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

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

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265
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4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of Damian
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at The Publick House & Monk's Cell, Brookline, MA
Served in a stemmed glass

Oily, shiny and completely pitch black in appearance. A small cap of saddle brown froth topped the liquid. Cascading streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was intense. Quite sweet overall. Chocolate notes dominated. A nice mix of dark chocolate and powdered cocoa. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar as well. Somewhat bourbony and boozy.

Up front, the taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and chocolatey with notes of vanilla and brown sugar. Dark roast coffee (espresso) appeared in the center. The lingering finish was very roasty and hoppy, with the hops being leafy, piney and sharp. Slightly bourbony (boozy and woody) as well. Overall, the beer was rather pithy, dry and bitter on the back end.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet noticeably thin for the style. A fine, moderate effervescence blanketed my tongue.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was smooth and flavorful up front and it hid its alcohol quite well. The finish, however, was a bit astringent. I think it could definitely benefit from a year or so of aging.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. The beer arrived in a 3/4 sized snifter and glowed the deepest chocolate brown. Due to the full pour there was only a half inch tall head of creamy tan bubbles. Carbonation appeared average, and no sediment was noted. The nose filled with the deepest char and smoke. There was raw dark chocolate, chalk, light honey, steely yeast and coffee, and soft lactic heavy creamer. On the back came some tart strawberry sweetness and hollow booze. Our first impression was that there was a smoky flavoring, but the feel was beautifully and surprisingly light. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with deeply smoked chocolate malts and white sugar sweetness. Soy sauce saltiness and fusel booze mixed in, both cutting and enhancing the big dark maltiness. The peak hit with booze and black cherries, lime rind bitterness, and sour lactics. The finish was all about the malts, with raw charcoal, chipped smoked hickory, metallic coffee beans, and tinny yeast bitterness. Despite all this, the finish was soft and soothing. The aftertaste breathed of that same char and smoke, coffee and raw chocolate, and general raw malt bitterness. The body was medium, yet soft and syrupy, while the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated with wet cream and froth, but really it stayed nicely light to the touch. Ultimately the mouth was left dried, with a boozy juiciness down the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped rather slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the contrast between the huge taste profile and the even, soft feel. There was nice sip to it, but most surprisingly it was light for the style, but appropriately so. All the smoke, booziness, and malts were there in the nose and the taste, but it was kept very drinkable by not being bogged down with heaviness. This is a must-try beer.

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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 bnes09
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No head on the pour. Super dry, bitter flavor and somewhat lacking in roasted character. Also lacking in body and texture for the style. Average in my opinion.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black stout with half inch, dark chestnut, creamy head. There is some carbonation and some sediment. Surprisingly little lace is left, especially given the long duration of the head.

Roasted malt followed by chocolate syrup and a background of coffee. There are also suggestions of molasses and light lime.

Hr. Frederiksen has a sharp hop bitterness which is quite unexpected: bold and upfront. There are notes of sherry with lots of dark grain, perhaps pumpernickel. The finish is long and bitter, like chocolate tar. Warmth serves this one well by mellowing its edges.

A full body with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. Astringency is quite high, especially in the long dry finish. Additionally there are some metallic notes.

There is a lot going on here, unfortunately, not all harmoniously. Still, this would be enjoyable with a cigar or beef stew.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -2.4%

The bitterness of this beer is what initially punches you in the face. Once you get past that, it is a damn nice beer.

Starting with the appearance it pours black and with little head. The smell is coffee roasts and malts all the way. I love the nose on this beer. Taste is bitter up front, strong bitter. Then you get the malts and cocoa. Roasts and coffee are there too. The flavors are abundant in this beer. This beer coats your mouth and leaves the bitter behind after all the other flavors have left.

All in all a fine beer. I'm glad I bought a few of these, as I will be interested to see how age affects it. Review may change about a year from now...

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle purchased for about $7.20 CDN from the LCBO. Served fairly cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, dark brown nearly black. Opaque and murky, with nearly a finger of light brown coloured head. Tremendous lacing slicks to the glass leaving a thin coating and a multitude of patterns. Head retention isn't spectacular, but the head settles into some wispy froth that does stick around for the duration.

Smell - quite roasty, chocolate and coffee come to mind with a extra dose of vanilla. Subdued yet aromatic, there are no off smells here at all. Very inviting.

Taste - once sip, and its defcon five in the mouth with the excitement of the flavours. Roasty dark chocolate with a trace of coffee starts things off, then transition to a bourbon soaked vanilla flavor, before capping things off with some leather and oak like flavors. Bitterness is persistent but not overdone. One of the best.

