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:
292
Reviews:
129
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.56%
 
 
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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 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 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 smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 vfgccp
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Has a strong off-putting smell remaniscent of rubbing alcohol that lingers throughout the taste as well.

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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 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 MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 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 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 BeerOps
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22%

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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
4.1 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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