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

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RATINGS: 975   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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2.7
Snegurochka (395) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2009
Dark brown. Head like chocolate mousse. Rich aroma of freshly-ground coffee, malt and wheat, this impression is mirrored in the flavour: the hint of toffee balance the noticeable taste of coffee somewhat. (Thanks to Rune for sharing a bottle at a beer session in Tromsø 02.apr.09)

3.6
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black, very nice, frothy tan head. Very subdued roasted malt and a touch of chocolate in the aroma. Nice creamy chocoalte notes, a touch of roasted coffee and malt dominate the flavor profile, touch of tar and resin in the finish.

3.6
brucebruce81 (391) - GUAM - SEP 12, 2009
This beer poured a good head for the small taster I had it was wheattasting mixed with chocolatte and coffee

3.8
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle into red wine glass. Pours impenetrable black with a thin brown ring of bubbles. Almost nothing in the way of a head. Nose has lots of dark chocolate, some boozey alcohol floating around, cherries, a bit of licorice. A nutty, roasty quality underneath. Rich nose. Taste starts off with a big dose of slightly roasty chocolate and some boozey alcohol, with some cherries sitting underneath. Bit of soy-like burnt roast comes through, an herbal character, and with the finish comes the tangy wheat note, poking through the lingering dark roast. Not necessarily unpleasant, just unexpected. All the classic Imperial Stout characteristics, alongside just enough oddball reminders to let you know yeah, this is still a wheat beer. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, chewy, with a smooth, very under-stated carbonation.

4.1
odgaard (382) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2009
Bottle. Black with a large disappearing brown head. Aroma: Liquorice, raisin, chocolate, wheat, yeast. Taste: roasted but very smooth, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a warming note of alc. Really good beer.

3.8
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is a little bit odd - a lot of the standard imperial stout notes - chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, but also hints of compost . Strange. Very nice flavor: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a hint of booze. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.8
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 29, 2009
pours jet black with no real head. aroma is sweet malt, soy, coffee, dark fruits, bitter chocolate. drinks slightly sweet up front with burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, soy, and smoke. definatly different but pretty damn good.

4.2
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep dark black, with a cola like head that diminishes quickly. Whats left sticks around though, bubbles keep rising throughout. Aroma is of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is wonderful, with some clean dark bitterness (dark malt and hops) coming through at the end. Best part of this beer is the way it feels on the tongue...it goes down so silky smooth. Overall, a great beer that I will revisit. Perfect to cap off a cool fall night with a chunk of sharp cheddar.

4
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 15, 2008
Very deep black with a huge dark brown head...I had to give this one a 4-5 stage pour just to let the head settle. Rummy smell of raisins on the nose and a little bit of coffee in the flavour. This is a very interesting stout that really isn’t as "extreme" as the name implies...but more of a focused, balanced and mature brewing effort. Goes down very very smooth and the drinkability factor is high, so with an ABV of 9% you’ll have to watch out! According to the label, these guys brew on their spare time in small batches, which I predict will be changing soon once people start getting their hands on this wonderful stuff.

4.2
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2009
50 cl bottle. Pours deep black with a medium brown head. Aroma og strong coffe, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is a complex combination of the above and its smooth to drink and very enjoyable with some though mature cheeses.


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