Hr. Frederiksen | Amager Bryghus

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

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125
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287
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.56%
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +5.6%
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 -9.8%
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 +1.7%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 -1%
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 -0.2%
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 -18.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.4%

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 +0.7%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Pitch black with a sizeable mocha coloured head that recedes quickly to a ring.

(3.75) S: Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, dates, figs, plums, and cherries. The chocolate is bold upfront and rich but other aromas aren’t quite as potent as I was hoping for and require a bit of digging for me. There is a nice herbal aroma to this.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma – herbal bitterness (anise-like) with a very malty taste. Again, dark chocolate is forefront with harmonizing sticky dark fruits and dried figs and dates. There is a nice caramel quality here but this leans to the bitter and dry side. Alcohol is considerably well hidden.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly rich, creamy and sticky. Excellent.

(4.0) D: This is a very good imperial stout. The dark chocolate and herbal bitterness complement each other very well.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.20 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a challis

A- 4.25- Opens well pouring no head but a nice film. VERY dark

S-- 4.25 Roasted malt galore. What a nice blend. Rather hot right now. Hope it cools.

T- 4.0- A but hot. Nice roasted malt and chocolate. Bitter. Decent chocolate

M- 4.0- Ok. Bit chalky.

O- 4.08- This is a nice one. Bought many for the cellar.

Food Pairing

This nice little stout went well with..... Beef Stew

Enjoy!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle purchased for about $7.20 CDN from the LCBO. Served fairly cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, dark brown nearly black. Opaque and murky, with nearly a finger of light brown coloured head. Tremendous lacing slicks to the glass leaving a thin coating and a multitude of patterns. Head retention isn't spectacular, but the head settles into some wispy froth that does stick around for the duration.

Smell - quite roasty, chocolate and coffee come to mind with a extra dose of vanilla. Subdued yet aromatic, there are no off smells here at all. Very inviting.

Taste - once sip, and its defcon five in the mouth with the excitement of the flavours. Roasty dark chocolate with a trace of coffee starts things off, then transition to a bourbon soaked vanilla flavor, before capping things off with some leather and oak like flavors. Bitterness is persistent but not overdone. One of the best.

Mouthfeel - creamier than creamy this is a wonderfully filling and extraordinarily smooth beer. Moderate finish, behind the obviously substantial body and the carbonation is thee but barely noticeable with the thick tongue coating creaminess of the whole thing.

Overall - wow, truly one of my three or four favourite stouts I've ever had, wonderfully filling a decadent with intense flavours, but every sip just leaves you coming back for more. Definitely worth a buy and I will pick up another, if I can find it, even given the fairly steep price.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Real fruity aromas with some sweet malt mixed in.
Pours pitch black – starts with a 1" foamy tan head and dissipates to a thick foam.
Malty palate with a big chocolate flavor accented with dark unsweetened chocolate bitterness and a touch of roast.
Low carbonation yet creamy and chewy with a little dry astringency on the finish.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a medium height beige head with good retention. Roasted malts, dark cherries, cocoa, dark chocolate. Soft mouthfeel and perfectly balanced flavours.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Obsidian black. A tight tan head with great retention. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Intense. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and strong bourbon.

T: Damn! Sip and be awed. The coffee rolls in, then vanilla and chocolate pervade, followed by a wallop of bourbon. This is a commanding stout, that begs to be savored. Robust and rich.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this one. One of the better RIS's I've had. Amager kicks ass .

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just more proof that we dont need a barrel or vanilla beans to make a massive and truly mellow and delicious imperial stout. this is classic, but a little different than the american ones, tons of body but not with all the sappy sugary texture. i love that, its almost dry in the end, dark chocolate and chocolate malt team up with maybe even some dark wheat for a really interesting flavor and ingredient profile that is distinct to this beer. after trying the mikkeller collaborations, i had to have this. it almost has a coffee flavor on the front end, but there is also very little bitterness. just grain done right, and i admire the seemingly simplistic nature of this beer, as well as its well hidden alcohol content and its price point. full bodied but not sticky and palate coating, different in that way. i wish for perhaps just a bit more carbonation, or at least carbonation retention, it seems flat after just a few minutes. opens up with temperature, this is a beer for a big wide snifter and a couple of lazy yet contemplative hours.

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