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


on tap

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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
"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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Poured black color with a very large tan head. Wheat and roasted malt aroma. Notes of chocolate with some light smoke. Wheaty citrus notes. Roasted with a bitter finish over the wheat citrus. light-medium body. Actually a thin finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Big head that takes a while to dissolve. Gorgeous color of black with tan topping. Big chocolate aromatic hints of wheat and malt. Sort of a spicy swallow that lingers a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 batch #73 bottle from ucusty! pours black with a cappuccino colored head that never completely disappears. what a strange aroma!.. wheaty, chocolate, bitter roasty malts and dark raisins. flavor is super roasted astringent malt, chocolate, charcoal and some light coffee notes with the alcohol coming in as it warms. bittersweet acidic finish leads to a strange floral aftertaste which, i assume, is the wheat. medium mouth feel and carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

batch #75 dark pour with a soft foamy tan head. weird though not unpleasant sour aroma with notes of dusty wheat, chocolate and molasses. there is a boozy burn in the nose which doesn’t show up on the tongue. the palate is a bit too sweet for my liking though it does have an odd cleansing tartness and alcohol drying qualities on the finish. flavors of molasses, burnt black raisins, dates, lactose and dust. the body is medium but has a lighter feeling to it somehow. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle labeled batch 73, brewed on Apr ’07 and best before Apr ’10. Poured a dark black color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, light coffee, and burnt malts. Tastes of chocolate, roast, coffee, and some dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 31, 2007
Batch # 75, best before May 2010. Poured out dark as night, with a huge mocha colored head. Aromas are of burnt roasted malt, with a charcoal background. Flavors are strange, with a burnt wheat quality to it. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Deep, opaque charcoal-brown body, medium, tight ochre head with the clumping characteristic common to wheat beers. Big, bold roasted to charred malt nose, licorice, and coffee. Charred malt body, with coffee notes, a touch of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and tangy wheat. Very bitter, long, chalky finish. Reminds me a bit of Nogne O Imperial Stout. Brash and well-done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2007
500 ml bottle poured a clear deep black with red highlights and a large lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of mocha. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of mocha, carmel, vanilla and chocolate milk with a smooth dry warming lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark with tan head. Dry roasty flavours and some sweetness from the bready malts. Fairly dry and light bodied for an imperial stout which is good in a way as I dont like the sweet syrupy beers so much but lacks the depth or intensity of flavour that some stronger beers have. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a blackish brown with a huge tan head. I was a little sloppy with my pour and had to walk away for a few minutes. The usual Impy Stout flavors here. Roasted malt, molasses, caramel & dry bakers chocolate. Didn’t notice any difference in being a wheat stout. Mouthfeel was a little dry for an Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
[731-20071001] 1pt0.9floz (w/ jerc, Radek Kliber, tupalev). Alcoholic dark roasted raisin malt aroma with a very light chocolate background. Thick black brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted coffee malt flavour has light bandaid wheat notes. Medium-full body has a bitter almost sour finish. Strange sour qualities ruins the finish.

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