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

Pours just one step shy of purely black with a thicker coffee ice cream colored head. Nose is some coffee and thick malts. Flavor is thick malts, mild coffee tones, mild chocolate and the like. Nothing too intense or coming off as overly amazing, but it works. Hearty enough, yes. Interesting enough yes. Feel is a bit vibrant on carbonation. A bit more than I would seek in this style, but not too bad overall. Liquid feel is thick enough, but the general feel is smooth. Quite smooth. This beer works for me. The price is slightly high, but that is to be expected due to where it came from.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black licorice black with no accents and a massive crown of cascading cream the color of dark brown sugar. The head is still three chubby fingers several minutes after the pour. Impressive retention means lace assessment will have to wait. Ultimately... not bad.

Here's hoping that warming and foam meltage turn a good aroma into a great one. So far, we have boatloads of dark chocolate-like roasted malt and a passing glance of citric hoppiness. Centennial hops to the tune of 81 IBUs (when fresh) sounds like a great idea to me. Too bad this bottle has been cellared for at least one year.

Hr. Frederiksen is deliciously bold stout. First impressions: mouthfeel too light, impressive grapefruity hoppiness and expertly buried alcohol. How are the Amager Bryghus brewers able to unlock so much palate-saturating flavor? Sundby Stout manages the same feat at only 6.2%.

The rundown includes bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a large amount of black licorice, and a heapin' helpin' of white grapefruit zest. Warming gives the intensity knob another quarter turn when it seemed to have been maxed out. Do most Danes like highly-hopped, American-style big beer? This is definitely not a classic, European RIS.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't come together well enough as the ounces pass. It's still lighter than medium for the style/ABV and isn't even slightly chewy. Lazy carbonation doesn't add as much lift as it should. Drinkability (at least for me) suffers as a result.

Hr. Frederiksen is very good beer that doesn't quite reach world-class status in the end. With a more full, more creamy, more crushed velvety smooth mouthfeel, this Danish Russian Imperial Stout would be one for the ages. Even so, I'm enjoying it immensely.

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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 Bung
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black pour, a brown head that fades to a ring around the edge. Roasted malt, coffee with a good amount of dark chocolate in the aroma. Tastes of burnt malt, coffee and anise. Hints of chocolate increase slightly as it warms. Not quite creamy mouthfeel. Just not quite a 4.5 in the taste department because it was a bit hot and a bit too bitter. Drinks quite well, as it is not overly heavy, like many from this region of the world. I think this would mellow out into an excellent RIS, but for the money I probably won't buy another one to age and find out. This will have to just remain a very good imperial for me.

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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 DaveHS
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A-Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch of coffee colored head. Leaves thin, soapy lacing.

S-Roasty, sweet malts, vanilla, cacao nibs.

T/M-Reminiscent of North Coast's Old Rasputin, if it were slightly less dry. Very roasty up front, not terribly sweet. The finish is dry,with light bittering hops and a warming booziness. Medium to full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-I expected more for $13.00, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Brad for opening this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with a thin light mocha head. The nose brings forward a good amount of roast as well as quite a bit of chocolate. There is a nice bit of sweetness in the nose as well. The flavor is not quite as complex and well-integrated as the nose was, but still was quite nice. The malt contributes a good amount of mild sweetness that pairs well with the dryness from the roast. Good medium body. Overall a very nice beer that I really enjoyed.

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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 SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando last week and meant to review it in my hotel room. Well, one thing led to another and I had too many lined up and got pretty tired before reviewing this one. Now it will be my first review of the evening back in Houston now, so it will get a better shake now anyway. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no light visible through it even when held to the light. It is dark! The head was a small 1/8" thick tan lid on top of the beer that was only there for about 20 seconds or so and faded into a small ring around the edge with some "islands" in the middle that I guess are maintained by bubbles rising.

Aroma: My first impression was of coffee, but as I inhaled deeper, it turned to toffee and finally ended with a slight wood ash from the roast grains. The aroma is already complex, but after the head faded, it came across as rather clean and neutral with some reserved roast and chocolate. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is turning a good bit more fruity as the beer warms up some and I am getting sweet dark fruit in particular (plums, figs, dates). The beer smells like it has a bit of age on it, which really contributes to its overall complexity.

