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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

450 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 40 | 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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bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

03-18-2014 04:15:31 | More by bleeps
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

03-16-2014 04:49:03 | More by LiquidAmber
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-16-2014 03:49:30 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

03-14-2014 22:25:00 | More by ryanpj
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rumorsofsurf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

03-05-2014 17:46:09 | More by rumorsofsurf
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DrewLikesBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-23-2014 07:25:16 | More by DrewLikesBeer
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-20-2014 02:35:59 | More by jegross2
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

02-16-2014 07:31:32 | More by ohiobeer29
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

02-06-2014 03:50:19 | More by threedaggers
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

01-30-2014 06:47:03 | More by CowsandBeer
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mlm5641

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-25-2014 06:26:27 | More by mlm5641
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larbush

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

01-18-2014 20:06:11 | More by larbush
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Fernans

Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +15.2%

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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01-18-2014 03:02:22 | More by Fernans
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sia478

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-29-2013 00:31:06 | More by sjones5045
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-29-2013 00:09:02 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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DudMan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-28-2013 22:32:25 | More by DudMan
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Kerne

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-27-2013 07:00:09 | More by Kerne
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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-20-2013 03:20:35 | More by jhlosito75
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-07-2013 22:27:34 | More by Benesi88
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1%

11-24-2013 17:07:14 | More by jaydoc
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Kevinkarpiak

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

I just found one bottle, in the back of my specialty beer selling local liquor store and was like "hey I've never seen that one. I'll buy it for $7.95 and take it home and try it." Only later did I realize it had brewing info on the side: batch #75, brewed May 2007. That would make this a 6.5 year old beer!

Nice dark color with a surprisingly thick brown head for its age. No aroma to speak of, except a slight booziness. It doesn't drink boozy, though, despite it's 9% calling card. Flavor is a standard, if lightweight, imperial stout. Kinda one nite, with no extra flavors hidden beneath. Mouth feel is a bit thin too, for an Imperial Stout... Although both these last two qualities could be because of age. The bottle also says "best before May 2010"

11-14-2013 00:30:38 | More by Kevinkarpiak
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

10-21-2013 15:01:54 | More by FrankHammer
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david131

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-20-2013 08:04:54 | More by david131
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%

Batch 287, 1080 total bottles. 24.06.10 bottling date. A bit over three years old.

A: Pitch black pour with one of the biggest, darkest, densest heads I've ever seen. Head fades slowly with nary a trace of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Touches of smoke and char (burnt malts really). Bit of dark fruit and anise.

T: Huh, interesting. Definitely wheaty. A nice roasted wheat malt from start to finish. Not as smoky as I was expecting from the aroma. Just a mild, pleasing char. Pretty simple, pretty much a smooth burnt wheat from start to finish. A bit of grainy sweetness along with some milk chocolate in the middle and finish perks it up. Lingering wheat in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Unique stout. I didn't rate it that well but honestly it's tasty and drinkable. Just very one-note. It's all roasted wheat from start to finish. Simple but good with a nice touch of uniqueness. In all fairness, I upped the scores a little because the age may have mellowed it out.

09-07-2013 04:11:46 | More by Dope
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.