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Hr. Frederiksen | Amager Bryghus

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark | website

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
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
263
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a tan head. Heavy on the ash, roasted malt, and coffee. Dark chocolate, hints of alcohol, and some cocoa. Minimal sweetness compared to the roast. Quite bitter and ashy, roast, char, and coffee. A bit of dark chocolate, molasses, and a touch of sweetness, but really not enough to make up for all the roast.

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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 jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is all about the cocoa - has some dark roasted malts with some hops - reminds me alot of storm king

taste is chalky chocolate and not much else - no hops

mouthfeel is kinda thin for an impy

drinkability is ok but @$9 pint+ there are way too many better impys out there - i doubt i ever buy this again

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Photo of chugalug06
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew is a 2009, poured into Bruery Tulip

Whoa! Nice soft two finger head. Very milk chocolate in color. Foamy with nice big bubbles rising. Brew is thinner black color. Not much lacing...

Tons of anise, very strong licorice. But, by no mean slurry. Smells very bitter and strong. Rice choclate and bitter coffee stands out. Unique scent, not overly pleasing.

Very bitter! Deep 88% chocolate with slight pepper. Strong licorice flavor; i'm not a fan of licorice. this brew is DRY and paste-y. Lots of flower-y flavors. Warms nicely. Perfect carbonation, very interesting since a big pop rises when bottle is opened. Fairly watery.

Recommended, but it's not as good as previous scores represent. It's aged very well, it's much more smooth then originally drank.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pour pitch black and viscous, one-inch creamy haki colored head with good lacing considering the abv and great lacing

s - deep roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and a hints of wood, some heat in the aroma

t - burnt malt and bitter chocolate mixed with some sweeter dark fruits, the finish is quite hoppy and bitter but a bit hollow and disappearing, the bitterness on the finish is awkward and almost acrid, some alcohol heat

m - medium-bodied, despite the viscous-looking pour it's a tad thin on the palate for an impy stout, somewhat dry finish, some alcohol warming

d - a sipper, fairly harsh on the palate with the bitterness, taste is unique and fairly interesting if not all that amazing

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black which probably won't come as a surprise to anyone. It smells roasty, very malty, almost smoky, not bad. The flavor is dead on American style RIS, roasty, fruity, vinous but somehow not spectacular. This could easily have come out of an American brewery but for the price I'll have to choose the American alternative.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 22 / 400, Batch 5, Best By Date March 2010; Sampled 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, September 2008
Pours with a darkish, brown colored head that sits on top of a simply, opaque, black beer. There is lots of roast malt character in the aroma with notes of dark cocoa, darkly roasted coffee beans, and a finish that almost has a smoky note to it with its concentrated malt aromas. There is a touch of earthiness to the nose as well as some light notes similar to burnt, dried figs.

This is lightly sweet tasting at first, which accentuates some dark cocoa notes, but a substantial roast character quickly kicks in and counters the sweetness with ample coffee notes and a very deep, roast bitterness that dominates the finish. The roast character accentuates quite a bit of charcoal-like acidity and some harsh, acrid notes. Alcohol definitely adds to the harshness in the finish as well. This is a bit more enjoyable than I may be making out to be, but it can be quite harsh in the finish at time; ultimately the roast character seems to be a bit more than the base malt character can support (but that is probably just me).

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The man known as Gunhaver reached deep into the cellar to pull this one for our weekly tasting. Wonderful hard to get treat thanks!

A: Pours a dark dark black hue with a 1/2 finger head. The retention is as good as it gets with hints of lace teeming down the glass.

S: Booze, booze, and more booze. Is this beer? They swung for the fences with this one and knocked it out of the park like Big Poppi did last night against my Rays. Behind the booze is a very dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and a touch of smoke.

T: The booze really carries over to the taste as well. This is one big beer. Hints of chocolate show thru though along with very bitter coffee. A touch of bittering hops can be detected as well.

M: Rather thin considering the style and boldness of this beer.

D: If you like booze, you will like this. Not the most drinkable, but still rather enjoyable.

