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


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RATINGS: 961   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 íHandí brewery - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale - boldly goes where no brewery has gone before.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 I have to Trump this one. Batch 74. Dark as the void of space yet yielding an abundant frothy expansion of chocolate color cream akin to the big bang suggestion. This analogy could actually shed light on the BB theory because after the expansion comes the recession and a final resting point of a full, thick bronze colored downy blanket of lace that just sits there. Could the universe recede after a certain point in time ? Anyone ? I know this is beer but many a great idea were spawned from here. I can smell Belgium. Mild aromas of dark fruits and cocoa w/ a twist of Belgian granite. Full nectar w/ perfect carbonation for a memorable creamy texture right off the lips. Nice! I wonder if anyone has gotten drunk in the void of space ? This brew has an extreme roast component that is not soon forgotten. Only mildly sweet w/ flavors of charred coffee bean, bitter dark cocoa, leather, minerals, and no fruit at all. The finish is long like a trip to planet x at light speed and leaves a trail of charred malts to linger forever. Overall: Ok, just as it claims, itís extreme. This has to be one of the most highly roasted brews out there. Refreshingly unsweetened and the alcohol is well hidden. Drinks superb from the fridge to the last drop. I wonder if they used a Champagne yeast strain here. Dark Force totally reminds me of Black Flag. If you like one then you must try the other.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
isleofman (7) - oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
Im having mine at The Beach Club in Oslo. Om eating hamburger with chipotle and a cheese cake. The beer has a Nice coffey flavour, velvety, sexy... Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2008
This stout is one of the best Iíve had. I expected less body from a wheat Stout but was pleasently surprised. Pours a black as night brew with a nice tan head that remains throughout the whole beer ( this one was one to savor, not gulp!). The mouthfeel was very nice and filling. Nice dark malty overtones with a slight bittering on the back end. It may have been too cold when I started, but got better as the afternoon passed. Definately one to keep on hand in the beer fridge for a special occasion!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (5171) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Aroma is very distinctive - smoky and stoutish yet wheaty. It is not strong, but a good snootful had me licking my chops. It pours a deep, opaque chocolate brown, just a couple red tomcat whiskers above black, with a fairly thick and fluffy dark tan head. Flavor is very satisfying and toothsome - smoky and coffee-ish with undertones of both wheat and unsweet chocolate and nutty and molasses hints. Deliskabus! Texture is tingly and edgy yet milky smooth. This is a fabulous beer that is worth finding. Any place I can get it on tap?

   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 canít help but imagine pairing it with chocolate lava cake. Delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Appearance: black and burnt under an espresso crema head which fades fast, lingering with a bubbly collar. No head and swirls with not much of anything else.
Nose: chocolate, fudge, black breads, dark fruits. Divinely decadent. Whole chunks of chocolate, European if you please. Chocolate coated oatmeal, chocolate cookies. Dry cacao beans. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Gentle essence of burn/ash in the back; black patent malt.
Palate: mouthfeel is full and very soft, frothy thanks to the oatmeal. Chocolate oatmeal with a burnt black finish. Roasted. Black chocolate and cherries, subtle on the cherries. Espresso beans and cacao in the finish. Dense fudge in the middle. Lightly dries the mouth but not as much as normal for such a burnt stout thanks again to the oatmeal. Chocolate cookies dipped in cappuccino or mocha, or both, along with a dash of vanilla bean.
Final Thoughts: liquid sex comes to mind. No really, it does. One of those beers were I expected it to be good and it was good beyond blowing my mind; just wish Iíd had more than one bottle. Mine was from batch 217, brewed on 10/4/2009 and best by 10/4/2012. Suffice to say it didnít last until 2012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dudebun (140) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (5837) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Very very dark appearance as expected from this brewery, the aroma is deeply vinous, very unique. A slightly fruity wheat ale flavor is in the taste, otherwise its a very classic imperial stout in taste as far as body and malty complexity. Among the best imperial stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dingbathero (4) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011 does not count
The only one of itís kind - this brew - is wheat based (like all the beer they have) and it was great, nice rich dark brown colour, lighter than expected and really nice balance throughout. Iíd pair this with dark chocolate or tapas!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2011
500ml bottle. Black as black can be with a dark brown chocolatey foam head that looks great. Big strong aromas of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt with a big ballsy flavour to match. Complexity changes as the beer warms.

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