Hr. Frederiksen | Amager Bryghus

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4.09/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
When poured into the glass you will instantly sense that Hr. Frederiksen is a gentleman with both potency and a huge personality. Dark as Hr. Frederiksen's humor, this imperial stout is inspired by the American imperial stouts with it's dense and creamy light brown head that leaves nice lacings in the glass while the head reluctantly dissipates. We are willing to admit that we went crazy with the malts in this beer. A massive 8 different types of malts were used, and it is the dark and heavily roasted ones that give the beer it's color and almost extreme full body - this is almost a meal in a bottle. The bitterness is also delivered by the heavily roasted malts backed up by the American Centennial hops. Oh yes, Hr. Frederiksen is an experience which should be enjoyed slowly, but in return he will last all night warming you with his alcohol and challenging charm. We have named this beer after a good friend, without whom, Amager Bryghus would not be what it is today.

BEER STATS
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#5,521
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
303
pDev:
7.58%
 
 
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 303
Photo of mishi_d
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a small beige head, aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel, taste is medium sweet with a medium bitter finish, full body, oily, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black clear with reddish hue. Ivory foam, 3 finger tall. Moderate retention, frothy, leaving excellent lacing. Moderate aroma of dried fruits, plums, rich malty chocolate aroma, alcohol. High malty sweet, aggressively roasted coffee flavor. Chocolate, dry fruits, high bitterness - rather hoppy but also coming from roasted malt. Oily, chewy, full body. Medium bitter-sweet aftertaste. Bit warm. Harsh. But alcohol well covered.

Delicious, too roasty for my tongue.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Playing Costume Quest. It gives an initial impression of excellent balance. Then alcohol starts to be noticiable but not bothering. However, it ends affecting the head. Not sweet for a RIS but fairly bitter

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Looks like used motor oil with a thin nibbling head that quickly dissipates.
Full thick body with moderate warmth.
Rich aroma and rich, bold flavor. Bitter - sweet, with both tastes on display. Complex roasted malt flavor with faint spicy hops.
Overall: excellent. Improved with warming.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
10.5% ABV
Royal Bank Plaza LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 3, 2014
The beer pours a solid black with a half inch light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and copius amounts of anise and chocolate. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, quite possibly the fullest bodied beer I have ever tried. The flavour is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smoke. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly amazing example of a Russian Imperial. Very roasty with a balanced bitterness that makes every sip seem like heaven. Burnt coffee with earthy notes in smell. Taste consists of dark chocolate, caramel, dark malts, vanilla and a hint of oak. Booze is well masked.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Very deep brown to almost tar black as a showcase, the pour builds up thick creamy tan head that withstands with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting frothy layer on the surface and leaving lots of sticky lacing. There are lots of small and big sediment upon the pour.

In a nose, it is led by roasted malt together with coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Then it is caramel, vanilla, licorice, burnt bread, oat smoothness, charred, and candy. Hop is significant with its spice, pine, and citrus.

The taste is of course dominated by all those malt flavors of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, candy, smoothness from oat, charred, burnt bread, and roasted together with licorice and hop profile with its crisp citrus, pine, and big grassy bitterness. Hop character here is big and bold in order to balance the intensity of malt.

The body is rather full with slight stickiness and moderate carbonation that generates smooth mouthfeel through the palate. The overall feeling is not too thin or too hefty but quite balance to carry all the things well. Finish is pleasantly dry.

This big Stout has vast array of malty goodness extensively ranging from burnt bread, roasted, charred, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, also with rich and intense Centennial hop profile. Alcohol is well hidden making it good for sipping.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.19/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was just too earthy and roasty for me. It pours a black color with a firm 1 finger head. The aromas are of chalk, roasted malts, and smoked ash. The flavors are practically earth, blood, and roast. Feel is pretty dry and moderately carbonated. I didn't care much for it, I'd gladly pass next time.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, with half a finger of brown head. The foam quickly disappears, leaving a lot of lacing.

The smell is rich with roasted coffee, cocoa and a bit of tar. I feel a slight hint of figs somewhere as well.

The taste starts with lots of creamy coffee, and is a bit sweeter than I expected. There is a vinous quality to this, that I usually get from quads. Warming booze on the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth, I would have liked a bit more viscosity.

Overall, a terrific Impy, that has a pretty unique quality in the slightly vinous texture. I really enjoyed this, but a 500 ml bottle is a bit much to down in one sitting, by one self.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - a nice ode to a friend who helped them build their brewery, if I'm to believe the marketing screed on the label.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with scant red-cola basal edges, and one zaftig finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly light brown head, which leaves some dense distant tree copse lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, caramel/toffee malt, some further exotic treacle-like sweetness, weak cafe-au-lait, Scandihoovian licorice candies, an indistinct dark orchard fruitiness, and some plain leafy, musty, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, brown sugar syrup, a faint damp ashiness, dry cocoa powder, acrid coffee beans, stale cream, still muddled raisin and plum fruity notes, spicy anise, and more earthy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly benign in its simplistic frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and sort of smooth, as the char takes a toll here, as well as a simmering, yet not quite exploding alcohol astringency. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt falters, and the hops, coffee, and boozy essences swarm.

