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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Imperial Stout
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Double" (imperial) wheat stout.
This imperial really strikes back. From a strange country far, far away, comes the only Imperial Wheat Stout in the known universe. Once again, the ’Hand’ brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (869) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours black with a nice mocha head. Roasted malt dominates with some oak and just a bit of farmhouse funk. Taste is dry oak with a bit of oatmeal, hint of dark fruit and a touch of sweet and bitter chocolate at the end. Just a bit too lively on the mouthfeel for me. If the carbonation was taken down a notch this would be top notch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle (batch 73, brewed April 07, BB4 April 2010). Sweet, rich gourmet chocolate nose with thick peanut buttery yeast, dark pitted fruit in the bg, with strong wheat overtones. Nice cream scent, and that’s full cream, not just lactose. Pitch pour under a big, stiff, firm, super long-lasting lacing light brown head. Dry taste with lots of roast and toast, and by the oblique tones, seems more likely that the mystery ingredient is oatmeal than wheat. Very dry with light-medium bitterness. Lightly warming, dark chocolaty finish and aftertaste, a little oily but not off-putting. Easy-drinking. A burned oatmeal stout, by taste, and not all that big - but still pretty good!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
I like the aroma a lot with a ton of dark roasted malt and sweet fruit. The appearance is super deep brown with a large foamy tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2007
500ml bottle. Brown head. Pitch black. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet. Palate is thick, not much carbotante, very pleasant. Flavours of roasted malts, coffee and sweet raisins. Bitterish end. Very well balanced beer. side note: I can’t distinguish wheat from this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Poured black with good size brown head. Aroma of sweet malt and chocolate. Chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, and bread flavors present and finished rather harsh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 500 ml. bottle from 2007. This poured out a solid black with a massive mocha brown head that had good durability and left a thick, but spotty, lace. Rather unique aroma with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pepper. Bitter malt flavors predominate, and very little sweetness is noted, and the bitterness lingers, although not objectionably. The medium/full body and carbonation match well with the aroma and flavor, and there is a certain chewiness in the bitter, and mildly astringent, finish. Other that the huge head, I’m not sure what the wheat malt brings to the table here. I think the usual wheat flavors and aromas are just overshadowed by all of the dark malt. Still, it’s an enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Jerc and Mabel, shared with them. Nice aroma - strong roast, rich chocolate. Pitch black, great looking small brown bubbly head. Neat carbonated mouthfeel (for the style). Neat roasted sweet taste. Some alcohol present. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2007
500ml bottle batch #73 brewed april 07. Pours dark brown/black with a huge foamy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruits, citrus, tingly, banana some subtle dark malts underneath. A hint of chocolate. The fruity aspect really dominates the aroma. Nice dark chocolate taste. Bitter. Not nearly as fruity or citrusy in the taste as it is in the smell. Medium bodied. Strong. Noticeable hops. Very bitter. Long finish. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Dark in color with a small head. Aroma very mild or lacking. Soft chocolate and bitterness. Taste hoppy and bit foody. Rich body but not too heavy. Thought I would have more to say abou this oddball but it was not all that complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Dark dark dark brown black with a dense light brown head. Roast coffee. Barely a sign of esters. A bit sweet. Some smal dark fruit. Soft carbonation. Decent body. Low carbonation, a bit viscous. Dark coffee roast. Charcoal. A bit of alcohol over some esters. Some prunes. A dry boozy finish.


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