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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2008

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121
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265
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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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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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a small light brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses backed by good amounts of roasted malts. Also present are very slight hints of anise and sweet dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and dark molasses up front are joined quickly by hints of anise. Midway through very slight hints of dark chocolate come into play, fading out into a moderately sweet ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was certainly on the sweeter side of stouts I’ve had from Amager, and I have to admit I prefer the drier ones they produce. Still, this is certainly their biggest offering and it’s one that’s still worth a shot.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a rich, oily, smoky aroma with undertones of unsweetened chocolate, fine roast coffee and molasses. It pour a deep, chocolaty sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fluffy tan head. Rich flavor has strong unsweetened chocolate component along with tones of roast coffee and molasses plus a teensy bit of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and oily, tingly and edgy.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful viscous black with a big thick tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides, maintaining a large cap throughout.

The aroma dark roasted malts, bitter espresso and some licorice sweetness. There is also a slight smokiness underneath.

Man, this is textbook RIS and in the best way possible. It's supported by the huge roasted, almost smoked, black malts. Throw in some cocoa, coffee and anise and you've got yourself one tasty stout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and, like the look, very viscous, smooth and highly carbonated for the style.

I've been looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint at all. It's a big, seriously toasty RIS that is spot-on for the style.

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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 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 Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black out of the bottle, creating a 1 ½ finger medium-looking beige head with very good retention. Next to zero carbonation evident, and ends up jet black in the glass. Thicker foam cap sticks around nicely, remaining until the end, and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bolder nose of burnt and roasted malts and some smokiness as well. A bigger dose of pure chocolate and roasted coffee beans there as well. Some slight touches of wheat malt show through too. A "thick" nose, for lack of a better word.

TASTE: Roasted malt, with some accompanying wheat malt, and some smokiness as well. A good dose of booze makes an appearance on the initial taste too. Some bitter, roasted coffee beans and chocolate show through nicely on the finish, leading into a bold and longer lasting aftertaste that is roasted and bitter, with some nice boozy elements as well. Quite nice, and the booze fits the bill well here.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, but not quite as creamy as it could be. Goes down fine with no bite, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Not as creamy or as smooth as I'd hoped, and it's slightly lighter on the palate than the style calls for. Nice, but average at best for the style.

OVERALL: Another good effort from Amager. Mr. Frederiksen is definitely boozier and bolder than his missus, though I'm not sure if that makes him the better choice. The mouth-feel wasn't quite what it should have been, though the boozier elements made it a different experience for sure. All in all, this is obviously a stronger version of Mrs. Frederiksen, and worth checking out for sure. I enjoyed this one, and would pick him, as well as his wife, up again. Recommended.

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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 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 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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a medium height beige head with good retention. Roasted malts, dark cherries, cocoa, dark chocolate. Soft mouthfeel and perfectly balanced flavours.

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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 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 Brent
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very chocolate-forward Russian Imperial Stout, with all the heft associated with the style. Dark and semi-sweet chocolate, laced with espresso notes. Some lightly charred notes lurk in the background. Alcohol is a bit warming, but no boozy notes. Overall a very well done RIS.

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

A black brown brew, a tan head that leaves loads of lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of toast, dark roasted coffee beans, dried peas and dark chocolate.

A sweet dark bread aroma, toast, sausages, dark dried fruits, dark espresso and cocoa beans.

Little carbonation, smooth, thick and sticky, a tremendous body.

A very rewarding RIS, much action, long sipping.

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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 thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2019. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours inky black, producing just under an inch of frothy, beige-coloured head. Average retention, with most of the head having wilted away within a few minutes' time; a few rings of messy lacing are deposited, but a bubbly cap is the sole eventual remnant. Treacle, cocoa, licorice root/anise and milk chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of coffee beans and marshmallow. Enticing aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for this style.

This stout throws you right into the deep end from the get-go, with molasses and burnt sugar sweetness that is soon joined by robust roasted malt character. Cocoa and black coffee both come to mind - emphasis on the former, as this one almost has a bit of a chocolate pudding/mousse feel to the flavour, along with just a hint of raisin. Bitter tones dominate the back-end - more herbal anise/licorice root, with roasty astringency and some ethanol warmth carried into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with gentle carbonation levels and a velvety-smooth mouthfeel that leaves the lips feeling sticky. It's definitely very good - not perfect, but this is the sort of beer where everything comes together so well that I feel no compelling urge to go digging for nits to pick.

Final Grade: 4.2, a worthwhile A-. Hr. Frederiksen is a fabulous imperial stout that really hits the spot. As I said before, it's not flawless - the mouthfeel, though fairly generous, could stand to be a bit more viscous. But other than that, this is a seriously good stout that I would not hesitate to recommend to others. It is rich-flavoured, yet outstandingly well-balanced. Hopefully I'll run across a few more bottles in the future, because Hr. Frederiksen has an appointment with my cellar.

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