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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

441 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to HaandBryggeriet, Dark Force is the only known Imperial Wheat Stout, and since they have better access to this information than I do, I'll have to take their word for it. So what does the wheat brewing do for the beer, and can this brew really live up to the "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout" description on the label? Judging by the smell, I'd say it's off to a good start: rich, thick, loamy malts dominate, bringing figs, dried fruits, anise, dark chocolate, and deeply-toasted grains.

On the tongue, the brew is unbelievably dark, beginning with a shot of sugary figs and dark cherries, then descending with breathtaking pace into the depths of darkness, where ash, tobacco, and coffee join hands with prunes, anise, vanilla, black cherries, and black malts. As the sugars die off, the black malt and tobacco flavors come into stronger focus, and continue into the aftertaste, which lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Stout, and the wheat brewing brings levels of toasted malty goodness to this beer that shoot it several levels above a standard stout. Fans of this style will have much to rejoice about in this version.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:29:22 | More by jondeelee
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HaandBryggeriet's 'dark force', Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout (overdoing the adjectives a little, perhaps). 9% ABV.

A: Pours a VERY dark brown. Pure black in the glass, with just a slim line of deep, bright brown in the dimple. Almost no head (brown, when it does show up). No lacing.

S: Interesting smells. Lots of caramels going on. Dark caramel, a little burnt. Dark coffee. Malt powder. Very faint dark powdered cocoa. Coffee creamer-like sweetness. Blackened toast. Hint of licorice. Just the faintest fruitiness. Raisin, perhaps.

T/MF: Pretty sweet! Dark roasted coffee. Blackened caramel. Light char, as it settles.

Not bad! The nose is the star, but the whole package is pretty good. I definitely recommend this, if you can find it!

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A: Pours a dark black with a strong tan head. Still plenty of carbonation.

S: The smell was very strange for stout. A wet bread smell was so strong it was hard to detect anything else. I guess I could detect some malt and roast aromas.

T: The roast flavor really shined through in the taste. There were some interesting and strange but somewhat enjoyable off flavors. At least they were off for the style. Lots of hay , yeast and earthy flavors that I would expect to find in a funky belgian, not a stout.

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M: A little thinner than some stouts, but not to distraction. Actually had a surprisingly creamy mouth feel. Properly carbonated.

O: An interesting brew. Even though it was past its 'best by' date it was still enjoyable. I would not overpay for this but I would enjoy it at the right price point. Not your typical stout.

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.