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

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RATINGS: 962   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.

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4.1
nearbeer (5461) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 500 ml; batch 93, brewed Sep 07. Opaque chocolate with a humongous, nitrogen-like head. Aroma is mostly wheat, some charred wood and brown-sugar-molasses. Initial tastes of slight bubblegum-wheat are quickly overtaken by raisin and blackstrap molasses with slight alcohol. Midway through, some char and metallic-acidic herb kick in. Long finish of earthy, green wood smoke. Creamy body is medium-heavy and just watery enough to be highly drinkable.

3.7
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale. Very dark brown beer, with a massive thick tan head. Very sticky lacing. Aroma is loaded with oak and charred grain. Salty, licorice flavour with more heavy char. Dark roasted espresso, molasses and a lingering roastiness. Fairly prominent bitterness. Unusual brew, but it works pretty well.

2.9
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle at Travis’ (El_Duderino) Bday party. Pours with a black body topped by a thick, tan head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and smokey wiht a little malt and some chocoalte. Medium to full bodied and smooth.

3.7
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
My Bottom Line:
A soothing malt vortex languidly reels you in with its intertwining dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, blackberry jam and molasses, until you are released to a polite green hop, roasted malt and wheaty finale. This is an Imperial Stout in which complexity and drinkability coalesce.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Towering foam slowly recedes into the black hole.
-Its big bubbles might be overbearing early on, but if you let the beer breathe its mouthfeel becomes easily manageable.
-The rich cereals provide a huggable body.
-The aroma is not quite as seductive as the flavor profile.
-That meshed-in fruitiness is truly appetizing throughout.

Bottled in May ’07.

4
faroeviking (10988) - Citizen above universe pendejo, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle bought in Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Batch # 60. Brewed in Dec. 06. Pours a pitch black colour with a very nice sticky creamy dark brown stady head leaving a very good lacing. Lovely aroma of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits and cocoa. Very good thick mouthfeel. The flavour has a very nice roasty maltiness, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, nice bitter hoppiness and wheat. Roasty bitter dry long lasting finish. Imperial Wheat Stout... well darn nice indeed!

2.9
stouby (4674) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottel at home. Smoke over everything else. Don’t like it! ------ at No. 5. Black with a large brown head. Aroma heavy malty (licorice, roasted, burnt) and hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet and bitter. Full body, creamy, the alcohol is felt. Rated 7-4-7-4-14, result 3,6.

4
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Apparently the boys tried this one at Bierkraft in Brooklyn and there was much diversity in opinions and descriptions of flavor. So let’s see what happens here. Pours pitch black of course with a darker tan head. Nose is dusty. Nice thick malts. Flavor is smoky. Minor bitter edge. Very meaty. Extremely robust. Lasting flavor and a lasting aftertaste. Smooth liquid feel with a thick body. Good level of carbonation. Overall very drinkable. But for the price? Absolutely not. For what I paid for this, I better be getting some serious character, which I don’t really feel like I get here.

3.9
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle, batch #75. Very dark black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted / burnt chocolate malt and coffee. Smooth and milky mouthfeel. Flavor of sweet chocolate, some roasted coffee, brown sugar. Slightly crisp / dry finish.

3.2
Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle 0,5 l at Tromsø Ølfestival 15 Aug 07. Black as coal. A brown creamy head. Strong aroma of fruit and malt. Heavy flavor dominated by fruit and berries. Dry aftertaste.

3.5
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2008
black body with brown head..aroma of dark roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate...very much charred...very dark, rich flavor that is pure cocoa in the mouth..extremely dry as well..,very nice indeed, but a tad one-dimensional


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