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

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RATINGS: 954   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at GBBF. Awesome balck as hell body with a well behaved tan head. Hoppy and milky aroma with plenty of dark malt and an odd hint of peach. Flavour is a lovely hoppy imperial stout with dark tangy malt, delicate smoke, a little coffee and liquorice and a dry bitter finish. Mighty tasty but not a world beater.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and dark fruit and woody smoke aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Solid dark roasted flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer that when well with a good cook out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2007
I can smell wood, coffee, alcohol, smoke, and it smells as though the beer was roasted. Decent smell, but lacks a sweet smell, but it is not barrel aged, so I can’t expect that too much. A nice pitch black appearance that is pleasing to the eye, Not as thick of a pour as I was hoping for. The beer has a very roasted taste. I can taste wood, coffe, and a nice burnt flavor. I can taste a hint of vanilla, but it does not stand out much. The beer is pretty good. A nice smooth palate. Very smooth, and decent. I appreciate this beer especially for the roast.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle, picked up at Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Very dark brown/almost black with a thick beige head. Dusty light mocha nose with a hint of chocolate. Espresso-like roastiness, somewhat astringent dark malt along with some spice, bittersweet dark chocolate and a burnt edge. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
500ml Bottle: Lightly bitter aroma. Smells of chocolate, roasting, malts, burning, smoke, molasses, and licorice. Poured black in color with a huge, dense, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malts, smoke, burning, roasting, cream, coffee, wood, and chocolate. Full body. Viscous, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Dryish, smoked, burnt, malt finish. Overall, nice, but a little to smoked and burnt for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2007
500 ml Bottle. It was only 104 degrees here today, so I figured the best way to cool off was with an imperial stout. Pours out a dark color with a massive tan head on it which goes away pretty quickly. Smell is roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee smells. Sweet caramel like smell as well. Taste is hoppy and kind of bitter but pleasing still. Smooth and rich and pretty easy to drink. Somewhat of a refreshing imperial stout? A very unique beer, as was the other one I had from this brewery. Good stuff, maybe I can get some more of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle @ Ken’s Walloping Wednesday - Black, light tan foamy head. Nose held soft sour caramel vinous tones that rode roasted coffee and milk chocolate cocoa notes. Light bitter coffee flavors blend with dark chocolate wheatiness. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, roasty, bittersweet finish. Fun to try and a nice experiment at that, but I like my Imperial Stout with much more heft. Thanks for sharing JasonP...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Sampled from a 500ml bottle. Dark brown body with a moderatley thick-textured (but not deep) mocha colored head. Nose of mocha, bready notes, wheat and oat are there, as is some moderate level of char and roast, with a milk chocolate note as well. Creamy at first sip but then quickly full of char and roast, turning starchy and pasty on the tongue. More smoky milk and roast in the back, finishing with a lacitc sourness that basically ruins it for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours dark with a good size tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, with a bitter dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
It is a unique imp stout, thats for sure. Pours a dark brown/black with large fizzy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and caramel with interesting sour notes. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, smooth chocolate, roasted coffee, and hints of fruit and again some sourness. Enjoyable, but the mouthfeel was a little to thin for an imperial stout (or too carbonated).


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