Amager bryghus ‘Pride’ Imperial stout


image“We thought about this for a long time: what kinda beer would give us the utmost feeling of pride in The Sinner Series? Well, if you know Amager Bryghus you already know that Imperial Stouts have a special place in our hearts. So “Pride” simply had to be an Imperial Stout. What is special about this take on the style is that we boiled the h… out of it. Actually we boiled it for 6 hours, making for a richer and fuller version. We would never dare calling this the perfect Imperial Stout – that would be taking pride way too close to hubris! But we hope you enjoy it nonetheless. We’re not proud to be sinners, but at least we’re open about it… ”

These Danish brewers have come up with a really good series here, the ‘sinner series’ as they call it matches a different beer to each one of the seven deadly sins. Very original and creative. Served in a beer tulip the dark mat black pour arouses a 2 finger mocha cap that retains really well, reducing to some fine lacing. The aroma is dense and packed full of roasted espresso, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, fruit cake, toffee fudge, licorice and subtle alcohol. There’s a lot to like in here. In the mouth it feels thick and full-bodied with a slightly notable carbonation.The strength of this stout (10%) does offer a little sting upfront but the rich and moreish chocolate malts, licorice and roasted espresso bitterness drowns it out well. The mid-palate is smoothed out with a sweet vanilla creaminess that is again complimented by a heavy roasted finish. Good length shown in this complex stout. Very adventurous beer if you aren’t too keen on potent or rich stouts our advice is to either give this one a miss or man up and get stuck in. Great winter warmer here. Decent quaffer.