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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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309 Reviews

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Reviews: 309
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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Photo of bags6lax
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up last night, on a recommendation from my liquor stores beer guy.

Poured a really nice, tan, sticky head...instant dark fruity aromas, with a hint of charred, burned, earthy aromas. I was immediately intrigued, especially with the "style" name.

First couple of sips, and I relaized this was an exceptional beer, that had a lot of thought put in it. The wheat just softens all the flavors, and mixes them really well, from the hop biterness, caramel/vanilla flavors, to the nice fruity yeast flavors.

can't stop thinking about this beer, as it just lingered on my tongue for seemingly ever.

I could see pairing this up with different deserts especially a little vanilla ice cream, and even for people who aren't fans of really dark beers, this would be something easy to introduce. Great Beer!

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Photo of doboy
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is one of the best I've had. I expected less body from a wheat Stout but was pleasently surprised.

Pours a black as night brew with a nice tan head that remains throughout the whole beer ( this one was one to savor, not gulp!). The mouthfeel was very nice and filling. Nice dark malty overtones with a slight bittering on the back end.

It may have been too cold when I started, but got better as the afternoon passed. Definately one to keep on hand in the beer fridge for a special occasion!

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Photo of Brent
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm giving this beer high marks because the brewery was really on top of the game with this one. Poured a coal black, with a beautiful mocha-colored head. Aroma of latte coffee. Dense roasted malt flavor, with no oxidized or off-notes whatsoever. Rich flavor, that was not overwhelming or cloying. Finished up surprisingly clean, with some lingering bitterness. One of the best balanced RIS I've run accross.

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Photo of eerilychildish
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass, served at ~60 degrees

A: rich and dark with a beautiful, thick head at pour. Head disappears rather quickly, however, and there's no lacing to speak of, so it loses a few points here.

S: strong aroma of chocolate malt, with hints of coffee and a stone fruit that I can't quite identify, so I'll call it plum.

T: Smooth and malty with all the chocolate goodness I've come to expect from the style. Enough hops to balance out the malt without being excessively bitter. I"ve never had a stout that tastes quite this good.

M: Rich and smooth with the tiny bubbles you often only get from a nitro tap. The mouthfeel of this beer really exemplifies everything good about the style.

D: I can't say enough good things about this beer, the few points it loses on appearance are more than balanced out by all its good qualities. This is everything an imperial stout should be and more.

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Photo of lavellen
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this because the style of Imperial Wheat Stout sounded awesome. It was great! This poured with a very fluffy brown head. The chocolate notes really came through with the wheat later in the tasting as the beer warmed slightly. The aroma was a little "homebrewy" as my friend put it, but still not off putting, probably just from the import process. Great Job brothers from the Nord!

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Photo of AkaiOni
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this beer left me in awe. It comes out a beautiful dark black. The smell left me dreaming like was was swimming in a sea of wonderful warm roasty maltness.The pour from the bottle left a beautiful creamy head. With the first taste I could tell this was going to be good. The balance between the roasted flavors and the malty character was excellent, not as much wheat as I was expecting but it came through in the end to leave me with a huge smile on my face. They did a fantastic good using roasted, sweet, and malty characters from the malts. There was little presence of bittering which didn't dissatisfy. Enjoy this, savor this, love this.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown, 3" of cloudy like creamy head. Huge head retention.

Cocoa, Wheat and STOUT...Very much a yummy beer.

It's a light tasting stout with a big wheat flavor and a cocoa. Light roasted norwegian heaven.

Nice clean smooth mouthfeel. I can drink these till the cows come home....

back to the beer....MMMM SO DAMN GOOD!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a pint glass. The growler was filled via nitro tap.

A- jet black with a paper thin mocha colored head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Disappointing.

S- very smoky and nice...hints of coffee and chocolate, but the roasted malts are what come through the most. Real enjoyable

T- I mostly get that nutty, roasted flavor...a little coffee and chocolate as the kicker, but the nuttiness is what comes though most...a little odd for a Russian, but regardless, its awesome.

M- the feel is good...thick without being syrupy, which is what I really look for in a heavier stout like this. Little to no carbonation...lovely. Very creamy, also

D- well, it is a RIS, so you can't drink it like its a bottle of water. But damn...none of the flavors are really overwhelming, and what shows through is wonderful. Great brew

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Photo of MrBen
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Craft beer? in Norway? Hell yes.

