Fru Frederiksen | Amager Bryghus

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Fru FrederiksenFru Frederiksen

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by illidurit on 05-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 60
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only slight traces of red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly faded away, leaving only a collar of moderate sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of licorice are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the stout is dominated by flavors of licorice and has additional notes of burnt malts and tobacco ashes.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and yet a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a lot of complexities in both its aroma and taste for something that seems a little lighter in body than what you would normally expect. It kind of reminds me like a "lite" version of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the little relative of the hr frederiksen, some part of me likes this more, just a bit more drinkable, but still really intensely flavored. the danish seem to have this big stout style dialed in perfectly, especially on the grain front. this is a nice bit of special dark, roasted barley, and chocolate malt. more roast in the taste, more chocolate malt sweetness and caramel touch in the nose. the beer is ultra dark, intimidating almost, really really dense looking, with an inch of light brown head and visible carbonation when agitated. great bitterness and woody centennial hop character to this, coming out really vibrantly in the finish, which exacerbates and ramps up the bitterness of the roast. maybe oats in this thing too, just a touch of front end sweetness, with all the body in the world. it may be less alcoholic than the hr fred, but its not a smaller beer, extremely intensely flavored by both grain and hops, and its real bitter in the center of my tongue after the swallow. this beer is delicious, perfect for a chilly night any time of year, and honestly worthy of a bit more praise than it gets. full bodied, dry as a dessert, a real treat.

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Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Surprisingly hop forward aroma for the style with a strong earthy pine presence that's countered by sweet and roasted dark malts. Prominent spicy, grassy hops with hints of pine needle and spruce tip followed by dark chocolate, caramel, coffee bean and toast. As it warms, the malt characteristics come to the forefront but it still has too strong of a hop presence for my preference.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a strong earthy hop presence that slightly overpowers the complex malt profile. Dry and bitter with lots of resinous pine and spicy, grassy hops that linger over the sweet and roasted notes into a bone dry finish. As it warms, the malts become stronger with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, robust coffee bean, caramel, toffee and oatmeal but the hop bitterness still dominates. A bit one dimensional with lots of bitterness and almost acrid roasted malt. The ABV is well masked but it could use some sweetness for balance. This is supposed to be a toned down Hr. Frederiksen but I find it tougher to drink.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best looking and aromatic imperial stouts I've tasted in recent years. Appearance this good is rare. Deep black with dark brown ENORMOUS head. This isn't some pansy American attempt at an Imp stout that has little to no head. This thing is gorgeous. Nose is luxuriously rich in roasty notes, dark/bitter chocolate, and molasses from the jar. Palate is chocolately bitter with a roasty character that is savory. However, it's rather easy drinking for the style. Finish is long with molasses.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short live head leaves a collar. Beer is a dark brown. Minimal lacing.

Big roasty aromas. Some coffee.

A lot of roast going on here. Slight mintiness. Pretty easy drinkig for 7%abv

Medium Mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation.

Good time roast in the one that i enjoyed. Recommended for stout fans.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown/black brew, a tan head that leaves little lacing. Good curtains though.

Smelling of Marzipan, figs, burned toast and milk chocolate.

Sweet, burnt sugar and bread, sweet licorice, chocolate and chocolate liqueur.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a big body, a long dry ashy finish.

Really good after dinner.

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Photo of rufusb
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into tall pint glass. Nice head when poured. Dark black in appearance. Aroma of coffee and a dark chocolate. Some hops in smell, and you could tell this is a higher alcohol beer. Taste isn't as bold as others in this style. Roasted malts, light coffee, and chocolate tastes...not as strong as expected. Good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nearly pitch black body with a small, tan head. The bubbles are more Coca-Cola looking than beer looking, but when it settles it has a nice foamy ring that looks more familiar.

Smell - Roasty malts and some chocolate, but I swear I smell some lactose sweetness, which puts me off. Not an overwhelming aroma, but nice.

