Sundby Stout | Amager Bryghus

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
8.57%
 
 
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Photo of StormAles
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Cervezalandia. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Grim Legends 3. Mild roasted beer. Correct, without odd notes but nothing memorable here, maybe just a bit more of bitterness than usual

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
6.2% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 12, 2015
The beer pours a solid black colour with a thin creamy brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and floral hops. The aroma is medium-full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is dark chocolate. coffee, roasted malt, and a hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of byronic
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bugs318
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sundby Stout looked curiously light coming out the bottle and, sure enough, is more brunette than black. Despite the sooty topcoat this stout retains a significant amount of chestnut highlights and, if you squint hard enough, even a little clarity along the baseline. Especially after the head fades it looks pretty weak.

The aroma is familiar: a bittersweet combination of crumbly chocolate cookies and vanilla cream, it's strongly reminiscent of an Oreo. Roast has a considerable presence too, certainly enough to evoke thoughts of coffee and possibly even barbecue. It's a relatively austere aroma, but on point for the style.

The one thing arguably missing, however, was hops - not that they're essential, but the label does brag about "an excessive use" of American varietals and I don't get much citrus fruit, pine resin, or anything else that might satiate my lupulin cravings. Sadly, the Nugget, Centennial and Cascades didn't survive the voyage over the Atlantic. The closest thing to a hoppy flavour in there is a hint of green tea.

That said, the taste is hot chocolate 1a and coffee 1b. Milky vanillin notes and a toasted pecan-like nuttiness occupy most of the finish, with just barely enough spent coffee grinds to keep sweetness in check. Sundby Stout is definitely still in the realm of dessert but think more store bought black forest cake or no-name praline instead of quality espresso or decadent, rich, Michelin-starred ganache.

Sundby Stout is a mild, agreeable, and tastefully balanced example of the style. It won't stain your teeth brown or blow your daily calorie intake in one bottle, but at 6.2% it affords a little extra character while maintaining an almost 'sessionable' drinkability. The price here overseas is too steep to warrant repeat purchases or a solid recommendation, but Scandiwegians aught to give it a try.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown body, did pour a thick head, but dissipated quickly to a thin, milk chocolate layer

Aroma: sharp, acidic, chocolate, burnt roast coffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: powerful, nutty chocolate taste with a bitter roast malt finish; very dry, leaving the palate parched and ready for another sip; fine carbonation, like Perrier, accompanied by an acidic burn; medium body; a bit more crispy and hoppy than the usual stout

Overall: the label claims a "subtle" roast character, but there's really nothing subtle about it - this is a dark roasted, aggressive stout that is more for lighting a fire then mellowing out

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Photo of kevinlater
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. best before "06/2017". consumed nov 2 2015

a: a really dark-but-not-black hue, somewhat like a dark coffee. little tan head

s: vibrant licorice, prunes, and raisins. a bit of milk chocolate, maltesers, and hoppy herbs. more on the sweeter side than the roastier side. smells good

t: raisin-y licorice up front leading into a moderate roasty profile with flavours of cocoa, wood, herbal hops, and hints of coffee. good medium bitterness on the finish

m: medium-minus, close to light (but not watery) feel with moderate carbonation. excellent drying finish

o: a delicious, well-rounded stout! excellent balance between malt and hops

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Photo of yancot
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wajohnst
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cool into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Purchased from the LCBo for $6.20 CDN.

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown colored beer with a clumpy and thick two finger tan head. Impressive retention too and nice swaths of lacing left behind.

Smell - Inviting with the usual roasty coffee and dark chocolate aromas, but there's a hint of vanilla and dark fruit especially cherries.

Taste - Nice flavors here. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate up front providing a nice bitterness, there's even some smokey ash flavor as well. Cherries and vanilla present here too, but more in the background as opposed to the bold cherry aromas.

Mouthfeel - Crazy smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is modest, body is light and refreshing, finish is moderately dry. Distinction is minute, but this has more porter-like characteristics than stout. I know they are one and the same, I find that generally porters have a certain easy drinking thinness that many stouts don't. Still, really good.

Overall - Just a really solid, well-crafted stout. Flavors are easy and accessible with just enough surprises, smokey ash to taste and cherries on the nose to please. Very drinkable. Would definitely repurchase, however it probably wouldn't be more than one given the higher cost of this beer. Still Amager Bryghus has once again made a delicious stout that has come Canadian market with Sundby Stout. Final thing to remember is to drink this at a cool temperature not cold.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bear black, finger of big bubbled head with little retention and no real lacing. Nose is burnt sugar, toast, hints of molasses and leafy green hops. Boasts a solid toasted bread malt backbone, hints of molasses and cocoa, surprising presence of leafy green hops and milk chocolate lingers. Solid stout indeed and definitely a worthy brew to hit the LCBO shelves.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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