Hr. Frederiksen | Amager Bryghus

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Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark | website

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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265
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4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of BigDank
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours thick and heavy into my chalice. Color is almost black with a thick dark brown head thats lasts a little while and leaves some lacing in the glass. Yeast sediment very visible in the black background. Slightly bitter with a smooth roasty finish. Roasted malt brings out a wonderful flavor in this beautiful stout. May not be something you can drink all night but I wouldn't mind trying it anyway. Very good beer that I will definitely be revisiting time and again.

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Photo of wl0307
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; bottle-conditioned in a long-neck, slim 500ml brown bottle, Batch No. 235, BB 04/2015, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a super dark hue, nearly black even, topped with a marvellously-lasting thick and tight tan froth, like brilliantly aerated milk froth, leaving even sheets of laces along the way. Black beauty.
S: absolutely enchanting... the aroma is like a melting pot of various kinds of malts - vanilla-ish semi-sweet chocolates, ground sweetened peanuts, hazel nuts, crushed calcium pills, oatmeal biscuits, cocoa powder, kidney bean mash, sweet coffee - laced with black date jam, a mild touch of musk (esp. following a swirl), an even milder touch of banana-oil like esters, flowery hops, a wedge of slightly burned leftover roast beef and salty-sweet Taiwanese soy sauce extract... Harmony. A sheer bliss. So well bottle-conditioned this is...
T: the full-bodied, silky-smooth and super-creamy swallow of black malts, coffee syrup, and complex chocolaty-nutty maltiness is followed closely by a restrained dose of black prune-ish, date-ish and even black cherry-skin-ish fruitiness, while the spicy hop bitterness mingles well with the smoky & charred aroma of black/roast malts. Lightly chewy comes the lingering mouthfeel of hop tannins and roast woodiness. Not as terribly bitter as an American RIS, the aftertaste is definitely a harmony and shows only a necessary level of bitterness to remind my tastebuds to yearn for yet another sip... The finish is quite interesting, like Chinese root-herbs mixed with the old tannic feel as of dried tangerine peels & sun-dried chillies, semi bitter-sweet, salty-sweet & semi-spicy. The wonderful charred aroma lingers in the finish, where the dry-ish mouthfeel knows no end.
M&D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth & creamy, and the carbonation is definitely in its right place, lifting a fuller-than-full body that surprisingly never goes overly heavy. This ale surely tastes more like an American Strong Stout than anything else, but the drinkability is such that, it's so easy to overlook the alc. strength that I mindlessly treaded into the dangerously heavenly barley field with an empty stomach... ouch! A marvellous stout all in all.

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a opaque black with a small, light tan head that sticks around forever. Tubular bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, anise, more vanilla and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout flavors of caramel, cocoa, and ...dark chocolate mousse. Yum! Doesn't get much better than that. Like a milky way candy milkshake. So damn good.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, roasty, and very drinkable. An addictive beer. Not as robust as Odin's Tipple but damn nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one from overseas I never thought I would be able to get a hold of, but alas it finds its way into my fridge! Served chilled and used as the nightcap, this one was split into three snifters and served on 07/03/2010.

Huge head of chocolate rises up from the bottom of the glass and caps a dark as night body that has the look and feel of oil. Giving it some time only lets the lacing totally obscure the entire glass and lets the aroma build up and over the glass competing with every other scent in the room. Dark coffee, well roasted with a huge chocolate presence come straight up and at you, really just wonderfully done I have to admit. Smooth, even and well put together the rich roasted malts collide with notes of vanilla and a nice bitter note that brings up the rear. Each sip is like a finely roasted coffee bean that you dunked in a glass of Hershey syrup and roasted over a campfire. Just that good! Smooth, decadent and extremely filling this was the quintessential sipper and after dinner dessert.

Overall as solid as they come, I had a lot to sample on over the last week and this one landed in the top ten with ease. A really, really solid offering here.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, medicinal in appearance. Great looking half finger head. Well done.
S: just a ton of malt supplemented by a nice roasted aroma. Coffee, chocolate. Sweet and great.
T: follows the nose, but with a hint of booze. Very sweet, but cut by a mellow coffee flavor and a hint of hops toward the back. The booze comes through about half way through and is quite agressive. Tasty.
M: thick but not too heavy. Drinks like a meal. Slightly bitter at the end and a tad dry.
O: outstanding. Agressive but not overpowering. Great flavor, great body. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours black, with a very brown large longlasting head with very small bubbles. Lots of lace.