Overall, this is another very well-made Nordic-style (even though they claim Yankee inspiration) big-boy stout - I can't exactly delineate the differences, but they are there, and they are subtle. Whatever, odes aside, we have a nice and warming brew, one worth sipping at while avoiding the return to sub-zero temperatures outside right now.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Black with almost no head

S - Quite off on the smell, a bit of coffee

T - wow, I wasn't expecting that complex and intense taste after the low profile smell. This is a lot about coffee, a bit about cocoa powder. There is a good hop balance (earthy notes plus some pine). It's not boozy even if the alcohol wraps up the entire thing. Some vinous notes are there with some red berries
M - Quite thick with a lower carbonation

O - A great RIS. One of the best I've had

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2019. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours inky black, producing just under an inch of frothy, beige-coloured head. Average retention, with most of the head having wilted away within a few minutes' time; a few rings of messy lacing are deposited, but a bubbly cap is the sole eventual remnant. Treacle, cocoa, licorice root/anise and milk chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of coffee beans and marshmallow. Enticing aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for this style.

This stout throws you right into the deep end from the get-go, with molasses and burnt sugar sweetness that is soon joined by robust roasted malt character. Cocoa and black coffee both come to mind - emphasis on the former, as this one almost has a bit of a chocolate pudding/mousse feel to the flavour, along with just a hint of raisin. Bitter tones dominate the back-end - more herbal anise/licorice root, with roasty astringency and some ethanol warmth carried into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with gentle carbonation levels and a velvety-smooth mouthfeel that leaves the lips feeling sticky. It's definitely very good - not perfect, but this is the sort of beer where everything comes together so well that I feel no compelling urge to go digging for nits to pick.

Final Grade: 4.2, a worthwhile A-. Hr. Frederiksen is a fabulous imperial stout that really hits the spot. As I said before, it's not flawless - the mouthfeel, though fairly generous, could stand to be a bit more viscous. But other than that, this is a seriously good stout that I would not hesitate to recommend to others. It is rich-flavoured, yet outstandingly well-balanced. Hopefully I'll run across a few more bottles in the future, because Hr. Frederiksen has an appointment with my cellar.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Santa, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black with a frothy tan head that persists forever. Creamed coffee roastiness with bits of bitter chocolate and some smoke and warming alcohol. Very nicely made stout!

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Photo of aleigator
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely black color, with a decent sized, bubbly beige head.

Smells of matured hops, molasses and cold pressed coffee, wrapped up in earth. The beers earthiness is the key element of the nose, gently accompanied by a note of caramel and fresh crushed coffee beans.

Drinks very velvet, smooth on the tongue with an unbelievable creaminess during the finish, suddenly featuring milk chocolate instead of molasses.

Tastes of earth coated molasses with a certain dryness to it. Among this dryness, coffee beans create a pleasant bitterness, balanced by a mix of bakers chocolate and silk cream. A prominent, yet soft roastiness cuts through, adding to the maintaining chocolate qualities of the beer, while revealing a glimpse of mocha beans during the finish.

Exhibits a fantastic taste development, while providing more and more depth, resulting in a rich chocolate, coffee, molasses mix, topped of by roasted malts. Utmost soft on the tongue, with a long lasting aftertaste, a great beer on all fronts.

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Photo of bnes09
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No head on the pour. Super dry, bitter flavor and somewhat lacking in roasted character. Also lacking in body and texture for the style. Average in my opinion.

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Photo of YvesB
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown with small to medium head. looks good !
Smell - a bit unlike the others stouts ive had. Hops and coffee mostly.
Taste - Lots of bitterness. Takes some sips to get used to.
Feel - Dry, hoppy finish.
Overall - Not everyone will like this but its definately right up my alley.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased July during 2015 MLB All Star week at Party Source in Kentucky. Enjoyed October 20, 2015 in a Hopsplam tulip/snifter.

Look - Thin lighter tan head with medium bubbles is slow to build and quick to dissipate. Blotchy lacing at best. Dark brown body. A lot of small particles of sediment dispersed.

Smell - Chocolate. Musty hops. Coffee. Char. Sweet.

Taste - Bitter. Coffee. Chocolate. Raspberry.

Feel - Dry. Not as heavy as I would hope. Sediment does give a chalky texture to it.

Overall - I have tried Hr, Brunch Weasel, and Hr Brunch. Brunch Weasel is by far the best (and its family of beers). Hr was slightly better by itself over Hr Brunch.

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Photo of Shemmy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a newbie with Imperial Stouts, but this one dispelled any doubt created by what were almost certainly some bad bottles I bought from shops in Thailand that don't know or care about storing them properly.

