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


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RATINGS: 954   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2007
(500 ml bottle (Batch 74, May ’07) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/boothbay/ target=blank>1828 Vintage House) Winey, chocolatey, sweet and sour...Pours very, very dark brown, appears opaque. Three fingers of rather stout tan head slowly recedes to about 1/4" of a persistent cap. Aroma has elements of red wine, chocolate and sweet and sour. Mouthfeel rather fizzy, a bit loose but has some fullness. Flavor is rather winey with dark bitter chocolate. The sweet and sour element is quite strong. Finishes a bit grassy/dusty and with a rather bitter chocolate aftertaste. Beer this most reminded me of was JP Madrugada Obscura, although the two are probably only loosely similar. This was certainly a bit more drinkable but a little weird in its own right. A quality product but just not a great mix of aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007
500 mL bottle, batch 74 best before may 2011. massive tan head rises atop the black liquid, with a lot of carbonation for an "imperial stout." chalky, starchy, roasty aroma - not much alcohol but it would be hard to decipher much else behind the bitter and astringent nose. huge roasted bitterness, and the bitter of unsweetened chocolate. wheat is apparent in the smooth body, but it soon turns gritty. perhaps this needs some time (2011 maybe?) to mellow and round out, but for now it would be tough to recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2007
(Bottle, Batch 73, BB Apr 2010) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, rye bread, sweet dark fruit, and some chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, well done meat, vinous, chocolate, and some licorice with plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle. Huh... This one’s a bit odd. Interesting aroma of liquorice, molasses, wet, burnt wood and alcohol. Pours dark, dark brown: almost black with a khaki head that lasts forever. Unique flavor profile: soot, dry and sour yeast, coffee and lightly roasted malt. Not nearly as full bodied and rich as I like my Imp. stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
thanks zeswaft. chalk and soot aroma. tastes like soot. horrible. why are all these norweigan beers brewed with talcum powder?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3753) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of chocolate and liqurice. A flavor of chocolate, coffee and roastet malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Pours nice and thick black with dark brown head. aroma is plastic and chocolate. flavor is pretty much the same with an obvious wheat flavor that i’m not digging. Interesting idea but not very good. oh yeah, $13 was a fucking rip off.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 I have for all intents and purposes stopped rating. The only reason I’m rating this is to warn those who haven’t tried this and to air my absolute disbelief that this beer has an average score of 3.7. WTF...I know that 3.7 isn’t the world’s best beer, but 3.7 shouldn’t suck ass. This beer is an utter disaster...that’s all I have to say...besides...for shame ratebeer...for shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Pours black muddy buddy brown with lasting head. Smells of slight yeast accompanied by hops and malted grain. Tiny citrus notes barely noticed over a dark floral wood.Tastes heavily of peat and wood grain. Very gritty with very slight roast coffee that has a bitter sawdust finish. The Imperial Wheat Stout aspect seems interesting on paper, but doesn’t seem to have that full back of the tongue flavor I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2007
You know, I didn’t care for this as much as the Norwegian Wood from the same brewer. Perhaps it has to compete against a lot of contenders in the "big dark rich" beer world. I took this as a hoppy Imperial stout, burnt and with some smoke notes. Thick, black, good head. Typical stuff in this style, but not rising out of the masses. That may be why it has a decent score (3.73 before I rate it, but low style percentage--44.8%). Bottle purchased in Baltimore.

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