Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch | Amager Bryghus

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Amager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel BrunchAmager / Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Væsel Brunch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by glid02 on 06-28-2010

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pDev:
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3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amager / Mikkeller "Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch"

Brewed and bottled at Amager. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 10.7%. 500ml brown glass bottle with Amager branded silver pry-off cap served cold into a Guinness goblet at high alitude in Castle Rock, CO, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal stout per the label.

Expectations are sky high; I adore Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Khaki-tan colour. Gorgeously creamy and thick, with a supple soft smooth consistency and a shiny complexion. Full and rolling. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - easily 8+ minutes. Admittedly, it would be more appealing if it were darker and richer, but it's a great head overall.

Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. I'm craving the first sip.

AROMA: Oatmeal, dark malts, chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, a luxurious roasted barley presence, and coffee - with an ideal level of bitterness. Unfortunately, the coffee isn't as intricate as I hoped for given the use of Brunch Weasel in the blend; it's not roasty or rich, and lacks any evocative java character or subtle burnt characteristics. That said, it does improve as the beer comes to temperature, releasing more interesting aromatics of Vietnamese coffee.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. If I experienced it blind, I'd guess this was maybe 8%.

TASTE: Luxurious mocha and coffee notes complement the exquisite roasted barley marvelously. Dark and chocolate malts fill out the body nicely, supporting the mealy oat notes, cream, and subtle milk chocolate beautifully. Slightly burnt, with some subtle dark fruit notes. Subsidiary hints of faint vanilla and caramel. Cakey. Char.

It's very well balanced, though structurally it's sweet in the first half and bitter in the second, lending it an uneven feel. Well-built, with plenty of subtlety and complexity. The Vietnamese coffee lends it some nuance, but I think the coffee's intricacy gets muddled in this blend.

As much as I like it, I do wonder if the whole is more than the sum of its parts; I think I'd enjoy the constituent beers more separate from each other. Or maybe it's just that Brunch Weasel is superior to Amager's component.

No hop profile comes through, nor do any yeast notes.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium to full bodied, and of ideal thickness. Impossibly soft, lending it an incredible comforting feel on the palate. The smoothening leavening effects of the oats is obvious here, but isn't so extreme as to veer this too close to a porter. Presence on the palate is fantastic, though in fairness it is slightly overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough. I'm surprised it hides its ABV as well as it does.

OVERALL: I'm always critical of (non-lambic) blends (I'm looking at you, Firestone Walker and The Bruery), and this - while very good - does seem to be muddled and unfocused, and never quite feels like a gestalt whole. I think Amager's component just plain can't hold a candle to Mikkel's Brunch Weasel - which is one of my favourite beers. This is worth trying, sure, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again. It does hide its ABV well, and it's very drinkable, but the toned-down coffee and the surprisingly smooth mouthfeel lend the build some awkwardness. Certainly a dessert beer. Good but not great.

B-

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3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black in color with minimal chocolate colored head that settled into wisps and a thin collar. Aroma is deeply roasted malt, vanilla and earthy wood. Taste is dark chocolate, deep malt, vanilla, with coffee running throughout all of that. Silty mouthfeel, low carbonation and rich body.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and two thirds of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is comprised of sweet bourbon, bitter roasted barley, coffee, and dark chocolate. I'm tasting initially a bourbon flavor with coffee, dark malt, chocolate, and an easier bourbon finish. The mouth is warm with alcohol, thick, and yet oddly smooth from the oatmeal.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Mikkeller pub in Copenhagen. This is a combination of Amager's Hr. Frederiksen and Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and smooth coffee. As the beer warms the aromas sweeten a bit with hints of blackstrap molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Well-integrated roasted malt flavors work well with sweet molasses and mild amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of leafy hops make an appearance before being overtaken by smooth coffee flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass with no problems and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer very much however it's to be expected as both the base beers are exceptional. That being said I'm not sure if the combination of the two makes either one better. Either way, it's a tasty beverage and worth a shot.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A gorgeously nice brown head, a real stayer with a good structure. The fluid is pitch black like a moonless night in Zeeland.

S - This is how every beer should smell, near perfect combination of wood, peat, booze, chocolate and coffee.

T - Again wood and peat mixed with a light boozyness, real bitter finish though. This should be sold instead of chocolate milk!

M - A smooth carbonation that goes excellent with the taste. A bit thicker would have helped the body this beer with an extra 0.5 point.

O - A real topper, among the best I have tried.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, sticky tan head; fantastic retention and lacing. Brew is jet black in a large glass.

Tons of roast and coffee on the nose, along with sharp red grapes and overripe dark fruit to go along with toffee, burnt caramel, and char.

Flavor follows: big roasty imperial stout, thick with char and coffee tones. Earthy, spicy hops. Very slight brown sugary sweetness, pronounced on the back end along with prunes, nuts, and wheat bread; mostly dry, but there's a slightly wet finish. Moderate bitterness, strongest up front.

Medium-to-full bodied; reasonable bite; sticky and full, but not chewy.

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3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black like motor oil with very little head.
S - The aroma is very weak, maybe just a bit of coffee.
T - The taste is coffee forward, quickly followed by coffee bitterness.
M - Low carbonation, medium feel.
O - Sounds good on paper but the results are just average. Thought the oatmeal side of this collab would soften up the coffee side. What really comes thru is the bitterness. Would not buy again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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APPEARANCE- Dark dark brown with a hint of red. A thin tan head with only a bit of lacing.

SMELL- A hint of coffee, a whiff of roasted grain, a touch of brandy...a very subdued nose.

TASTE- Surprisingly bitter...burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, with raisins and toasted hazelnuts on the fInish.

MOUTHFEEL- Somewhat thin but still clinging like a broth.

OVERALL- Good stuff. The bitterness was unexpected, but was a coffee like bitterness, so it was quite fitting. Definitely worth a try.

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a fast-dissolving light brown bubbly foam.

Dark stone fruits, fresh coffee grounds, roast, and some bitter chocolate.

Chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, vanilla, and tons of roasted chocolate malt.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, semi-sweet, bitter roastiness.

Overall, doesn't look that great, but the solid aroma and flavor make this interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam who brought something to taste that I'd never even heard of, and a nice surprise it was!

Black with a nice dark khaki head.

Nose is all big, rich and full black chocolate and fresh coffee. Tones of creamed coffee and black coffee/bitter black chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich, full and inviting. Thick like a coffee/chocolate malt.

Flavors are full, rich and assertive black chocolate/coffee and very inviting.

Could be considered big simple coffee. I find a wonderful rich roasted grain/coffee/black chocolate richness that makes this a delightful big drink.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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