I discovered a bottle of this fine brew on the shelf at one of my favorite shops today. This is a heavy beer that is superbly drinkable. It throws a serious head, even after a careful pour. Light tan head, very stable, and with fair lacing. A somewhat traditional profile of an Imperial, but with a silky and coating mouthfeel, as well as a complex group of flavors. It was so very, very easy to consume. I also appreciated the long finish. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: pours very dark brown. sits midnight with a thin dark brown rim and a small, creamy, mocha head

Smell: aromas combine to give a quick, initial smoked meatiness. good combination of wheat aroma, roast, smoke, chocolate and bright alcohol

Taste: very elegant for an imperial stout, especially one with such an ominous description. great balance of above characteristics: wheat, roast, chocolate, alcohol (warming, not harsh), and a little smoke that peaks through mostly in the finish. bitterness is very low. finish is clean with a little smoke and wheat

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy full body with medium carbonation

Notes: brilliant brew. the experience isnt quite as big as the description would imply but it doesnt let me down. fantastic beer

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle, batch 75, brewed May '07

A: Pours a thick pitch black under an impressive dark brown head. Slightest retention, no lace.

S: Smells of a roasted, yet somehow sweet, malt. Some hints of chocolate and smoke in the background.

T: Wow, a lot happening here. Sweet and smokey, chocolaty and roasted, a little bit of a herbal twang and charcoal, some alcohol, some wheat in the back end and a hint of heavy cream. Finish is of some smoke and a mild roasted bitterness. Very impressed.

M/D: Carbonation is just right, body is to the fullest, a little bit of creaminess. Drinkability is is good for a beer this big and this bold. Very impressed with this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very distinctive - smoky and stoutish yet wheaty. It is not strong, but a good snootful had me licking my chops. It pours a deep, opaque chocolate brown, just a couple red tomcat whiskers above black, with a fairly thick and fluffy dark tan head. Flavor is very satisfying and toothsome - smoky and coffee-ish with undertones of both wheat and unsweet chocolate and nutty and molasses hints. Deliskabus! Texture is tingly and edgy yet milky smooth. This is a fabulous beer that is worth finding. Any place I can get it on tap?

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Photo of beerking1
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark and mysterious. Labeled as a "Imperial Wheat Stout" beer, this one demands attention! Pitch black color, topped with a very dark tan, thick head.
Aroma is a little faint, but the flavor makes up for it. Strong roasted and black flavors, with some mild notes of wheat beer backing them up. Tail is all roast and charcoal, lingering long but very pleasant.

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Photo of Fernans
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well I found this to an excellent Imperial Stout. Rich and flavorful. Coffee and sweet, malty flavors. It jumped out to me like Speedway Stout or Old Raspy. Despite its strength, you hardly notice. Top notch.

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Photo of Converge
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. I guess I could say this is the first beer I've tried to age, as the bottle is 2010 vintage (but only really about a year old). Batch 332.

A - Big, thick mocha colored head atop a deep, pitch black and viscous beer. The head eventually thins out to almost nothing, and leaves no lacing. The deep, dark stout alone is a treat to look at here though.

S - At first I'm getting a lot of metallic funk, so I might let this warm up a tad. After it warms up a bit, I'm getting lots of Belgian yeast and dark wheat with a lot of funk to it. Big dark chocolate character becomes very apparent as well. Smokey ash and licorice loom in the background. It's complex, but it does feel slightly off to me here.

T - Luckily, the odd funk in the aroma doesn't show up in the flavor at all. Upfront this RIS has a big, dark chocolate flavor that really spearheads the profile. There's definitely some roasty, coffee like bitterness throughout it, but it's balanced nicely by the sweet chocolatey notes. Finishes with a hint of dry leafy hops and lingering smokiness. The wheat presence is also detectable and quite nice coupled with the yeast here. The hints of smoke I detect are actually really peaty, and sort of remind me of Harviestoun's Highland Park Ola Dubh. Overall this beer has a dark, malty profile with a solid roasty bitterness balanced with a dark chocolatey sweetness and deep earthy smoke character. Also, nearly zero alcohol heat. Once it warms up more, I can even taste a touch of black cherry and other dark fruit in the finish, although it's light. I'm impressed.

M - Monstrous viscosity. Feels thick and full bodied, but is balanced nicely by the low, prickly carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a while, with a touch of spice in it. Really low alcohol warmth. Compliments the big flavors nicely. As it warms it even becomes fairly sticky, but not too syrupy.

D - Despite the sheer size and complexity of the flavor profile, this RIS doesn't feel at all too overwhelming or astringent at any point. It remains, dark and drinkable for the whole duration with a rich sweetness balanced with a roasted malt bittering character. Judging by the other reviews this beer really comes through with about a year of age on it, so I'm glad I waited to open this one up. It was just a delicious, earthy, dark, rich, and complex treat to drink.

