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


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RATINGS: 947   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 íHandí 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 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 Iíve had, but defitnitely a unique flavor. I really enjoyed this. I live in Boston and picked it up at Caponeís outside of Philadelphia this past weekend - I wish that this one was more readily available to me.

   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 canít really pick out the wheat, but then my palate is kind of shitty so there is that. On the whole itís a good beer that just fails to completely grab me and doesnít help itself by being fairly thin for the style, in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KM (414) - TromsÝ, 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 Canít t feel the alcohol. Dry and sweet finish. (TromsÝ beer festival, 15.08.07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2763) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10649) - TromsÝ, 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 (TromsÝ ōlfestival, 15.08 and 16.08.2007).

   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 canít 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 donít meld together at all and despite my glowing admiration for such obvious quality, it simply isnít 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 doesnít mesh with my palate though; these two bold character profiles donít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3590) - Cincinnati, 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. Iíve 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 doesnít 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Pours black with a thick light brown head. Aroma is rich, full of dark roasted malts and a very powerful smell of dark fruits and tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of roasted, nutty, and Earth flavors mixed with a touch of bitter chocolate. Next, a sweet kick of plums, dates, and blueberries at the end. Interesting that a Impy Stout can be so roasty and fruity at the same time and certainly one of the sweeter, if not the sweetest imperial stouts Iíve had. This stuff is really good, my only problem is the mouthfeel is a little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Very dark brown/black with a big thick dark brown head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee. Finish is burnt and sticky and very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5166) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Batch 60 / Dec. 2006. 50cl bottle from BierKoning. Wow. A very dark and excellent Imperial stout. Viscious aroma. Dark brown hues. Oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and bread flavours. Flavour is very rich, textured. I love it. Would love to try it on tap someday.

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