Amager ‘Hr.Frederiksen’ Imperial Stout

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“Even when just poured into the glass, you feel straight away that Mr. Frederiksen is a master of potency and great personality. Pitch-black as Mr. Frederiksen’s humor, this American style Imperial Stout has a dense and creamy, light brown head that leaves an abundance of lacing on the glass as it reluctantly settles. We are happy to admit that we have gone slightly berserk with malt in this beer, eight different varieties were used including black and roasted malts that give this beer its color and almost extreme density – this is almost a meal in a bottle. The bitterness is also supplied by the roasted malts backed by the American Centennial hops. Mr. Frederiksen is an experience to be savoured he should be enjoyed slowly throughout the course of an entire evening where you can warm yourselves by his alcohol and provocative charms. We have named this beer after a good friend without whose wonderful support and assistance Amager Brewery would not be where it is today. Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat malt, oats, hops and yeast.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: As black as the ace of spades with a wispy brown overlay which gradually recedes. It settles at the rim and leaves a lovely cascading lace down the glass.

Aroma: When we think of unflavoured, straight up and down Imperial Stouts this is exactly what we envisage. Nothing fancy or over the top…just the classic four-to-the-floor Stout with a clever addition of American North West hops. It’s all about the base here though – hefty dark chocolate, coffee, campfire, licorice and molasses but it’s lifted even further by the well integrated pine, subtle citrus and herbal accents. Brilliant.

Flavour: The transition is dead set perfect. It kicks off with a confronting charred malt bitterness, coffee, warming booze, vanilla and pine which blends beautifully into the roasty, smoky and somewhat pithy middle. Those American hops certainly reveal the goods as a grapefruit acidity pushes forward into an increasingly dry and pithy yet rich and roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Big, aggressive, dense and dry. Not for the faint hearted that is for certain! Kinda oily, mild-moderate Co2. 10.5% ABV comes through intermittently.

Overall: Amager would definitely be enjoying a renewed respect from a big chunk of Australian craft drinkers right now. Whether it was a deliberate decision to give their beers a rest before making a return we’re unsure but we’re loving the fact that they’re back. Now, don’t ever leave us again! ?