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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
88
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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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.

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

Photo of vheissu15
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Photo of jco3rd
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.