Danish Beerhouse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Amager Bryghus

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Danish Beerhouse Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutDanish Beerhouse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by joe1510 on 12-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by nickd717:
Photo of nickd717
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to some Swedes for this tick.

Pours very dark reddish brown with a few bubbles of light tan head.

Big European stout aroma, with roast, anise, coffee, dark fruits, oak, whiskey, and booze. Excellent.

Big dry roasty and licorice flavor with vinous notes lending some tannins, dark chocolate, and espresso. -bal aging is well integrated, with subtle oak and whiskey.

Medium-full bodied with some tannins and soft carbonation. Smooth and slick on the palate.

Overall very very tasty. Thanks Swedish guys.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically black with a small beige head leaving a ring of lace.

The smell is integrated and balanced: roasted malts, prominent woody notes and smooth fruity whisky.

The flavor is fairly sweet with an aged character. Roasted malts, dried fruits, lots of wood, whisky and vanilla. Some chocolate notes. The finish is fairly bitter, dry and warming. Notes of whisky and dark fruits in the end.

Medium body, calm and smooth with a dry finish.

A mellow and well integrated imperial stout. Nice one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rye, alcohol ester and light roasted malt. Taste is totally dominated by rye/whiskey with light roasted malt also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation but alcohol is just way too dominant for my taste. I usually enjoy barrel-aged beers but in this case it is too close to the experience of drinking directly from a Canadian Rye whiskey bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem I had been hiding away for quite some time now that I decided to open up on a whim last night. Served chilled and into a snifter and consumed on 10/28/2010.

The pour was dark as night with a nice half inch head of tan that covered the top of the glass and put down a good layer of lace around the entire outside edge of the glass that really lasted the entirety of the session. Really nice look here.

Aroma is of instant barrel. Nice notes of vanilla, hints of coffee and a touch of heat are coming though at me. Warming brings up some nice touches of oak, and cocoa seems to be playing with me now as well. Really very full as even towards the end of the session the deep vanilla tones really seem to have picked up more then let up. As we roll forward the carbonation is coming through well, a touch thin, but I really did not find that to be terribly distracting at all, in fact it made it a touch more drinkable as it was not nearly as filling. Nice roasted malts are backing a rich barrel flavor and a warm vanilla that sits on the palate for a good long while after it is finished.

Overall a very solid barrel aged stout. Not the fullest, but the taste is there and certainly worth a look any day of the week.

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Photo of rarbring
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A black cloudy beer, a beige small head, rather small curtains.

Smell of figs and dates, and rather much oxidized tree.

Roasted bread and some brown sugar, dark dried fruits, the the cask notes and metallic oxidation takes over.

Little carbonation, rather watery and flat, a medium body. An slmost sour dryness.

This one was beyond it's prime days, and I am not 100% sure of which one it really was, it was labeled from Amager, a Rum Cask Stout from 2008.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25cl bottle acquired in trade with mreusch - thanks! Bottle labeled BB 20-03-2018, Batch nr.: 52 and # 43.

Poured a dark, dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of lots of woodiness/oakiness, lighter vanilla, chocolate, roasty, and coffee. Tastes of wood/oak that was not as strong as in the aromas, chocolate, roasty, and coffee. Lighter alcohol burn but not 11.5%

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black beer that was pretty still with essentially essentially no head on it.

S - A lot of char, molasses, char, chocolate, and some licorice. I don't really get much whiskey on this one, just a lot of char and licorice, but it gets a lot better as it warms up.

T - This is a really heavy tasting beer. I don't really get any whiskey on it, but it is three years old. There is a lot of roast, along with some dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Little bit of heat on the back end, but it's not uncomfortable.

M - Very smooth, full bodied, warming.

O - Actually a pretty nice beer. Really big, but grows on you as it warms up. Nice flavors, with a lot of alcohol that can mess you up if you're not careful.

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received as an extra in a trade with Bosse from Sweden, thank you for the incredible extra Bo. Reviewed from notes

I wanted to open something special for my 50th review, I had no idea it would be one of the best I've ever had.

