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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
1
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7
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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 olradetbalder
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Thanks Phyl21ca for another good drinkable Danish stout. Pours nearly block, above average mouthfeel with chocolate, and that comes through in the aroma. Coffee and roastiness is secondary. Sweetish and toffeeish and very pleasant with lunch. In a word, taste.

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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 Bugs318
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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.

Enjoy

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted notes with light lactic notes also discernable. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some roasted malt with some black chocolate notes and a creamy mouth feel. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall I thought this was OK but somehow lacking character.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 oline73
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Poured a dark and deep brown color with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, chocolate, earthiness, and some coffee. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, lighter roast, and a trace of coffee.

I found the body to be a tad on the thin side but creamy and smooth.

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Photo of foamyhead
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beer definitely to "the dark side". A nice long-lasting light-brown head. The nose is pleasant, with lots of hops carressing my nostrils with a smell of pine-needles. Underneath we got chocolate and coffee lurking.

Sundby Stout has got a medium to full body, with a nice harmony between the many elements that make up the smooth taste. We got chocolate, mint, coffe, roasted malt, and some interesting flowery hop tones on top of it all. Just maybe the hops could be a little more integrated, they seem to flow around on their own in a "homebrew" kind of way. Maybe storing of the bottle a couple of years could solve this problem?

The aftertaste stays around for long with burnt notes of malt, and a tonic/campari/grape-like bitterness.

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Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Sundby Stout from Amager Bryghus
3.86 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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