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

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RATINGS: 890   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.


winkle's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, - DEC 23, 2011
Robust stout aromas of toast, malt, coffee and chocolate with some alcohol out back. Poured a deep black with a lasting tan head with good lacing. Flavours are a smooth sweet blend of coffee, chocolate and wheat malt. Alcohol is well hidden but there if you look for it. Really good smooth heady stuff. The barman asked me if I liked it and I answered "I love it and want to marry it".


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at SIB07. One of the winners of the afternoon. Thick hints of licorice, roast, and grains on the nose. Similar in flavor with more burnt than roast, molasses, grains, and a singe of booze on the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StoutHead (635) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours completely black with a fine one-finger light-brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malts and coffee, darker fruits, burnt sugar, licorice, spices and hops. Short, dry and very roasted aftertaste. It’s got something tart in it too, which I don’t like. Full body and average carbonation. Not bad but I don’t really think it works super well. Drinkable though.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured thick and black with a trace tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was malty and sweet with wood, dark fruits, anise, chocolate and a boozy presence that worked well. The aroma was amazingly malty with biscuit, wood, marshmallow, chocolate. anise, cream, candied dark fruits and roasty coffee beans. Marvelously rich and complex. Long finish with lingering marshmallow, cream, chocolate, anise, candied dark fruits and booziness. Full bodied. Outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a resilient dark beige head. Aroma is roast, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Finish is smokey, roasty, dark coffee and lactose. Lingering coffee and smoke. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Majek (333) - Ząbki, POLAND - AUG 18, 2014
Black, with minimal and very fast diminishing head. After few seconds withuo any cover. Very feint aroma of grain and coffee. Nothing more. Taste is also dissapointing, watery, with minmal roasted malts and coffee. Strong alcohol aftertaste. Very high carbonation. IMO, somehting went wrong. One of the worst RIS I’ve tried.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2407) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2014
Cellar temperature and into a chalice. Black as midnight, well conditioned with very fine, very minute carbonation. Two inches of initial tannish foam depletes to a thin spread. Huge, pungent waft released is reminiscent of a used ashtray, chocolate liquer, bitter, spent coffee beans, black strap, tar and rich red timber, and just a hint of kecap manis. All is almost lost once it hits the palate. It is full bodied, viscous and oily with a bitter/sweet mixture that works well. The complex nose now simplified and then amplified. It is tarrish with plenty of molasses and leathery, earthy notes. Long, rich and gammy burnt sugar and cola soda finish. The wheat offers little but it does have a burnt toast flavour in the linger. Not what I expected and a little boring to be honest. Not Haandbryggeriet’s best by far. (50cL, Batch 671, BB 21/10/16, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Draft at HOTB. Aroma is complex- cocoa and chocolate milkshake notes with malty toffee and some dark fruits, milk. Very creamy. Medium heavy body. Big roasted malt notes with chocolate. Very nice. Reminds me of expedition stout, but lighter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Aroma is dark grainy with a hint of plum or grape. The taste is cocoa and sweet slightly sour fruit. Finish is dry with a slight mixture of bitter, fruit and sweet mixed in. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sirsledz (13) - POLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Black beer with bronze head. Huge carbonization, I think it’s too much for Imperial Stout. In aroma some champagne tones, chocolate and that’s all. Poor aroma. Taste is also faint. I feel like drinking cheap champagne-type wine, very dry, sour, maybe it’s infected?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Foffern (1214) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle at home. 3 year old. The colour is pitch black and has a light brown, huge head. Coffee in the aroma along with smoke, dark chocolate, campfire, forest floor and brownies. The flavour follows up but has more rostedness, coffee and burned wood. Has a slick and rich mouth feel, and a light to medium bitterness. A fantastic complex and compact flavour in this imperial stout. Balanced and with a nice smokey touch.


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