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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
88
very good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 29
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BierBliss, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pens1967, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

thesarahfuller, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bleeps, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thin film and thick ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark, lightly charred toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol. Flavor follows aroma, dominated by dark toasted malt with light char, coffee, dark chocolate, finishing with charred dark malt and a substantial hop bitterness. Medium bodied with quite spicy active carbonation. A very interesting take on a stout. The heavy malt that usually supports the intense flavors of a RIS are not as noticeable here with the wheat giving a lighter less intrusive feel to the stout. This is a little disconcerting at first because the body seems thin at first, however the flavors are so robust and interesting that the wheat character is covered, but possibly displays the toastiness of the grain roasting even better than a heavily malted stout. Nicely hopped too. The alcohol in the aroma is not noticeable in the taste. An interesting and flavorful stout that I will be trying again.

LiquidAmber, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ryanpj, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

rumorsofsurf, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DrewLikesBeer, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jegross2, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ohiobeer29, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce brown bottle picked up recently at a local bottle shop. Distributed by Shelton Bros years ago and bottled on 03/2008; best by date of 03/2012. Batch# 144. Enjoyed out of a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter; if this is still good…

Appearance: Poured straight down the middle produced a thick, one finger fluffy dark brown head. Lots of bubble action fizzing away with the ferocity of a Berliner Weisse. After all the fuss a reddish brown head with a film was left atop a black body. Looks about right, though I’m unsure what all the fuss was about earlier.

Smell: Big sticky stone fruits, lightly roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate up front. Finishes with a surprising nutty note, almost like peanut brittle. Maybe that’s what’s left of the wheat?

Taste: Follows the nose with lots of sweet stone fruits (vinous), lots of dark chocolate, some smoke, and coffee beans. A mellow alcohol blends in the middle with the fruit notes. Finishes with that nuttiness that was present in the nose, though it’s stronger here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a thin/medium body (I’m wondering if the body has thinned out due to this being almost six years old). While it is very warming the alcohol has really mellowed out.

Overall: Given this was past the best by date and it’d been sitting on the shelves for years I wasn’t expecting much, however Dark Force is still hanging in there. Looks, smells and tastes like a solid aged stout. I didn’t get any wheat notes as I know wheat, so I’m wondering if the years turned it into that nutty note that rounded off the beer. I don’t see this getting any better, so if you still have one drink it now, it’s doing great.

CowsandBeer, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

mlm5641, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

larbush, Jan 18, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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sjones5045, Dec 29, 2013
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Kerne, Dec 27, 2013
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jhlosito75, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Benesi88, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.