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


on tap

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RATINGS: 915   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4950) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
It is a unique imp stout, thats for sure. Pours a dark brown/black with large fizzy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and caramel with interesting sour notes. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, smooth chocolate, roasted coffee, and hints of fruit and again some sourness. Enjoyable, but the mouthfeel was a little to thin for an imperial stout (or too carbonated).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle - Pours totally opaque black color with medium sized light brown head. Aroma is fairly chocolately, mild roastyness, slightly chalky, hint of rasberry and honey. Flavor is malty, slightly chalky, fairly roasty, bit of vanilla, with a fairly bitter finish. A good brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours an opaque black with a large, well-lacing, airy light brown head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and dark chocolate has a touch of maple syrup. Body starts with a lot of carbonation a good amount of sweet dark caramel and chocolate malts and a hint of light fruity tartness toward a bittersweet mocha coffee finish. A pretty interesting and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. The aroma and flavor are acidic, smoky and chocolaty. Medium-bodied with a caustic mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Burnt, bitter, thin finish. Cheers to mgumby10 for cracking open his bottle to share!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Has a very Smoky aroma. Burnt taste. Nice bitterness. Very long aftertaste. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Black with a fizzy tan head. Strong roasty aroma. Very roasty almost burnt taste with a sweet grainy and herbal tea quality to the finish. A unique beer worth tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3972) - - AUG 6, 2007
black pour with huge brown head that takes forever to subside. aroma is strangely flowery with notes of rose, hops, apricots and peach. not much of a dark element in the aroma at all. flavor starts out hoppy(apricot) and wheaty giving way to a dry, chalky, chocolate, maple, coffee flavor mid-palate into the finish. nice, new and unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle. Different, but not what I would consider good. Watered-down mouthfeel w/ a metallic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Got me one of these bottles from Riversbend and another from TurdFerguson in the mystery swap: This one pours very dark brown, almost black. The head pours very sizable and one of the darkest heads Ive ever seen. Smell is a suprisingly not what I expected. I was expecting a nice roasty smell, but I got more of a sweet chocolate smell. This one smells almost like mocha. Taste is a little bit more like I was expecting from the smell. There is a fair roastiness in this, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, a touch of coffee and a hint of a nuttiness taste. The more I drink, the more the coffee flavor seems to pull away from the other flavors. This one feels just a touch on the watery side. Carbonation is just right on this one. I wonder if sitting on the other bottle will make this taste a little more complete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle at the New York release at Hop Devil Grill. Dark, roasted malts is the big story in this imperial. The mouthfeel isn’t as silky as the really good ones, nor is there the big coffee chocolate that is common among the heavy hitters that litter our beloved Top 50 here. You can actually feel carbonation instead of the usual oily, motor oil. This stuff is a nice change from those. Would I prefer a thicker body, sure. Do I like this as a nice alternative, sure.

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