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


on tap

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RATINGS: 866   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 ’Hand’ brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle. Opaque black with a thick frothy head. Not very heavy aroma, but some roasted malt aroma comes true and a bit of an unpleasant metallic aroma. Flavor of raw wheat and overall very malty, also coffee and a creamy taste are significant in the flavor. Leaves a coffee taste on the palate. An interesting imperial stout but I’m not that impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
Batch #74. The beer was brown with huge head. In the aroma I got mild hops, coffee. In the flavor I got mild hops, coffee/burnt malt. The beer was smooth & thick like a milkshake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarryKonrad (95) - NORWAY - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Lillehammer, Norway. Pours pitch black. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is very good as you’d expect, and the taste is an in initial bitterness that sits well almost immediately, with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee as usual. It’s good but it doesn’t top the charts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Deep black color with foamy tan head. Very sweet, alcohol present. Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aphalo (93) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle 500ml, brewed 08/08 (#125). Pitch black colour, dark brown bubbly head. Dark and rich taste with roasted malts. Taste is creamy with wood, caramel, coffee and fruits . Finish is roasty and dry, with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeCue (91) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
1PT .9FL oz bottle aged for about a year, poured into snifter. Pours a deep, opaque, used motor-oil-like black (WONDERFUL) with a minimal deep-brown head. Aroma is a complex blend of milk chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and roasted/burnt malts. Taste is medium-high sweet and just a tiny, so tiny bit acidic. Mouthfeel is velvety-smooth, body is rather medium-full. Carbonation is pretty low, but this is what I was expecting. Finish is rather long and roasty, which I find to be really enjoyable. Some malt can still even be perceived! Overall: aroma here is some serious WOW-factor. H*ll the brew altogether is a wow-factor! I am simply blown away. This is my first Haandbryggeriet and certainly not the last. May the dark force be with you (pun seriously intended).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rugamu (91) - SPAIN - MAY 14, 2013
Imperial stout suave, con toques de café y ciruela incluso un toque a vino. Negra con espuma marron claro fácil de beber. No se nota el alcohol. Podría repetir,pero le falta un algo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Natai (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours black and opaque with a brown head. Aromas of toffee, currant, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors are primarily light coffee and dark chocolate, with a light body and good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plaas (82) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2012
Nice stout. Roasty, coffee, toast, chocolate, a very balanced beer. Just great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrFunk (80) - Sorumsand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2008
may 08 (Bottle) tasted at the brewery. What a kick! Pitch black with creamy head, Tastes like it looks. Thick and creamy. perfect balance

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