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Photo of crusian
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

weird, this actually smells wheaty... if blindfolded this would be presumed to be a hefe or a bad pale... I did not expect that.
oh, the taste on this is VERY sweet and smooth. This is unlike anything I have ever had. you NEED to try this, just for its unusual character. More brewers need to make a wheat imperial stout. It is a style I could see coming into its own. no bitter finish. Wow, I so want more of this, I am kicking myself for not buying more. I am a Russian Imp stout freak, and this is so different from the norm that I am a little giddy about it. BUY it.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch # 73 Brewed : Apr. '07 Best Before : Apr. '10

A: Sneaks into the glass a pure pitch black. Thick and creamy 2 finger head the color of wheat toast.

S: Incredible aromas of dark chocolate, ripe plums, molassas, rum raisin bread, spicy yeast, pepper, cherry, and brown sugar.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted wheat dominate the flavors here. Also found were sweet and spicy dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, rum soaked raisins, pepper, and spices.

M: Silky smooth with barely a hint of alcohol heat. Bitter roasted goodness with a finish that lasts forever.

D: I can't believe this is 9% abv. I had to search hard to find even the tiniest hint of alcohol presence. This is phenominal!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 217, brewed 10/04/09.

Pours brownish black, with a very good head, that eventually dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is wild funky, horseblanket, bready, fruity, and roasted malts. Volatile aromatics convey a soapy smell.

Taste is dominated by toasted malt, with very rich prune and cherry sour fruit, and chocolate and coffee. Finishes dry and hoppy. Nice ride overall.

Body is medium and ample carbonation makes this very creamy.

This is a nite-cap beer, very dark, rich, and luscious, a beer to linger over. The alcohol is there at 9%, but sipping and savoring will get you through a 25 oz bottle.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black with a brown finger sized head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Chocolate, a little toffee, very roasty

T- Rich caramel and a little chocolate. very nice coffee aftertaste

M rich, creamy, and very smooth

D- very easy and pleasant to drink. something id try again

550ml bottle

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Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this great beer to Tokyo!

What can I say about the appearance. It looks exactly has every other imperial stout. Pitch black. Tiny amount of extra dark brown head.

Burnt sambuca, char, chocolate and char on the nose. Flavor much the same. Amazing balance between sweet, bitter and alcohol.

The reason the drinkability is so low, is because, as delicious as the beer was, I couldnt finish it. Despite its balance, there was just too much intensity going on.

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Photo of BradAndAdele
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good solid stout. Welcomingly reassuring to see, smell and taste. Goes down a treat.

Appears nearly pitch black, and in the right light looks like gorgeously molten chocolate. A beer to sit and stare at ...

... and to smell. Gorgeously chocolately with aromas of coffee and malt hit the nostrils.

Tastes as it smells. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, with malt coming through the aftertaste. A big fat stout.

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Photo of erosier
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a huge tan colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass all the way down. Too much head on this one.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, interesting burnt wheat aromas, some vinous aromas, and aromas of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.
T: Tastes of a really nice mix of malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors, then a nice burnt/toasted wheat taste.
M: Very smooth, warming, perhaps too much carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, interesting twist on the Russian Imperial Stout with a nice wheat taste to it that was not only heavy, but it was really interesting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle when I was down in Florida on vacation. Served at cellar temp and poured actually in a tall pilsner glass as it was all I had, this one was consumed on 03/05/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich dark black in color with a large foamy head of tan. Toom uch as it came up over the bottle and foamed out all over the place. Once in the glass it settled down nicely though. The aroma was rich chocolate and coffee, lots of molasses and rich dark malts. Smooth carry over into the flavor here as the rich molasses and rum soaked roasted malts were tight as hell here. Really solid RIS as the beer warmed really started to let loose with vanilla and caramel flavors and a nice toasty flavor. Smooth, creamy, full bodied and not too jacked up on ABV, this was easily, and I mean easily one of the btter RIS I have had recently without a doubt.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Opaque black beer. Dark force? I think this is an appropriate name. This oil-black brew spawned a dark brown, frothy(!) head with strong retention, remaining in a thick collar and consistent bubbles.

S-Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Dark fruits also elbow for space in my nostrils. Some hop character is also able to emerge in a quite distinct resinous note.

T-Big with roast and chocolate. Some dried fruits of the darker persuasion stand in. Hop bitterness is slightly present near the end, along with a pretty clear sweet, floral hop character. A little alcohol comes through in the end of the flavor Is that wheaty spice/twang in there? Maybe a little bit on the aftertaste.

M-Creamy, yet oily and full-bodied. Low-medium carbonation is there just enough for me to realize it. Smoother than many imperial stouts I've tasted. A very pleasant warming deep in my belly.

D-I say two thumbs up for Haand. This imperial stout has a lot going for it with its immense body holding complex flavors. Even with the substantialness of this beer, I would love to have another bottle... right now. This was my first encounter with this brewery, and I look forward to trying them again.

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