Taste - Roasty malts and some chocolate. Good flavors for what it has, but not a lot of complexity. The finish gets bitter and a little grassy. Combined is a sweetness that again I swear is lactose, but isn't off-putting the way it was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - I like my bitter stouts to be thicker. This one has the bitterness of an RIS, but not the feel of it. Something to carry the stout flavors over the hop finish would be nice.

Overall - Not bad, not incredible. I'm looking forward to the Hr. Frederiksen.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black colour stout with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lactose notes with some dry roasted malt and some black chocolate. Taste is an interesting mix between some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt which are offset by some light lactose notes. Body is above average with good carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. OK though I prefer the imperial version better.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Also present are very slight hints of herbal hops and vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malts and cocoa powder up front are joined quickly by heavier dark chocolate flavors. Midway through light amounts of herbal and leafy hops join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this beer was better than the sum of its parts. Everything was present in very nice levels and this is a very smooth and easy-drinking beer that’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's another Danish stout. On to the beer:

Black in color with a faint hue of ruby red at one edge. The head forms a finger's thick on top, but drop to a thin lace before vanishing. The nose has some baker's chocolate and a light pine note. The taste delivers like the aroma; bakering chocolate, vague cocoa, some pine, moderate roastiness (especially towards the aftertaste. Medium bodied but fairly rich, though quite low in the carbonation department; I would have liked to see a few more bubbles. Baker's chocolate remains in the aftertaste.

A pretty good stout by Amagar, but the bang for the buck turns out to be less than optimal, even among the Shelton Brothers' other Scandinavian imports.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty stuff. Let it warm up a tad out of the fridge. With aggressive pouring I got a medum sized, thick, creamy, tan head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is cocoa, dark malt, a bit roasty and fruity. Flavor is like nose, bittersweet and alcoholic. Body is full and round and carbonation is on the light side. Finish is like flavor and has good lenght. Very rich beer; good for sipping.

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a large, tan head. Decent head retention and nice lacing. Very solid appearance.

Bitter roasted coffee and earthy hop character combine well in the aroma. Bitter cocoa sits in the background. The dark roasted malts are well structured.

Sharp roasted malts with a distinct earthy hop flavour in the background. Moderate bitterness. Balanced and fresh without being an over the top stout.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A fine body for this beer though a little more body to add a silky character would be great.

A well built and balanced stout with bags of flavour and everything going right. This drinks well and is a beer I would love to have again.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark cola color, almost black. Medium pour got a large head that quickly receded to a root beer float colored head and level. Left spotty lacing through the entire glass. Very good head retention to this. Just little flashes of carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S-- Roasted malts, roasted barley, fresh roasted coffee, warm chocolate. Nice warm, inviting smell to this. Does get a little soft at times though.

T-- Coffee/ espresso grounds, coco powder, and lots of roasted malt. Almost to the point of over roasted.

M-- Bitter but smooth. Lots of bitter coffee/ espresso grounds in this. For as bitter as it is, it is still quite soft in the back and a little bit of acidity as well. Good touches of carbonation. Bitterness makes this a high medium feel and medium carbonated.

D-- Tasty stout. Well hidden ABV and a sipper due to the amount of bitterness in this. Bigger and bolder than what I expected. Well made beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Denmark,this little country is no slouch in craft beer world.Poured into an imperial nonic a near jet black except from some chocolate brown highlights when held to the light,a large blooming lighter mocha colored head atop.To me the aromas couldnt get any better,a fantastic display of chocolate and resiny hop,maybe the best aroma of any stout I have come across,if you like the hops no matter the style its spot on.The mouthfeel is a little sharp and not as full on as I would have liked.Bitter chocolate,dark fruit,and a healthy dose of resiny hop make for a well rounded flavor profile,if that mouthfeel was just a little more smooth!A really good beer that is close to being great,love the hop play going on.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a darkish brown hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and nice sporadic lacing,the smell is not as good as the look with aromas of feint milk chocolate,milky coffee and some herbal hoppage,the mouthfeel is quite light bodied and averagely carbonated and has tastes of milk chocolate,dark berries,white milky coffee and finishes with a herbal hop bitterness and overall its alright but not great i mean i could easily drink this all night if offered but i probably would not go out and pay for it cheers.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing stout, with great bitterness and drinkability. Pours absolutley dark with off-white creamy head, with thick lace following. Milk chocolate brown coloured body and romas, along with the roast. Creamy and above average mouthfeel. Very tasty, and the 75 IBU kicks in the finish which made it great with food. Premiere Gourmet.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at SDIBF, a good dark brown and black pour with a beige colored head to it. All the usual suspects in the aroma, roast, chocolate, dark fruit and sugar.