Mouthfeel - creamier than creamy this is a wonderfully filling and extraordinarily smooth beer. Moderate finish, behind the obviously substantial body and the carbonation is thee but barely noticeable with the thick tongue coating creaminess of the whole thing.

Overall - wow, truly one of my three or four favourite stouts I've ever had, wonderfully filling a decadent with intense flavours, but every sip just leaves you coming back for more. Definitely worth a buy and I will pick up another, if I can find it, even given the fairly steep price.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Obsidian black. A tight tan head with great retention. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Intense. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and strong bourbon.

T: Damn! Sip and be awed. The coffee rolls in, then vanilla and chocolate pervade, followed by a wallop of bourbon. This is a commanding stout, that begs to be savored. Robust and rich.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this one. One of the better RIS's I've had. Amager kicks ass .

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night (or as Frederiksen's sense of humor, as the bottle suggests). Head is a very light brown, creamy with a bit of a foaminess to it. Not a ton of lacing, but some patches around the glass.

S + T: A big roasted malt aroma, paired with a soft citrus - most like orange or even tangerine. The flavour is similar, with a big, unsweetened chocolate flavour rounding it out. It makes for quite a treat! I find myself taking a good sniff before each sip, to fully appreciate both aspects of the beer each time, and it isn't getting old. This is a very nicely brewed stout!

M + D: I'm a little surprised by my perception of carbonation in this beer. It's certainly not over carbonated or even heavily carbonated... rather, I feel there was an expectation that it would have a more tacky, molasses-like character about it and that is not really the case. It's quite a full body, but it's almost "soft and smooth," as well... almost creamy, but a little too 'slick,' if that makes sense. I'd like to say it's almost 'buttery,' but not as oily. I'll give up before I overthink it much more than I already have, but it's pleasant. A lovely sipping brew, but one I find myself sipping quite quickly!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando last week and meant to review it in my hotel room. Well, one thing led to another and I had too many lined up and got pretty tired before reviewing this one. Now it will be my first review of the evening back in Houston now, so it will get a better shake now anyway. Here we go...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with no light visible through it even when held to the light. It is dark! The head was a small 1/8" thick tan lid on top of the beer that was only there for about 20 seconds or so and faded into a small ring around the edge with some "islands" in the middle that I guess are maintained by bubbles rising.

Aroma: My first impression was of coffee, but as I inhaled deeper, it turned to toffee and finally ended with a slight wood ash from the roast grains. The aroma is already complex, but after the head faded, it came across as rather clean and neutral with some reserved roast and chocolate. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is turning a good bit more fruity as the beer warms up some and I am getting sweet dark fruit in particular (plums, figs, dates). The beer smells like it has a bit of age on it, which really contributes to its overall complexity.

Taste: The beer is dark and somewhat acidic on the palate on the first sip, but the overall balance is really nice. It is pretty well attenuated, so it hits the palate quite drinkable for such a high ABV beer. In fact, I only pick up the alcohol in the cold beer after it sits in the belly for a minute. The carbonation is ample and contributes to the hidden alcohol. the roast is the bigger player in the finish over any hops or sweetness. It finishes mildly acidic, and it seems like this may be contributed to by the hops, but it still remains drinkable.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. I like the balance, which is a little unusual for me on this style of beer as I typically like them a bit on the sweet side. This one is definitely on the "dark side", which is a rather pleasant change. If I were to see this beer in the stores when I am traveling again, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. I am not going to make a special trip for it, but I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 300. Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a deep deep Ebony colour, with absolutley no light through the glass. Has a two fingered tanned head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - Nice sweet Vanilla aromas with the usual roasted malts and expresso

T - Rich vanilla chocolate flavours, Irish coffee flavours linger and lets in a little booze with the bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied, with minimal carbonation.

O - A little watery for me with a head that was a little tame. But nonetheless a very decent Imp Stout

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried next to the variants of this beer.

Pours a nice near black super dark brown with some bubbly lacing and ring of dark tan head.

Smell is a standard for RIS very roasty and has a molasses edge to it, lots of malt and dark fruit. The taste follows the smell, but adds lots more flavor like espresso, licorice and cocoa notes. Very solid RIS flavor, has layers of taste without any barrel aging and is very nice.

The feel is thinner than usual, ok carbonation and a little bitter roast at the finish. Overall a solid but unnoteworthy RIS.

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Photo of YvesB
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown with small to medium head. looks good !
Smell - a bit unlike the others stouts ive had. Hops and coffee mostly.
Taste - Lots of bitterness. Takes some sips to get used to.
Feel - Dry, hoppy finish.
Overall - Not everyone will like this but its definately right up my alley.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.20 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a challis

A- 4.25- Opens well pouring no head but a nice film. VERY dark

S-- 4.25 Roasted malt galore. What a nice blend. Rather hot right now. Hope it cools.

