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

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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 ’Hand’ brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle @ Hop Devil Grill, NYC shared with my buddy Eric. Batch 74. Pours black with a 1 finger light brown head. The nose is sweet and malty with a weird almost lactose nose. Tasty notes of coffee smoke and roasty malts. The fact that it is a wheat impy makes it strange but its not terrible.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2007
The aroma is strikingly funky. Funky: something unusual and unexpected in the aroma, that I can’t really put my finger on. There is a woodiness, which my friend points out is actually a wheatiness. I think there’s a dankness, mustiness too. But it is an interesing touch for an IS. Anyway, the flavor has some cocoa, some coffee maybe. It is quite roasty. The alchol is evident and even burns a bit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Opaque pour, with a well-retained, frothy tan head - the aroma is immediately interesting - the wheat malt is very apparent, imparting an earthy, grainy, almost musty quality to the aroma - the expected chocolate and coffee smells are there, but the wheat mixes things up, almost giving the beer a weizenbock character - the flavor is very weizenbock - caramel and toffee and that wheat earthy tartness are quite strong - espresso bitterness, bakers chocolate and a flaked oat slickness let you know this is a stout, though - very creamy and flavorful, and the wheat works quite well (I expected otherwise).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Wonderful beer, especially for a pretty random, unique style. Pours a deep rich black with a thick, lasting brown head. First taste was a wonderful introduction of my tastebuds to coffee and chocolate notes. Not as heavy as other Imperial Stouts that I’ve had, but defitnitely a unique flavor. I really enjoyed this. I live in Boston and picked it up at Capone’s outside of Philadelphia this past weekend - I wish that this one was more readily available to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2007
The aroma has mild dusty/grassy notes that detract from the lesser dark fruit and chocolate notes. The body is solid black and holds a lasting finger sized mocha head. Sweet dark fruit, burnt grains and coffee, black licorice, milk and dark chocolate and blueberries. I can’t really pick out the wheat, but then my palate is kind of shitty so there is that. On the whole it’s a good beer that just fails to completely grab me and doesn’t help itself by being fairly thin for the style, in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KM (327) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle. Black body. A huge pale brown head, which actually increased in size the first ten minutes and made it hard to reach down to the beer itself. Nice sweet coffee aroma, very balanced. Very fine flavour of sweet coffe and a tad of chocolate. A bit fruity too. Not too heavy Can’t t feel the alcohol. Dry and sweet finish. (Tromsø beer festival, 15.08.07)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2444) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Nice, large choco brown head, retention is good with minimal lacing. Black bodied with some brown edging. Nose is light, chocolate, licorice, berries and a hint of coffee. Body is med/full, lightly oily and coating. Carbonation seems a bit much but works well with this brew. Roasty flavors backed by chocolate, black patent notes, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Finish is fairly dry, chocolatey and lasting. Nice Impy!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2007
Three 200ml tasters (bottle). Very dark coloured body with a rusty tint. Nice brown-yellow foam. A rather discreet aroma has got a vinously touch with notes of liquorice. The taste starts with a wheaty touch and develops into a climax of dark berries and rounded chocolatly maltiness. Lingering aftertaste with a alcohol finish. Robust, strong and full bodied brew, perhaps with a bit too dominant yeasty touch in the ending (Tromsø Ølfestival, 15.08 and 16.08.2007).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 The body on this beast is a tightly wound black cauldron, topped with a thick, creamy, steadfast beige head. Lacing drapes the sides of the glass like curtains of sea foam. Aromas of wheat malt, as formidable as they are, still can’t compete with the forward lunging ferocity of blasts of roasted malt, flowing from the glass in waves. Chocolate notes follow, as well as burned coffee grounds, dried wood, anise, light caramel and grass. Alcohol is moderately evident. The flavor is an exploration into the previously unknown. Wheat encompasses the dark malts and chocolate flavors so succinctly it seems like a weizenbock was dumped into a stout. Sweetness is medium to medium-high, astringincy is medium, bitterness medium. The parts taste wonderful, of the utmost quality; really the entirety of the beer tastes like it was executed with incredible skill. The sum of these parts just don’t meld together at all and despite my glowing admiration for such obvious quality, it simply isn’t very enjoyable. The finish is wheaty and bittersweet, chocolate, roast and coffee notes lingering a great time after each awkward sip. The mouthfeel is lush and full bodied, with rolling. peppy carbonation. I typically admire the unique. I typically fancy a brave new direction. I typically adore the strange. This wheat-loaded imperial stout just doesn’t mesh with my palate though; these two bold character profiles don’t work, in unison, in any manner. Thus, the scores given for the parts are much more positive than the score given for the beer/experience/enjoyment as a whole. This analysis does solidify one emminent measure, though; a revisit is definitely in my future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009
8/09/2007: Haandbryggeriet Dark Force pours near black and has a foamy brown head. The yeasty chocolate aroma is followed by a smooth chocolate wheat flavor, coffee, and a dry, bittersweet finish. I’ve never heard of or had a "Double/Imperial Wheat Stout" before, but this one was pretty good. Maybe there need to be other beers like this one!

500 mL bottle shared by Tmoney99 at The Party Source. Thanks again Tom! Rating #81 for this beer.
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Batch Nr 73 / Brewed: Apr 07

12/05/2008: Dark Force pours black and is opaque with a large, foamy, brown-colored head. The dry aroma is yeasty with hints of fruit and chocolate. The flavor is sweet in the front with a hint of char/smoke. It finished dry with roasty and coffee-like flavor. This medium-bodied beer is smooth and looks over-carbonated, but doesn’t feel like it is. This is a fairly solid beer overall.

1 pt 9 fl. oz. bottle (9% Alc/Vol; Best Before: Apr 10; 47 31414140).


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