S: Heavy roasted malt, bitter almonds. Surprisingly weak smell.

T: Heavy roasted chocolate malt with bitter hops and dried dark fruit. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee - very complex.

M: The aftertaste is both sweet and bitter/dry. And lasts all nigth! The body is powerful and the carbonation is moderate.

D: Very well tasting. I had the mrs. (Frederiksen) earlier to night, watching the world cup qualifires (soccer) between Denmark and Sweden. I poured this one in the last minutes of the game - Denmark won the game with 1-0 - and Sweden losts it's chances to go to the world cup...
But the beer is really nice...

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Photo of hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Bottle # 294/400, batch 5 and BB 05 2010.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, some dark fruits, chocolate, and licorice. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, and some smokey / ashiness. Light alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

Notes from and tasted on 6/27/08

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Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours thick. Like motor oil. And it looks thick in the glass. Big frothy dark brown head caps it off. lacing is full. Rich, vinous nose. Chalk full of anise oil and char and tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel on this one is quite full. Coats the tongue with long lasting flavor. High viscosity. High bitterness. High everything. High calories??? I"m guessing. Probably around 700 for this 16.9 oz bottle. Flavor comes at you aggressively with bitter hops and bitter roasted malts. Almost and acrid black malt accent, but not quite. A little smoky. Black licorice comes to mind. Interesting danish beer. And very good.

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black with a massive frothy coffee colored tan head that has amazing retention, barely settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Huge roasty malt aroma with a very prominent roasted coffee/espresso bean presence along with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, licorice and burnt toast.

Full bodied and incredible quaffable. Thisbeer is a huge malt bomb with lots of roasted and silky notes bouncing off of one another. As in the aroma their is a very prominent roasted coffee flavor that is perfectly balanced by a velvety silk chocolate presence. Chewy mouthfeel with hints of toffee, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal and alcohol warmth in the finish. Surprisingly hoppy for the style that again adds to the complexity and some bitterness to the finish. This beer is awesome and I highly recommend it!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, oily, smoky aroma with undertones of unsweetened chocolate, fine roast coffee and molasses. It pour a deep, chocolaty sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fluffy tan head. Rich flavor has strong unsweetened chocolate component along with tones of roast coffee and molasses plus a teensy bit of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and oily, tingly and edgy.

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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 Brent
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very chocolate-forward Russian Imperial Stout, with all the heft associated with the style. Dark and semi-sweet chocolate, laced with espresso notes. Some lightly charred notes lurk in the background. Alcohol is a bit warming, but no boozy notes. Overall a very well done RIS.

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Photo of crusian
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this bottle last night when I was drinking... I do remember it being extremely smooth, almost like a milk stout. So creamy. The ABV on it it VERY well hidden. now that I see it is 10.5% wow. find it, buy it. totally worth a try. Sorry this is short. didnt want to gyp the review on it, as it was really good... but ended up doing it anyway.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. The beer arrived in a 3/4 sized snifter and glowed the deepest chocolate brown. Due to the full pour there was only a half inch tall head of creamy tan bubbles. Carbonation appeared average, and no sediment was noted. The nose filled with the deepest char and smoke. There was raw dark chocolate, chalk, light honey, steely yeast and coffee, and soft lactic heavy creamer. On the back came some tart strawberry sweetness and hollow booze. Our first impression was that there was a smoky flavoring, but the feel was beautifully and surprisingly light. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with deeply smoked chocolate malts and white sugar sweetness. Soy sauce saltiness and fusel booze mixed in, both cutting and enhancing the big dark maltiness. The peak hit with booze and black cherries, lime rind bitterness, and sour lactics. The finish was all about the malts, with raw charcoal, chipped smoked hickory, metallic coffee beans, and tinny yeast bitterness. Despite all this, the finish was soft and soothing. The aftertaste breathed of that same char and smoke, coffee and raw chocolate, and general raw malt bitterness. The body was medium, yet soft and syrupy, while the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated with wet cream and froth, but really it stayed nicely light to the touch. Ultimately the mouth was left dried, with a boozy juiciness down the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped rather slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the contrast between the huge taste profile and the even, soft feel. There was nice sip to it, but most surprisingly it was light for the style, but appropriately so. All the smoke, booziness, and malts were there in the nose and the taste, but it was kept very drinkable by not being bogged down with heaviness. This is a must-try beer.