I was a bit nervous about this one. People say its like getting punched in the face by some big lunk from Denmark named Hr. Fredricksen or something. Not at all. A wonderful bitter chocolate coffee experience following a sweet smooth initial layer. Perhaps Hr. Fredricksen decided not punch me and give me a nice cup of coffee, a whiskey and a chocolate mousse. Usually we get the bitter flavors pretty quick with many stouts, but this the bitterness comes in later and saves you from getting queasy on the initial sweetness. The alcohol worked very nicely to add depth and facilitate the whole range of slight hints of fruits and flowers.

Given the heavy amounts of malts and such that are used to make imperials, I would guess that this beer might have a similarly heavy syrupy mouth feel. Not at all, in fact I thought it could be more interesting if it were a bit heavier, but this is not a complaint.

I am getting a bit weary of quads and this was a nice refreshing change. Wonderful beer, I would definitely reach for it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer offers bitterness throughout with anise and licorice flavor. This is combined by a medium plus caramel and sugary sweetness and milk chocolate. A bright bitterness finishes up the beer. A medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did not come to Brazil to drink Danish beer, but when a beer like Hr. Frederiksen falls into m lap, I will take a small taste, thank you. On to the beer:

The beer is black bodied and topped with solid head and good retention on top. A pleasing aroma excites the mood, as modest hops and a note of lactose set the table for a wonderful tasting experience. Coffee knocks on the door first, then a splash of bittering hops. With a strong note of chocolate, the beer takes on a pleasing bittersweet taste. It's a full bodied beer with a hoppy aftertaste, putting Hr. Frederiksen into good territory.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured n2 a tulip glass I was initially excited by the reviews. With a hint of sweetness I was excited. My first initial taste and feel thought were good but I waited 4 it 2 settle b4 committing to my final scores. The more I drank the more my scores reduced. The hoppy bitterness at the end is not a flavor profile i prefer. Not sure why it got rated so well but I still have Pride by Amager to try! Hopefully it will be better?

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hr. ("Mr.") Frederiksen is a real person that apparently had a significant hand in helping establish the Amager Brewery. I've never seen this guy but I'm assuming he's black - because the beer named after him sure as hell is! Heck, not even the head is white, but rather a dirty brown.

The aroma provides the kind of chocolatey richness that'll buckle the knees. Wow. The suggestion of winter fireside drinking is immediate. Espresso and fudge combine to make for what is quite possibly among the most decadent scents on the planet. And to think it's still chilled! This huge concentration of cocoa and coffee liqueur flavours warms the body and soul. Mmmmm.

If the idea truly was, as is written on the label, to make "a meal in a bottle", then clearly they had dessert in mind. This tastes like a double-chocolate, chocolate-chip cookie that's served alongside a cup of black coffee. There's sweetness, bitterness, and decadence all in one sip.

Its brewers claim to be "happy" to have gone "slightly berserk with malt" in crafting this one. It shows - or, more accurately, it is sensed. This has a dense heartiness that makes it ill-suited to daytime drinking (though it does temper the 10.5% alcohol enough to make it feel nourishing and relaxing, allowing the beer to be appreciated without any real fuss).

Hr. Frederiksen is a stout too wonderful to share with food and conversation - it is an offering as suitable to a solitary fireplace sit as any. Though not the palate-numbing, senses-overwhelming kind of blockbuster RIS, it nonetheless punches in with all the requisite espresso and dark chocolate flavours needed to classify it as a heavyweight. A real champion that'll earn a spot in your cellar.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -2.2%

The bitterness of this beer is what initially punches you in the face. Once you get past that, it is a damn nice beer.

Starting with the appearance it pours black and with little head. The smell is coffee roasts and malts all the way. I love the nose on this beer. Taste is bitter up front, strong bitter. Then you get the malts and cocoa. Roasts and coffee are there too. The flavors are abundant in this beer. This beer coats your mouth and leaves the bitter behind after all the other flavors have left.

All in all a fine beer. I'm glad I bought a few of these, as I will be interested to see how age affects it. Review may change about a year from now...

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, hops, and a bit of a dark fruit flavour.

Overall - The fruity notes remind me a bit of a baltic port, and the hops give it a american black ale kind of taste. A little something from everyone with this beer. It's amazing how well hidden the booze is too. It has a pretty well balanced flavour and it is very drinkable. Pricey but worth it.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into my trusty brandy snifter glass. best before july 2019, enjoyed on october 19, 2014

a: black as night with about half a finger of light brown- or tan-hued head. all high-abv stouts look the same man. but i love it. so 4.5 it is

s: my face isn't anywhere near the glass but i can smell notes of chocolate. taking a proper sniff with my nose in the glass, this beer is just hugely rich. massive caramel and dark chocolate right away. slight, non-invasive hints of alcohol. burnt/roasted malts and licorice as well

t: roasted malt, cocoa/dark chocolate, and caramel in the front. licorice and prune-like dark fruits follow. piney, earthy, slightly citrus-fruity moderate hop bitterness in the middle along with some coffee notes. finishes moderately dry and woody with a bit of an alcohol bite, which all work together to help keep the decadence on a leash

m: medium-to-full body with mild carbonation. slightly sticky

o: an indulgent, rich, and delicious imperial stout

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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 303 ratings