Taste: The beer is dark and somewhat acidic on the palate on the first sip, but the overall balance is really nice. It is pretty well attenuated, so it hits the palate quite drinkable for such a high ABV beer. In fact, I only pick up the alcohol in the cold beer after it sits in the belly for a minute. The carbonation is ample and contributes to the hidden alcohol. the roast is the bigger player in the finish over any hops or sweetness. It finishes mildly acidic, and it seems like this may be contributed to by the hops, but it still remains drinkable.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. I like the balance, which is a little unusual for me on this style of beer as I typically like them a bit on the sweet side. This one is definitely on the "dark side", which is a rather pleasant change. If I were to see this beer in the stores when I am traveling again, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. I am not going to make a special trip for it, but I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bosse and his brother.

Bottle into a tulip.

Dark brown pour with a light tan head, ok retention and lacing, but nothing special...The aroma is super strong, tons of woody alcohol from start to finish, a touch of vanilla and coffee. Pretty decent over all, but I figure with more age this could smell really special once the wood dies down...The taste is also pretty strong, once again dominated by a lot of wood, alcohol has died down. Coffee becomes much more prevelant which is good to help balance out the wood. The coffee is a little roasty and bitter, I really liked the taste more the aroma, at the end too much alochol though...Feel is nothing special, decent drinkability as the wood hurts it.

Overall, a pretty tasty RIS. Nothing to go search out or trade for but if you see it, go with it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's with incredible complexity that Amager churns out a massive stout that becomes a tutorial in Russian Imperial Stout flavor profiling.

Black as night, the beer is strikingly opaque and with an onyx mirror sheen. As the beer releases a strong creme foam, the beer begins to blanket the glass with froth that settles in to a long lasting session and trails with broken mocha-stained lace.

Strong nutty fresh ground coffee evokes the senses with a culmination of earthy Turkish coffees. Fruit and vinous grapes provide a pronounced merlot scent equipped with tart alcohol, burnt fruit (cherries) and licorice. The scent is woven together by the underlying toffee aromas

Undeniable espresso flavors project early and coat the mouth with sweet roast flavors- bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnuts sink into the taste and develop into a long fudgy finish. Meanwhile, strong alcohol flavors emerge- bringing with them the vinous tartness of burnt cherries, currants, dry red wine and sharp acidity. The stout continues to develop, first to a high roasty coffee-like bitterenss and then to the sharper and more citrusy grapefruit peel to close.

The rather full body makes the most of creamy malt sweetness and diffused carbonation. But as the carbonation recedes, so do the effect of its malty body. It's then when the beer develops a dry brandy-like warmth, roasty dryness, acute tannin seemingly from roast and grain. An aftertaste of tart acidity ensures that the complexities are never ending- even well after the last sip.

This incredible stout is soothing to both the mind and the palate as new flavors are explored with each sip. Its a fantastic lesson in stout flavor that begins with the intimidating pour and ends with an echo of roast and wine.

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Photo of Damian
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Publick House & Monk's Cell, Brookline, MA
Served in a stemmed glass

Oily, shiny and completely pitch black in appearance. A small cap of saddle brown froth topped the liquid. Cascading streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was intense. Quite sweet overall. Chocolate notes dominated. A nice mix of dark chocolate and powdered cocoa. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Somewhat bourbony and boozy.

Up front, the taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and chocolatey with notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Dark roast coffee (espresso) appeared in the center. The lingering finish was very roasty and hoppy, with the hops being leafy, piney and sharp. Slightly bourbony (boozy and woody) as well. Overall, the beer was rather pithy, dry and bitter on the back end.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet noticeably thin for the style. A fine, moderate effervescence blanketed my tongue.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was smooth and flavorful up front and it hid its alcohol quite well. The finish, however, was a bit astringent. I think it could definitely benefit from a year or so of aging.

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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 TheBeerologist
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe

Pours black with a tan finger thick head. This looks great on the out of the bottle. No lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and sweetness with a bit of alcohol - really pleasant but not too strong - your run of the mill RIS with a kick of booziness

This beer has layers of flavor, sweet roasted malts, some bitterness - almost a bit oatty, espresso and raw chocolate, and finishes with a bit of hoppy bitterness. This is a solid RIS.

This is not a overly heavy stout, but isn't thin either. Well balanced and well carbonated - a pleasurable drink.

Overall a great beer that I would love to drink again. This was also my first beer by Amager and I will be picking up some more. Very happy to have received this via trade and been opened up to a new brewery.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. No obvious dating on the bottle.