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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 Tone
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of cherry, hint of chocolate, hint of hops, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, hint of coffee, hint of chocolate, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of Nick3
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is pitch black with a frothy head that lingers. Nice lacing down the glass. Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Really great nose to this one. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate with coffee bitterness in the finish. Full bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Alcohol is present but doesn't overpower the beer, however, the beer definitely fills you up and you'll be feeling it by the end.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a CSB sniffer.

A. Pours a deep black with a light caramel head, 1-2mm thick that fades to a thin ring.

S. Smells of peat, milk chocolate, toffee, and mild coffee. All reasonably blended and equal.

T. Tastes of bitter chocolate, and strong toffee overtones. Very malty and rich. Finishes with a lighter chocolate and slight vanilla.

M. Medium body, light taste. A little coarse with a smooth dry finish.

O. I really like this beer. The toffee isn't excessive, it is well balanced and packed full of flavor. It is very smooth to drink, but finishes dry making you always want another sip. This is a very good beer I would recommend anyone try.

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Photo of t8dd
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Global Brew. Hefty aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Poured jet black with a thick tan head, some retention and good lacing. Deep, rich flavors-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smooth on the palate. Long finish. Really nice stout.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-10-10 - poured into a Dogfish Head snifter - 1PT capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a pitch black out of the bottle with a creamy, tan head. Some lacing is noticeable.

Smell: Notes of dark, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice. A wonderful aroma is potrayed, but the smell is somewhat weak and belies the true complexity of this beer.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice candy mixes with a bitter grapefruit hoppiness to produce a delicate balance. The alcohol provides a subtle, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Although this beer is a little light on the palate, it exudes a smooth, silky velvet quality.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable with good balance between the sweet and bitter elements. Maybe a little on the bitter side, but I like that! Also, alcohol in this one was just right.

Comments: This beer was purchased in the fall of 2009 and cellared 6-8 months. It paired very well with chocolate. Overall, a very good beer and an extremely bold stout.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Porus a really dark and opaque brownish black, thick brown head forms, very rocky, settles down to a thick layer and ring, great lacing on the glass, looks like a stout. Smell is nice, very floral and very rich, caramel and chocolate roast, toasty, some dark fruit, oak, alcohol comes through, quite hoppy, smells pretty nice. Taste is similar, milky at first, chocolate, roast, brown sugar and caramel, biscuits, vanilla, alcohol, light floral and a touch of grapefruit, nice bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth comes through but this is pretty smooth. A pretty nice RIS, the Scandi's are doing a pretty good job.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an onyx black body with a frothy, dark tan head.

Smell: Rich, inviting aroma of sweetish dark malts, licorice, and unsweetened chocolate with hints of roast and smoke.

Taste: Dark maltiness fulled by a knee-buckling punch of roasted, freshly ground coffee and dark chocolate. Medium sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Hint of smoke and licorice candy. Some squares of caramel floating in there, too. Roasty, sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's fabulous in oh-so many ways.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a dark opaque black, with a frothy, convex, mocha head that retained and laced well. Aroma of roasted dark smokey malts, espresso, and cocoa powder. Taste was full with maltiness, bittersweet and quite smooth on the palate, roasty, but not excessively so, tones of cocoa and coffee, and burnt marshmallow. Not quite full-bodied, alcohol barely noticeable, very nice and smooth, and extremely drinkable.

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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 Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night (or as Frederiksen's sense of humor, as the bottle suggests). Head is a very light brown, creamy with a bit of a foaminess to it. Not a ton of lacing, but some patches around the glass.

S + T: A big roasted malt aroma, paired with a soft citrus - most like orange or even tangerine. The flavour is similar, with a big, unsweetened chocolate flavour rounding it out. It makes for quite a treat! I find myself taking a good sniff before each sip, to fully appreciate both aspects of the beer each time, and it isn't getting old. This is a very nicely brewed stout!

M + D: I'm a little surprised by my perception of carbonation in this beer. It's certainly not over carbonated or even heavily carbonated... rather, I feel there was an expectation that it would have a more tacky, molasses-like character about it and that is not really the case. It's quite a full body, but it's almost "soft and smooth," as well... almost creamy, but a little too 'slick,' if that makes sense. I'd like to say it's almost 'buttery,' but not as oily. I'll give up before I overthink it much more than I already have, but it's pleasant. A lovely sipping brew, but one I find myself sipping quite quickly!

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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
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