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


on tap

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RATINGS: 971   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 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4363) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Theres 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. Im grateful that I live in a world where Im 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 didnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (5222) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale. Very dark brown beer, with a massive thick tan head. Very sticky lacing. Aroma is loaded with oak and charred grain. Salty, licorice flavour with more heavy char. Dark roasted espresso, molasses and a lingering roastiness. Fairly prominent bitterness. Unusual brew, but it works pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle at Travis (El_Duderino) Bday party. Pours with a black body topped by a thick, tan head with a good amount of lacing. Its slightly sweet and smokey wiht a little malt and some chocoalte. Medium to full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
My Bottom Line:
A soothing malt vortex languidly reels you in with its intertwining dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, blackberry jam and molasses, until you are released to a polite green hop, roasted malt and wheaty finale. This is an Imperial Stout in which complexity and drinkability coalesce.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Towering foam slowly recedes into the black hole.
-Its big bubbles might be overbearing early on, but if you let the beer breathe its mouthfeel becomes easily manageable.
-The rich cereals provide a huggable body.
-The aroma is not quite as seductive as the flavor profile.
-That meshed-in fruitiness is truly appetizing throughout.

Bottled in May 07.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle bought in Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg. Batch # 60. Brewed in Dec. 06. Pours a pitch black colour with a very nice sticky creamy dark brown stady head leaving a very good lacing. Lovely aroma of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits and cocoa. Very good thick mouthfeel. The flavour has a very nice roasty maltiness, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, nice bitter hoppiness and wheat. Roasty bitter dry long lasting finish. Imperial Wheat Stout... well darn nice indeed!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (4597) - Holbk, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottel at home. Smoke over everything else. Dont like it! ------ at No. 5. Black with a large brown head. Aroma heavy malty (licorice, roasted, burnt) and hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet and bitter. Full body, creamy, the alcohol is felt. Rated 7-4-7-4-14, result 3,6.

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