Amager / Jester King - Danish Metal | Amager Bryghus

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Amager / Jester King - Danish MetalAmager / Jester King - Danish Metal

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 171
Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half finger of khaki head. Head falls away rather quickly with a spiderweb of lacing left behind. Aroma is toasted and nutty malts with dark chocolate and coffee behind. Flavor profile is toasted and nutty malts, keeping the beer from dipping into the depths of darkness. A little coffee and dark chocolate mingle around the middle of the flavor profile, lightning up the modest stout qualities. Mouth feel is medium-thin with an otherwise unremarkable texture. It's neither grainy and gritty nor fizzy nor velvety and creamy. Overall, a solid lighter stout with a dash of coffee and dark chocolate added to the back end.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler via Eightball Brewing in a snifter. This monster pours a deep dark coal like the
band Mercyful Fate with a modest head of light brown foam that settles to a thin ring and subtle
pool with light lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, bittering hops, light licorice, and light char.
Flavors hit the perfect notes for the style with dark cocoa riffing off of the flavors like Artillery's
"By Inheritance" on the notes of coffee while King Diamond talks trash about his Grandmother
with smooth herbal hop notes lightly touched by licorice flavors as mellow as White Lions "Broken
Heart". Excellent mouth feel; smooth, mellow, lightly warming, subtly creamy, low carbonation,
and near perfect for the style.

Overall, excellent....and better than King Diamond's operatic mischief.

Gotta hand it to the Danes, they know their metal!


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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good black pour, looks good, 3/4" brown head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, prunes, alcohol, mild roast.

Taste, lots of dark fruit, delivers the Russian Imperial Stout style for sure. Roast is acrid like. Plenty of bitterness going on, although not entirely from the hopping for sure. I would say the mouth feel hides the alcohol relatively well though. Artwork is neat. Ample prune and raisin notes to complement the roasted charred malt.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A solid, appropriately big aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark chocolate, some coffee (not as much as I expected), lots of roasted malt, dark fruit (plums, raisins), licorice, brown sugar, and a tinge of booze. A somewhat milder flavor than I thought it would be, but it's still big and vibrant. Tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively finish. Full-bodied.

O: While this beer has its minor flaws, it's a well done, drinkable brew. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly fades away.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, and caramel with yeast. Sweet scent of molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Scent of black licorice, tobacco, and leather. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, prune, and cherry. Light hints of earthy hops. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and toffee along with some yeast. Sweet taste of molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar. Good notes of black licorice along with some subtle tobacco and leather. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, cherry, and prune. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. Good roasty and sweet dark malt flavors.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black brew; nice dark head with good retention.

Tons of licorice and roast on the nose; molasses, brown sugar, and toffee; a touch of char. Huge stout.

Flavor follows: hugely roasty stout, and quite sweet. Reminiscent of Evil Twin stouts.

Thick, full mouthfeel; a touch of heat from the noticeable (but smooth) alcohol.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark and inviting black, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like a burly and gnarly stout- heavy black roasted malt, slight dried fruit, a kiss of alcohol, and lots of coffee.

This appears to a version of Funk Metal with straight English yeast. It's wonderful- lots of charred and roasted malt, a hint of vanilla, raisin and plum, and silky coffee. It's so drinkable, even with the high alcohol.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a pretty creamy mouthfeel.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one- it's really quite excellent stuff.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review #1000. Bought a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle across the river at Hy-Vee in Council Bluff, Iowa yesterday on 9/1/16. Sale price was $6.99 which was $3.00 off the regular price. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "STORZ" snifter glass last night on 9/1/16 as well.

Brew pours a pitch-black in color with a very thin beige head but doesn't last long at all. Aroma is of dark roasted malts for the most part with a light hint of root beer even. Taste follows the nose for the most part with a very light hint of a 'red wine like' taste also with some bittersweet chocolate in the mix. Lighter side of medium-bodied, especially for a Imperial Stout which are usually on the heavy-bodied side. Don't taste 'boozy' unlike some similar brews. Overall, a tasty brew and worth a try id you can find it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label is outrageous. I hope you crazy Danes get over here to Cleveland and tear the city apart some night. Preferably when I'm out of town.

This is a well behaved stout hiding in a bad girl outfit. It has very little fizz but what it has is consistent. The aroma is a pretty sweet smell. This is one of those huge sweet, delicious stouts, so go get yer own.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small sized khaki head; lots of debris transfers into the glass. Smells of roasted malt, earthy hops, cocoa, and some char. The taste follows exactly with malts, hops, cocoa, and char. Light bitterness and strong tartness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, pretty standard IS but the debris and tartness detracts from the experience.

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Photo of zonker17
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured to Westmalle glass. Very dark brown, head beige and diminishes quickly. Nose is light, roast malt, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, Belgian yeast, bitter. Heavy feel and above average carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 08/05/16

Appearance - Pours midnight black with a cocoa powder colored, quarter finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Aroma hits on some metallic notes, toffee, booze, raisin and a hint of roast.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit. Butter toffee can be found throughout, along with quite a bit of raisin. Lots of booziness. Caramel hits in the back end. Sweet finish with mild astringency.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Bone dry finish.

Overall - Pretty tasty Russian Impy. Classic euro flavors, especially with the strong toffee presence. Pretty odd considering the style, but it works.

