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

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RATINGS: 904   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours very fizzy. Highly carbonated with a medium body which makes for an odd imperial stout. Strong espresso taste ending bitter. If nothing else, the best thing Iíve ever had from Norway.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2010
Well, well, well. I tried this here beer a good 2-3 years ago, and didnít really get on with it too well as it seemed marred by an overt tartness which just became too distracting and also made the drinking experience almost a bit unpleasant. Iíd put this down to it being overly tart wheat, almost like a lactose sourness that had crept, perhaps it was an oxidized bottle, or maybe the recipe has changed I donít know, but it is another beer altogether this time round. I like it! Pours black with a brown hue and a lovely red/beige coloured head that starts big a reduces to a dense but quite small covering. Aroma is very fruity, lots of dark fruits, raspberry, blackberry, plum quite vinous, then there are roasted earthy notes with some malty liquorice, Marmite, and coffee. Great nose, lots going on and somehow each aroma seems quite crisp and clear. Flavours are nicely balanced, alot of smoky toasty earth, almost tannic/chalky feel on the tongue. I know everyone else keeps quoting it, but theyíre not wrong in saying charcoal, itís spot on. Then some more dark fruit notes, extremely bitter chocolate, coffee (but oddly not that coffee-like) maybe a slight mushroominess about the beer. The smoke has a cheesy quality to it almost like a smoked Stilton or blue veined cheese. Itís a very savoury stout, perhaps itís most unique feature is that thereís pretty much no sweetness to speak of, even in heavily hoppy stouts thereís still a tad of sweetness, but not here, this is dark, brooding "grown-up" impy stout with a moody savoury charcter. Finish is very long and pleasing with post bbq smoke lingering on the tongue, like after smoking a fat Cuban cigar, ashy, woody but flavoursome. All in all a good beer, itís only downfall is itís slightly overly carbonated mouthfeel, but Iím prepared to let this pass as the range of flavours here are quite unique and complex. A beer I can hand on heart say Iím 100% glad I finally retried, despite my opinions being coloured by a less than impressive initial introduction some time ago.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (173) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorSA (173) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottled. Very dark brown pour with a dark brown-orange head, very thick. The aroma is very smoky, with a sweet malty note. The taste is very sweet to start, not very full bodied but smooth. The finish is very malty and light notes of smokey tar. Overall a rich stout, very complex and smokey.

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 wouldnít 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, itís that the finish is a little watery. But all around, itís a fantastic brew.

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

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.


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