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


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RATINGS: 890   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Tap. Pours a deep brown with a small brown film head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, raisins. Vinious flavour, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with roasted and chocolate edge. Well-rounded, and the wheat gives the beer a wonderful feel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Helsinki Beer Festival 2007. Aroma of strong coffee, raisins. Quite black, with mushy strange-coloured head. Surprisingly watery for itís kind. But nice roasted flavours. No too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 The Norwegian beer scene is coming of age. A wheat stout, no less! Coffee, liquorice, some wheaty roundness. Both sweet and bitter in a harmonious way, and the bitterness lingers pleasantly in the finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Almost as black as can be. Medium sized beige head. Strongly roasted coffee aroma, sweetness dominates. Medium bodied. Flavor is more imperial: sweetness, some vanilla and oaky tones, coffee and roastiness. Iím missing this wheat totally. Not enough hops in the end to cut sweet vanilla aftertaste. Aroma should be richer to be 4-pointer, still excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 20, 2007
Bottled (batch #60, brygget Dec 2006)
Almost opaque black color, creamy firm tan head. Wheat, some chocolate, roasted malty aroma, same kind of yeasty aroma than in Nogne O -beers (same yeast?). Full bodied. Roasted malty, very light notes of banana, not very hoppy beer - soft, coffeish, a bit fruity. Enjoyable, doesnít feel like 8.5 %.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 (Bottled) Almost black with a small, medium-brown head. Very roasted-malty, licoricey aroma with some lactic sourness (from the wheat, I suppose). Very roasty, almost burned-malty flavor with licorice and milky sourness, coffee and smoke. Long, dry and burned-ashy finish is balanced with some malt sweetness. Only tiny hints of alcohol present. Reminds me quite a lot of Koff Porter, but itís not as harshly bitter. And with yeast it leans a bit towards Belgian strong stouts (like De Dolle). Almost full-bodied with medium carbonation. A hugely roasty, dry stout, that remains quite well balanced. Very nice stuff! (Bottled, was 7-4-7-4-15=3.8) Very dark opaque brown with a smallish, creamy and beige head. Sourish-wheaty-malty, licoricey aroma with some acidity. Interesting, milky-stouty, ashy-burned-malty, licorice-chocolatey flavor. Medium-bodied, dryish, ashy and slightly foamy palate. A pleasant and balanced, wheaty, dry and strong stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10582) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is coffe, roasted, malt. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, fruit, sweet, hop. Light bitter and coffee finish. Pleasent and nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 Bottled. A deep brown beer with a medium tan head leaving some nice lacings. The aroma has a certain wood-note that I first suspected to come from the Norwegian Wood I tasted at the same time, but I didnít find that to be the answer. It has roasted and burnt malt, some chocolate and vanilla as well. I found the woody notes in the flavor as well, followed by a heavy roasted flavor, vanilla and bittering hops. Full-bodied beer with a long bitter finish with both hop-bitterness and chocolate-bitterness. Some alcohol as well. A well-composed beer from Haandbryggeriet. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8. 070317

On tap at Olympen. It pours a black body under a minimal-sized tan head. Licorice and molasses starts the aroma ball, followed by burnt malts, hints of dried fruits and some alcohol in the far back. Dryish, yet sweetish mouthfeel, warming and full-bodied. The flavor has quite a lot of molasses and licorice, but also the burnt malts found in the aroma. Alcohol and bitterness chimes in towards the end. Mostly of the burnt kind, the bitterness. Overall, a fine beer indeed, but more emphasized on the burnt flavors than I prefer. A beer I return to every now and then anyway. 091113

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 500 ml bottle. Black body with a rust-brown head, head is small, dense and fast disappearing. Aroma is coffee, mocha, grapefruit and overripe apples. Flavor is surprisingly light, sweet, roasted, coffee, dried prunes, a fruity bitterness and roasted malt. Rather sweet and very fruity finish. Not an average stout, balanced, not heavy but rather fruity bitter. Refreshing actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5120) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 500 ml bottle, bottle conditioned. (Sample at ōlkulinarisk Aften, Kristiansand.) Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Both aroma and flavour are dominated by roasty malts, chocolate and leather. A good beer, but a little too sweet for me. Rerate bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger: The sweetness seems not as dominant this time, it is quite well balanced with the hops and heavily roasted malts in a bitter finish. The appearance is top notch, a very fine and lasting brown head. I also get some "plums" in the aroma this time. Clearly a "must-try" imperial stout! Iím "upping it" a few points.

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