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

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RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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"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 íHandí brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottle. Aroma of darkly toasted malt, obscenely dark chocolate, and smoke. Opaque brown/black color with a beige/tan head that was respectable, maintained, and laced a little. Medium to full bodied, sharp, creamy carbonation. The flavor is really flavor. Dark toasted burnt malt, chocolate, alcohol, and Iíd say coffee, more espresso. It is bitter. The finish is all over the place. It has bitter, pepper, and a lot of other stuff. It also should be the last beer you drink in the evening. A real palate finisher. It only gets better with each mouthful.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: dark chocolate black. Head: dark tan, creamy, frothy, thick. Aroma: rich, alcohol, some burnt smell, sweet malt, roast. Flavor: roasty, alcohol, burnt, bitter, rich. Palate: thick in body. Finish: burnt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
I donít think Iíve had a "regular" wheat Stout before, let alone an Imperial one (the 9% U.S. version). The thick brown liquid turns black in the glass, even when held up to sunlight. Itís capped by a thick and sustained cream & cocoa head that laces the glass heavily. Nice aroma of espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate, licorice, wood, and a splash of alcohol. It seems like some roasted barley is added to the flavor along with an almost smokey woodiness, all blended together smoothly and tastefully. Finshes on a mildly dry note. Quite well done.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2007
At GBBF Courtesy of Duff, duly noted as Haandbryggeriet Shane in my notes. Great looking beer, black with a tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, roasted malts and espresso coffee. Taste is much the same with a slightly woody character. Good mouthfeel, although a tad slimey but ultimately another great stout from the Netherlands.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2007
(50cl bottle) Large brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous, some smoke, banana. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, some chocolate, anise, smoke, light cinnamon. Smooth, medium-full body -- alcohol noticeable but not dominant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2007
500ml bottle from GBBF (I think). Yep, well thatís a black coloured beer then with a thick tan head. Big impy stout aroma. Big bitter choc, espresso coffee, not so much hop as some. Just a bit over carbonated. Lots of choc. Not sure the whole works. A little bit oily, soy sauce. Some charcoal, very intense. Some good hop on end. Good pepper.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Black, huge medium-dark tan head that refuses to dissipate. Nose is dusty malt, some fruit (raisin), good amounts of bitterness, a hut of cherry, some chalky chocolate. Flavor is dry port, lots of cocoa, some cherry & oak notes. Quite dry dusty cocoa finish. Nice burnt malt bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
This beer has the aroma of a rich coffee porter, with coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Thick and heavy, almost purple in color. Roasted malt flavor with more coffee. Nice palate, sort of English in style with very low carbonation and a light port character, as well as considerable hops. I really liked this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
(bottle, thanks Akevitt) Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and slight hops. Strong roasted coffee flavor, that yields to a somewhat bitter finish, and it also has a very thick mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2007
Bottled. A black stout with a large attractive beige head. The aroma has roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. There are fruity berries also. The taste is full bodied. Roasty, strong alcohol and very bitter. There is some creaminess in there also. Intriguing, but Iím not positive it works that well.


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