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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

430 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%


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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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"

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:11:46 | More by Dope
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beepill

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bottle from WF in Redwood City upon recommendation from the guy stocking the beer shelves. Poured into a whiskey snifter. Reviewed from notes taken last week.

A - Pours almost a pure black with a thin tan head. Simply beautiful.

S - Bourbon whiskey, maple wood, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and dark-roasted coffee beans. Also got some hints of black licorice. Wonderful complexity on the nose, even before sipping. Maintains its wonder throughout consumption.

T - See above. Tastes like how it smells, add some wheat breadiness and dark chocolate cake to it to make a wonderfully balanced Russian Imperial Stout style.

M - Coats the entire tongue with its creamy feel. Starts off a bit hot, but mellows as it warms. Cabonation is light-medium, which allows the complexities to emerge.

O - Winner. I was hesitant to purchase this, since I never heard of it, but the guy at WF convinced me. Glad he did. I will be seeking this again the next time I drop in. I recommend any fans of imperial stouts to give Dark Force a try. It should make you happy. I don't think there are any other wheat Imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:02:43 | More by beepill
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hmich176

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black brew with an almond colored head. Very large head when I poured it straight down the middle. A more proper pour resulted in maybe a two finger head.

S: There's a hint of vanilla, rather wheaty (surprise!), some fruits and coffee notes as well.

T: The alcohol hits at the very end, but it's not very noticeable. Sweet, but bitter...warm and toasty. Nicely balanced. Someone else mentioned tongue-numbing - I agree with that.

M: Carbonation isn't very strong; it goes down smoothly. Full body that's on the edge of being too much. For a stout, it's pretty easy drinking.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Not my favorite stout, but it's very good and right up there. I enjoyed the play on the wheat beer, and it's something I'd get again should the opportunity arise.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:37:06 | More by hmich176
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CarverMG

California

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark Brown, 1 Finger Brown Head. Settles to top of the beer.

S: Citrus Nodes, Slight bit of coffee, Figs, orange peels and cherries. a hint of vanilla.

T: Espresso, Cherries, Figs, A bit of orange and Vanilla. A slight taste of chocolate. ABV hits at the end toward the back of the palate. Not too Harsh of an ABV.

M: Smooth, Slightly Carbonated, Slides down fine. Can feel the ABV.. Not overpowering.

O: Good Relaxing beer. Would Recommend to Others.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 17:29:14 | More by CarverMG
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stcules

Italy

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black, wih a lot of brown, compact head.
Toaasty smell, not too strong, but good, intense, dusty.
A light soya sauce.
Round, well hideen alcohol, with a soft malty start, light, then the toasted and dusty notes, with some coffee.
Relatively light body, quite short aftertaste, hazelnut and toasted.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 09:32:52 | More by stcules
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nick_asian

Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black. Head was an almond skin brown.
S: A good amount of licorice, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of residual sugar.
T: Still a bunch of the licorice and some dark chocolate. Definitely some sweetness from the wheat as well. Toasty bready-ness and some wood/smoke going on too. Booze is pretty well hidden, if noticeable at all.
M: Good full body and a lot of carbonation. Almost a little too much. Very smooth, though. Hella crisp because of the carbonations. Kind of leaves your mouth tingling. afterwards.
O: A really good beer. Definitely give it a try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:44:38 | More by nick_asian
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Phelps

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 23:22:47 | More by Phelps
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CopeTech

California

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feel the force!
A pitch black stout, light on the carbonation. Its a wheat stout which is a bit of a contradiction with the wheat shining through almost as new side flavor, not the deep barley, but the deep barley with a side trip toward a triple wheat or a sturdy wheat contribution.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:29:42 | More by CopeTech
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BrownNut

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 449, brewed Feb 2012, drunk Feb 2013, cool, from a tulip.

A - 4.25 - Black, with a finger of nice tan head that really endures.

S - 3.75 - Hey surprise, smells like a wheat beer, although backed up with some char, bordering on metal. The wheat sweetness is almost that characteristic Belgian yeast smell, and a little bubble gummy. There's a decent malty smell.

T - 2.75 - Surprisingly crisp and dry. The dryness is of an unfortunately metallic kind. The dryness makes it kind of hollow overall and there's not a lot to fill that void. Aftertaste mostly of faint char and borderline metal.

M - 3.5 - Surprisingly not even medium bodied - just shy. Dry. It wants more than this.

O - 3.0 - Overall kind of weird. The wheat notes don't seem to come together well with the char notes. The dryness and lack of viscosity leave it kind of empty. And faint metal in the aroma, palate, and aftertaste are unwelcome and distracting. I've had more/worse metal, but this is juuust enough to register. An interesting attempt, but it didn't work out. Don't want the rest.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:13:17 | More by BrownNut
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McD0uche

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Pours a dark brown color typical of stouts with a decent head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell with roasted toasted malts and chocolate prevailing and coffee and fruits playing in the background. The wheat is present but subdued. Has a sweet flavor but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is consistent with stouts. Carbonation is at the right level.

Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'll try to get it in the future when I see it. Definitely a cool play on wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:01:47 | More by McD0uche
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 6.49. No bottling date. Served in a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours black with about a half finger deep tan head. It doesn't lace much at all but a beautiful thin ring of dark head remains around the edges most of the way down.

