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

bottled
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RATINGS: 971   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 lets 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 dont really feel like I get here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (7039) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle 0,5 l at Troms lfestival 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
A wheat stout. An Imperial wheat stout. An Imparial wheat stout from Norway. You have my attention. And it didnt disappoint. Dark brown/black body under a thick and rich creamy tan head. Italian roast coffee, swiss baking cocoa, fennel, a wisp of smoke. The flavor was rich and robust, with the coffee and chocolate laced with alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8987) - 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!!!


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