Poured pitch black with a khaki head that left a skim the whole time. Lacing was super glue, every sip was indicated on the wall of the glass. The bourbon was way up front in the nose, followed by alcohol, vanilla bean, and biscuit. Complex tastes, more bourbon, some chocolate and no noticeable alcohol. This beer was thick as motor oil but smooth and creamy. Small hop after taste. Slaughter's other RIS' in it's wake and doesn't need to be in a bomber or a 750 to do it. Bottle says keep until 2018 !?! I can't imagine it getting any better, therefore my first and only perfect score. Will definitely try to obtain more.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle as an extra in a trade from bosse. Bottle says best by March of 2018, I don't know if I can hold out that long! Batch #52, bottle number 1450. Also very interesting that it is aged in Stranahan Barrels from Denver, CO.

A: Black, very dark beer, with just the faintest brown highlights when held to the light, not much of a head, just a few brown bubbles. A few small clingy spots of lacing. This looks thick, dark, and dangerous!

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, molasses, booze, roasted barley, coffee, smells burnt, and incredibly strong. Brown sugar, I have a fear if this was aged for a long time a bit of a soy profile would really come out.

T: Extremely roasty, coffee, burnt malts, whiskey is definitely there, has notes of oak, and vanilla. Dark roasted coffee really stands out as the key component of this beer. Slightly astringent alcohol profile, but I think it has mellowed, and would continue to as the beer aged. There is just a glancing moment of hop bitterness, but it gets lost in the overall hugeness of the whiskey, and roasted malts. Very interesting, and very delicious.

M: Medium body, but a little thin. There is a perfect amount of alcohol warmth, and barrel aged dryness. Carbonation is very low but just enough to notice it. Not too shabby, but a little more body would be nice.

D: Surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of this magnitude. The 25cl serving is perfect, but it makes me wish I had another as well. This is a fantastically crafted barrel aged stout. Well done. I will definitely be seeking this one out again. Impressive beer.

Thanks Bo!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


2009 vintage I believe. Snifter. Thanks!

A: Near black with a fast fading brown head. Lingering bubbles.

S: The nose opens up with plum, date, and an accompanying whiskey aroma that's pretty strong. Woody notes are pronounced. There's a pleasant dark chocolate essence wafting from the glass and it blends with a soft oxidation quality.

T: Dark chocolate meets cardboard-like oxidation in the flavor. The age of this beer definitely shows. Dried date accompanies fig, earth, and a tame whiskey booziness. The lightly boozy finish is drying, with oak, tannins, chocolate, and dark fruit.

M: The mouthfeel is full and sticky with low carbonation.

Overall: This was okay but the age does show. I would have liked to try this fresh.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I wanted something small to drink and I found this in the closet. Courtesy of baggio, I believe. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark, but clear, cola brown with edge translucence revealing tones of ruby and honey-gold. The bottle is well-chilled, and the carbonation is very slow to come out of solution; it forms a very thin film on top of the beer before vanishing. Low carbonation all the way.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of whiskey and sherry (oxidation).

T: Roasted malt again; this has a slightly charred flavor that I associate with European stouts. Chocolate is the darker, bitter variety. The barrel contributes an element of whiskey, and the aging brings out sherry-like flavors. The finish is lightly tannic. A semi-dry aftertaste reveals roast in the exhalation.

M: Low carbonation; you could argue this is "like a fine red wine." Medium-bodied.

O: Not really the approach I prefer in a barrel-aged stout. I like them with less emphasis on roast. But it's still decent.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jan for this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours an oily black with only hints of light showing through the edges underneath a small thick tan head that shows excellent retention and lots of legs after each swirl.

The aroma is big and roasty with lots of dark chocolate malts, espresso and even some smoke. There is also licorice, dark fruit and oak though I don't get any whiskey really.

The taste is more of the same, seriously roasted malt backbone with rye, cocoa powder and espresso. The finish has a ton of oak tannins and more whiskey than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and dry, bitter and oaky in the finish.

I've been impressed with everything I've had from Amager and this is no exception. A heavily roasted, almost charred, imperial stout with a barrel presence that skews toward oaky instead of whiskey.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25cl Bottle

Batch #52
Bottle # 893

A big thank you goes out to jasonm for sending me my first from Amager, thanks again Jason! This little nip bottle fills my snifter half way with a liquid so black there's no hope in seeing through to the other side. This is one of those "make the room darker" stouts that poured with a gurgle. A milk chocolate brown head grew slowly at first before picking up steam and reaching a thick velvety finger's worth of head. Patchy lacework decorates the glass in random patterns. The head manages to remain a solid cap throughout the drink.

