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


on tap

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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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"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
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and wood, the taste is also of roasted malt chocolate, coffee and wood, but also some licorice. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2007
Very interesting beer and it shows that the guys at Haandbryggeriet are thinking in new ways. The aroma is powerful with mostly roasted malt and leather, but also some nice and odd fruitiness (not the classic British ones). Medium body. The finish is a bit too sharp and astringent, I would like it to be a bit softer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19671) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
Bottled at Københavnske Øldage. Near black with firm brown head. Sweet and caramelly with burnt popcorn, sticky choclate and some syrup. Quite malty, but the mouthfeel is a bit mellow. Notes of tar in a salty, lightly resiny finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11192) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Tap. Pours a deep brown with a small brown film head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, raisins. Vinious flavour, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with roasted and chocolate edge. Well-rounded, and the wheat gives the beer a wonderful feel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Helsinki Beer Festival 2007. Aroma of strong coffee, raisins. Quite black, with mushy strange-coloured head. Surprisingly watery for it’s kind. But nice roasted flavours. No too thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 The Norwegian beer scene is coming of age. A wheat stout, no less! Coffee, liquorice, some wheaty roundness. Both sweet and bitter in a harmonious way, and the bitterness lingers pleasantly in the finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Almost as black as can be. Medium sized beige head. Strongly roasted coffee aroma, sweetness dominates. Medium bodied. Flavor is more imperial: sweetness, some vanilla and oaky tones, coffee and roastiness. I’m missing this wheat totally. Not enough hops in the end to cut sweet vanilla aftertaste. Aroma should be richer to be 4-pointer, still excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 20, 2007
Bottled (batch #60, brygget Dec 2006)
Almost opaque black color, creamy firm tan head. Wheat, some chocolate, roasted malty aroma, same kind of yeasty aroma than in Nogne O -beers (same yeast?). Full bodied. Roasted malty, very light notes of banana, not very hoppy beer - soft, coffeish, a bit fruity. Enjoyable, doesn’t feel like 8.5 %.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 (Bottled) Almost black with a small, medium-brown head. Very roasted-malty, licoricey aroma with some lactic sourness (from the wheat, I suppose). Very roasty, almost burned-malty flavor with licorice and milky sourness, coffee and smoke. Long, dry and burned-ashy finish is balanced with some malt sweetness. Only tiny hints of alcohol present. Reminds me quite a lot of Koff Porter, but it’s not as harshly bitter. And with yeast it leans a bit towards Belgian strong stouts (like De Dolle). Almost full-bodied with medium carbonation. A hugely roasty, dry stout, that remains quite well balanced. Very nice stuff! (Bottled, was 7-4-7-4-15=3.8) Very dark opaque brown with a smallish, creamy and beige head. Sourish-wheaty-malty, licoricey aroma with some acidity. Interesting, milky-stouty, ashy-burned-malty, licorice-chocolatey flavor. Medium-bodied, dryish, ashy and slightly foamy palate. A pleasant and balanced, wheaty, dry and strong stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is coffe, roasted, malt. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, fruit, sweet, hop. Light bitter and coffee finish. Pleasent and nice beer.

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