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

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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Rich black body. Creamy tan head. Notes of toffee and smoke. Roasty malts and a hint of gnarly alcohol heat. Sweet and robust at first, but finishes dry and has some nice complexities such as hints of nuts and dark berries.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Black... heavy malt beer. A nice dark brown head. A very heavy roast flavor. Almost crunchy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Bottle at home ... deep black,slight smokey malt but not much;deep rich roast malt ;lots of coffee and roast malts.... 3.8

bottle at home batch 60 ... bbf DEC 2010... deep roast malts nose ... still over fizzy ... meaty malts ... big fruits ... rich and dark ... light coffee ... great roast ... awsome .. considering its age .. actually just awsome 4.0

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Black color with creamy tan head. Roasted aroma with coffee, charcoal and some unpleasant alcohols. The taste is initially sweet but soon becomes dry with acrid, bitter and nutty roastedness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3963) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Poured a solid black with a thick creamy brown head. The wheat protein must have contributed to the head because it is more prolific than I have ever seen in an impy. The aroma is sweet, rich, roasty, chocolate, coffee. The sweetness is a little different from most impys. Its more like a light sugar/honeysuckle sweet than the rich dark sugar sweet. The flavor is rich and fairly simple. Not very complex but it does wat it does well. Roasty, chocolate, coffee. Not an amazing imperial stout but one you should have under your belt I feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Picked up a 500ml bottle from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a near opaque dark brown brew with a slow dissolving light tan head that has good lacing and retention. Aroma of dark roasted malt, some chocolate, molasses, black licorice and a touch of sour red grapes. Taste is full bodied, thick, chewy, with flavors of dark chocolate, red berries, with dark toasted malt. Not much in hop flavor or character. Finish is slightly acidic from its high alcohol with a dark berry aftertate. Definitely a decent winter warmer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3039) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2007
This is less amazing than I imagined. The aroma has a nice pear fruitiness with the roastiness and hops. There’s the ashy flavor that’s often present in coffee stouts, but I haven’t heard about coffee in this one. I really hope there isn’t because I’ve got to go to bed after LSU wins tonight. The flavor is surprisingly thin. There’s the bitterness from hops and burned malts, but not a lot of other flavors to balance it out. There is an amazing, luxuriously creamy head on this thing, however.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldbrewky (1418) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Slob in a most interesting trade. Pours a Dark brown black with lively dense mocha head. Nose is whispy and comes and goes. A nice change from those punch in the face hoppy ones. Rasberries and wet straw in the field along with coffee. Body is oily and flat. It has hints of port wine and is a touch acidic. I realy like this beer. The wheat gives a nice twist on the stout theme. Hops finish with a crisp dry acidic toung. Groovy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2007
(500 ml bottle (Batch 74, May ’07) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/boothbay/ target=blank>1828 Vintage House) Winey, chocolatey, sweet and sour...Pours very, very dark brown, appears opaque. Three fingers of rather stout tan head slowly recedes to about 1/4" of a persistent cap. Aroma has elements of red wine, chocolate and sweet and sour. Mouthfeel rather fizzy, a bit loose but has some fullness. Flavor is rather winey with dark bitter chocolate. The sweet and sour element is quite strong. Finishes a bit grassy/dusty and with a rather bitter chocolate aftertaste. Beer this most reminded me of was JP Madrugada Obscura, although the two are probably only loosely similar. This was certainly a bit more drinkable but a little weird in its own right. A quality product but just not a great mix of aromas and flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007
500 mL bottle, batch 74 best before may 2011. massive tan head rises atop the black liquid, with a lot of carbonation for an "imperial stout." chalky, starchy, roasty aroma - not much alcohol but it would be hard to decipher much else behind the bitter and astringent nose. huge roasted bitterness, and the bitter of unsweetened chocolate. wheat is apparent in the smooth body, but it soon turns gritty. perhaps this needs some time (2011 maybe?) to mellow and round out, but for now it would be tough to recommend.


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