T- 4.0- A but hot. Nice roasted malt and chocolate. Bitter. Decent chocolate

M- 4.0- Ok. Bit chalky.

O- 4.08- This is a nice one. Bought many for the cellar.

Food Pairing

This nice little stout went well with..... Beef Stew

Enjoy!

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-10-10 - poured into a Dogfish Head snifter - 1PT capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a pitch black out of the bottle with a creamy, tan head. Some lacing is noticeable.

Smell: Notes of dark, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice. A wonderful aroma is potrayed, but the smell is somewhat weak and belies the true complexity of this beer.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, and licorice candy mixes with a bitter grapefruit hoppiness to produce a delicate balance. The alcohol provides a subtle, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate. Although this beer is a little light on the palate, it exudes a smooth, silky velvet quality.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable with good balance between the sweet and bitter elements. Maybe a little on the bitter side, but I like that! Also, alcohol in this one was just right.

Comments: This beer was purchased in the fall of 2009 and cellared 6-8 months. It paired very well with chocolate. Overall, a very good beer and an extremely bold stout.

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Photo of t8dd
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Global Brew. Hefty aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Poured jet black with a thick tan head, some retention and good lacing. Deep, rich flavors-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Smooth on the palate. Long finish. Really nice stout.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew is a 2009, poured into Bruery Tulip

Whoa! Nice soft two finger head. Very milk chocolate in color. Foamy with nice big bubbles rising. Brew is thinner black color. Not much lacing...

Tons of anise, very strong licorice. But, by no mean slurry. Smells very bitter and strong. Rice choclate and bitter coffee stands out. Unique scent, not overly pleasing.

Very bitter! Deep 88% chocolate with slight pepper. Strong licorice flavor; i'm not a fan of licorice. this brew is DRY and paste-y. Lots of flower-y flavors. Warms nicely. Perfect carbonation, very interesting since a big pop rises when bottle is opened. Fairly watery.

Recommended, but it's not as good as previous scores represent. It's aged very well, it's much more smooth then originally drank.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to freud for this one! 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle imported into Quebec. Batch #300, best before 09.2015

Pours super black and super thick with some moderate tan head. Aroma is full of dense, black coffee, some earthy bark notes, and some dark/unsweetened chocolate notes. Palate is a little prickly with alcohol, sticky sweet but then the bitterness comes in and straightens everything out. Lacking in carbonation but not completely devoid of it. Long finish.

Notes: It's a tasty Impy stout. Not the best, but pretty good.

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Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pitch black pour with a nice, attractive mocha colored head that retains and laces well.

lots of dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, with some bitter citrus hops and a boozy bite with a background of black licorice.

mmm. charred malts, bittersweet chocolate, dried cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, black licorice, significant hoppiness with a slight booze warmth.

a bit thinner than would be optimal for the flavors with good carbonation and a dry finish.

drinks well. very tasty, booze well integrated, would like a bit thicker body to accentuate the immensely rich flavors.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, unknown date but a recent delivery to the store.

Pours very dark brown, black in the glass with a large three finger foamy light brown head that is very loud...a lot of hissing and fizziness. Leaves only temporary spots of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is some milk chocolate, coffee with cream, roasted malts, some bubblegum which is unusual for the style, hints of grass, pine, citrus, yeast and bread round things out. Good strength at best.

Flavor is rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of fruit both dark and light, toasted bread, some citrus hop presence, minimal alcohol. Moderate sweetness, fairly complex, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, starts very creamy but can finish a bit prickly at times.

Very good Imperial Stout...unique, but for me it is not in the top tier like its score indicates. While the flavor is very good, the aroma is certainly lacking. Glad I tried it but won't revisit at the $9.49/bottle price tag...

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this one looks interesting. Cool story on the label regarding its namesake (additionally, Frederiksen is the last name of a couple of my cousins...also of partial Danish heritage, so thought I'd see how this one turns out). Impy pint, 500 ml...whatever ya wanna call it. Decent pffft of the cap so it sounds nicely carbonated. Into the Portsmouth snifter it goes.

Inky-dark espresso brown on the pour with a fair amount of clarity - in the snifter it gets more opaque and looks a whole lot more viscous. Head is a full finger and then some of maple candy/banana nut bread. Stuff really looks exquisite. Head retention is decent, lacing is very good. Head at first has that doughy coagulation going on but this down a fair bit.

