Amager Bryghus (w/ Mikkeller) - Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch
- ABV: 10.7%
- Bottle Size: 500-ml
- Serving Temperature: 52–58° F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Teku, Snifter or Pinot glass
Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch is a blend of two incredible imperial stouts from Denmark: Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from Mikkeller, and Hr. Frederiksen from Amager Bryghus. The former is an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with the Vietnamese coffee variety cà phê Chồn, while Amager’s stout is an American-style take brewed with 8 different types of malt, plus a healthy dose of Centennial hops. After maturing, this blend waits another year in Amager’s cold cellar before finally seeing release. It’s super-smooth, decadently built imperial stout.
This pours a super-dark, chocolate color with a very modest amount of light-tan foam. It’s a hefty-looking pour, with patchy lacing left behind. The aromatics on this are super smooth: a rich mixture of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and generous levels of roast. That subtle edge from the whiskey barrels provides some nice bitterness throughout. Velvety aromatics.
Fine-bubbled carbonation provides a core vibrancy here amidst the immense degree of dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, and subtly warming bourbon influence. There’s a whole lot of caramelization coming through, which sits perfectly beside that whiskey note. This lands so roundly—plump with warming vinous notes, super-smooth roasted coffee, and a layered maltiness that just keeps going. So much dark chocolate, so much going on here to dig into, but Hr. Frederiksen Væsel Brunch still manages to feel effortlessly light and smooth.
As a 10%+ imperial stout, this is definitely sturdy enough for some additional cellaring time. Just keep an eye on the beer’s overall balance as additional caramel and sherry notes settle in. For pairings: the dark roast, coffee and bourbon notes have us looking to spicy beef or pork.
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