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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of Fernans
4.56/5  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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Fernans, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Naerhu, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

erosier, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of crusian
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

crusian, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jegross2, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mitlinks, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of JumpingSpider
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JumpingSpider, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of sia478
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

sia478, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

GbVDave, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of vheissu15
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

vheissu15, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Beerenauslese, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of JWeldon
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

JWeldon, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jwinship83
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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

jwinship83, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of jco3rd
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jco3rd, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

MastaShonuf, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of BradAndAdele
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

BradAndAdele, May 13, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

ummswimmin, May 26, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mynie, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

schnarr84, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

PatGreer, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of doppelmeup
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exceptional looking pour with a very thick, long lasting creamy brown head that never went a way and laced the glass all the way down. Pitch black.

Full bodied and very flavorful without over-top-bitterness. Alcohol very well hidden. The wheat must make it slightly softer and smoother than typical RISs.

Highly recommended!

doppelmeup, Jul 16, 2008
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.