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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
128
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.56%
 
 
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23
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29
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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 Ltdsaint
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 Long813
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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 Bf_89
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hardcore
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of russwilliam
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of killcore
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
4.1 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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