Dark berries are the first thing jumping out at me and they're slightly under ripe with that peppery bite. Heavy cream and big notes of roastiness adorn this brew. As this one nears room temp the nose becomes much more pronounced with big notes of black coffee. A drizzle of molasses and mild damp oak add more beauty to this already flirtatious brew. A deep pull brings some fusel alcohol that manages to stay very clean.

Wow! This beer explodes on the tongue and is much different than the nose led me to believe. Big, huge roastiness coats my tongue right off the bat and segues into a coffee bomb by mid-palate. By coffee bomb I mean big, bold, black coffee. There's a flash of under ripe berries here and heavy cream there but this RIS is dominated by the dense roastiness. A combination of pine needles and aspirin-like bitterness show there's a healthy dose of hops in this beer before spicy booze hits the back of the throat and a sweet molasses cools it down. I don't get much of anything from the barrel aging besides the faintest of damp oak and it's so far in the back it's tough to pull out. This is a stout to be reckoned with, big and bold with a constant shifting of flavors.

The body of this in your face RIS isn't sticky or hot at all, instead it's superbly velvety smooth. The bubbles are small but the pace they move is faster than I would have thought. This combined with a full body makes for the silky smoothness I can't get enough of.

This is an impy stout that should, check that, NEEDS to be savored and enjoyed. I can see the boldness of this brew taking a toll on me if this was bottled in a bomber.

Like I said in the opening of this review; this is my first from Amager and I couldn't be happier. I wasn't sure what to expect from this bottle but what I got was a delicious treat on this colder than hell evening. Thanks for the great treat Jason, I owe you one!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bosse. Batch 52, Bottle #1434, Best Before March 20th, 2018. Guess that makes it about three years old. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving dime of tan foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps. Extremely dark brown body with some reddish notes to it.

S - Chocolate fudge, light whiskey, faint port-like oxidation, raisins and figs. Some vanilla, but not a lot of overt oak character. Alcohol is much better hidden than the Old Man's Ale.

T - Taste has a bit more tobacco, roasty malts, light oak, and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Less sweet than the aroma. A nice stout, particularly when it warms up, although not a ton of whiskey. I hear this was aged in Stranahan barrels.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, low carbonation, and a lightly tannic finish. A lot less heat than the Old Man's Ale, which is a pleasant change.

D - This is a nice beer, and much closer to an American-style barrel-aged stout than many European brews I've had. The 25cl bottle was plenty for us but I'd definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bonus Beer Bob (hrking) for the opportunity to try this beer. Very generous of you to leave some of these rarities behind for others to try after you left. We couldn't get to this one during the SeaofFloydster tasting so Kyle gave this one to me to take home. Batch nr: 52 and "Mindst holdbar til: 20-03-2018" I guess that means "best by" or something in that nature. Bottle #899 out of 2200 produced.

Onyx in color and a semi-aggressive pour produced a very frothy, finger-thick, layer of foam. Very good retention with some lacing on the sides.

Espresso and chocolate instantly hit the nose with some vinous and oak aromas. Milk chocolate and huge dark fruit aromas consist of rum soaked raisins, ripe dates, and prunes. A little bit of berry or currant notes in the background. After a few minutes in the glass the beer opens up to some brown sugar, molasses, fruitiness, and a tad of alcohol that is well buried behind the malts. I'm also getting something like a toast with grape jelly aroma. Some caramel malts begin to show up as well. More sweetness seems to come out with a great combination of lightly toasted oak, chocolate malts, and sweet dark fruits.

Oak tannins upfront with bitter-sweet chocolate, cocoa, and black cherries. A bit of raisins and dates in the finish but not as sweet as the aroma. Some toast with the second sip along with more fruit flavors and a fruity alcohol finish. Slight alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. Later on I get some roasted bitterness and dryness that seems to be from roasted barley. Seems to have lots of oak flavor and tannins that have a bitterness and vinous flavor. Not bad and a pretty solid example of the style but I'm just rating this with a bit of my personal preference of what I like about this style...this one is just a tad to dry upfront and oaky. The second half doesn't bring any sweetness either, just some bitter chocolate and bread crumbs.

Very smooth with low carbonation. Good thing this comes in a small 25cl bottle because it sure is taking me a while between sips.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Danish Beerhouse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 19 ratings