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

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

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Reviews:
121
Ratings:
265
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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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 StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just more proof that we dont need a barrel or vanilla beans to make a massive and truly mellow and delicious imperial stout. this is classic, but a little different than the american ones, tons of body but not with all the sappy sugary texture. i love that, its almost dry in the end, dark chocolate and chocolate malt team up with maybe even some dark wheat for a really interesting flavor and ingredient profile that is distinct to this beer. after trying the mikkeller collaborations, i had to have this. it almost has a coffee flavor on the front end, but there is also very little bitterness. just grain done right, and i admire the seemingly simplistic nature of this beer, as well as its well hidden alcohol content and its price point. full bodied but not sticky and palate coating, different in that way. i wish for perhaps just a bit more carbonation, or at least carbonation retention, it seems flat after just a few minutes. opens up with temperature, this is a beer for a big wide snifter and a couple of lazy yet contemplative hours.

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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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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan that quickly transitioned to lots of bubbles covering the surface and eventually only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate chocolate malts, roasted malts and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has initial flavors of licorice with strong notes of roasted malts that are most prominent towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. No alcohol is perceptible. Hints of chocolate malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It seemed like the taste might have tasted a little more complex if it had a little more carbonation.

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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 Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown color ahead with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some well balanced sweet malt with notes of black chocolate. Taste is well balanced with great notes of creamy black chocolates and roasted malt. Hops don't play much of a role but body texture is creamy and well crafted with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well made overall but I was expecting more character based on previous rating.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

Finally getting around to trying this stuff, mostly because I just wanted to hang around the Option a bit longer. Whatever works, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, light earthy greens, and a touch of anise. The taste brings in more of the same, though that hint of anise is now clearly a hint of licorice. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid stout, a dense beast of roast that you'd expect from our Scandinavian friends.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head starts with three fingers. Settles slowly and leaves no lace. The color is dark, dark brown where no light passes.

Chocolate cake aroma along with cocoa, vanilla and dark cherries.

The taste is dried cocoa powder. Less vanilla and less sweet than the smell suggests. It's a big beer without being extreme. Despite the abv, this has little alcohol warmth. There's ample hop that shows up in the swallow. The aftertaste is a long-lasting dark chocolate. Rich body without being oily.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with half an inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice RIS; some nice chocolate and roasted malts, would have again.

RE-REVIEWING. Original score was 4/3.5/4/4/4

Second tasting from 03/19/11. Thanks to Brad for sharing one. Bottle is from batch 5 with a "drink by 05 2010" label on it, bottle number 396 of 400.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and burnt malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, and alcohol. Slightly bitter from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice smoked beer. I enjoyed it but ntohing in it blew me away. Would have again.

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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 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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but opaque at the edges. Khaki head. Big discrete bubbles.

Smell - Heavily roasted malt, pushing burnt. Dark coffee. Some grassy aromas. Dark fruits and licorice.

Taste - Intense dark roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Hop bitterness in the back end. Some lactose, maybe? Lends a creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and nicely bittered. The lactose lingers, though.

Overall - The lactose smooths it out, but I don't like the flavors it adds. Otherwise, really nice.

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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 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 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 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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