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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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461 Ratings

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 42 | 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 Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Black as outer space. Head is about a quarter inch, a silky medium tan.

A little licorice, dark chocolate, alcohol. A touch of vanilla or marshmallow. A little smoke.

Sweeter in the flavor. Chocolate syrup, smoke, a touch of anise. Slight lingering alcohol. Smooth.

Smooth, medium body. Pretty high carbonation and a little too much fizz. Very well-hidden alcohol. Tongue-numbing.

Smooth stuff. Wish there was a little more showing from the wheat. Still very smooth, easy-drinking.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73, Brewed April 2007; Sampled November 2007
Very well carbonated, and as I pour it the aroma makes me think of Brettanomyces. The head is somewhat large bubbled in consistency, initially four-fingers thick and even flows over the rim of my glass a bit; it is a light brown color and is quite long lasting. The beer is almost black in color and is quit opaque. Aromas of dark malt, toasted grain, toasted bread crust, coffee, ample chocolate and perhaps a bit of traditional, sharp wheat aromatics are noticeable underneath all of dark, roast character. Once I get into it, the aroma is not nearly as funky as I thought it would be (at least from those initial Brett infused overtones); it is still here though, much more subtle, but with a distinct vinous character as well as some aromas of tart fruit. This mostly smells like a roasty stout, a touch of tartness and grain character that could be attributed to the wheat as well as a touch of funkiness.

Much more funky in the flavor than the aroma ended up being, though it is still somewhat subtle, or at least I could see how it could be missed given all of the roast grain flavors that are here. Fairly light bodied (definitely lightened by the Brett / funk), though it does retain a soft creaminess, that is able to show through the ample carbonation. A few quick swirls of my glass frees up some of the excess carbonation and softens the beer a bit more. The beer in the near finish has a light tartness to it that is contributed by burnt grain, the wheat and most likely some of the funk. This tartness is superseded in the finish though by a sharp, lingering, burnt bitterness. Funky notes of moldy cotton and musty wood also linger in the finish. Really though the roast grain is what dominates the flavor profile here; flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, chalky roast grain husks, well toasted whole wheat crust and sour / bitter espresso. This has some fruitiness to it as well, of course the fruit tastes like it has been well burnt underneath a broiler, but it does evoke taste memories of burnt prunes, roasted figs and perhaps a touch of raisin.

As the beer warms, the funk begins to pick up a sharpness, almost a harshness that can at times muck the finish up a bit. Still this is a pretty good brew. I'll have to see if I can get a fresher example of this brew to see what that is like (though for a beer of this type, seven months should be nothing).

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves basically no head and no lacing,the smell is wheat,boozy alcohol,dark chocolate and cocoa,the mouthfeel is only medium bodied and abit thin for the style in my eyes with tastes of dark bittersweet chocolate,wheat,cereal,cocoa,dark plums and is finished with a dark mocha bittersweetness and overall its definately a first for me as i havnt heard of anyone else doing an imperial wheat stout but its very sessionable and easier to knock down than other RIS's but just not a true RIS in my eyes cheers.

Photo of atsprings
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a Brooklyn goblet. Pours a deep opaque black with a thick dark-tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with sweet fruits showing in the background. The beer is somewhat on the bland side, with some roastiness and sweet malts briefly showing up in the finish, but not much there. The beer seems light bodied, the alcohol provides some warmth, but is well hidden. I must say I was intrigued to try a wheat stout, but can honestly say I won't likely be trying one again any time soon.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tayner
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle batch 73 best before may 2010 Bottle says 9% abv.

Poured black with a huge tan head that wouldnt go away. didnt really lace and wasnt really sticky, just wouldnt go away.

Smell was mostly just of some aroma hops, the floral kind. Not alot of smells coming from this despite the huge head.

Taste was a bit more bold, roasted, nearly burnt malts, charcoal, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a wheaty finish. there is also a slight floral hop finish as well which seems a little out of place for me. perhaps a different variety of hops would have suited this one better IMO

Pretty easy to drink for a 9% beer since that was so well hidden, but not my favorite in this style at all. glad to try it once, probably wont seek it out again though.

This one was a bit overcarbonated for me, but it was relatively full feeling in the mouth.

Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 74, brewed May 07, best before May 11.

A: Murky black, tan head, very little retention or lacing.

S: Licorice, roasted/smokey grain, alcohol, coffee, soy sauce.

T: Roasted coffee, licorice, brown sugar, soy sauce.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: It's certainly interesting, but not overly drinkable.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this. What the hell is an Imperial Wheat Stout? I guess this is it.

