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

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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.

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3.8
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Bottled. Batch NR. 93. Brewed Sept. 07. Best before Sept. 11.<P>Beer is very dark brown, opaque. Looks like used motor oil. Head is huge, rich light brown, frothy. Diminishes slowly, ultimately survives.<P>The aroma is packed with roast, dark fruits. Malty with moderate notes of mellow roasted grain, coffee, lighter tones of milk chocolate, cookie; Hoppy with light-to-moderate notes of resin/pine, herb; Yeasty with a light note of earth-floored cellar; Light-to-moderate notes of concentrated black fruit, lighter notes of alcohol.<P>The flavor is a wall. Moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately acidic with a long, warm, lightly-to-moderately bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet, trace acidic finish. Touch of astringency accompanies the warm, resin-laced aftertaste.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.<P>Solid solid Impy Stout

4.1
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a deep black w/a quickly diminishing tan head. Smells malty & sweet off the bat. Great balance of malt+sweet in the flavor, followed by a generous amount of dryness at the end. Finishes surprisingly clean for something that has such a sweet aroma.

3.5
TorbenH (1073) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle. Average light brown head. Mostly diminishing. Black color. Heavy malty/burnt aroma. Medium til full body.

4.2
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Batch 93 is likely one of the more unique experiences I’ve had in brewing. "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout"...yep, think this is the only one of those I’ve ever tried and, believe me, I’ve had a TON of beer in my day. Amazing visual with motor oil body and a khaki head thick enough to sleep on. Lacing was much more than subtle little rings, but rather, were chunky splatters on the side of my glass. Aroma is a odd, yet intoxicating combination of banana and chocolate...with more subtle additions of roasted coffee. The flavor is, well, interesting. It isn’t a favorite but is undoubtedly innovative. Banana, clove, bitter dark chocolate, Starbucks, and somewhat sour finish. For "four guys brewing in their spare time", they’ve definitely changed the way I think of beer.

3.8
Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours to a thick and inviting shade of chestnut brown, crowned with a truly perfect head of milky, thick coffee cream. Estery aroma of pineapple and banana precedes a warm, tart waft of cinnamon, smoked beechwood, orange zest, and whiskey; darting in many directions, and while not seeming completely collected, the scatteredness is more interesting than annoying. Molasses, venison, vanilla, brown sugar, and reduced blueberry in a lovely glaze of malt on the meatiness; no single dimension is weighty or dull enough to remain stagnant and obvious for too long. Flavor brings a clingy bitterness that at first seems to suggest a spice laden, dark roasted coffee and caramel blend, before turning very tart and dry, redolent of juniper berries, pine resin, and skins of apple and cherry; here it turns to become strongly reminiscent of the sweet campfire tones, vague sourness of lemon zest and angular vinous approach of this brewery’s fantastic traditional ale. The acrid, plastic bitterness of cold espresso seems to linger underneath as a foreboding possibility that never materializes. Medium bodied with a firm coating in the mouth; syrupy, with cold honey and dry dark chocolate in the long but forgiving finish. Definitely a unique, approachable and intriguing interpretation. Thanks Steve!

3.9
jsquire (4496) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Sticker says batch 73, and it is one of the Shelton Brothers imports. Dark beer in my snifter with a big, foamy brown head that lasted a good long while. Nose of puffed wheat, dark chocolate and some alcohol as it warms. The body was the first thing I noticed as being markedly lighter that most impy stouts. Almost fluffy, which I attribute to the wheat. Lots of chocolate, caramel, some burnt toast, puffed wheat cereal and vanilla. Bottle says "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout." Yeah, this is a good one of those.

3.8
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Pours a deep black with a large foamy dark tan lacing head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, nuts and some vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, some smoke, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, moderate hop bitterness, earthy notes and some spicy hop flavor.

3.5
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle at c-bus 10. Pours a a opaque black color with a tan colored head. Aroma is roast, oak, estery. Flavor is chocolate, roast, caramel, grain. Palate is full bodied, medium to mild carbonation, finished bitter. Decent.

3.9
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
There’s a lot of very challenging imperial stouts out there ("imperial" does imply some extremeness), and this is not one of them. It is very drinkable and tasty but not very challenging nor extreme. I’m grateful that I live in a world where I’m able to purchase in a store in MIlwaukee hobby-brewed beer from Norway. Appearance was a very viscous opaque black with a tan head; pretty much what I expected from a well-regarded imperial stout. Aroma was a bit roasty with some oakiness and lots of Chardonnay-wine esters. Flavor was less in-m-face than I expected, but still quite tasty. There was lots of burned-pizza-crust roastiness and a fair amount of vanilla. Mouthfeel was rather light, particularly given the style and how thick it poured, but smooth and pleasant. A mild flavor and light mouthfeel made this beer very drinkable for the style and even sessionable, but it didn’t rocket it to the top of my list of great imperial stouts. Nonetheless, I would recommend this beer; I thought it pretty good. I split this bottle with SurlySober, who is always extremely generous with his beer acquisitions. I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

4.1
nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 500 ml; batch 93, brewed Sep 07. Opaque chocolate with a humongous, nitrogen-like head. Aroma is mostly wheat, some charred wood and brown-sugar-molasses. Initial tastes of slight bubblegum-wheat are quickly overtaken by raisin and blackstrap molasses with slight alcohol. Midway through, some char and metallic-acidic herb kick in. Long finish of earthy, green wood smoke. Creamy body is medium-heavy and just watery enough to be highly drinkable.


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