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

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RATINGS: 970   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
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours deep black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet molasses, coffee, astringent, anise, slight dark fruit notes. Flavor has strong caramel notes with hints of dark chocolate, slight caramel, and a nice bit of grain present. The wheat is a nice addition and makes this an above-average imperial stout, but doesn’t carry with it that ’wow’ factor that one looks for.

4
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
Robust stout aromas of toast, malt, coffee and chocolate with some alcohol out back. Poured a deep black with a lasting tan head with good lacing. Flavours are a smooth sweet blend of coffee, chocolate and wheat malt. Alcohol is well hidden but there if you look for it. Really good smooth heady stuff. The barman asked me if I liked it and I answered "I love it and want to marry it".

3.6
anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
In a bottle high alc. Deep rich and flavorful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
1 pt 9 oz bottle. Wanted something to knock back with some chili. This is a tasty Impy Stout. Nice pours with crazy wild tan head. Once it settled down, it had a nice lacing and sticky smooth feel. Chocolate and deep roasted coffee flavors up front with a bit of hoppy bitterness throughout. Creamy finish. Worked perfect.

3.3
BillHick420 (470) - NORWAY - DEC 24, 2011
Pours very thick dark, with a brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee. Very intense coffee aroma on this one, with some sort of unknown smoothness at the end, some lighter malts or yeast perhaps. Don’t know what to make of this. Initially, the coffee aroma is too overwhelming and leaves no other aromas to be noticed much, by me, but there’s is something that draws you attention. Batch 396 Note to self: try again when you get more experienced.

3.9
ogonczyk (465) - Ruda Slaska, POLAND - MAR 17, 2016
aroma: roasted malts, coffee, a hint of banana? appearance: dark, almost black with some ruby reflexes, beige, high head with nice lacing taste: mainly coffee, some dark fruits, bananas again?, palate: low carbonation, soft, quite dry tasty, but weizen notes was barely noticable for me, autosuggestion?

4.1
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark bown color with a thin tan head. Faily thick pouring. Aroma of much roasted malts, some caramel, espresso. Flavor is similar, with the espresso being a little more pronounced and some add’l dark fruit notes. Thick and hearty. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am glad I have a few more bottles of it.

4
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2008
500ml bottle, Batch 90. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep, opaque black/brown with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Fruity aroma with some roasted malt and a little alcohol. Very full bodied with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Plenty of roasted/chocolate malt flavor. Very little hop bitterness. There is bitterness from the roasted malt. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. Warming. Definitely a sipper. At the price, I don’t think it will be a regular. Interesting beer, that RIS fans should try.


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