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

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RATINGS: 966   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle. Rich ruby black beer with a nice dark tan head. Chocolate, caramel, wheat aroma. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, wheat flavor. Rich and full bodied. Yeasty, earthiness lingers with lots of chocolate and roast. Alcohol noticable. Takes a chance and succeeds in something a bit different.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle batch #73. Aroma from first pour was metalic and watery not much there. Second pour from bottle the barley and sweet malt aroms were present odd. Black body with tan head and good lacing. Sweet roasted malts but the creamy chocolate candy flavor was great. Some carbination noticable and had a mild dry aftertaste. Smooth enjoyable stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Poured black with a thick, creamy brown head. Aroma is roasty malts and barley. Flavor is rich and creamy. Roasty malys, chocolate and coffee with a rich roasty finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Yummy!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2008
This stout is one of the best Ive had. I expected less body from a wheat Stout but was pleasently surprised. Pours a black as night brew with a nice tan head that remains throughout the whole beer ( this one was one to savor, not gulp!). The mouthfeel was very nice and filling. Nice dark malty overtones with a slight bittering on the back end. It may have been too cold when I started, but got better as the afternoon passed. Definately one to keep on hand in the beer fridge for a special occasion!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Number 301, another beer from our friends in Denmark. Poured extremely black, somewhat syrupy. Formed dark brown foamy head. Aroma of liquorice, malts, some burnt coffeed chocolates with a dank candied sweetness. Flavour is a smooth IS, chocolates come through, somewhat silky with a slight coffee character. A bit tart in the end that gives this beer a unique character. Other IS better watch out, this may be a big hitter soon! Good job from our friends in Norway, excellent!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with a rich light brown head. Smoked malts and licorice aroma with some fruity notes. Tastes smokey and sweet, with coffee notes. Not to mention chocolate. Soft as velvet. Looks dark and dramatic, but soft and with a cheeky spirit, Norwegian at its best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 500ml from Sams, Durham. Mike at Sams made an excellent joke when calling this Norwegian black metal beer. I reckon thats about right. Dank inky pour with mild carbonation and a decent head (gobs of yeast sitting atop like fjords). Dense and smoky, with some notable funk tartness from the yeast, gives this one a lot of character beyond the usual impy stouts. The price makes it just a bit of a reach, but its very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle pours black brown with a milk chocolate head that peals away in lace. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and yeast? The flavor has a dark sweetness followed by a dry quick finish - nothing lingers. Perhaps some lactic notes played in the middle. Not sure where to go with this. Thinking it needs to warm... Clove note here and there. Finding the wheat somewhere in the roasted base. As it warms I can taste more of the wheatiness. OK, this is a wheat beer, lets just agitate the yeast and pour the rest in the glass... Yes, more clove. Im seeing it. This is all making sense to me now. She has opened herself to me and exposed her inner being. She is beautiful. She sings and dances in my mind and leaves me wishing for a younger and more single age. She is dark, smooth, carries herself so well, and knows she is top notch. There is nothing better than attitude.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
1pt 9fl oz bottle from West Lake View Liquors. Batch no 73, brewed April 07. Pours a dark black with a thick brown soapy head that laces down in patches. Im surprised by this nose. Really smokey when it first pours but that dissipates to the bakers chocolate, roast, and nutty malts. A slight sweetness comes out as it warms. Medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation. But the flavor doesnt last long. Burnt malts. Charred. Bakers chocolate. Chocolate malt shake. Finishing bitter and roasty. The alcohol warmth also comes through as it warms. The bitterness lasts awhile and begins to taste old and stale. But overall a pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Bottle.

A fascinating beer, against the usual grain in many ways. First of all it pours with a big beautiful cafe-mocha head bubbling up in my snifter - unexpected. Second, the dominant notes in the aroma are blueberrries and smoke. Some bakers chocolate in there, some cigarette ash, other berries, cut pears. Third, the mouthfeel. Thin. Surprisingly thin for the style and ABV, but actually kinda nice to sip on. The flavors are maybe not quite as surprising give the aroma, but this too is unusual. The smoke is particularly prominent (as with Norwegian wood, but of course less so). Nice juicy blackberry notes, again some dark berry-like chocolate with the pleasing bright acidity of say a Kenyan coffee. Yeah, I pick up a little bit cigarette ash in the flavor as well, but its subtle enough and covered in enough berry-juice sweetness not to put me off. (Very different from the super-dry Peche Mortel that couldnt cover these notes).

Its maybe not perfect, but its a heck of an interesting beer. Huge points for being out of the ordinary and yet enjoyable to drink. On the downside, Ive got to admit that I started to fatigue on the second glass. Not a good sign where drinkability is concerned.


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