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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

450 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 28
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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark and significant wheat in there, for a happy marriage. Hoppy and very drinkable. It starts wheaty tongue softy and ends imperial stout. Very nice. There may be a spot of coffee and a measure of coffeee, but its a great beverage to accompany any dude's supper.
Four months later, big sight and roast aroma. Good change up. Remember this is an imerial wheat stout.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by bmanning at a recent tasting.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Nose brings forward some roasted malt with a bt of smoke, but does not reveal much underlying depth. Taste brings out a bit more with some chocolate and coffee. Along with a bt of sweetness. Feel is fairly full. Drinks quite well, but isn't as good as Odin's Tipple.

Thorpe429, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

acurtis, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (nearly jet black) in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high mocha colored head that took a very long time to die down.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some additional flavors of smoke and hints of molasses. The hops contribute a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, dry and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol. The wheat makes this beer feel a bit lighter than you would expect for the style.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: Batch 290

metter98, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73 (brewed 4/07; tasted 1/09)

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a fizzy head that fades to a ringlet rather quickly without leaving much lace

Smell: Charcoal dominates the aroma, along with chocolate, caramel and wheat toast

Taste: Chocalate up front, along with a building bready flavor, but the charcoal elements kick in by mid-palate, bringing along a surge of roasty bitterness; after the swallow, more chocolate and some vague fruity flavors; cherries, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: There is a bit too much fizzy carbonation to really get a sense of the beer's body character

Drinkability: Interesting, but the mouthfeel is a real problem for me as I don't want a big beer to get all fizzy; also, just too much charcoal flavor as well

brentk56, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double chocolate fudge brown with the suggestion of lightening at the edges, though no actual highlights. The massive crown is the color of dark brown sugar, has a mousse-like texture and is beginning to deposit attractive lace in tattered sheets. What's not to like?

The nose is rock solid as well. Dark Force doesn't smell as devilishly dark and as pungently powerful as some versions, but it definitely gets the job done. I can appreciate quite a bit of dark fruitiness and more than a handful of hops. 65 IBUs will do that. Warming kicks things up a notch.

The brewery claims that DF is the only known wheat stout in the universe. Doubtful. They also call it (in small print along the bottom of the label) a 'Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout'. That's a pretty big boast, so this brew better bring it.

Although I could never have identified the fact that mainly wheat malt is used, it makes sense after the first big gulp. Not in the flavor (there's too much roasted maltiness for that), but in the lighter than usual body and the silky softness of the mouthfeel. Yeah, but does it taste good? You betcha.

Dark Force is reminiscent of a Baltic porter (in some respects), although the stated style is much closer to the mark. There's a huge charred barley character, complete with rivers of chocolate liquor, black coffee and blackstrap molasses. Grapefruity hops crash the mouth party at the midway point, and then come on like gangbusters at the finish.

For all of its smooth silky softness, mouthfeel doesn't quite keep pace with flavor and drinkability. It came up just short of 'very good' in the end.

Dark Force is my third Haandbryggeriet beer and is easily the best. It may not be Double, Extreme *and* Imperial, but it's a delicious RIS that I would love to drink again and again. Since I'm not a Star Wars geek, I'll refrain from some lame joke about The Force. If you're an RIS geek, you should pick this one up whenever you run across it.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy color head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes are dominating with some black chocolate notes as well. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee notes with some black chocolate notes a nice creamy body. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I can't say that I really tasted the wheat component and I would have guessed it contains any wheat unless it was mentioned on the label. Good beer overall but missing something to be with the great beer form the style.

Phyl21ca, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's a little more than just a Russian Imperial Stout. The beer borrows a lot from a hearty wheat malt addition, which gives a lot of esters and phenols that stand tall among a serious roasted brew. The pour give an intimidating viscous, black pour with a dark brown head forming, and retaining well. The carbonation has difficulty layering, give a nice pattern of cascading tethers. Aromas are very roasty of coffee, bitter cocoa, sweet toffee malts, soft banannas, and spicy cloves. Flavors give much the same with emphasis on the espresso notes, cocoa delectidence, and phenolic cloves. Soft wheat malt follows every sip emphasising the clove, white pepper, and warming alcohols. Textures of marshmellows acommpany the coffee acidiity, milk-chocolate silkiness, and sharp spices -- full and rich all the way. Finishes with those linging coffee and chocolate notes. The palate cleans fairly quickly, allowing a quick jump into the next drink. A most impressive brew.

BEERchitect, Apr 06, 2008
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
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4/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours essentially black in color with a rather lively tan head. Somewhat smokey with quite a bit of licorice, burnt sugar, and roasted malt. There’s a decent amount of coffee as well. The flavor has a nice touch of chocolate to go with roasted malt, coffee, and licorice. There is also some of the light smokiness that was present on the nose.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with a medium brown head with big bubbles that quickly fades. Nose is assertive black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and actually feels thinner than it is because of high carbonation.

