PrideNovember 1, 2013
Imported by Shelton Brothers
Pride is one of seven beers in Amager’s Sinner Series. It is an imperial stout with a six-hour boil.
BITTERNESS: 100+ IBU
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1104
AVAILABLE: (In 2014) AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IN, ID, IA, KY, LA, ME, NV, RI, NY, PA, OH, OR, ND, SD, VA
Amager is one of the new-wave Scandinavian craft breweries that are challenging bland beer with exciting and dramatic new styles. Pride is jet black with a thick collar of foam and an exotic aroma of wholemeal biscuits, bitter chocolate, licorice, espresso coffee, cocoa beans and floral hops. Bitterness on the palate comes from roasted grain as well as hops, with continuing notes of chocolate and coffee. The finish offers vinous fruit, bitter hops, roasted grain, chocolate, coffee and licorice.
- Roger Protz
A reddish tinge pierces the stream of beer as it pours, but the color disappears into blackness. The foam doesn’t last, and falls back to a collar. The aroma is inviting, starring the usual suspects of espresso and chocolate, but also giving plenty of hops, black licorice, dark caramel, chocolate chip cookies at the edge of burning. Hop and roast bitterness dive in ferociously, then expand onto a well-tuned palate, very bitter, not too sweet, quite sure of itself. It finishes dry and signs off with a bang. Amager’s pride is well-earned. You can pair it with chocolate, but I’d go for the cheesecake.
- Garrett Oliver
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.