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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 íHandí brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2013
Dark as night, with a big creamy head that lasts forever. Coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste of sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Coffee in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Pitch black beer with fluffy brown head. Aroma of cocoa and blackberry. Oily and smooth on the palate. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor with notes of cream and strawberry. Hops kick in on the end.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bomber. pours a deep brown, and slightly amber on the rims. There is a medium brown head. The aroma is lacking, slight notes of nutty malts and toffee. The taste is pretty balanced like a parter, and the palate is thinner for a impy stout, it may be the wheat factor ? Overall, it is a nice flavorful stout, but it may not match up to others in this category. Nice flavor and palate for a porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2007
pours heavy black with a tan frothy head. big roasted aromas of coffee and some toasted sweet/bitter candy. flavor was dark and smoky. eases up a bit as it warms. some bitter chocolate flavor throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Wonderful beer, especially for a pretty random, unique style. Pours a deep rich black with a thick, lasting brown head. First taste was a wonderful introduction of my tastebuds to coffee and chocolate notes. Not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts that Iíve had, but defitnitely a unique flavor. I really enjoyed this. I live in Boston and picked it up at Caponeís outside of Philadelphia this past weekend - I wish that this one was more readily available to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Batch 75. Black with rocky, tan (almost brown) head. Good lacing. Sweet aroma with a hint of roastiness. Some raisins. Taste is moderate roasted malt. Bitterness. Good mouth feel. More of a strong porter. Not strong enough to be an imperial stout. Good, though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fobar (241) - SÝgne, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours delicate black with rusty- dark red head. Taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Sweet bitter with a lasting, roasty aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
Oily, sweet, sticky, wheaty with some licorice and black cherries. Worth to share with some friends.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abstractbeer (239) - NORWAY - MAY 13, 2010
Pours 75% brown head, 25% black liquid. My glass is too small. Itís as black as e.g. Mikkeller BeerGeekBreakfast. And the head is a beautiful, frothy brown thing. Smells like heaven - chocolate coffee stout heaven!
Aroma also starts with chocolate, coffee and a hint of alcohol (hey, itís 9%!). Thatís followed by fruity edges with some nutty spikes, inside a roasted, full body. Extremely pleasant!
After the head settles, viewed from the side it looks like a beehive. Thatís damn sexy! Dude, this beer is good!! What a beautiful head! (I wish this beer could give head!)
Definitely a fantastic beer. Pairing it with my cheesy love of parmesan works really well too, bringing out some more bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2010
500 mL bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a fairly dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Nose is roasted chocolate and dark fruits. The wheat is evident in a way that is difficult to describe. Tastes sweet, coffee, earthy, lots of roasted malts. Some lightness from the wheat, and the alcohol does come through a bit. Finish is slightly sweet with a burnt coffee taste. All in all a good but not outstanding imperial stout.


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