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


on tap

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RATINGS: 890   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 íHandí brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2009
Aroma of soil, metal, malt, alcohol, chocolate and yeast. Appearance is black with enormous brown head with big bubbles. Taste of coffee, chocolate, soil and liquorish. Overall this beer is to raw and sharp and therefor not as good as Iíve expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2009
A nose of soil, chocolate, aceton and glue. Taste is of raw coffee, liquorish, soil and glue. Finish is bitter and sharp. I didnít really care for this one, and Iím perplexed to see the high rating. Maybe mine were too fresh with only 2 months since being tapped? The glueish smell and taste reminds me of certain quads and Fullers vintage - In all those beers it is a signum of a beer being opened too early, a beer that has true aging potential. Maybe this goes for my ex. of Dark Force as well?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - APR 11, 2013
Aroma of burnt wheat and chocolate. Pitch black with brown tiny head. Taste of burnt cereal, but with the litness and sweetness of a wheatbeer. Interesting, but not to special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebsmitty (137) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with big dark tan head. Smell is not much.. A bit of chocolate malt, burnt coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, cocoa, espresso, with caramelized banana, hint of creamy marshmallow and hint of caramel finish. Low medium carbonation, a bit oily. Love this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dudebun (136) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 This was magical, thereís no other way to describe it really. That it was served in the middle of a terrible dinner experience in Oslo and that is still so fondly remembered only goes to show how awesome it really was/is. The first thing you notice is the label, then the bitter chocolate and mild coffee malt aroma, then as you pour it itís like it sucks the light from the room, or at least it must do something dramatic because when you look up everyone in the room is staring at your beer. Gorgeous dark tan head, hoppy notes, and insanely bubbly on the tongue, itís almost painful how the carbonation goes wild on your tongue. Anyway, I want more. It was totally amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (134) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011
500 ml bottle, batch 290, served in snifters and shared with two friends. 4 fingers compact mocca head. Black body. Nose: Smoked, camphor, pine needles, menthol, sweaty horse-saddel and musk. Surprisingly amount of carbonation considering the style. Taste: Fresh, sweaty horse-saddle, earthy, musk, junipersmoked bacon, subtle pine needles, soy-sauce, licorice-root and quite masked alcohol. Great.

   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 doesnít seem to have that full back of the tongue flavor I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle @ bir&Fud Bottega. Iíve been having vivid memories about the last time i had this beer, 2 or 3 years ago: one of extreme beer of the universe. huge, massive, thick body, extremely intense taste, quite undrinkable (i didnít finish it and was my only beer that nigh) but unbelievably good. So i was very excited to drink the dark force again. the result? Black color, not so solid as you could imagine, spongy tall cappuccino head. Yeast, banana (! ok, it is a wheat IRS but it feels strange anyhow), phenols, chocolate, malt aroma. chocolate, coffee, a little bit of rostiness taste and hops finish. the body is not thick at all. the beer is damned drinkable and you can get a lot of freshness. what the hell did happen to this beer? Did they changed the receipt? wrong bottle? did i lose my mind? dunno... quite disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2011
Pours a thick pitch black body with a medium brown head. The first sip raises my eyebrows. It starts out with a sweet chocolate taste which gradually changes into a dry and bitter cocoa with a hint of licorice. You can taste the wheat, but it is dominated by a complex roastyness which truly is impressive. Nice and oily mouthfeel. Great wheat stout from HaandBryggeriet!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2007
At first sip I thought maybe I wouldnít be able to drink this. Way too over the top was my first impression . But the finish on this brew is just fantastic. Flavour is your typical heavy dark chocolate stout, and once your mouth gets over that initial shock, the rest is pure heaven. I was sad when the bottle was gone.

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