pretty good. but I prefer BGB over this collab

m- medium....wet to the touch lol

o- pretty good...not one I would drink every sitting but good to try it if ya haven't

Dec 30, 2013
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