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

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RATINGS: 899   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
reakt (949) - 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 (11590) - 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 (14015) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2007
500ml bottle from GBBF (I think). Yep, well that’s 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 (2342) - 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 (4586) - 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 (1177) - 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 I’m not positive it works that well.

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 (14960) - 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


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