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

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121
Ratings:
268
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub, and a pleasant surprise it was! Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells roasty, and of chocolate, espresso, and a touch of smoke- very nice. The taste is of rich smooth espresso and chocolate, but delightfully it becoes more bitter and hoppier with an earthy component as it warms and as you continue to drink. Viscous and smooth in the mouth, but not overwhelming nor overly sweet. A fine brew.

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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 Evil_Pidde
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours black, with a very brown large longlasting head with very small bubbles. Lots of lace.

S: Heavy roasted malt, bitter almonds. Surprisingly weak smell.

T: Heavy roasted chocolate malt with bitter hops and dried dark fruit. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee - very complex.

M: The aftertaste is both sweet and bitter/dry. And lasts all nigth! The body is powerful and the carbonation is moderate.

D: Very well tasting. I had the mrs. (Frederiksen) earlier to night, watching the world cup qualifires (soccer) between Denmark and Sweden. I poured this one in the last minutes of the game - Denmark won the game with 1-0 - and Sweden losts it's chances to go to the world cup...
But the beer is really nice...

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a opaque black with a small, light tan head that sticks around forever. Tubular bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tobacco, cocoa, vanilla, anise, more vanilla and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout flavors of caramel, cocoa, and ...dark chocolate mousse. Yum! Doesn't get much better than that. Like a milky way candy milkshake. So damn good.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, roasty, and very drinkable. An addictive beer. Not as robust as Odin's Tipple but damn nice.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger brown head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet coffee nose and flavor is sweet coffee with slight bitter coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black with a massive frothy coffee colored tan head that has amazing retention, barely settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Huge roasty malt aroma with a very prominent roasted coffee/espresso bean presence along with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, licorice and burnt toast.

Full bodied and incredible quaffable. Thisbeer is a huge malt bomb with lots of roasted and silky notes bouncing off of one another. As in the aroma their is a very prominent roasted coffee flavor that is perfectly balanced by a velvety silk chocolate presence. Chewy mouthfeel with hints of toffee, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal and alcohol warmth in the finish. Surprisingly hoppy for the style that again adds to the complexity and some bitterness to the finish. This beer is awesome and I highly recommend it!

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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 wl0307
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; bottle-conditioned in a long-neck, slim 500ml brown bottle, Batch No. 235, BB 04/2015, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a super dark hue, nearly black even, topped with a marvellously-lasting thick and tight tan froth, like brilliantly aerated milk froth, leaving even sheets of laces along the way. Black beauty.
S: absolutely enchanting... the aroma is like a melting pot of various kinds of malts - vanilla-ish semi-sweet chocolates, ground sweetened peanuts, hazel nuts, crushed calcium pills, oatmeal biscuits, cocoa powder, kidney bean mash, sweet coffee - laced with black date jam, a mild touch of musk (esp. following a swirl), an even milder touch of banana-oil like esters, flowery hops, a wedge of slightly burned leftover roast beef and salty-sweet Taiwanese soy sauce extract... Harmony. A sheer bliss. So well bottle-conditioned this is...
T: the full-bodied, silky-smooth and super-creamy swallow of black malts, coffee syrup, and complex chocolaty-nutty maltiness is followed closely by a restrained dose of black prune-ish, date-ish and even black cherry-skin-ish fruitiness, while the spicy hop bitterness mingles well with the smoky & charred aroma of black/roast malts. Lightly chewy comes the lingering mouthfeel of hop tannins and roast woodiness. Not as terribly bitter as an American RIS, the aftertaste is definitely a harmony and shows only a necessary level of bitterness to remind my tastebuds to yearn for yet another sip... The finish is quite interesting, like Chinese root-herbs mixed with the old tannic feel as of dried tangerine peels & sun-dried chillies, semi bitter-sweet, salty-sweet & semi-spicy. The wonderful charred aroma lingers in the finish, where the dry-ish mouthfeel knows no end.
M&D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth & creamy, and the carbonation is definitely in its right place, lifting a fuller-than-full body that surprisingly never goes overly heavy. This ale surely tastes more like an American Strong Stout than anything else, but the drinkability is such that, it's so easy to overlook the alc. strength that I mindlessly treaded into the dangerously heavenly barley field with an empty stomach... ouch! A marvellous stout all in all.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. 

S- The aroma is fantastic. The malts are dark and roasted with a lot of chocolate in the aroma as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with the dark roasted malts. Some sweet chocolate flavors start to come in around the middle. Finally the finish features a good amount of bitter chocolate flavors. Very nice progression of flavors from beginning to end.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The body is a little thinner than expected.

D- Overall, this is a really tasty Imperial Stout that is very drinkable considering the high ABV. Definitely worth a try!

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Real fruity aromas with some sweet malt mixed in.
Pours pitch black – starts with a 1" foamy tan head and dissipates to a thick foam.
Malty palate with a big chocolate flavor accented with dark unsweetened chocolate bitterness and a touch of roast.
Low carbonation yet creamy and chewy with a little dry astringency on the finish.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA, I think.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Thick head lasts well, with coating lace. Aroma is very sweet, with dark fruit and prominent alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark malts to start, nutty chocolate blossoming in the middle, and coffee coming on with bitterness at the end. Warm lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is so creamy smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. Would get this one again.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black brown with a solid quarter inch mocha head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Roast malt, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, and a hint of dark cherries form the sweet aroma.

Roast character dominates, with dark chocolate undertones and a bitter, espresso , peppery finish. There's an underpinning of dark berries. Nutty, toasted notes emerge as it warms.

Body is syrupy, with minimal carbonation, and an astringent finish. Alcohol warmth is pretty high.

A little harsh in the roast character, and not as complex as I hoped. Might improve with age. Bitterness is over the top.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that sticks around for a little while, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and some dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts, coffee, licorice and chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, worth a try. $9.99 a bottle.

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

Mmmm, dark and rich like my daddy. Poured at a good temperature with an average size, foamy, tan head that soon settles and some lace. Color is a clear, very dark, almost opaque black red. Aroma is roast, dark ripe fruit, malt, cocoa. Flavor's like nose, sweet on top, followed by bitter. Body is very rich with som bitter high points. Finish is like flavor, long, and very boozy.

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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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Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
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