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

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RATINGS: 976   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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aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Excellent brew: best of what I had at the Columbus gathering 2007 Christmas tasting. Roasted coffee with pecans and dark chocolate. Smooth warming finish.

3.4
jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Bottled. Pitch black, brown head. Lots of fruit in aroma, of course accompanied by roasted malts and coffee. Fruity flavour as well, obvious malt presence, bitterness. Dry finish. Unusual Imperial Stout. Interesting, but not really my kind.

3.7
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Shared at Columbus Tasting 10. Poured a dark brown, creamy head. Smelled and taste of roasted coffee, nuts and chocolate. Very nice!

3.7
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
bottle......pours dark brown close to black but not really. head is considerable, light brown in nature.....aroma of strong dark fruit and chocolate malt. no roast. yeah a lot of strong alcoholic dark fruit with the other playing a more subservient role.....flavors really bring it up a notch. roastef caramel malt and dark fruit. decent amount of carbonation and a bitter yet tolerable bitter finish. really liked the flavor over the aroma. this one has quite a bit to offer and it def took me for a ride trying to put it all together.

3.9
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Looks awesome. Pours pitch black with a massive, dense, coffee colored head. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. The aroma is dark, smooth and inviting. Notes of chocolate, espresso, and cream of oatmeal blend well with hints of anise, scorched caramel, and dark fruits. The flavor is bold and roasty, with chocolate and espresso again taking top billing. Oatmeal adds tremendous smoothness, and the anise really opens up and shines through a little more than it does on the nose. Creamy, nearly full mouthfeel. Finishes with a long, roasty punch. Pretty straight forward, but very well executed. Solid beer.

3.9
TET (3032) - Kaarina, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Almost black beer with beautiful brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some coffee, liquirice and hint of fruits. Flavour is very roasted. After first taste there are also some sweetness, bitterness and liquirice. Palate is sweet and nice to drink. Maybe there are little too much roasted malts but you can find also some other fine nuancees.

4.5
ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottled(500ml). -in Pingvinen, Bergen. Bottle costs 79 NOK or app. 11€.
Black coloured, big creamy brown head, chocolate liquerice nose. Strong roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate aroma with notes of licorice and juniper. Warming alcoholic finish. Excellent beer.

4.3
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2007
50cl bottle. Deep brown - almost black - with a ridonkulously large, thick brown head that descends rockily but never leaves entirely. Interesting nose, banana, wheat and coffee, some dark chocolate and lightly burnt malt. Kinda strange combo. Very burnt flavor, like burnt popcorn with chocolate or something. A wisp of smoke. Smooth, somewhat soft, medium body. Very dry, bitter chocolate finish. Somehow, this works really well for me, and I have no idea how.

3.8
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
bottle / batch 75 - pours thin and jet black with big brown head that settles down to a nice lasting layer; malt and chocolate aromas mixed in with wheat; flavors of roasted malts and coffee; drinks thin and dry with slight bitter aftertaste

3.8
PorterPounder (7968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Rerate Missing that ashtray flavor to it this time around - much more pronounced aroma. Original 3.6 Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 500 ml. bottle. Black tar pour with an ever present thick khaki colored head that leaves a generous coating of lacing. Aroma is reminiscent of fresh whipping cream, some roasted coffee as it settles some aroma does not match the intensity of the flavor or appearance. Flavor has some smoky notes with some roasted coffee, a bit of potting soil, very bitter dark baker’s chocolate. Finish has a bit of an ashtray essence to it though - very similar to the taste one has in their mouth the day after smoking a cigar. Thickish mouthfeel - but diminished a bit by the ashtray notes. Still an enjoyable beverage however - will look for more of them in my travel.


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