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

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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 íHandí brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle: Black with dark brown edges, moderate to large frothy brown head, spotty lacing. † Wheaty nose, mildly roasted, a little sour and lactic. † Somewhat of an odd combination. † Sweet roasted wheat malt on the tongue. † Heavy roasted malts linger. † Not biting like many stouts, and in fact seems somewhat weird in that the nose is somewhat wheaty. † Comes across as a very hefty Dunkelweizen, moreso on the stout side. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. † The wheaty aspect isnít big enough to carry it tho. † Defintely dominated by the stout aspect. † Body and mouthfeel are average, or at least certainly not heavy like some wheat beers. † As a "Double Imperial Wheat Stout" I find that its more certainly on the stout side, with a good bitter hop dose.   Strong roasted malt characteristics linger well after the finish. † Slight hints of cocoa and coffee bean. † Unique beer in that the aroma suggest a Dunkleweizen of sorts, but it comes across as quite the stout. † Not terribly heavy, but not as wheaty as you would think based on the nose. † Different, but certainly enjoyable.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2963) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle, best before April 2010."Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout," eh? We shall see. . . Pours thick black with a very nice dark tan head. This brownish head lasts and lasts. Lacing is dense on the snifter and cascades are evident in layers after a swirl. The nose is acrid with pungent nutshell bitterness, hints of pine, and sweeter undertones like crema of espresso and oddly, root beer. I really enjoy hopped up stouts, but the aroma does display some level of disharmony. Not bad, just not the most graceful example. The flavor is heavily bittersweet and drying, and more graceful. The mouthfeel is nicely dense with flavors of walnuts, espresso, hickory, and a dash of chalk. I get just a bit of cheap rum far off in the finish. This is not a sweet beer, but the bitter, drying qualities are a little off-kilter. There is a definite weird astringent quality about this one. I canít tell exactly how the wheat comes in to play, I never would have known where it not for the label. Anyway, this is a nice bold beer that is only held back by this strange charred, citric quality. I am trying to find a wording that doesnít make that sound appealing. . .

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10891) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 500ml bottle , Batch#83, brewed Jul07, BB Jul11, 8.5%. (6:5:8:3:13=3.5)
Jet black, and with an espresso head. Rich roasty smell, some hops, maybe ginger, but not enough to be sure. Funny impression of "tang" or orange squash concentrate. Pleasantly carbonated, creamy feel in the mouth. Astringently burnt taste, bitter burnt finish. Also does taste of orange squash concentrate. Hides the alcohol quite well. A little bit one-trick, but not unpleasant. Maybe I had mine too young?
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) - batch#95 Sep07, BBSep11 (7:5:7+:4:15=3.8)
Woh, this has aged pretty well. Looks as good as ever, black and the espresso head. Thought it might be too fizzy and disappear, but it did survive. The aromaís beatifully richly roasted, burnt even. Some dustiness, but not in a way that detracts at all - but itís quite "close" in the nose. Palate has improved massively, so smooth, and well rounded. However, thereís a tingle of carbonation there too. The extreme burntness is still there, but itís not astringent any more. The orange squash has gone, I did look for it, and instead thereís a strange cooling minty feeling to this. Quite sticky after swallowing - coats the lips rather, but in a dry way rather than a sugary way. Some signs of aging in the finish too, the malty body has just started to get a bit dry and dusty. Alas I have to drop the taste to a "very good" 7, rather than its "great" 8. However, itís still ended up .5 higher than it was before. Conclusion - age this mother for 4 years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
50 cl bottle. Black colour with a nice brown head. Aroma of wheat and little roastedness. Very high carbonated. Flavour of chocolate roastedness and with a light bitter ending. Ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Dark brown almost black pourwith small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, malt, roastedness. Flavor similar with the cocoa really stepping up with the chalkiness. Good. Once.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle from SL, batch 73. Pour was deep dark black in color, light tan head in color, very generous in size, though, difficult to pour. The lacing was very good, slouchy spottiness, pretty looking thing. The aroma was bitter dark fruits and chocolate. The flavor made much more of a statement than the aroma, roasted bitter chocolate, dark vinous fruits, raisins, molasses, coffee, burnt notes, faint cocoa in the finish. The bitterness and light astringency kept this from being anything close to a classic, the alcohol was soft in the aroma and flavor but started kicking my mind half way through, a drinkable impy stout, but certainly nothing to impress. Too much long lingering bitterness from the wheat, roast, hops, couldnít tell (probably not hops), just astringently bitter w/ each sip across the entire temperature span I drank this thing at.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Almost black and opague. Coffee and licorice and blackcurrant in the aroma. Creamy, oily bitter flavor with licorice and balckcurrant. Just a bit thin and alcoholic. Powerful stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Dark brown body with a small fizzy tan head. The nose is sweet and fruity with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and lots of plums and raisins. The flavor is moderately sweet with lots of roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, molasseses and prunes. Full sticky body is moderately carbonated with a bitte,r burnt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle 0.5 l. Pretty much opaque brown black, some yeastlike substance on the bottom which requires some bottle turning. Absolutely beautiful nose, even when a bit too cold. Sweet, fresh, candy and fruits, even chocolate milkshake. Very unlike any Iíve experienced before. Flavor is highly roasted, almost espressolike with some smokiness and chocolate, yet quite fresh (wheat?) compared to other imperial stouts. Alcohol nicely hidden. Doesnít feel as thick as it looks. Still absolutely beautiful brew. Really really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours black with a nice mocha head. Roasted malt dominates with some oak and just a bit of farmhouse funk. Taste is dry oak with a bit of oatmeal, hint of dark fruit and a touch of sweet and bitter chocolate at the end. Just a bit too lively on the mouthfeel for me. If the carbonation was taken down a notch this would be top notch.


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