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Photo of Myotus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 22oz bottle (no date) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before review. Consumed on 10Aug16.
SMELL: An overall sweetness presents itself as strong plum, licorice, red cherry, fig, and molasses aromas fuse with mild vanilla, sweet chocolate, alcohol, and sweetened coffee aromas along with subtle aromas of oak, caramel, toffee, and bitter roasted malts.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: Strong flavors of bittersweet licorice, plum, fig, and red cherry initially bombard the palate. The astringency of the licorice provides a balancing tone for the initial eruption of sweetness. The flavor profile instantaneously returns to a nearly unbalanced cloying as mild caramel, toffee, and sweet chocolate flow across the taste buds while the cherry and licorice flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild sweet coffee and subtle vanilla flavors quickly strengthen the sugary goodness to a point where balance is now extremely desired. Finally, mild flavors of molasses and alcohol along with subtle oak and bitter roasted malts flavors establish a somewhat balanced palate as all prior flavors persist.
4 out of 5
NOTE: I never had the opportunity to taste the "O.G." Black Metal from Jester King, so I have not the slightest idea of how much of this was drawn from that. This was a sweet beer that would satiate any sweet tooth out there. The sweetness wasn't overbearing, but it left my palate craving a bit more balance.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a very dark brown hue, nearing black. Big bubbled khaki ring of head, nice lacing on glass. Initially has an aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice, and char. A subtle woodiness, hints of raisins. Taste follows the roasted malt profile well, getting that licorice, and a tabacco like back bone. Mouthfeel is relatively palate coating, smooth, velvety and low carbonation. Overall not anything too complex, but a solid stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, black licorice, raisin, prune, date, caramel, toffee, fudge, tobacco, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, char, herbal, light smoke, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, black licorice, raisin, prune, date, caramel, toffee, fudge, tobacco, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, char, herbal, pine, light smoke, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, black licorice, dark fruit, caramel, fudge, tobacco, dark bread, char, herbal, pine, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, with no astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/slick, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was expecting this to be a little more funky, but it stays pretty true to form for an imperial stout.

Mostly roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate flavors. Licorice is also present, but the flavors all blend together and do so quite nicely.

There's not a lot on the nose, or maybe I'm just missing it, but regardless it drinks really well with a nice, thick and oily body and a good balance between the sweet and bitter components.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with not much of a head at all

Smells if roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Hints if anise too.

Taste follows the nose but with a bigger anise kick. Very tasty.

Boozy and chewy.

Great stout and I live that licorice/anise kick.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with an afterthought chocolate milk head that quickly dissipates into a ring with some lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, roast, a whiff of hops. Smells like a big beer.

T: Again, bittersweet chocolate, roast, coffee and some toast and hops on the back before the bittersweet lays down on the palate. Roasty bitterness settles long term.

M: Shapely body but not ponderous. A touch of carbs up front, finishes smooth. No astringency despite the bitterness.

O: Tasty with lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. I'd prefer a little more smooth creaminess, but an enjoyable stout nonetheless.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich roasted malts with a touch of bitterness I also get a chocolate note. Has a rich smooth feel and overall is a nice beer.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very noticeable dark fruit presence amongst the chocolate and roast. An absolute malt bomb of a beer. Not as thick and oily as some imperial stouts, light to medium bodied for the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thick film with a little lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with some char, both dark chocolate and lighter cocoa, coffee with vanilla and licorice developing into a lightly hopped, charry malt finish with lingering cocoa and light char. Nice creamy medium to heavy body with good mouth feel. I really liked this one. I've enjoyed both Amager and Jester King's stouts before and together they have created a fine one. Not sure what the metal part is, but apparently no metal was killed in the production of this stout. While a bit pricey as an import, this hit all the notes I'd hope for in a rich dark stout, well balanced and with a great body and finish. Well done.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently brought back from the dead and no longer retired.

A - 500ml pour a big Duvel glass. Black metal body with about a finger of tan metal head. A thin ring and some wisps left for a cap by the end, pretty decent lace dots.

S - Complete and utter dark malt bomb of roast, licorice, dark chocolate, smoky tones. Decent strength.

T - On the sweeter side here with much more chocolate, dark fruit and molasses, but still quite a gnarly charred roast malt presence. Still a bit of a smoked licorice vibe with some earthy notes and a little booze punch.

M - Huge thick total malt bomb, pretty intense with both bitter char and malty sweetness, definitely a bit of alcohol bite but not too bad for 10%. Carbonation on the lower side, lingering ashy finish.

O - Certainly fits the name, very 'metal' imperial stout here. Definitely roast+char forward and quite intense in that aspect, but big maltiness/sweetness/bitterness makes this an all-around beast of a beer. That being said, the flavors presented are rather run of the mill for the style, and the aforementioned extreme qualities can kinda drag down the enjoyability of this one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color, muddy brown with only a little khaki colored head. Chocolate, raisin, roast, and some other dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with light chocolate and dark fruit notes.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/black pour with a soapy caramel white colored head.

S - Malted milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa.

T - Milk dark and light chocolate from start to finish, cocoa powder, alcohol presence minus the warming, small hints of dark fruit.

M - Big medium body, some alcohol acidity surfaces immediately but subsides and finishes with a silky smooth body.

O - Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 14/500 mL from Blackwell’s
Aroma of roasted malt and dates, weakens but lasts
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to four mm frothy ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing fair – thread rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque; sediment in bottle
Flavor of bitter chocolate with some dark fruit sweetening; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, somewhere between watery and creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75. Seems pretty ordinary and certainly not worth $14/500 mL.

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