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


on tap

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RATINGS: 924   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2007
Bottled. Aroma has coffee, some dark fruits and coffee. Black coloured with a medium brown head. Taste is sweet, chocolate bitter, some dark fruits, some roast, some vanilla. Creamy texture. Nice balance. Decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle: The aroma consists of dusty fruit with some faint chocolate, alcohol, and faint roasted malt. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate brown head with decent retention. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and roasted malt. The finish has sort of a brunt grain flavor with some light piney bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle. Matte black pour with a thick almost lumpy dark tan cream head. The aroma is a little to alcoholic but I can also smell some chocolate and even detect the harshness of the wheat character. The flavor is actually kinda nice - the wheat character blends with the chocolate well. The body has a bit of harshness but not overwhelming. Very interesting concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3011) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a modest, creamy tan head. Light lacing. Nose is mild with roasty malt and coffee. Tastes roasty with coffee, just like the aroma. No real sweetness here, but the wheat mellows it out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle: Dark black color, light tan head and a touch of lacing. The nose is astringent with some licorice, sharp coffee grounds and some strong alcohol. Earthy strong roast and alcohol, extreme! The flavor is sharp and bitter, decent body though. I like the sharpness and finish. Extreme! Thanks Jake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle pours a black with huge dark tan head. Dark roasted chared smokey aroma. Dark roasted flavor with some molassas. Not much residual sweetness. Slightly thin but soft smooth feel. Soft carbonation after most of it came out in a gentle pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1143) - USA - OCT 9, 2007
Black color with a dark tan head. Slight roasted aroma. Flavor is roasted with a hop backbone. The wheat isn’t too apparent within the strong imperial stout flavors. Alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. Overall, a strong imperial stout, but not one of the best and not as unique as the deScription would lead one to believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
500 mL bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a mountainous tan-colored head that lasts quite a long time. Aroma has some of the same elements as a traditional wheat beer... I wouldn’t have recognized the smell as wheat, but given the similarities that must be what it is. Also has aromas of malt, dark fruit, chocolate, wood, and (light) smoke. Complex. Flavor is big dark chocolate with a lingering coffee/hop bitterness. Not as unique as you would expect from the aroma, but tasty. If there is anything bad to say about this beer, it’s that the finish is a little watery. But all around, it’s a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle via miketd. Dark, pitch black color. Smell of coffee, pine, chocolate, hops, caramel, malt, berries, smoke and bread. Taste of roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, pine, grass, malt, light caramel, smoke, hops and dark fruit. More roasted coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Decent stout but not that full of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha micro head subsides to skim surface with no lacing. Alcohol, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Tingly sour cherry with a lasting bitter chocolate and espresso finish.

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