Imperial Stout | Amager Bryghus

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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Amager Bryghus

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.01%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10.01% lol. Label reads 10%, will I taste the difference? Didn't know it was 'retired', but this one does have some some age on it. Let's say most likely... 24-30 months old.

A - 500ml pours blacker than black blacks with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly. A thin ring and wispy cap retain for most of the time. Quite a bit of visible sediment.

S - Nice chocolate and some good vanilla tones too, dark fruits, not much roast. Some aged-stout-cardboard things going on but good.

T - Some more roast+coffee grounds here but still very much a big ol malty chocolate bomb. Nice vanilla still coming through which adds alot. Definitely a little citrusy hop kick going on in there too.

M - Lightly carbonated, quite viscous, creamy and smooth. Light oxidized flavors come out but don't really detract. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O - Age definitely is taking its toll on the flavor and feel but perhaps it's done some smoothing out as well - quite drinkable (500ml was no problem solo) and overall a pretty nice malt profile. The big chocolate/vanilla malt interplay is great. That being said, I'll be drinking my other bottle sooner rather than later.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: dark brown, clear; mocha-coloured head, dense and fine, like a marshmallow

Aroma: vanilla, some spice, maybe nutmeg, clove

Taste & Mouthfeel: intense roasted malt, almost burning, which coupled with a surprisingly hoppy finish almost makes this feel like more of an imperial IPA; vanilla again, raisin, prune; the expected chocolate and coffee flavours aren't present at first, it's really all heavy and bitter roast malt and dark, macerated fruits; over time, balance establishes, sweet malts and bitter chocolate growing more assertive

Overall: always intense, but great balance in the end, if fairly straightforward flavours

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Intense black color, light brown foam, quite beautiful.
Toasty smell, chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, cocoa. Intense and pleasant.
At the taste very dusty, cocoa and liquorice, intense. The alcohol is here, but it is in control.
Relatively smooth, and drinkable, despite its 10 ABV. A hint of raisin.
Quite long aftetaste, vanilla and liquorice, some woody and dusty note.
Average body, good imperial stout, good structure.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served at cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours jet black with a foamy mocha head

S - intense and complex - milk chocolate, coffee, black licorice, caramel, small burn of alcohol at the end

T - much more smoky than i would have anticipated from the nose, coffee follows, with bitter hops coming through strongly at the end

M - Alcohol is not well-hidden compared to other stouts i would consider similar, otherwise thick, well-carbonated

O - this started out looking and smelling like an amazing find, but the taste and mouthfeel ended up being only average. Not bad, but nothing to write home about

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Photo of benfons
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: impregnable dark colour, nice espresso-like head

S: roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, hint of forest fruits

T: at the start incredible roastiness, almost ash-like, quite disturbing, in the end the hops come through.

M: thick, undercarbonated, dry finish

O: a lot of promise, but I taste ash, with a hoppy finsh

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No bottling date present, but this bottle was purchased about a year ago and cellared until the present time.

A: Deep, muddy brown color. Very close to black. Light brown head settles very quickly. Minute spots of lacing and nothing more in that department.

S: Heavy fudge and chocolate syrup. Devil’s food cake. Touch of blackstrap molasses. Undercurrent of roasted coffee beans. Ester profile of overripe plums and hints of cherry. Slight earthy character. Gentle spicy alcohol, bit of sherry.

T: Black cocoa powder and dark fudge. Acrid roasted malts. Burnt coffee. Some astringency and bitterness coming from the roasted malts. Vanilla extract and hints of soy sauce. Blackstrap molasses. Estery tastes of concord grape, plum, and a touch of cherry. Slick, oily hop bitterness, but not much flavor coming through. Spicy alcohol comes out a bit toward the back end, along with hints of sherry and slight cardboard, suggesting that some oxidation is present. Finishes with fudgy chocolate and char.

M: Thick, large body. Heavy, sludgy texture. Filling. Velvety. Little to no carbonation. Good.

O: Just the sort of beer I’d expect to come out of Denmark. A huge, rib-sticking sipper of an imperial stout. This is the kind of beer that gets me going. This one was probably plucked from the cellar at the wrong time. I feel like a little more time might have ironed it out more, though the level of oxidation present was curious. Maybe it’s older than I thought. At any rate, still a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into Jacks Abby snifter

A Very dark from the pour, almost opaque. 1 finger brown head forms and and moderate retention that leaves bubbles and a ring around the glass. Black in the glass with active carbonation.

