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


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RATINGS: 944   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2756) - 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 (10533) - Tromsø, 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 (Tromsø Ølfestival, 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 can’t 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 don’t meld together at all and despite my glowing admiration for such obvious quality, it simply isn’t 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 doesn’t mesh with my palate though; these two bold character profiles don’t 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 (3571) - 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. I’ve 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 doesn’t 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 I’ve 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 (5114) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle, GBBF. Brown-leaning black, small layer of rust head. Deep rummy chocolate aroma, iodine, vanilla. Lovely minernal chocolate flavor with a big wall of dark bread and roast. Wonderful blue cheese fumey note on the exhale that further endears me to this out of the ordinary Imp. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a dark brown color; slightly oily; minimal, light tan head. Dark chocolate and slightly vegetal aroma; some roasted coffee. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: oily, charred coffee and dark chocolate; very roasted, nutty presence in the mouth; light carbonation, with plenty of density and depth. Lengthy, dry coffee and bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Bottle@Home, Dec 07, 4.0: Sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee and prune. Black color, brown head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, roasted, fruity, bitter finish. Sparkling at first but sandy mouthfeel finish. Flavorful and went very well with a herbal goat cheese. Glad to see that the previous festival rating was close to this one at home. Bottle@GBBF07, Aug 07, 4.1: Sweet coffe aroma with black berries and a hint of cherry. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, black berries, light roasted, soft mouthfeel, little sticky. Well balanced not overwhelming imperial stout.

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