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

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RATINGS: 900   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorSA (167) - NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
Svart med mørkt, brunt skum som ligger lenge. Delikat, mørk aroma av kakao, nøtter og tørket frukt. Fyldig, med fin syre og alkoholvarme. God og kraftig. (Havnabakken, 28.05.14)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 21, 2009
Extremely intense black/red/brown, dark brown fizzy head. Aroma has some malty sweetness, not as burnt as I expected. Balanced taste, full maltiness and slightly dry finish. Soft feel, warms a bit in the finish but ABV is hidden from taste. With yeast turns exciting red, flavor has more floral notes, yeast in the nose.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2009
bottle from dawsons. this is wild stuff. dark wheat stuff. chewy and full of unicorn hearts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
500 mL bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a mountainous tan-colored head that lasts quite a long time. Aroma has some of the same elements as a traditional wheat beer... I wouldn’t have recognized the smell as wheat, but given the similarities that must be what it is. Also has aromas of malt, dark fruit, chocolate, wood, and (light) smoke. Complex. Flavor is big dark chocolate with a lingering coffee/hop bitterness. Not as unique as you would expect from the aroma, but tasty. If there is anything bad to say about this beer, it’s that the finish is a little watery. But all around, it’s a fantastic brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
noelM (158) - Málaga, Andalusia, SPAIN - OCT 21, 2012
Cerveza oscura de espuma marrón. Muy densa y un poco amarga. Tiene mucho aroma y algo de sabor también a café. La botella de 50 cl es obligatoriamente para compartir porque sino se puede hacer pesada.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (151) - Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Interesting aroma. Wheat, roasted malt and hops. Not complex, but bonus points for being unique. Pours pitch black with a surprisingly large tan bubbly head. Leaves little lacing on the glass. There is a lot of smoke in the taste, which is a pleasant surprise for me. Besides the smoky flavor, the taste is similar to the aroma with a punch of hop bitterness at the end. A bit weak on the palate - it could be fuller and thicker. Kind of reminds me of Stone Smoked Porter, would be good with BBQ. I feel this beer may be a bit overrated, but it is interesting and unique. Worth a try, probably not worth the price.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a deep black w/a quickly diminishing tan head. Smells malty & sweet off the bat. Great balance of malt+sweet in the flavor, followed by a generous amount of dryness at the end. Finishes surprisingly clean for something that has such a sweet aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Big head that takes a while to dissolve. Gorgeous color of black with tan topping. Big chocolate aromatic hints of wheat and malt. Sort of a spicy swallow that lingers a little.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a full tan head, with slight lacing. Nice malty chocolate aroma. Nice roasted chocolate flavor with hints of coffee and some hops at the finish, very complex and full of rich flavor. Awesome stout.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2009
Aroma of soil, metal, malt, alcohol, chocolate and yeast. Appearance is black with enormous brown head with big bubbles. Taste of coffee, chocolate, soil and liquorish. Overall this beer is to raw and sharp and therefor not as good as I’ve expected.


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