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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 500 ml. bottle from 2007. This poured out a solid black with a massive mocha brown head that had good durability and left a thick, but spotty, lace. Rather unique aroma with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pepper. Bitter malt flavors predominate, and very little sweetness is noted, and the bitterness lingers, although not objectionably. The medium/full body and carbonation match well with the aroma and flavor, and there is a certain chewiness in the bitter, and mildly astringent, finish. Other that the huge head, I’m not sure what the wheat malt brings to the table here. I think the usual wheat flavors and aromas are just overshadowed by all of the dark malt. Still, it’s an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Jerc and Mabel, shared with them. Nice aroma - strong roast, rich chocolate. Pitch black, great looking small brown bubbly head. Neat carbonated mouthfeel (for the style). Neat roasted sweet taste. Some alcohol present. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2007
500ml bottle batch #73 brewed april 07. Pours dark brown/black with a huge foamy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruits, citrus, tingly, banana some subtle dark malts underneath. A hint of chocolate. The fruity aspect really dominates the aroma. Nice dark chocolate taste. Bitter. Not nearly as fruity or citrusy in the taste as it is in the smell. Medium bodied. Strong. Noticeable hops. Very bitter. Long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Dark in color with a small head. Aroma very mild or lacking. Soft chocolate and bitterness. Taste hoppy and bit foody. Rich body but not too heavy. Thought I would have more to say abou this oddball but it was not all that complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Dark dark dark brown black with a dense light brown head. Roast coffee. Barely a sign of esters. A bit sweet. Some smal dark fruit. Soft carbonation. Decent body. Low carbonation, a bit viscous. Dark coffee roast. Charcoal. A bit of alcohol over some esters. Some prunes. A dry boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5305) - 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 (6406) - 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 (2079) - 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 (3444) - Meridian, 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!

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