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


on tap

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RATINGS: 951   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light chocolate, a bit of wheat and coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, light dark chocolate, a tinge of smoke. Medium body, roasty with a roasty/bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2729) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Huge roast and coffee aroma. Alot of molasses in the nose too. Lightly plummy. Big grainy roasted flavors, slightly tannic and astringent, near puckering at the back of the tongue in that acrid imperial stout way. Tannins keep the sweetness in check. Lingering dark roast coffee in the finish. Perhaps some hints of bitter chocolate but there so much roast in here its hard to say what else. Full palate but not chewy, with a warming finish. Near black, opaque with a thin brown head. Neat and I suppose unique, but not a truly great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2540) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Black pour, moderate head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, darker fruits, fairly vinous. Medium to heavy body, fairly sweet but not overly so. Enjoyable but lacks a wow factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Excellent brew: best of what I had at the Columbus gathering 2007 Christmas tasting. Roasted coffee with pecans and dark chocolate. Smooth warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2158) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Bottled. Pitch black, brown head. Lots of fruit in aroma, of course accompanied by roasted malts and coffee. Fruity flavour as well, obvious malt presence, bitterness. Dry finish. Unusual Imperial Stout. Interesting, but not really my kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Shared at Columbus Tasting 10. Poured a dark brown, creamy head. Smelled and taste of roasted coffee, nuts and chocolate. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
bottle......pours dark brown close to black but not really. head is considerable, light brown in nature.....aroma of strong dark fruit and chocolate malt. no roast. yeah a lot of strong alcoholic dark fruit with the other playing a more subservient role.....flavors really bring it up a notch. roastef caramel malt and dark fruit. decent amount of carbonation and a bitter yet tolerable bitter finish. really liked the flavor over the aroma. this one has quite a bit to offer and it def took me for a ride trying to put it all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Looks awesome. Pours pitch black with a massive, dense, coffee colored head. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. The aroma is dark, smooth and inviting. Notes of chocolate, espresso, and cream of oatmeal blend well with hints of anise, scorched caramel, and dark fruits. The flavor is bold and roasty, with chocolate and espresso again taking top billing. Oatmeal adds tremendous smoothness, and the anise really opens up and shines through a little more than it does on the nose. Creamy, nearly full mouthfeel. Finishes with a long, roasty punch. Pretty straight forward, but very well executed. Solid beer.

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