Beer is black but brown at the corners and kind of hazy with a thin brown head of tiny bubbles, lacing? no.

Odd aroma, mild smoke, odd fruits, a little malt, not much roast.

Beer is coffee, lots of it. Mild smoke, is there wheat in here? Maybe this is why there is only one of this "style". Its an OK beer overall, its mildly sweet, a little chocolate bitterness. Its just OK.

Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge dark black with a slight rising off white head. Smells pretty bitter, chocolate,
For the price, $7.95, I'm expecting a lot from the taste. Huge chocolate, bitter malt at first, followed by a dry, bitter finish. They obviously didn't spare the hops on this one. The wheat is only slightly noticable, which is probably a good thing. If you're going to put an adjunct in a stout, make it oatmeal. I'm not crazy about the taste, it needs some more malt sweetness to balance the bitterness of the finish.
Mouthfeel is very nice, thick and creamy.
For the price there's no way I would buy this again. Interesting to try and drink once but there are way better stouts out there that are far cheaper.

Photo of seaoflament
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jw347 for this one in a recent trade.

Didn't notice until now that this one is a "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout." Sounds interesting.

Batch NR 73. Bottle states this beer as 9%

Pours a muddy dark brown with a chocolate volcano of foam. Half my pint glass was quickly filled with foam and it seems to settle at a thick half inch.

Tangy citrus with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, malted milk and a bit of pine. A decent, soft floral aroma of mixed chocolates and coffee but that tangy wheat presence is beginning to be somewhat dominant. Some more espresso aromas come out as it warms up.

Tastes of bitter chocolate with dark roasted, cold, coffee and the tangy wheat with a bit of citrus is also there. Some bitter roasted barley, dry and rough toasted bread with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Too tangy for my stout preference. Some dry rye feel in the finish as well.

Average mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated.

Interesting, but not one I would seek again.

Photo of frazbri
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark Force Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout - Batch 74, poured an impenatrable black color topped by an assertive tall mocha head. Aroma consisted of liquorish, cocoa, pepper and clove along with some fruit. Flavor had components of burnt toast and dark chocolate with a fruity depth and a sharp bite. The stout had medium carbonation levels and a full body with a silky smooth texture and a dry bitter finish.

This is a Imperial Stout / Weiss Bier hybrid. The end result of the crossbreeding is mixed. It's got a beer commercial head, full and longlasting, but there is a brightness that doesn't mesh with the rest of it's flavors.

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is sensationaly carbonated as a strong pour gets three fingers of carmel brown head and two fingers of ink black body. Head fades slowly leaving some dots of lace. Nose has tones of smokey malt, meaty spice and a nice overall zest to it. Enters the mouth with a nice mix of smokey meatiness, coco and a bit of rustic almost mineral based wheat. There is a dark chocolate bitter chocolate thing going on throughout the palate. Alchol is very well hidden for 9%. Mouthfeel is consistantly bitter, thick and rich. If I didnt know better I would think this one was a baltic porter. Solid drinkability.

Photo of Reaper16
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - brewed in December, 2007 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark brown, somewhat darker than cola. The body looks lighter in mass than most imperial stouts (a product of the wheat?). The head is a very dark tan. It builds up to two + fingers before quickly dissipating to nothing. All in all this looks pretty much like the other Haandbryggeriet dark beers I've had.

And smells like them too. Acrid chocolate, raisin and soy sauce (more saltiness than is desirable, frankly). There is an unroasted malt scent - sort of chalky and not-at-all dark - that I am attributing to the wheat malt. There is nothing wrong with the aroma from a stylistic standpoint, it just doesn't smell very good.

The chalky, no-longer tangy, taste of wheat is pretty unique among imperial stouts. Here its blandness serves to highlight the prune flavor and provide more of a contrast with the Hershey's bar-tasting malt flavors. Some low-dose bittering hops give a European grassiness which leads to a finish that is all like a glass of Ethiopian bean coffee from a French press. A solid effort.

If the wheat here has a positive effect it is in the mouthfeel. The body is lighter because of the wheat but the texture of the beer is made uniquely like a biscuit in the sense that it is simultaneously airy and substantial. It makes for a beer that feels almost like a dry stout but with the flavors of an imperial (or, at least, an export stout). Imperial Dry Stout? Heh. The 9% ABV is hardly noticeable.

So, "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout," eh? This beer is not extreme, and the wheat does not add all that much to the basic impy stout formula. This is a solid imperial stout; if you like Haandbryggeriet's beers than you should definitely purchase this one.

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
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