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

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RATINGS: 954   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Pours as dark a black as any beer I have seen. Dark fizzy tan head that takes forever to dissipate. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee. The flavor was a bit harsh. The stout flavors came roaring out at you, with chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malts. Not a very smooth finish, but a very full flavored beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
16.9oz bottle. Pours thick totally dark in the glass with a big foamy brown head, light retention with not a ton of lacing. Nose has a lot of wheat flour, along with some meaty smoke and coffee. Flavor is packed with rich chocolate malt, licorice, and roastiness. Somewhat acidic, too. Hops are present but not particularly strong. A tasty stout, and the big wheat component keeps things interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle 500ml batch 290 at home. Pours black with thick, frothy dark tan, lasting head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast. Taste is very light sweet, light to medium bitter. Full body, oily, lively carbonation. Lasting bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2008
(from notes) Not sure about the "wheat" part of this one- comes off as a typical, albiet good, imperial stout, with the use of wheat as a main grain having little impact. Appearance is thick and black, typical Imp. stout. Aromas shows off burnt bitterness, some bitter choc. and coffee. Flavors of heavy roasted malts, sharp coffee and cocoa. Faint grainy breadiness... from the wheat? Good. Nothing as unique as the descrip would have one think, though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redtechnj (296) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a midnight black with a thick,dark tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a sweet burnt chocolae taste. Has a acidic, sour after taste. Not a beer that I would recomend or get again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AaronTDubs (295) - - DEC 11, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Dark amber-brown...good head. Intense aroma of fruity esters, baked dark bread, chocolate, and nail polish remover. Very bitter. Outweigh sweetness by quite a bit. Long phenolic bite, hay, licorice, char. A bit too bitter. I wish the taste was a wonderful as the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle: Pours black with a nice big off white head. Flavor is light on the palate at first but creamy and milky after it warms and you slosh it around in your mouth for a sec. Flavor is malty and roasty and average as far as imperial stouts go, the wheat adds a freshness and soft creamyness which is the only thing that moves this beyond average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Black with a huge brown head. Aroma-dark wheat, yeast, cola. Taste-roasted wheat, burnt sugar, hint of chocolate. Full bodied and tangy, roasty. Slight sweetness. Finishes on the dry side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
Very nice dark stout, with light brown head, and flavour of chocolate and drak roasted malt

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kokkenrolv (275) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 5, 2016
Bottle, batch #943. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa, hints of ash, dark caramel. Black, nice light brown head. Medium sweetness, light to medium bitterness, taste is bitter chocolate, port, dark plums, some roasted notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, long sweet finish with increasing bitterness. Very nice and complex.


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