Big flavors follow nose. All bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Not a bad example but the high carbonation really detracts. Big bitter espresso finish.

GRG1313, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Batch #74)

Appearance: Pours a black body with garnet-hued edges and an immense, tan-colored head.

Smell: An aroma truly immersed in dark, roasted malts. Strong notes of everything from French Roast coffee to unsweetened chocolate to leather to anise to the smokey, scorched remains of a burnt down wooden structure. Pushing my nose past all that, there's even a handful of blueberries in there.

Taste: A rich, hearty bittersweet chocolate flavor starts things off, followed by dark roasted coffee. The moderate sweetness is always kept in check by the soul-crushing roastiness. Mellow blueberry fruitiness. A burnt, ashen quality begins the build. Herbaceous hops, along with anise, tobacco, and a teaspoon of grappa lurk in the long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Sharply carbonated.

Drinkability: An impressive, very well-crafted beer that's sure to please!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really thick looking black color, the head is vet thick looking and brown. The lacing looks pretty good overall. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted with some grainy aromas in there. The taste is rich with flavor, there is some sweetness up front that changes to a burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and pretty smooth. Overall it's a pretty interesting stout.

Knapp85, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard alot about these Haand brews from Norway so I was quick to grab this over last weekend when given the chance.Poured into an imperial pint glass a ddep oil color I mean pitch black no light at all showing thru a large blooming mocha colored head atop much larger than I expect as even with a relatively gentle pour it nearly went over the top.A good mix of heavily roasted malt,wood, and dark fruit almost like a chocolate covered raisin a lingering nuttiness appeared as well just alot of stuff going on there.Really not as full bodied as I would have imagined and a little prickly but not overly obtrusive,flavors start out highly roasted with some bitter unsweetened chocolate rounding into a woody and raisin like flavor in the finish with a light leafy hop presence.A solid impy stout it has alot of complexity mostly in the aromas.

oberon, Dec 13, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73, brewed April 2007. 15 month old bottle, BBD: 04/10.

Into a classic Duvel tulip this pours obsidian black, glistening in the light a deep woody brown color. Poofy 2" layer of dense mocha foam, that recedes to a creamy 1/4" cap.

Dried fruit and cola aroma, and hint of something creamy.

Rich roasted malt flavor with dry tobacco leaf and coffee notes. Earthy with some mild smoke and char.Long lingering roast coffee bean finish.

Feel is smooth from the wheat, without any wheat taste. This is fairly unique, yet there's a mild waxy character that renders it less than perfect. Carbonation is low to moderate, which is just right. One bottle is plenty in one sitting, the half-liter serving size is appreciated.

The sludgy wheat/yeast trüb that has compacted in the lower recesses of the bottle is a sight to behold...like some sort of disintegrating golem fetus. Dark Force=METAL

emerge077, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with ruby tones. It had very little head and really looked like a port.

S - It smelled of alcohol, sweet malts, toffee and some caramel.

T - The taste was quite different from the smell. It tasted spiced (kind of like a winter warmer). It still had a good roasted malt flavor and some chocolate/caramel flavors.

M - It was sharp, crisp and had a subtle dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very unique RIS. The spices are quite different and make this one worth a try.

zeff80, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9% ABV, weird fingerprint cosmos imagery on the label, which also includes a lost in translation Star Wars reference.

This beer pours an essentially thorough solid black, the only offset a thin razor-sharp cola edge when presented to the light of day. It gives up a number of fingers of thin fizzy, yet foamy mocha head, which slinks away at an even pace, giving up very little in the way of lace. The aroma is toasty barley and crisp wheat grain, dry chocolate, and a bit of coffee grounds. Up front in the flavour is sour roasted chocolate malt, with some put-upon edgy wheat graininess, a bit of tart orchard fruitiness, and followed up by bitter earthy hops, providing further dryness. The carbonation is average - noticeable and forgettable at the same time, the body inarguably on the light side, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry and ashy, chocolate malt and coffee oriented, respectively.

The name of this brew could be a new style unto itself (Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout). As it stands, as an RIS it falls short, likely due to the heavy use of wheat - the weight just isn't there, and while it hides the big booze quite well, it winds up feeling more like a strong porter than anything. Still, if you don't mind some sour astringency to go with your usual suspects, pile on.

As seems to be the increasing norm while I engage is this particular pastime, the Winamp music gods endeavour to play along: 'Turbonegro - What is Rock?!' So Skol, indeed.

biboergosum, May 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.