Taste, ditches the dark fruit, comes with more astringency and chocolate, touch of smoke. A degree of hops to it, nice touch as well. Beer gets more complex the more you drink it. Wouldn't mind checking this out another time, although its doubtful given its limited availability, never seen it in stores.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice warm opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is strongly of molasses and miso, with hints of chocolate and smoke. Flavor is rather sweet, but not cloying, and has nutty, molasses, smoky, caramel and chocolate components as well as a hint of coffee and a bit of hoppy bitterness. Fairly thick texture is rather smooth and fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-looking beige head with decent retention. Pours our dark brown, but sits deep black in the glass. Minimal, if any, carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. A splotchy cap remains until the end, leaving some good lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Medium strength nose, though quite enticing. Roasted and burnt malts and some smokiness as well. Touches of wheat malt show through, as well as some pure chocolate and roasted coffee beans too. A nice nose for the lower ABV.

TASTE: Roasted malt, some wheat malt too, as well as some smoky elements. Some bitter roasted coffee beans and chocolate at the finish, leading into a roasted and bitter aftertaste that impressive and lingering. Quite nice as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Relatively creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Quite nice. Fuller than most Danish stouts, but not quite as full as it could be.

OVERALL: The Frederiksens are a good match. Another good effort by Amager; drinkable and enjoyable. This one made me think of a stronger version of their Sunby Stout, which is also a good brew in itself, and a slightly less boozy version of the male counterpart. Could use a bigger mouth-feel, like most Danish stouts, but nevertheless, this one is definitely worth checking out. Mrs. Frederiksen can certainly hold her own, and she makes a good match with Mr. Frederiksen.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black in the glass with some reddish hints showing through the edges. The head is small and beige, receding to a small cap with some delicate lacing.

The aroma is dominated by roasted black malts, almost burnt notes, cocoa and a surprisingly noticeable hop presence. There is a bit more sweetness than the Hr Frederiksen.

The taste is more of the same with some sweet chocolate malts and toasted, smoky black malts combining to form the backbone of the taste with the citrus from the hops layered on top with some dark fruit sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style, though it's certainly on the lighter side if you're expecting an impy stout.

This is almost a semi-imperial stout as it's got much of the complexity and flavor of an impy stout but with a lighter body. It makes it seriously drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with great red-brown creamy large head with small bubbles and a very slow dissipation. Some faint lacings.

S: Sweet roasted malt, smoke and dried dark fruits. Bitter hops and dark chocolate is also present.

T: Sweet, and a bit dry, roasted malt. Dark bitter chocolate. Smoke and flowers, some bitter hops and a nutty character.

M: The aftertaste is long and sweet, and also dry/bitter. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: Wow! Really nice! I had it in the world cup qualifiers (soccer) between Denmark and Sweden 10/10-09. The score: at the moment is 0-0. Go Sweden!

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours almost black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of dark breads and dark chocolate, with a metallic note. Flavor is mainly dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with a light roasted coffee character and toffee. Some mild hop flavors come through with pine, grapefruit, and resin. There's a hint of acidity too. Nice complex beer.

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Fru Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus
3.93 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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