Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Hr. Frederiksen Imperial Stout
Hr. Frederiksen Imperial Stout is a Danish brew, all the way from Kastrup, Denmark, where it's lovingly constructed at the Amager Bruyghus. According to the label on the 500mL bottle, this beer is named for "a good friend without whose amazing support and assistance Amager Brewery would not be where it is today."Having a beer named in your honour is one of the coolest things that this brew nerd can imagine, and having it be a 10.5 alcohol Imperial stout pushes the coolness meter into the stratosphere!
The Freddy was an opaque black grog--my glass looked like a mug of midnight, topped with a heavy tan head. It had a sincere and approachable nose with malt all over it, but also chocolate and a bitter espresso tint. My palate was greeted with toasty alcoholic sweetness that shelters some cocoa notes. There was a surprisingly assertive hops character that inhabited the finish, and manifested as a pushy java jolt.
My advice is to forget about the 10.5% at your great peril. There was a pretty smooth mouthfeel for so strong a stout, though the bitter finish added a slight speed bump. My only complaint was a smidgen too much syrupy sweetness in the early going. Otherwise, Freddy was a Danish dynamo.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.