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


on tap

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RATINGS: 972   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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Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle sampled. Batch NR-73 Pours black with a two finger tan head. Aroma of wheat, roastedness, molasses, and some chocolate. Very smooth flavor of coffee, molasses, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits with a lightly warming finish. AWESOME STOUT

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 3   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 3   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Cherries : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 3   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : XX   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Well-balanced, not too hard, yet dark and quite complex, if in subtlety. No acidity and no citric aspects. Plain brilliant execution.

DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Poured black as night with a small beige head.The nose on this was strange.Aromas of trail mix and twigs.Flavor had some roastedness, chocolate, bitternees and coffee.The mouthfeel wasn’t has heavy as a regular Impy but was still good.Finish was coffee bitterness.

Proteus (98) - FINLAND - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle. Opaque black with a thick frothy head. Not very heavy aroma, but some roasted malt aroma comes true and a bit of an unpleasant metallic aroma. Flavor of raw wheat and overall very malty, also coffee and a creamy taste are significant in the flavor. Leaves a coffee taste on the palate. An interesting imperial stout but I’m not that impressed.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle: Black with dark brown edges, moderate to large frothy brown head, spotty lacing.   Wheaty nose, mildly roasted, a little sour and lactic.   Somewhat of an odd combination.   Sweet roasted wheat malt on the tongue.   Heavy roasted malts linger.   Not biting like many stouts, and in fact seems somewhat weird in that the nose is somewhat wheaty.   Comes across as a very hefty Dunkelweizen, moreso on the stout side.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   The wheaty aspect isn’t big enough to carry it tho.   Defintely dominated by the stout aspect.   Body and mouthfeel are average, or at least certainly not heavy like some wheat beers.   As a "Double Imperial Wheat Stout" I find that its more certainly on the stout side, with a good bitter hop dose.   Strong roasted malt characteristics linger well after the finish.   Slight hints of cocoa and coffee bean.   Unique beer in that the aroma suggest a Dunkleweizen of sorts, but it comes across as quite the stout.   Not terribly heavy, but not as wheaty as you would think based on the nose.   Different, but certainly enjoyable.

NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle, best before April 2010."Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout," eh? We shall see. . . Pours thick black with a very nice dark tan head. This brownish head lasts and lasts. Lacing is dense on the snifter and cascades are evident in layers after a swirl. The nose is acrid with pungent nutshell bitterness, hints of pine, and sweeter undertones like crema of espresso and oddly, root beer. I really enjoy hopped up stouts, but the aroma does display some level of disharmony. Not bad, just not the most graceful example. The flavor is heavily bittersweet and drying, and more graceful. The mouthfeel is nicely dense with flavors of walnuts, espresso, hickory, and a dash of chalk. I get just a bit of cheap rum far off in the finish. This is not a sweet beer, but the bitter, drying qualities are a little off-kilter. There is a definite weird astringent quality about this one. I can’t tell exactly how the wheat comes in to play, I never would have known where it not for the label. Anyway, this is a nice bold beer that is only held back by this strange charred, citric quality. I am trying to find a wording that doesn’t make that sound appealing. . .

FatPhil (17334) - 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 aroma’s beatifully richly roasted, burnt even. Some dustiness, but not in a way that detracts at all - but it’s quite "close" in the nose. Palate has improved massively, so smooth, and well rounded. However, there’s a tingle of carbonation there too. The extreme burntness is still there, but it’s not astringent any more. The orange squash has gone, I did look for it, and instead there’s 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, it’s still ended up .5 higher than it was before. Conclusion - age this mother for 4 years.

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.

Dough77 (822) - 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.

User37895 (3085) - - 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, couldn’t tell (probably not hops), just astringently bitter w/ each sip across the entire temperature span I drank this thing at.

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