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


on tap

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RATINGS: 959   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 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 (13248) - 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 (2470) - 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 (1902) - 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 (8640) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Dark black, opaque pour with a huge head of fizzy tan. Grassy hop aroma with notes of dark chocolate and some faint, leathery tobacco notes. Medium bodied, shimmering carbonation with a soft mouthfeel. Lots of grassy hops and mild coffee up front on the palate, accompanied by a milky wheat creaminess. The flavor intensity builds linearly to the finish, transitioning cleanly from the vanilla nougat wheat characters into a lingering roasty, bitter hop finish. An interesting idea that should be repeated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2007
This stuff is out of control, and not necessarily in a good way. Boozy and wheaty and gnarly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Another thanks to oh6gdx for this one. Unfortunately, it really wasn’t up to par and someone who I was sharing this with had suggested a possible infection. Perhaps. Overall it wasn’t very good. Nose was lacticy sour, a touch ashy, raisins and sweet malts. Appearance was beautiful, with a huge eruptive dark tan head underneath a solid black body. Flavors had a helping of malt astringency, ashes, dark fruits and a touch metallic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Hugely dark, black body with a light freckling of a frothy tan head (poured rather carefully). Expressive nose, the wheat components come across unexpectedly forcefully. Great combination of spices, fruits, dark roast and chocolate. I’m thinking: chocolate covered bananas, coffee and clove cigarettes. Underneath, caramel and toast--some black cherries too. Not as overly sweet as some imperial stouts get; it has a pleasant light dryness that keeps it almost, dare I say, refreshing? The chocolate aromas and flavours really step up with some warmth. Tangy acidity throughout like expected from a wheat beer. In a way, I’m reminded of Fantôme Chocolat and that wonderful spicy/sweet combination. Some hops start to stand out as the beer comes to room temperature--earthy and spicy. Medium to full bodied with a soft, velvety texture all lightened by lively carbonation. Interesting, fun, different...thanks J. 50cl bottle, goblet, brewed sep. 07.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

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