Sundby Stout | Amager Bryghus

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Sundby StoutSundby Stout

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Amager Bryghus

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BGDrock
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +5.7%
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 DenisKolkin
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 andrenaline
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of DaveBar
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $6-7 dollar mark. Served in a challis at a nice 12deg C.

A- Opens very well and pours a rather airy head that lasts forever. Very dark brown colour

S- Not much here at all. Some coco however a fair amount of heat.

T- Coco is prevalent and vanilla is right there. Some clove but not too complex, rather basic brew. Afterwards it opens a touch but then dries out.

M- Watery. This is a porter not stout

O- Not so good. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This coco rich brew goes very well with..... Ground lamb burger with Swiss and dejion style mustard topped with crisped oinions and creamy blend of mayo, touch of rosemary and pepper sauce.


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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet malt, chocolate and a bit of roasted character. Taste starts with chocolate and caramel, generally on the sweet side, just some roasted malts on the finish that give off a slight bitterness. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall it's quite good stout. Nothing special but well made and tasty.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice light beige creamy head, leaving thick lacing on the glass.
Lightly roasted malts, tho a bit smoky, milky chocolate, some molasses, light spices, a bit of coffee powder and bitter hop.
Sweet maltiness up front quickly contrasted by leafy bitter hops and deep burnt roastiness. Caramel still remains, with a small generic dark fruitiness too. Spicy herbal notes, with some pepper and anise too. Finishes ashy and hoppy bitter.
Aftertaste has big hops, burnt bread and just a small hint of caramel. Medium body, medium carbonation.
A really refreshing stout, a bit complex too. Good stuff.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark oily black with a head that dissipates quickly. Sediment is found in the pour. Aroma has dark fruits, soy sauce, oatmeal, and smoke. Deep malty characteristics.

The taste is malty, slightly roasted, bittersweet, and caramel richness. Faint coffee. The taste develops a slight hop and charred malt bitterness, but sweet and smooth malts lend a cocoa note. Light bodied, smooth, easily drank. Overall, a decent export stout but thinner than many examples.

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Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown almost black with a two finger frothy tan head that settled quickly to a small ring around the edge. Some minimal lacing but nothing to speak of.

S: Toasted malts, some coffee, light smoke, and a bit of piney hops.

T: Very pleasantly surprised with taste. This is a nicely balanced stout. Good blend of roasted flavors from the malts, and subtle sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Easy drinking brew.

M: Typical body for a lower ABV stout but still full bodied just not as thick as some of the Russian Imperials that I have been drinking of late. The finish is quite creamy.

O: A nice surprise to start out the weekend. Just a really solid stout without a lot of extra flavoring or spices.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen their beers many times, and have never purchased, but a 50% price cut makes my day.

Black stout. Holy crap, this is a dense one. I like the ring of retention that leaves a little splashy lace. Head is an 1/8 of an inch at best. Love the description on the bottle. Not sure what beer they are describing...

A little deep roasted malt sweetness up front, immediately pushed aside by Charred and herbal bitterness. Bitterness is not green and leafy, but almost root-like. Carbonized notes and bitter chocolate throughout. Finishes with rich malt and bitterness. I'm diggin it.

Full bodied. Not syrupy like an imperial, but with some good body. A little acidic bite.

The more I drank this, the more I upped my scores. This is a complex rich beer. Well developed flavors make this very drinkable. And only 6.2% makes this easier to put down.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fusion of American microbrewery culture and the authentic, classy tastes that inspire them come full circle in many of the Danish beers that infiltrate the market. Sundby Stout is a great example.

And it's with it's dark, burnt ember brown hue that the beer captures the visual character of stout. Light on carbonation, the beer amounts to a thin sheet of broken coffee creme to cap the beer with light tan froth. Strands of foam laces the glass lightly.

Medium-strong aromas dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and malted milk share the stage equally. Notions of licorice, plumb and fudge wrap around a roasty base of coffee. Light campfire woods and yogurt give an interestingly malt scent- a welcome treat to the olfactory senses.

Firm and masculine flavors of roasty elements- led by nutty columbian coffee develops into a smoother chocolate taste with light smoke, wood, and scorched toffee. The beer's middle palate tethers into the malty-rich taste of "Whoppers" candies with mild vinous and licorice fruitiness. Finishing lightly bitter, the bitterness seemingly extends from the coffee and cocoa insinuations.

The beer offers some confusion when considering its mouthfeel: Fully malted and carrying a moderate wealty of residual sweetness, the beer would feel heavy to the trigamental sensations except for its low-lying carbonation that never creates a creamy or mouth engulfing effect. The beer lays flatly on the tongue and provides a silky, velvety coat. The finish of alcohol warmth, light acidic tartness, and malty-dry interplay ensures an extended taste to close the session.

Because of the smooth roast and the fruit and smoke interaction, the beer seems much like a Baltic porter with its esters and textures, except with an American stout roast and hop schedule.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with a good deal of cocoa powder and hints of pine hops. Also present are light amounts of tobacco lurking in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Lightly roasted malts up front are joined by slight molasses shortly thereafter. Midway through the flavor profile turns more bitter, with light cocoa powder and lighter pine and citrus hops. Finally, hints of tobacco come into play near the end, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer; the hops were tastefully added and there was a good deal of complexity from the malts. A very clean beer and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim at Julio's, wanting to try a danish stout that wasnt from Mikkeller. Not too bad.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. Rather average stout appearance. Nice and dark brown with what was half a finger head that faded too quickly leaving just a tan halo.

S - Nice bitter chocolate aromas and sweet slight roasted malts and coffee notes. There are some really, really nice unique hop aromas here and there throughout. Not citrus or anything, just another level of piney bitterness. Some slight floralness too.

