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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15563) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 500ml bottle , Batch#83, brewed Jul07, BB Jul11, 8.5%. (6:5:8:3:13=3.5)
Jet black, and with an espresso head. Rich roasty smell, some hops, maybe ginger, but not enough to be sure. Funny impression of "tang" or orange squash concentrate. Pleasantly carbonated, creamy feel in the mouth. Astringently burnt taste, bitter burnt finish. Also does taste of orange squash concentrate. Hides the alcohol quite well. A little bit one-trick, but not unpleasant. Maybe I had mine too young?
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) - batch#95 Sep07, BBSep11 (7:5:7+:4:15=3.8)
Woh, this has aged pretty well. Looks as good as ever, black and the espresso head. Thought it might be too fizzy and disappear, but it did survive. The aromas beatifully richly roasted, burnt even. Some dustiness, but not in a way that detracts at all - but its quite "close" in the nose. Palate has improved massively, so smooth, and well rounded. However, theres a tingle of carbonation there too. The extreme burntness is still there, but its not astringent any more. The orange squash has gone, I did look for it, and instead theres a strange cooling minty feeling to this. Quite sticky after swallowing - coats the lips rather, but in a dry way rather than a sugary way. Some signs of aging in the finish too, the malty body has just started to get a bit dry and dusty. Alas I have to drop the taste to a "very good" 7, rather than its "great" 8. However, its still ended up .5 higher than it was before. Conclusion - age this mother for 4 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
50 cl bottle. Black colour with a nice brown head. Aroma of wheat and little roastedness. Very high carbonated. Flavour of chocolate roastedness and with a light bitter ending. Ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Dark brown almost black pourwith small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, malt, roastedness. Flavor similar with the cocoa really stepping up with the chalkiness. Good. Once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle from SL, batch 73. Pour was deep dark black in color, light tan head in color, very generous in size, though, difficult to pour. The lacing was very good, slouchy spottiness, pretty looking thing. The aroma was bitter dark fruits and chocolate. The flavor made much more of a statement than the aroma, roasted bitter chocolate, dark vinous fruits, raisins, molasses, coffee, burnt notes, faint cocoa in the finish. The bitterness and light astringency kept this from being anything close to a classic, the alcohol was soft in the aroma and flavor but started kicking my mind half way through, a drinkable impy stout, but certainly nothing to impress. Too much long lingering bitterness from the wheat, roast, hops, couldnt tell (probably not hops), just astringently bitter w/ each sip across the entire temperature span I drank this thing at.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Almost black and opague. Coffee and licorice and blackcurrant in the aroma. Creamy, oily bitter flavor with licorice and balckcurrant. Just a bit thin and alcoholic. Powerful stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Dark brown body with a small fizzy tan head. The nose is sweet and fruity with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and lots of plums and raisins. The flavor is moderately sweet with lots of roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, molasseses and prunes. Full sticky body is moderately carbonated with a bitte,r burnt finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle 0.5 l. Pretty much opaque brown black, some yeastlike substance on the bottom which requires some bottle turning. Absolutely beautiful nose, even when a bit too cold. Sweet, fresh, candy and fruits, even chocolate milkshake. Very unlike any Ive experienced before. Flavor is highly roasted, almost espressolike with some smokiness and chocolate, yet quite fresh (wheat?) compared to other imperial stouts. Alcohol nicely hidden. Doesnt feel as thick as it looks. Still absolutely beautiful brew. Really really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours black with a nice mocha head. Roasted malt dominates with some oak and just a bit of farmhouse funk. Taste is dry oak with a bit of oatmeal, hint of dark fruit and a touch of sweet and bitter chocolate at the end. Just a bit too lively on the mouthfeel for me. If the carbonation was taken down a notch this would be top notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle (batch 73, brewed April 07, BB4 April 2010). Sweet, rich gourmet chocolate nose with thick peanut buttery yeast, dark pitted fruit in the bg, with strong wheat overtones. Nice cream scent, and thats full cream, not just lactose. Pitch pour under a big, stiff, firm, super long-lasting lacing light brown head. Dry taste with lots of roast and toast, and by the oblique tones, seems more likely that the mystery ingredient is oatmeal than wheat. Very dry with light-medium bitterness. Lightly warming, dark chocolaty finish and aftertaste, a little oily but not off-putting. Easy-drinking. A burned oatmeal stout, by taste, and not all that big - but still pretty good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
I like the aroma a lot with a ton of dark roasted malt and sweet fruit. The appearance is super deep brown with a large foamy tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a good beer.

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