A real nice wonderful solid and coffee brown head, with some creamy bubbles towards the edge. Lots of staying power with some good lacing. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black with not much else to see. Head slowly disappears and leaves a nice large island of big bubbles.

Nose is kind of simple. Small roasting char and roasted malts. Some ripping husky like grain. not really much else, nothing exactly exciting, but nothing real disappointing either.

Taste is quite surprising. Strong roast coffee sense, bittering hop with a little bit of pine on the end for the aftertaste. Notes of tobacco, this is really nice tasting. Mouthfeel brings some solid body but nothing really velvety or silky. Just a good solid feel.

Overall rather like this one, not even a hint of boozyness too. Great beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest

Pitch black, darker creamy 1/2 finger head, nice lacing.

Toasty malt, mocha, bit of roast and coffee, powdered cocoa, little nutty.

Taste plenty of roast, coffee, light syrupy, bit of caramel, powdered cocoa, bakers chocolate, hint of earthy spicy hops, bit of dark fruits in there, roasty almost burnt soy sauce but not quite. Finish is fairly bitter with more spicy hops, bit more roast and syrupy malts, bit of booze, cocoa, mocha, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied, bit creamy, good carb, touch of booze.

Overall not bad, nicely done imp stout that taunts at overpowering with roast and soy sauce briny taste but never goes that far. Nice hops, roast, choc, dark malts in general, booze blends fairly well too.

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Photo of biglite351
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black as night with a tall dark creamy head.

S - coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, prune and a touch of alcohol.

T - roasted coffee and malts. Dark chocolate, dried fruit and a slight alcohol flavor in the after taste.

M - solid coating with tingles all over tongue and in throat.

D - I would certainly get this again, but maybe only one or two due to alcohol fell and percentage.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black appearance, richly roasted tan head.

Bittersweet aorma, rich espresso tones, chocolate and such.

Bitter malt kiss on the tongue, deep, thick, ...but not as thick as it could be to really rank amongst the best Imperial Stouts.
But don't call this an RIS, it's a Danish Imperial Stout. So they say.
Nice and roasty, fairly medium bodied...needs more girth, though.
Has to hang harder in the mouth.

But not bad, not bad at all.

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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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a small light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses backed by good amounts of roasted malts. Also present are very slight hints of anise and sweet dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and dark molasses up front are joined quickly by hints of anise. Midway through very slight hints of dark chocolate come into play, fading out into a moderately sweet ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was certainly on the sweeter side of stouts I’ve had from Amager, and I have to admit I prefer the drier ones they produce. Still, this is certainly their biggest offering and it’s one that’s still worth a shot.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a box from GRG1313 - one of the many 'send me a label' boxes he's posted - that included Foothills Baltic Porter and vintage AleSmith Speedway Stout , this bottle more than held it's own. Thanks to GRG1313 for an amazing box of beer as well.

Rich flavor is malt-heavy with a lot of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit watery at the end. Not 100% on the year this was bottled, but it's possible it just spent a little to long in the cellar. Doesn't impact the drinkability, but dings the overall score a shade.

Enjoyed this at just below room temp, and both the aroma and the flavor were robust enough to warrant a long, slow session with this bottle. Thoroughly enjoyed this and was reminded that finding a nice, simple, stout isn't always easy in the current market.

Also, there is zero chance you would peg this at 10.5%. I didn't believe the site and double-checked. Remarkably smooth and no trace of booze.

(203rd)

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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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get the protypical IS aroma of coffee, vanilla and chocolate, along with some underlying booziness and coffee grounds. While nothing earth shattering, the nose is certainly attractive. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the vanilla seems to be much more pronounced. There is also some nice bitterness on the finish, which counters very nicely the moderate sweetness. The mouthfeel is interesting, with almost a milky quality on the palate. Otherwise, this beer has a pretty full bodied mouthfeel, with the alcohol pretty well hidden for such a high abv. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but the alcohol isn't heavy or tiring on the palate.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is a solid enough beer. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Batch 5
Bottle 396 / 400
Best before 05 / 2010

The beer appears near black, with a quarter inch of beige head that leaves a fair bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of smoke, roast, and chocolate. The flavor is a little sweet, with notes of chocolates and roast. Alcohol presence is discernible, especially in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent beer and representation of the style. A small serving was just right.

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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
91 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.
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