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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268
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4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of cptierney
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Beamish pint glass.

The color on this beer screams impy to me. It is black, black, black with a nice deep brown head that has traces of darker brown that run through it when agitated. Not much lacing as I drank it down but the head retention was swell.

Some other reviewers had said that the nose on this guy was weak. I can't disagree more. This beer reeked of cocoa and coffee with some sweet hints of sugar along the way. A really fragrant brew.

The mouthfeel on this beer was a mild bummer considering its high quality in the other categories. Just a little too thin for my taste the brew was subjected to a stronger carb bite than I would like in a chewy imperial stout.

The taste on this guy was fascinating. Deep cocoa and coffee notes come to the fore along with a hint of smoke. But what really sets this guy apart is its sweet notes. My amigo says coconut, but I get a little more caramel and vanilla. At any rate the overall sweet character on the brew makes for a fun imperial. The finish bittering was minimal and had no real affect on the drinking experience.

High marks for drinkability. Sweet goodness with little buildup consequence make for a sessionable brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.

Poured black, with a large amount of yeast settled both at the bottom of the bottle and the glass itself. Dark brown.mocha head with light lacing and light retention. Nose is roasty, with espresso and roasted malt acidity. Some big hop notes too. Tastes of brown sugar, espresso, roasted malts and again, some fairly prominent hop notes. Full mouthfeel, with a touch of alcoholic sweetness - bittersweet on the whole and just delicious. A real solid imperial stout, I'd love to revisit this.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. the foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A spicy aroma of licorice, chocolate, cinnamon, and some coffee. Some pine and sweaty hops in the background add a nice counterpoint to the malt.

T - Chocolate malt up front with a bit of espresso. Some spicy notes of clove and licorice come out in the middle along with a bit of caramel. The caramel lasts through the finish along with a smoky, roasted chocolate note and some pine hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice, and fairly hoppy, Imperial stout. There is a smoky character to the chocolate malt that adds to the complexity and works nicely with the coffee notes.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as ink with a big, fluffy, tan head. Good head retention. There is nothing to say as this is close to a perfect appearance for a RIS.

Roasty, bitter chocolate and earthy hop aromas are all over this beer. A little hint of citrus is in the background along with a hint of smoke.

This is a bitter, roasty stout with enough malt to give it power and body but with sufficient attenuation and dryness to make it eminently drinkable and delicious. There are some bitter cacao notes and a hefty dose of hop bitterness to round out the flavours along with a moderate fruity ester in the finish that smoothes out the flavour profile. Very complex.

Incredibly dry with lots of almost astringent roast. Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A solid RIS with lots going on and plenty of enjoyable flavours. The extreme roast dryness is possibly a little overbearing and a touch more sweetness and malt would do this beer some good. Overall though, a top beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful viscous black with a big thick tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides, maintaining a large cap throughout.

The aroma dark roasted malts, bitter espresso and some licorice sweetness. There is also a slight smokiness underneath.

Man, this is textbook RIS and in the best way possible. It's supported by the huge roasted, almost smoked, black malts. Throw in some cocoa, coffee and anise and you've got yourself one tasty stout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and, like the look, very viscous, smooth and highly carbonated for the style.

I've been looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint at all. It's a big, seriously toasty RIS that is spot-on for the style.

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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 Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, half-finger of dark tan head; almost coal black color that is deep and totally dense.

Aroma pretty powerful, and can pick up on the roasted qualities show up prior to even bringing the glass close to my nose; fresh coffee; bittersweet chocolate and a burnt roastiness as well. Taste follows the aroma quite well, and the alcohol doesn't rear up in the aroma or the flavor, but is hugely warming on the back of the throat. Deep roastiness is the key here in terms of flavor, some dark chocolate without much sweetness, very tasty. MF is medium, and almost feels a bit too thin to support the weight of flavors coming across; vibrant carbonation. Definitely an enjoyable sipping brew, warming, tasty, and a damn fine example of the style. Very enjoyable.

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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 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 avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled of dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol and roasted malt.

T: A subtle, underplayed taste. Consisted of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Doesn't have as boozy an alcohol taste as others of the style, but is still very tasty.

M: A well carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable, very likable beer. It's flavorful, well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of jpro
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 cL bottle purchased at the brewery in Copenhagen. Batch no. 545. Drink by Dec 2017. Poured into an Amager snifter glass...

A: Pours a mahogany-black, with two fingers of coffee-foam head; minimal retention leaves a few slight strings of lace - kind of expected at 10.5%, I guess; bottle conditioning introduces some floaties upon the second pour.

S: Malted milk; roasted malt some considerable alcohol / nose warming as the beer approaches room temp.

T: Roasty malts and dark chocolate; some black coffee notes; hop finish is massive - piney bitterness is pretty big on the end; not much of an indication of the 10.5%, although there are some hints as the beer warms.

M: Full mouthfeel; low carbonation; some heat as it warms... I think this beer could benefit from an extra dose of carbonation (which is pretty much my only issue with this brew).

O: A really nice Russian Imperial Stout. Complex and hoppy, yet drinkable; many layers of flavor are experienced, especially as it warms. I'm interested in trying the Amager Imperial Stout, now... Glad I picked this up!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA, I think.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Thick head lasts well, with coating lace. Aroma is very sweet, with dark fruit and prominent alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark malts to start, nutty chocolate blossoming in the middle, and coffee coming on with bitterness at the end. Warm lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. Would get this one again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black brown brew, a tan head that leaves loads of lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee beans, dried peas and dark chocolate.