Thanks Haver for this rare gem! Glad you were kind enough to share.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black stout with half inch, dark chestnut, creamy head. There is some carbonation and some sediment. Surprisingly little lace is left, especially given the long duration of the head.

Roasted malt followed by chocolate syrup and a background of coffee. There are also suggestions of molasses and light lime.

Hr. Frederiksen has a sharp hop bitterness which is quite unexpected: bold and upfront. There are notes of sherry with lots of dark grain, perhaps pumpernickel. The finish is long and bitter, like chocolate tar. Warmth serves this one well by mellowing its edges.

A full body with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. Astringency is quite high, especially in the long dry finish. Additionally there are some metallic notes.

There is a lot going on here, unfortunately, not all harmoniously. Still, this would be enjoyable with a cigar or beef stew.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours up absolutely black with no light passing though. Two finger thick head subsides to one finger thick head in about 30 seconds, but holds that thickness for quite a while. This looks very nice indeed.
Smell is oatmeal cookie dough, chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey; very tempting.
While there certainly is a nice little collection of nuances in the flavour, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and such, there is quite alot of booze in the mouth on this one. This drinks every bit the advertised 10,5%. This is also hopped with Centennial, which I really do not care for in big stouts such as this. Still, a very good stout nevertheless.
Mouthfeel is solid, thick, and heavy, just as it should be in a big Russian Imperial. Not quite as chewy and assertive as I'd hoped and given the strength of the alcohol in this one, but nearly.
Given the abv on this one, plus the fact that is contains Centennial, I personally give the drinkability of this "average" at best.
Still a hell of a stout and well crafted, indeed, just not exactly my ideal stout.

*Note* It is also worth mentioning that this stout has much more sediment and debris in it than I have ever seen in any other stout. Interesting.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a light to medium body. Finger of head on the pour and had a thin layer of lacing on the edges of the glass while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Coffee and big potent hops jump out right away. Definitely a sweet malt character with a light roasted character to it. So hop forward though, reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout.

Taste: Mossy, oaky, hop front attacks the palate immediately. Slight medicinal, synthetic malt character. Earthy hops continue to tingle throughout drinking. Light roasted coffee malt flavor. Palate is saturated and exhausted by this brew.

Mouthfeel: heavy and challenging for the palate. Strong hop character rides throughout.

Overall: Definitely hit it with trying to create an American stout. Huge hop profile with medium to light malt character. Mossy earthiness rides throughout..

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much Maria. In a word, a cup of decent coffee. Above average mouthfeel, black as coffee. Its very good as long as you realize what it is trying to do. However I am not a coffee drinker, it is a big proven stomach irritant and prefer the other qualities of an RIS as in chocolate, but I am respecting that they accomplished what they intended. It is drinkable and smooth (for a coffee beer). Had again 1.5 years later and great soapy dark colour, with spider lace. Cofee, chocolate, full mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by miketd. Thanks dude!
Pours black with a light, thin tan head. Smell is rich roasty and hoppy. Very nice and balanced. Very hoppy, roasty and sharp flavor. Somewhat medium to rich bodied with soft carbonation. Very solid beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with slightly brown corners and a small but dense tan head. Roasty chocolate/coffee aroma, typical. Flavor is extremely roasted, tending toward burnt, with ashes and coffee and dark chocolate galore. Once the palate acclimates to the crushing roasted bitterness, some complex caramel, chocolate and alcohol notes come through. Big and bruising on the tongue, slick at times.

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Photo of Crosling
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is about Danish dark beers, but many seem to have really impressive viscosity. Black color, with a full dark brown head. Very nice nose, which hints of coffee bean, brown sugar and roast. Chew on it quite a bit and some marvelous flavors are revealed, but overall, it's just not as characterful as some of my favorite Danish Imperials. Very nice on the mid-palate with chocolate-like flavors but the finish is short, overly roasty and bitter.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to freud for this one! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle imported into Quebec. Batch #300, best before 09.2015

Pours super black and super thick with some moderate tan head. Aroma is full of dense, black coffee, some earthy bark notes, and some dark/unsweetened chocolate notes. Palate is a little prickly with alcohol, sticky sweet but then the bitterness comes in and straightens everything out. Lacking in carbonation but not completely devoid of it. Long finish.

