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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

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121
Ratings:
263
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle

Well I liked this RIS a lot but something kept me from ranking it in my top tier and as I sipped the jet black brew it occured to me that the beer is almost too full of flavour with some sharp notes on the finish( maybe a few years in the cellar would soften it). The best Impys are big complex but also smooth and luscious. This beer had all the right notes but lacked some of the true melding of flavours that really make this style amazing

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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 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 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 Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors for about ten dollars, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Almost black with some light around the rim only, one inch light tan head, good retention and also some lacing
S-Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, dates, roasted malts, dates, brown sugar, and light pepper
T-All coffee at the beginning, roasted malt and dark cocoa nibs in the middle, more malts and burned sugar in the finish, mild chocolate and vanilla in the finish but it mostly just complements the coffee component, more dry than sweet
M-Roasted, dry, and slightly chewy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, taste lingers, moderate level of carbonation
D-Alcohol is hidden nicely, smooth for having such a coffee component, better warm and much easier to drink, could have another bottle probably but one is almost a meal in itself

This beer was super hyped when it first came out and there is a good reason for it, cool story behind its name and sounds like the man it is named after is great friend to the brewers, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours thick. Like motor oil. And it looks thick in the glass. Big frothy dark brown head caps it off. lacing is full. Rich, vinous nose. Chalk full of anise oil and char and tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel on this one is quite full. Coats the tongue with long lasting flavor. High viscosity. High bitterness. High everything. High calories??? I"m guessing. Probably around 700 for this 16.9 oz bottle. Flavor comes at you aggressively with bitter hops and bitter roasted malts. Almost and acrid black malt accent, but not quite. A little smoky. Black licorice comes to mind. Interesting danish beer. And very good.

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

Bottle. Pours inky black with a thick chocolate head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, rich sweet malt, and alcohol. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate and rich sweet roasted malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth palate. Definitely a very good impy. Not very complex, but very smooth so it wins points there.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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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 hopdog
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Bottle # 294/400, batch 5 and BB 05 2010.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, some dark fruits, chocolate, and licorice. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, and some smokey / ashiness. Light alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

Notes from and tasted on 6/27/08

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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 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 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 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 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 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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