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


on tap

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RATINGS: 963   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1160) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2007
500 mL bottle, batch 74 best before may 2011. massive tan head rises atop the black liquid, with a lot of carbonation for an "imperial stout." chalky, starchy, roasty aroma - not much alcohol but it would be hard to decipher much else behind the bitter and astringent nose. huge roasted bitterness, and the bitter of unsweetened chocolate. wheat is apparent in the smooth body, but it soon turns gritty. perhaps this needs some time (2011 maybe?) to mellow and round out, but for now it would be tough to recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12837) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2007
(Bottle, Batch 73, BB Apr 2010) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, rye bread, sweet dark fruit, and some chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, well done meat, vinous, chocolate, and some licorice with plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle. Huh... This ones a bit odd. Interesting aroma of liquorice, molasses, wet, burnt wood and alcohol. Pours dark, dark brown: almost black with a khaki head that lasts forever. Unique flavor profile: soot, dry and sour yeast, coffee and lightly roasted malt. Not nearly as full bodied and rich as I like my Imp. stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
thanks zeswaft. chalk and soot aroma. tastes like soot. horrible. why are all these norweigan beers brewed with talcum powder?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3775) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of chocolate and liqurice. A flavor of chocolate, coffee and roastet malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zeswaft (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Pours nice and thick black with dark brown head. aroma is plastic and chocolate. flavor is pretty much the same with an obvious wheat flavor that im not digging. Interesting idea but not very good. oh yeah, $13 was a fucking rip off.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 I have for all intents and purposes stopped rating. The only reason Im rating this is to warn those who havent tried this and to air my absolute disbelief that this beer has an average score of 3.7. WTF...I know that 3.7 isnt the worlds best beer, but 3.7 shouldnt suck ass. This beer is an utter disaster...thats all I have to say...besides...for shame ratebeer...for shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Pours black muddy buddy brown with lasting head. Smells of slight yeast accompanied by hops and malted grain. Tiny citrus notes barely noticed over a dark floral wood.Tastes heavily of peat and wood grain. Very gritty with very slight roast coffee that has a bitter sawdust finish. The Imperial Wheat Stout aspect seems interesting on paper, but doesnt seem to have that full back of the tongue flavor I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4091) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2007
You know, I didnt care for this as much as the Norwegian Wood from the same brewer. Perhaps it has to compete against a lot of contenders in the "big dark rich" beer world. I took this as a hoppy Imperial stout, burnt and with some smoke notes. Thick, black, good head. Typical stuff in this style, but not rising out of the masses. That may be why it has a decent score (3.73 before I rate it, but low style percentage--44.8%). Bottle purchased in Baltimore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours an opaque ebony black with a craggy and creamy tan head that might seemingly last for quit some time. Aroma is unique for an Impy, but then again, so is using wheat in this family. Aromas of coccoa, roasting coffee dominate. Yet, there is this odd ccedar like aroma that seems to hold its own. Not sure if I am crazy, but I seem to be picking up this odd burnt toast smell. Flavor is a contiuation of the oddness. There is such a dominate sweetness initially, I was surprised. But as the flavor develops, the typically roasted bitterness does come through. Glad I have another one of these, I would like to see what some time in the bottle does to this one.

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