Notes: It's a tasty Impy stout. Not the best, but pretty good.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 235, Best before 04/15

Purchased through Kracked Kettle, Netherlands

Price - $11.01 US/bomber

Appearance: Midnight black with an impressive light tan head of creamy goodness. No light penetration here, This m_ther f_ckers a black hole!!

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet malts, bitter chocolate and coffee beans.

Taste: Coffee is prominent followed by licorice, dark chocolate and a noticeable amount of alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy start with a slap in the face hit of bitterness. Finishes warm.

Drinkability: Finished the bottle with no hesitation. I think with a little more age on it I would be more impressed.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted chocolate maltiness, strong charred coffee beans, leathery and slightly sooty, toasted bread, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, roasted nuts, some sticky plum fruitiness, black cherries, some alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise...

Feel - Smooth initially then a spritzy sharpness come through... full bodied... fairly drinkable for a 10.5% brew...

Overall - A pretty good Impy stout... definitely worth a try...

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, unknown date but a recent delivery to the store.

Pours very dark brown, black in the glass with a large three finger foamy light brown head that is very loud...a lot of hissing and fizziness. Leaves only temporary spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is some milk chocolate, coffee with cream, roasted malts, some bubblegum which is unusual for the style, hints of grass, pine, citrus, yeast and bread round things out. Good strength at best.

Flavor is rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of fruit both dark and light, toasted bread, some citrus hop presence, minimal alcohol. Moderate sweetness, fairly complex, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, starts very creamy but can finish a bit prickly at times.

Very good Imperial Stout...unique, but for me it is not in the top tier like its score indicates. While the flavor is very good, the aroma is certainly lacking. Glad I tried it but won't revisit at the $9.49/bottle price tag...

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coal-black body with a rich, foamy, thick, light tan head. Roasted and charred grains, anise, tobacco, bitter chocolate and cocoa all wrapped up loosely together within the aroma. Rich malt sweetness emphasizing the highlights alluded to and reinforcing the characters noted in the smell. Heavy bodied; semi-sweet/dry finish.

Depth and nuanced aroma and flavor notes swirl about with this big beer. It really dances on the edge of decadence, perhaps not quite getting there, but good enough for me. Not quite at the 'world class' level for me, but without a doubt, luscious and sumptuous in all its dark glory.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Nick3.

Pours black with a light tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is lots of roast and coffee. Maybe some floral hops even.

Flavor has very little sweetness and lots of roast and char. Pretty hoppy for the style with coffee as well.

Very dry on the palate with medium body for the style.

Solid beer overall. Pretty different from your typical American impy stout, in some ways good and some ways not so much.

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Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a dark cola hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy mocha laced two finger head and some very sporadic lacing,the smell is a combination of bitter chocolate,dark coffee ,dark fruits and boozy alcohol,it has an above medium bodied mouthfeel which feels silky smooth with average carbonation and has tastes of dark bitter chocolate,alcohol laced dark expresso and finishes with a dark berry,dark swiss chocolate bitterness and overall its a very decent intriging drop that i will finish but could not consume all night,definately a dessert drop thats for sure.

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Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle for more than a few months. Should have aged nicely.

Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head into my glass.

Alcoholic with a hint of cream and a dominant mass of coffee. Smells like a traditional RIS.

Yep. Alcohol still lingers (cor blimey!) but the roasted coffee is a treat to behold if you can find it with your taste buds. You'll even be treated to a dollop of cream and cocoa!

Mouthfeel is much the same. Lingering coffee and cocoa.

Could have used some more aging. Regardless, an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really rich looking black color. The head was puffy and brown in color. The lacing wasn't too bad here. The smell of this beer was a mix of charcoal, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste of the beer gave off a touch of sweetness before the dominating aftertaste settles in giving off a strong boozy burnt flavor. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and I found it to be balanced fairly well. Overall it's a good Russian Imperial Stout for sure, I don't know if I'll ever seek it out again though.

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