S Roasted malts, dark fruit, booze. Some vanilla, rich sweet berries and almost partialys barrel aged. . Smells good and interesting

T Roast upfront along with some sweetness and finished with some slight hop. A little bit of smoke sneaks out at the end and finishes with a charred chocolate. Good amount of hops in this.

M Medium feel with moderate carbonation.

O Not a bad stout, lots going on. Id like to try some with alittle more time on it.

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Photo of suspect
4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an Amager snifter at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A: Dark brown. Perfect pour from the bartender filled the glass and left a 1 full finger cocoa colored head. Lacing strong and plentiful down the sides of the glass.

S: Big bouquet of cocoa, roasted coffee beans, molasses and a hoppy bitterness. Very very nice smell.

T: Such a complex mix of many of the flavors listed above with a perfect malt bill that wrapped this whole beer up in a perfectly balanced mix of stouty goodness.

M: Big thick bodied beer with a smooth finish.

O: A fantastic stout in a fantastic bar. I could not have asked for a better experience. Worth the bar price of $24.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 9.99. No bottling information. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with one and a half finger tan head. A bit of residual lace remains on the side of the glass. 

Nose is roasty, cocoa and slightly smokey. 

Well rounded flavors of  chocolate, mild coffee, bitter cherry skins, smoke and dark malts. Alcohol is almost completely masked. 

Medium full, creamy body. Adequete but not overdone carbonation.

A well rounded stout. Nothing stands out to make it spectacular but it's a smooth drinking brew. It's nice now and I suspect it will get even better over time. 

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this is good. Poured a touch cold, with a smallish tan head that soon settles to a few foamy islands and a rign wiht plenty of lace. Color in even the narrow part of the glass is an absolutely opaque, pitch brown black. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and heady. Flavor's like nose, a rich blend of a balanced sweet, bitter and slight tang. Body is full, a little soft, but not too, and for such a big beer, easy driiniking. Finish is like flavor, sweet giving way to bitter, long, and very satisfying. Alcohol is fairly hidden. Really good beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a creamy, tan head. Fair head retention. Clearly a big beer.

Massive chocolate, coffee and alcohol on the nose. Some caramel sweetness. Luscious buttery espresso. Hints of smoke.

Really roasty with an almost phenolic note. Thin malt and alcohol. Some fruitiness. Hints of hazelnut and coffee. An interesting flavour.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Disappointingly thin.

I quite like this but the palate is a bit unbalanced and the body is lacking. This could be really nice but the thin body takes so much away from it.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and floral, earthy hops.  A bit tamer than expected with some nice roast and dark malt but kind of pedestrian.

Slightly chewy, medium body with a decent balance of roasted malt, lactic cream and silky chooclate. There's also a nice bitter and earthy hop presence toward the end of the plate that adds complexity and balance.  Slight lactic cream presence but remains bitter throughout with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean. Still, surprisingly not a complete malt bomb with some silky sweeter chocolate notes and peppery spice. Dry finish.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Shaun

A: Looks thin yet consistent and still brandishing a high specific gravity. This was served cold right out of the fridge and I practically had to shake it like a bottle of heinz ketchup to promote any head formation. Head was khaki latte and did stay and lace for a really long time once it showed up. Off-black body with ruby brown trim.

S: Nothing very strong, probably due to serving temp. Irish dry stout, a little alcohol, a little toffee, a little chocolate.

T: This is the best example of a well-rounded stout my memory can serve me with. Dry roastiness, chocolate, vanilla, a faint suggestion of coffee, just enough carbonation to distinguish it from a porter and still keep it silky.

M: Spot on carbonation for the style which only accentuates the flavors of the malts and detracts nothing from them. However this is significantly drying, even at the introduction of this serving. Originally gave this 4.5, but docked 0.5 bc the dryness is consistent and a little too much.

O: As the bottle states, this is indeed luxurious

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a snifter, pitch black color, with a modest tan head, minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, very roasty, ash and smoke. More of the same in the taste: roast, ash, earth, notes of dark chocolate, toasted pumpernickel, and vegetal hops. Alcohol is pretty noticeable. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable for the style, though perhaps not quite as smooth as some of its peers.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, around $8 if I remember correctly. Into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours nearly pitch black with a khaki colored head that bubbles up to almost an inch and fades away to a cap of bubbles. A few small spots of lacing left behind as it recedes. Nice looking beer.

S: Lots of roasted malt and coffee, with a fair amount of coffee and a lot of plums and black cherries as well. Really a nice mix of coffee and burnt with dark and sweet. Fair amount of chocolate and molasses as well.