A sweet dark bread aroma, toast, sausages, dark dried fruits, dark espresso and cocoa beans.

Little carbonation, smooth, thick and sticky, a tremendous body.

A very rewarding RIS, much action, long sipping.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub, and a pleasant surprise it was! Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells roasty, and of chocolate, espresso, and a touch of smoke- very nice. The taste is of rich smooth espresso and chocolate, but delightfully it becoes more bitter and hoppier with an earthy component as it warms and as you continue to drink. Viscous and smooth in the mouth, but not overwhelming nor overly sweet. A fine brew.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried next to the variants of this beer.

Pours a nice near black super dark brown with some bubbly lacing and ring of dark tan head.

Smell is a standard for RIS very roasty and has a molasses edge to it, lots of malt and dark fruit. The taste follows the smell, but adds lots more flavor like espresso, licorice and cocoa notes. Very solid RIS flavor, has layers of taste without any barrel aging and is very nice.

The feel is thinner than usual, ok carbonation and a little bitter roast at the finish. Overall a solid but unnoteworthy RIS.

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Photo of kingmidas
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, alomost like coffee roast, but still abit off sweetness to it. If you had a sip of wtaer in between sips off beer you would get the full experince of this dark roasted. Had it imported, thru a friend, who recommended the beer. I would recommned all dark beer lovers to try this with a great dinner meal.

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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 eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 300. Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep Ebony colour, with absolutley no light through the glass. Has a two fingered tanned head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - Nice sweet Vanilla aromas with the usual roasted malts and expresso

T - Rich vanilla chocolate flavours, Irish coffee flavours linger and lets in a little booze with the bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied, with minimal carbonation.

O - A little watery for me with a head that was a little tame. But nonetheless a very decent Imp Stout

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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 grub
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled may 24/09.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black, with a small dense brown head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. alcohol. huge rich caramel and toffee. bittersweet, dark, and milk chocolate. toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. cracker. roasty. anise. earthy and woody. bit of light citrus.

taste is good. lightly warming alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. rich caramel. bit of toffee. heavily toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. anise. roasty. woody and earthy. just over medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium carbonation level. pretty smooth.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance. the alcohol is a little warm, but it's quite nice otherwise.

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Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pitch black pour with a nice, attractive mocha colored head that retains and laces well.

lots of dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, with some bitter citrus hops and a boozy bite with a background of black licorice.

mmm. charred malts, bittersweet chocolate, dried cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, black licorice, significant hoppiness with a slight booze warmth.

a bit thinner than would be optimal for the flavors with good carbonation and a dry finish.

drinks well. very tasty, booze well integrated, would like a bit thicker body to accentuate the immensely rich flavors.

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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 NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amager Bryghus- Hr. Frederickson

A- Deep brown with an even deeper feddish hue. Thick merangue-like head leaves heavy thick lacing.
S- Thick dried fruits, vanilla, mild roast coffee beans, and cocoa powder.
T- Sweet chocolate infused black coffee. Mild hints of vanilla and a touch of prune/ raisin.
M- Big sweet and dry feel with a chalk dry finish. Mildly boozy with a bitter coffee bean bite.

Overall- A good sipper. Slight alc. touch livens this 1 up.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow pour into a Rodenbach tulip. Reverse cascading foam, a soufflé head floats above the rim for a few minutes, and slowly ebbs, leaving sheets of sticky lace. Opaque obsidian body.

Plummy aroma with chocolate undertones. Big plum flavor upfront that fades quickly into a roasty bakers chocolate finish, with notes of cacao and tobacco. Very light citrus and bitterness from the centennial hops. Somewhat ashy aftertaste. Pretty light bodied, and it evaporates quickly. A tasty imp stout that doesn't weigh down the stomach...

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this one looks interesting. Cool story on the label regarding its namesake (additionally, Frederiksen is the last name of a couple of my cousins...also of partial Danish heritage, so thought I'd see how this one turns out). Impy pint, 500 ml...whatever ya wanna call it. Decent pffft of the cap so it sounds nicely carbonated. Into the Portsmouth snifter it goes.

Inky-dark espresso brown on the pour with a fair amount of clarity - in the snifter it gets more opaque and looks a whole lot more viscous. Head is a full finger and then some of maple candy/banana nut bread. Stuff really looks exquisite. Head retention is decent, lacing is very good. Head at first has that doughy coagulation going on but this down a fair bit.

The deep, dark, chocolate roast on this is very subtle yet creamy. Patent tannins provide a good backbone but don't become husky and astringent. There is a quotient of dryish booze here - it's additive rather than a nuisance. It reminds me of other Scandinavian stouts in its attention to detail. Well-hopped yet not obnoxious...Warrior? Target? Who knows - quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure.

Lighter in body than expected. Not clammy though. The hop profile and dryness emerge in spades here - mild sweetness of booze in the background and on the finish. Deep, dark roast and patent malt do very well in this setting. Again, the "coldness" of the Scandinavian impy prototype comes along but one must admire the craftsmanship.

Well-balanced and of moderate weight for the style. Drinks rather easily and provides a dry, slate-like char on the palate while warming you back up on the slightly boozy and quite hoppy finish.

Now look out, 'cause this deal packs a wallop at 10.5% ABV. The alcohol isn't exactly hidden, so best maybe with a big fat steak...or as a nightcap. Precision Scandinavian craftsmanship makes this one a nice change-up. Very well-constructed.

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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
4.1 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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