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


on tap

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RATINGS: 949   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3553) - 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 (1230) - 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 (5361) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2007
500 ml bottle batch 73 from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a large two finger thick tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate, and esters. Flavor is roasted malt, chocalte, coffee, and light esters. Palate is very dry with a lingering roasted aftertatse. Medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4720) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
(Batch #74) Appearance: Pours a black body with garnet-hued edges and an immense, tan-colored head. Smell: An aroma truly immersed in dark, roasted malts. Strong notes of everything from French Roast coffee to unsweetened chocolate to leather to anise to the smokey, scorched remains of a burnt down wooden structure. Pushing my nose past all that, there’s even a handful of blueberries in there. Taste: A rich, hearty bittersweet chocolate flavor starts things off, followed by dark roasted coffee. The moderate sweetness is always kept in check by the soul-crushing roastiness. Mellow blueberry fruitiness. A burnt, ashen quality begins the build. Herbaceous hops, along with anise, tobacco, and a teaspoon of grappa lurk in the long, lingering finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Sharply carbonated. Drinkability: An impressive, very well-crafted beer that’s sure to please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
500 ml bottle: jet black with a huge head. straight coffee and dark chocolate nose. low carbonation despite the vigorous head but still quite thick. strong coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. the 9% is well hidden. awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2543) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Will pour a five+ finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Total black color. Light medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Semi-sweet chocolate nose. Flavor is a sweet biting chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Wheat is hidden but there is a lot of yeast left in bottle. $8.40 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7056) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle 500 ml
Appearance :Dark brown going into black, large, creamy off brown top.
Nose :Sweet malts with hint of roast and smoke, high hops on top.
Flavour/Palate : Medium bodied. Roasty character mixed with ales carbonation and coco beans. Medium drying alcohol. Satisfying.

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