T: Heavy roasted malts that definitely have the trademark Danish borderline ashtray profile that I wish more stouts had. Under the huge coffee and roasted malt is a nice brown sugar and molasses flavor with a decent amount of dark cherries as well. Lots of hoppy bitterness to go along with charred malts. There is a really nice resinous hoppy bitterness and earthy hop flavor that is heavily in the mix. Really a robust, impressive imperial stout.

M: A little thinner and more carbonated than I would like. Seems a bit watered down for a big stout. Finish is actually pretty dry which is odd. Not quite all there.

O: Really tasty, smells, and looks good, but the feel is all wrong, just way too thin and over attenuated. If this had more body to it it would easily be one of the better stouts I've had in some time. Still a very flavorful beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by the Sergeant at a recent gathering. Beer was decent.

Beer is black and forms a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, and low retention.

Aroma is sweet, a little ashy, some figs.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet with a rather bitter finish from roast / ash. Good drinking all around but not my favorite imperial stout. I might have it again.

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Photo of fx20736
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a thick milk chocolate head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, vanilla, pecans with slight hints of Bourbon and cherries.

Mouthfeel: yes

Taste: Unlike a BDSA, sweetness is well controlled and is there only to counterbalance the other flavors. Alcohol is noticeable. So is a slight lactic sourness, some vanilla, some caramel and some smoke.

Notes: This is a very complex, balanced and tasty beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Capone's courtesy of Geist. Served in a Savor wine glass.

Pours near black with a tan head and some spotty lacing. Nose has a good amount of roast and a substantial amount of chocolate and coffee combined. Some very light smoke. Flavor has quite a bit of roast. Medium body. Pretty good.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a glass yesterday at Capones waiting for wings to go. Had never tried this beer before so decided to give it a run.

A - Very formidable in its small snifter serving. Was told that it needed to settle a bit when pouring and when it arrived was black as night with a pretty impressive head sitting on top. Considerable lacing on the glass.

S - Very rich smelling with dark roast, oak, a bit of smoke/char.

T - Did not enjoy this one to be honest. Just could never find its sweet spot. Very bitter from the dark roast and it seemed a bit strong on the oak and smoke as well. Did not ever experience any chocolate or coffee, simply could not get past the bitterness.

M - Pretty rich and thick but again the flavor profile just seemed off to me and hurt the overall experience.

O - Sorry, did not just do it for me. This is one I won't be returning to. One and done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is black with a dense half inch of beige cap. The aroma brings dark chocolates, roast, coffee. Smells great. Really smooth and full of flavor. Wonderful coffee melds with gourmet chocolates. Sweetness is minimal, and the beer has a gentle, bitter finish. Alcohol content is an afterthought. Overall, this was outstanding.

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Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with my beerbuddy Mark (Mar02x). Thanks Mark for this bottle. I believe he bought this at the Borefts festival in september.

Bottles best before august 2013. Batch 150.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks fantastic. Black as hell with a firm head, four fingers, nice bubbly. No lacing the foam glides in the glass.

Smell is with coffee of course and dark chocolate.

Taste stays a bit behind of the rest. If i compare it with other ones i have had this one is a bit too thin in the body. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out. Poured from 550ml into a Southern Tier pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent at best, and lacing is minimal...

S - Sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty sweet...

T - Roasted malts and chocolate up front with some toffee, and coffee in the mix. Pick up a little hop presence in the finish with some lingering coffee. Abv is well hidden...

M - Rich and creamy. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one. Not above and beyond for the style, but still pretty tasty...


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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Good and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Nose is roasted chocolate and molasses and flavor is baked chocolate and some molasses. High ABV is hidden. Expensive at $11.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of spicelab
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with thanks to [email protected]

Mahogany highlights when poured against the light, darkest brown in the glass, with a modest chocolate milk looking head. Not much lacing but a solid film remains.

Nice and roasty, with liquorice, charcoal, cocoa, star anise and some bready notes. Uncompromising and tough. I like it.

All of the above and more. Slightly spicy dark fruit character arrives, bringing muscatel and dark palm sugar notes which complement the roasty characters well.

Creamy and luscious with perfect carbonation. The kind of mouthfeel that is so seamless and unobtrusive you don't notice it.

Very agreeably crafted. Maybe not an excitement machine, but the roasty and sweet proportions are bang-on and the 10%ABV is perfectly integrated. Well done.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice deep deep heavy ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - A little hop and nice molassis malts.

T - Nice woody flavours all through and heavy expresso flavours at the finish. The malt is full and creamy. A little hop is present.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - This is everything a impy stout should be. Would like to see a little more variety in the flavours.

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Imperial Stout from Amager Bryghus
3.97 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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