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

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RATINGS: 934   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.


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1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 I have for all intents and purposes stopped rating. The only reason I’m rating this is to warn those who haven’t tried this and to air my absolute disbelief that this beer has an average score of 3.7. WTF...I know that 3.7 isn’t the world’s best beer, but 3.7 shouldn’t suck ass. This beer is an utter disaster...that’s all I have to say...besides...for shame ratebeer...for shame.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (851) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Aroma - banana puree, small roast, some beechwood. Appearance - the body is black, the head about 2" and fallow in color. Head hangs out for quite some time. Taste - smoked beechwood, rich roast, blackstrap molasses, honey, and buried beneath all that lies some wheat. Palate - full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter and smoked finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (560) - POLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Piana średniej wielkości, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, dość trwała. Barwa ciemno brązowa, prawie czarna, z mahoniowymi refleksami w przewężeniu szkła. Aromat ciekawy - na pierwszym planie kwaskowść, czerwone wytrawne wino, wiśnie w czekoladzie, likier kawowy i nuty drewniano-beczkowe. W smaku również kwaskowo, słodko i goryczkowo zarazem. Bardzo przyjemnie i zaskakująco. Ponownie mamy wiśnie w czekoladzie, śliwki, pumpernikiel, kawa, kakao, prażone ziarno... W tle faktycznie wyczuwalne elementy weizena - jakieś echa goździków, przypraw i pieczonego banana... Goryczka średnia do niskiej, pestkowo palona. W afterteasie tytoń i lukrecja. Nagazowanie średnie, ciut za wysokie, nieco powyżej półpełnego odczucie w ustach, szorstkie. Alkohol mocno rozgrzewa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1128) - CANADA - JAN 11, 2016
Appearance: solid unrelieved black with one finger of dense beige head, excellent retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruits, wheat malt, coffee and cocoa, tobacco and leather, dark fruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild smoke. (8/10) Palate: full body, lively carbonation, off-dry mildly boozy finish. (4/5) With surprisingly lively carbonation and initial smokiness on the tongue, this beast tastes very little like it smells. As it warms, it opens up, providing an impressive depth of complexity in aroma and flavour. But, come on: “Double, Extreme, Imperial” Wheat Stout? Department of Redundancy Department much? I mean, yes, either of those appellations could reasonably be applied - but all three are gilding the lily just a bit. Big, sure, but quite drinkable. I don’t think I’ve ever had a wheat stout before, let alone a Double (Extreme, Imperial) one, but if this is normal for the style, damn. Paired with Belgian chocolate, double damn and then some. (16/20)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gallaghermurph (36) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2016
It pours like a 16 ounce espresso, with a brown head that dissipates fairly quickly dissipated. Small fizzy bubbles on the tongue. Actually a little brighter than I expected. Coffee-chocolate, currant, cherry honey and cocoa. Aftertaste is sweet and doesn’t linger, which I see as a plus. This is way more complex than the blunt force object I anticipated. A huge beer, but also hugely drinkable! Warmth in the back of the throat remains. Very well done! This was a two year old bottle that had been in the back of my fridge.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
runaway (76) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2016
33cl bottle pours dark thick cola black with a thin dark caramel head with blotchy effervescence. Aroma is of sweet dark stone fruit, leather. Taste is of chocolate, cocoa, dark roast grains, stone fruit and citrus rind. Palate is thick and smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Manslow (756) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Butelka 0.5l Kolor czarny, piana brązowa, oblepia szkło. Aromat śliwek i kawy. W smaku whisky, trochę kwasu, goryczka średnia, mocny alkohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (810) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Tap at the station house, Forest Hills, Queens. Pours dark, small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and the wheat adds an element. Flavor is similar, coffee and wheat adds a special something I can’t place. It’s also pretty damn smokey. Pretty good overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2769) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Very good, although I don’t pick up anything "wheat" and there is a chalky aspect. Good roast, coffee, cocoa, black patent malt, leather, earth, umami qualities in both aroma and flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artiredbirds (324) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 9, 2015
Отлично& мощняво выдержа& и мягкоте& имперск& отродие, что полност& поимело меня.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aragh (156) - POLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Kolor hebanowy, piana brunatna, gęsta, utrzymująca się i oblepiająca szkło. W zapachu mocno kawa i whisky, trochę czekolady. W smaku dominuje aromat whisky, trochę kawy objawia się w kwaśności, a goryczy praktycznie nie ma. Jest też niewysoka, ale wyraźna kwaśność wiśniowa i odrobina czekoladowej słodyczy w tle. Generalnie dobre, ale zbyt zdominowane przez alkohol (sam w sobie przyjemny), przysłaniający inne smaki.


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