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


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RATINGS: 886   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebsmitty (135) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (133) - Malmö, 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 doesn’t 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. I’ve 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 didn’t 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 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 wouldn’t 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 8, 2010
500-ml bottle (batch 137) Phillipe’s Lafayette, LA - Aroma: vanilla, anise, molasses, dried fruit, caramel, smokey; Appearance: opaque, jet-black color, tan to brown head, little laces; Flavor: sweet, salty, bitter, roasted, chocolate, ; Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft to average carbonation; Overall: smooth, low specialty malt, fruity flavored and aromatic complex beer tempered by the wheat with a strong bitter-dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Smells of roast malts and alcohol. The aroma is incredible and smells better than most chocolate. Pour pitch black with a huge dense dark brown head. Lots of carbonation. Wonderful dark malt flavors. Not overly sweet. For as dark and malty as the flavors are, the aftertaste is surprisingly clean and within ten seconds you have almost no taste left at all. This is a great beer that stands on its own, but I can’t help but imagine pairing it with chocolate lava cake. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Roasted and burnt malts in aroma. Slightly licorice also. Flavor is very burnt, cocoa and coffee. Like Koff Porter, but much more burnt and thinner mouthfeel. Relatively thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
A big, big stout with a lot going on. Pours inky dark with a creamy head. Aroma is smoky. Initial flavor impression is vinous, quickly followed by raisin/prune and a powerul undercurrent of roasty/burnt coffee notes. Ambitious without being over the top. Recommended.

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