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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

431 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:25:53 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 15:37:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:46:54 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 15:53:46 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:02:48 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 20:08:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 04:46:53 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 22:46:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:38:54 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 01:15:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 13:06:55 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:03:25 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HaandBryggeriet Dark Force
Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout, 9% abv, 16.9 oxz bottle, silhouette of a hand holds a glaxy on this label, a lot of "Star Wars" reference on the back label copy. Some "Star Trek", too...but isn't "Double Extreme Imperial" just pushing it a bit?

Dark brown color, big, fizzy brown head, bubblin' and bubblin', drizzles down assuredly...

Blackstrap a bit, in the nose, light cola, cocoa, a hint of anise...nice and stout-y.

Fizzy in the mouth, dark and lively, but dies away a bit too soon. Big carbonation. Spicy. But the mouthfeel and texture really doesn't match what the label boasts. Richer and richer as we go, roastier, darker, getting better...

The wheat aspect makes it easier to down, but that's not what I'd expect from a "Double extreme Imperial." Actually, I've never sat down and thought about what I desire in a "double extreme Imperial." Somehow, it just never came up!

Roasty and toasty, and smooth, despite it all, with that 9% abv hardly acting up at all...although I'm only halfway through the bottle. Maybe it'll creep up on me.

I'm happy for those 4 guys in Finland, but the question remains...worth the $8 I spent? Well, obviously I bought the hype and spent the coin, but, the verdict is...good, but not that good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:49:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:02:24 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 93 pours mahogany/black with 3+ fingers of mocha head with brown flecks on top. Good lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruits, chocolate & roasted malt

T: Husky roasted grains, iron, & bitter chocolate up front. Chocolate, iron, raisins & licorice as this warms. Finished dry, roasty, & with a nice chocolated edge, plus boozey warmth at the back of the throat

MF: Feels fairly then & prickly up front, even though I let it warm up quite a bit. Smoothed out & gained warming boozeyness as it continued to warm

Drinks alright, there much better examples of this style for far less money. This got better as it warmed, so maybe take it to near room temperature before drinking

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 05:23:08 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 18:21:29 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:53:01 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Ebeneezers.

A: Light fizzy 1/2 finger dark colored head fades semi quickly, pitch black colored beer with long legs that coat the glass.

N: Dark malts, roast galore! Chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, a little earthy bitter hops, slight earthy bitter charred malt aromas too, lots of dark malts still, a slight boozy aroma, but no real wheat, slightly overpowering on the nose.

T: Tons of chocolate, malts, milk, cocoa nibs, etc. Roasty malts too with a little coffee. Some oatmeal and creamy flavors too, with light sweetness but mostly dry. Fluffy too, with a touch of warming booze. More coffee roast coming late on the palate too. A touch of caramel, as well as a smoke flavor. Some chewy malts too.

M: Semi thick, creamy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Thick syrupy coating that just sticks all over the mouth in a nice stout coating. Lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, and creamy oatmeal all stick around for a while as it sits around the mouth. Very rich flavors lingering keeping you remembering the beer's full taste. A little slight dryness and touch of smoke on the finish too, and the booze is very slight, there, but not smacking you.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 00:49:42 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 03:44:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:52:00 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a large brown foamy head that is pretty well-retained for the style/abv. Eventually it disappears but comes back with a gentle swirl. No lacing sticks, but "legs" do.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate - not sure that I would have picked up on the "wheat" aroma if I didn't know about it beforehand, but there is a breadiness and a tang to it.

The taste is sweet initially - with strong anise. Some bready notes come in and out with roasted coffee and chocolate. As it progresses, sourish/tart tangy notes come through. An interesting brew - and one that I enjoyed the more it progressed (thus lifting the taste score by half a point from my original thought). It does show some booze in the finish.

It has sharp carbonation - with an acidic bite on the tongue. The carbonation is a bit more than expected, but eventually calms a bit. The body isn't quite as full as expected, even as it progresses, but pretty smooth for abv and sharpness.

An interesting brew - I'm not sure it's worth the nearly $10 for the 500 ml to have again, but glad to have had it the once. It becomes more complex and drinkability rises as it progresses.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 22:37:46 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently the boys tried this one at Bierkraft in Brooklyn and there was much diversity in opinions and descriptions of flavor. So let's see what happens here.

Pours pitch black of course with a darker tan head. Nose is dusty. Nice thick malts. Flavor is smoky. Minor bitter edge. Very meaty. Extremely robust. Lasting flavor and a lasting aftertaste. Smooth liquid feel with a thick body. Good level of carbonation. Overall very drinkable. But for the price? Absolutely not. For what I paid for this, I better be getting some serious character, which I don't really feel like I get here.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:34:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label calls this an Imperial Wheat Stout.

Appearance: black in color with a thick 2" milk chocolate colored head. Moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt tones, and some softer licorice leaps from the glass and is easy to pick up.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors with chocolate, sweet plums, prunes, raisins, and some licorice. Alcohol is mildly noticable, and there is a nice bitterness level here. The wheat mellows out the heartiness here a bit.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Short aftertaste as the roasted tones and chocolates linger the loudest on the tongue.

Drinkability: despite the higher alcohol level, this was surprisingly drinkable. It is also a bit different than some other Imperial Stouts on the market.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 23:03:51 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle, Batch 93, brewed Sept. 07

A: Pours a dark brown with a full, yet fizzy tan head, with fair retention, leaves light lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, banana bread, espresso coffee, ethanol volatiles.

T: Definitely full on chocolate at the beginning with a light minty hop profile. Bananas, presuambly from the wheat are there as well along with a big dose of malt sugar, think Whoppers. Bite of strong coffee comes in with the finish and aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is very light for a 9% stout, creamy, oily, definitely needs more body.

D: An interesting beer from this Norse brewery, not outstanding, but good.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 04:39:17 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat, that's different, I like it. I'll admit it doesn't smell to great, with a pungent earthy aroma. Then in the flavor there's a great balance of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The wheat adds an interesting background taste that sets this one apart from traditional RIS's. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:36:28 | More by tempest
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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.