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


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RATINGS: 913   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle shared with Ronald and Carita in Finland. So hereís something different - a wheat impie stout, Considering this the impressive rocky roasted head wasnít suprising. What was dissappointing was the mouthfeel, which was a little thinner than I expected. Dark roasted notes, with a long bitter chalky aftertaste. Was there blueberry in there somewhere?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
500 ml bottle: jet black with a huge head. straight coffee and dark chocolate nose. low carbonation despite the vigorous head but still quite thick. strong coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. the 9% is well hidden. awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
Batch 411. The beer pours a used motor oil black with a dark beige head that dissipates quickly. Smells light dark, bitter chocolate with hints of red fruit and date. Full body. Has a great both feel foe being a wheat. Red fruit followed by a bitter chocolate and finishes with a dark roasted coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2013
been looking forward to this for a while.. pouring it looked amazing. so thick- the head almost completely solid, but fades quickly- the aromas are kinda- volatile- really kinda, propelled? the taste is heavy but so smooth- low bitterness well balanced. so nice. palate is oily, slick with good length. so good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2007
500ml bottle. Brown head. Pitch black. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet. Palate is thick, not much carbotante, very pleasant. Flavours of roasted malts, coffee and sweet raisins. Bitterish end. Very well balanced beer. side note: I canít distinguish wheat from this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorSA (180) - NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
Svart med mørkt, brunt skum som ligger lenge. Delikat, mørk aroma av kakao, nøtter og tørket frukt. Fyldig, med fin syre og alkoholvarme. God og kraftig. (Havnabakken, 28.05.14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours very fizzy. Highly carbonated with a medium body which makes for an odd imperial stout. Strong espresso taste ending bitter. If nothing else, the best thing Iíve ever had from Norway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2010
Well, well, well. I tried this here beer a good 2-3 years ago, and didnít really get on with it too well as it seemed marred by an overt tartness which just became too distracting and also made the drinking experience almost a bit unpleasant. Iíd put this down to it being overly tart wheat, almost like a lactose sourness that had crept, perhaps it was an oxidized bottle, or maybe the recipe has changed I donít know, but it is another beer altogether this time round. I like it! Pours black with a brown hue and a lovely red/beige coloured head that starts big a reduces to a dense but quite small covering. Aroma is very fruity, lots of dark fruits, raspberry, blackberry, plum quite vinous, then there are roasted earthy notes with some malty liquorice, Marmite, and coffee. Great nose, lots going on and somehow each aroma seems quite crisp and clear. Flavours are nicely balanced, alot of smoky toasty earth, almost tannic/chalky feel on the tongue. I know everyone else keeps quoting it, but theyíre not wrong in saying charcoal, itís spot on. Then some more dark fruit notes, extremely bitter chocolate, coffee (but oddly not that coffee-like) maybe a slight mushroominess about the beer. The smoke has a cheesy quality to it almost like a smoked Stilton or blue veined cheese. Itís a very savoury stout, perhaps itís most unique feature is that thereís pretty much no sweetness to speak of, even in heavily hoppy stouts thereís still a tad of sweetness, but not here, this is dark, brooding "grown-up" impy stout with a moody savoury charcter. Finish is very long and pleasing with post bbq smoke lingering on the tongue, like after smoking a fat Cuban cigar, ashy, woody but flavoursome. All in all a good beer, itís only downfall is itís slightly overly carbonated mouthfeel, but Iím prepared to let this pass as the range of flavours here are quite unique and complex. A beer I can hand on heart say Iím 100% glad I finally retried, despite my opinions being coloured by a less than impressive initial introduction some time ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottled. Very dark brown pour with a dark brown-orange head, very thick. The aroma is very smoky, with a sweet malty note. The taste is very sweet to start, not very full bodied but smooth. The finish is very malty and light notes of smokey tar. Overall a rich stout, very complex and smokey.

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