The deep, dark, chocolate roast on this is very subtle yet creamy. Patent tannins provide a good backbone but don't become husky and astringent. There is a quotient of dryish booze here - it's additive rather than a nuisance. It reminds me of other Scandinavian stouts in its attention to detail. Well-hopped yet not obnoxious...Warrior? Target? Who knows - quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure.

Lighter in body than expected. Not clammy though. The hop profile and dryness emerge in spades here - mild sweetness of booze in the background and on the finish. Deep, dark roast and patent malt do very well in this setting. Again, the "coldness" of the Scandinavian impy prototype comes along but one must admire the craftsmanship.

Well-balanced and of moderate weight for the style. Drinks rather easily and provides a dry, slate-like char on the palate while warming you back up on the slightly boozy and quite hoppy finish.

Now look out, 'cause this deal packs a wallop at 10.5% ABV. The alcohol isn't exactly hidden, so best maybe with a big fat steak...or as a nightcap. Precision Scandinavian craftsmanship makes this one a nice change-up. Very well-constructed.

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Photo of aleigator
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely black color, with a decent sized, bubbly beige head.

Smells of matured hops, molasses and cold pressed coffee, wrapped up in earth. The beers earthiness is the key element of the nose, gently accompanied by a note of caramel and fresh crushed coffee beans.

Drinks very velvet, smooth on the tongue with an unbelievable creaminess during the finish, suddenly featuring milk chocolate instead of molasses.

Tastes of earth coated molasses with a certain dryness to it. Among this dryness, coffee beans create a pleasant bitterness, balanced by a mix of bakers chocolate and silk cream. A prominent, yet soft roastiness cuts through, adding to the maintaining chocolate qualities of the beer, while revealing a glimpse of mocha beans during the finish.

Exhibits a fantastic taste development, while providing more and more depth, resulting in a rich chocolate, coffee, molasses mix, topped of by roasted malts. Utmost soft on the tongue, with a long lasting aftertaste, a great beer on all fronts.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours up absolutely black with no light passing though. Two finger thick head subsides to one finger thick head in about 30 seconds, but holds that thickness for quite a while. This looks very nice indeed.
Smell is oatmeal cookie dough, chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey; very tempting.
While there certainly is a nice little collection of nuances in the flavour, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and such, there is quite alot of booze in the mouth on this one. This drinks every bit the advertised 10,5%. This is also hopped with Centennial, which I really do not care for in big stouts such as this. Still, a very good stout nevertheless.
Mouthfeel is solid, thick, and heavy, just as it should be in a big Russian Imperial. Not quite as chewy and assertive as I'd hoped and given the strength of the alcohol in this one, but nearly.
Given the abv on this one, plus the fact that is contains Centennial, I personally give the drinkability of this "average" at best.
Still a hell of a stout and well crafted, indeed, just not exactly my ideal stout.

*Note* It is also worth mentioning that this stout has much more sediment and debris in it than I have ever seen in any other stout. Interesting.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300
Batch #300, go figure. 500 ML poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-- Poured a near black cola color. Settled black, no light penetrating the glass. Dark mocha colored head, half a finger in height. On swirling get half finger again, a few strips of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good mixture of small and large bubbles in the head.

S-- Roasted malts and barley, brown sugar, Carmel and sweet coffee. First thought was this would be incredible as a BA beer with the other smells. No alcohol smell to this at all and more like an imperial oatmeal stout to me.

T-- Thick and rich chocolate. Lots of coco in the taste. Fairly bitter coffee with a touch of goldings I think. Big, bold taste.

M-- Smooths out in the middle of the palate. Get Carmel again. Back of palate a lot of coco and coffee. Low carbonation and heavy near thick feel. Bitter coffee and coco finish. A little bit one dimensional and in your face with that dimension though.

D-- ABV is well hidden. Did not notice it until halfway through the glass. Has a couple of thin spots but like this beer. Quite tasty. 500 ML is almost perfect for this beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a light to medium body. Finger of head on the pour and had a thin layer of lacing on the edges of the glass while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: Coffee and big potent hops jump out right away. Definitely a sweet malt character with a light roasted character to it. So hop forward though, reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout.

Taste: Mossy, oaky, hop front attacks the palate immediately. Slight medicinal, synthetic malt character. Earthy hops continue to tingle throughout drinking. Light roasted coffee malt flavor. Palate is saturated and exhausted by this brew.

Mouthfeel: heavy and challenging for the palate. Strong hop character rides throughout.

Overall: Definitely hit it with trying to create an American stout. Huge hop profile with medium to light malt character. Mossy earthiness rides throughout..

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