T - This is quite a surprise. A rather hoppy stout! Theres that nice burnt carmel and light chocolate flavours but they all lead the way to the hop bitterness. There is some slight clashing, a little fighting between the hops and chocolate but this is stull quite delicious.

M - Typical stout mouthfeel here, just slightly more carbonated. In fact, its a bit thinner than the usual run of the mill american stout.

D - A very nice stout, if your a fan of hops. If one doesnt enjoy hops this is one to avoid. But, if you like an IPA every now and again give this a try. A nice mingling of worlds.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves small spots of lacing behind.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with hints of caramel, roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and surprisingly, earthy piny hops.

Chewy medium body with a silky, slightly viscous chocolate malt flavor. Only faintly roasted with more of a creamy feel. Hints if caramel, toffee and faint toast. The maltiness is very nicely balanced by a bitter earthy hop presence that lingers throughout into a ery dry finish. Complex, flavorful and pretty quaffable. I'd rexommend this to anyone who is a fan of hoppy stouts.

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Photo of gfreed
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First rule of Sundby stout: let it get warm before drinking it. This is a good rule to follow for any similar beer, but especially for this one. Drink it right out of the fridge and you'll get a mouthful of vinyl and pickle relish. Let the bottle sit for a half hour before opening it and you'll be greatly rewarded: loads of everything you love in a stout, plus a tad more sting from the extra hops the Danes have so nicely supplied. For the price this is not so bad.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and light carbonation evident. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, bitter chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate roasted malts, dark fruit, vanilla, hops, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

m - Medium bodied and low carbonation; decently smooth to drink.

d - A decent, above average stout. I enjoyed the smell and the mouthfeel a lot, would be willing to order it again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich, smoky, oily and a little woody with a firm overtone of molasses and a hint of chocolate. It pours a deep opaque sable, like any good stout, with a fairly thick dark tan head, and leaves substantial lacing. Flavor is smoky with tones of molasses, unsweet chocolate and charred wood. Texture is fairly smooth with a nice fizz, leaving a smoky and subtly tingly finish.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/4" head which immediately dissipated. Dark as coffee. Taste with hints of coffee and cocoa (basically a classic stout). Soft creamy silky mouthfeel.

Really this didn't standout above most stouts in flavor but I thought the texture was very nice.

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Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a one to one and half finger light mocha colored head. Head settles down to around a half finger and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Pretty classic stout aroma...lots of dark malts with some light roastiness, a solid chocolate character, and some slightly bitter coffee notes. Some hints of vanilla lurk in the background.

T: Coffee with a pretty robust bitter side and some smoky notes provide an interesting twist to the taste. A chocolate and lightly roasted base are still in place, but the coffee and smoke come through strong in the middle of the tongue, providing a strong and complex flavor. The finish lightens up a bit with some sweetness coming back to balance things out.

M: A bit thin, but I suppose that's to be expected for a 6.2% ABV stout. Carbonation is at a good moderate level.

D: If this was more readily available it would be a definite frequent pickup, I see a lot of food pairings that would work, as well as just sitting back and enjoying a couple after a long day.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as dark a pour as I was expecting. Light passes through when held up to a lamp as a very dark red. Slightly assertive pour yields almost no head. Average at best.
Smell is much more promising than I had anticipated. Quite chocolatey and a nice floral hoppiness.
Taste is very chocolatey with some definite spent coffee grounds. Pleasantly bitter, earthy hops balance the sweet chocolate malt wonderfully. Strange how the Cascade and Centennial (declared on the label) were far more noticeable in the nose rather than flavour, which must be the Nugget
I find the mouthfeel in this one to be much lighter than I expected for both the colour and the abv. making this very drinkable, all things considered.
This was a very well crafted stout and just a good, solid beer all around. Very impressed with this one.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer. Poured aggressively to get a medium sized thick foamy creamy fine tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque dark brown with mahoganey highlights. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, roasty, malty, fresh baked black bread, licqourice. Flavor's the same with a little added salt and a hint of wet cardboard. Body is creamy and soft with very good carbonation. Finish is the flavor plus has a floral component which adds a lot of intrigue. Finish length is medium. Very drinkable. Session.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown topped with a slender layer of lasting khaki-colored foam.

Smell: Predominately a nose of blackened barley smelling of chocolate and well-roasted, ground coffee with some notable burnt bread notes from an inept, careless baker.

Taste: Darkened, roasted maltiness bringing about tastes of quality dark chocolate, Italian roast coffee, and burnt toast with just a hint of smoked vanilla beans held at the distant perimeter. The American hops provide an undercurrent of zesty citrus beneath all these charry malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness. All this roast does impart a bit of astringency, but, thankfully, this isn't overbearing. Late arriving hint of licorice. Long, dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely squeaks into the lighter side of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty Danish stout that keeps things dry and particularly roasty. If that's what you've been searching for, yearning for even, then be sure to give this one a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I was waiting in line to by this beer, the gentleman behind me said. "What does a Danish stout taste like?" I told him I'm gonna find out.

The beer pours a slick black with a nice one finger brown head that recedes quickly. The addition of American species hops give the roasted malts a spicey nature. Coffee, black chocolate, and almost burnt bread with an almost peppery aire. The taste starts with medium roasted coffee and black chocolate. The middle has some of those peppery hops and super roasted black malts. The finish is a bone dry light smoke flavor with burnt bread and oatmeal. The palate makes me think of a dry English stout mixed with a hoppy American stout. Just a bit too dry for my liking.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's a thick black beer, with a massive foamy light brown head, which fades fast and light carbonation. The aroma is very very weird, I got a huge savory nose, with tomatoes, peppers, a spicy alcohol kick and sharp hops. The taste is just as strange with a strong flavour of green vegetables mixed with brown malts and a peppery spiciness. It's just really not my thing, far too savory.

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