Smells of rich dark chocolate and stone fruit.

Taste is a great blend of chocolate, cherries, mild licorice, sweet raisin bread, caramel, roasted malts, smokey bark, leather and creamed coffee. I guess there's some booze in there too but it's covered by layers of flavor that make this go down smoothly.

Rich, creamy full feel that coats the tongue. Carbonation is fairly light but appropriate. Long bittersweet cocoa and dark fruits finish.

Wasn't sure what to think of a wheat stout but apparently more breweries need to be trying it. The wheat adds a nice sweet complexity to the heavy dose of roasty flavors. I'll definately be picking up another bottle or two and recommend any fan of imperial stouts give this a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 05:11:51 | More by ThickNStout
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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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charlzm

California

2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed on July 11th, 2012. Poured into a Klokke Roeland goblet. Batch number on bottle is 342. Could not find a brewed-on date on the bottle or online.

Beer pours an almost-opaque deep, deep, deep, deep brown. A two finger head the color of coffee with a little cream appears and lingers for quite some time. It is not particularly fine, uniform or sticky, but it does the job.

Aroma - A very dark roasted malt, nearly charred, is topped off by a whiff of vanilla and the unmistakable metallic tang of wheat. Interesting and different, but not especially appetizing.

Odd flavor. At the beginning, there is a big wheaty flavor replete with a metallic twang. Fruity, like pears and apples and dark, sour cherries, due perhaps to the yeast strain used. Honey accent as well. The back end is allbitter burned coffee. As unique as this is, I wouldn't call it "good", necessarily.

The beer is light in body for an RIS, but this is what the brewers were aiming for, according to the Haand Bryggeriet website. Decent carbonation: a slight tingle on the tongue.

Overall, I have to call this beer a fail in drinkability. It's a very interesting and admirable experiment that perhaps should have stayed in testing a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 03:41:05 | More by charlzm
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance- Pours a dark ebony with a finger width of frothy mocha head.

Smell- Roasted grains, hint of coffee, burnt caramel, and espresso beans.

Taste- Nice cocoa, roasted grains, coffee bean, and wheat. Wheat lingers in aftertaste. There is a light bitterness. Overall, the flavours are bold and intense.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Has a little creaminess to the body.

Overall- An interesting take on a RIS. Considering the bottle says this beer is an "Imperial Wheat Stout" it delivers on that front. I'm sure this will be a new style added in the future. Besides that, an enjoyable stout with some unique flavours and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 02:24:56 | More by leaddog
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with a short quickly falling brown head

S - Roasty malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Deep and bold.

T - Toasty malts, smoke, prune, dark cocoa and oak. not quite as deep and

the scent.

M - Okay coating with a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

O - Very good but falls just short of being great.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 11:15:31 | More by biglite351
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch NR 93, Brewed Sept 07

Pours an opaque black body beneath the viscous mocha head that patiently dissolves to leaves a sticky, yet thin lacing around the glass with traces of the mocha head lasting throughout.

The aroma is magnificent, rich with roasted malt and wheat with hints of cocoa nibs and slightly boozy.

The flavors are fantastic as well, again with the generous amounts of roasted malt, coffee, and wheat with fainter notes of milk chocolate. The finish is part smoky and part boozy.

Much lighter in body than your standard Russian Imperial Stout, which is suitable given the beer. Carbonation is generous and the finish is boozy and warming.

This is a fantastic beer. This batch was brewed in 9/07, so it is approaching 5 years old which probably lends to some of the character I am experiencing. I can’t say I have ever had a beer like this before.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:38:41 | More by CHADMC3
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque and extremely dark midnight black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduced to a single medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is mild and lighter than I expected for the style. There are light aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and just the slightest touch of wheat.

T: The taste of this beer builds from the smell and has a nice amount of complexity. It starts with a dark roasted malt body that also includes some flavors of wheat, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Additionally, there are hints of smokiness and molasses. There is a light amount of bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish with some light amounts of alcohol warming. Slightly lighter in body than expected for the style due to the wheat.

O: Other than in the mouthfeel of this beer, the high ABV of alcohol is quite well hidden. The tastes of this beer are very complex and interesting but the smell is a little too mild for me and the wheat makes the body a little lighter than I would prefer. This is a very enjoyable sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 15:15:26 | More by dbrauneis
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BradAndAdele


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good solid stout. Welcomingly reassuring to see, smell and taste. Goes down a treat.

Appears nearly pitch black, and in the right light looks like gorgeously molten chocolate. A beer to sit and stare at ...

... and to smell. Gorgeously chocolately with aromas of coffee and malt hit the nostrils.

Tastes as it smells. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, with malt coming through the aftertaste. A big fat stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 11:17:52 | More by BradAndAdele
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as the night with a dark tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, liquorice, roasted malt, sultanas and dark fruit. Tempting.
Full-on flavours; big roasty characters, smoke, roasted malt, espresso, booze. Serious stuff.
Carbonation is pretty high for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:44:44 | More by CrazyDavros
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chugalug06

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed: Mar 08
Best by: Mar 12

A - Pours like think black burnt oil. One finger thick bubbly head rises and falls quickly with deep chocolate color. Brew has no lacing and is moderately thin.

S - Deep roasty coffee and chocolate. It would benefit from some citrusy hops. Slightly smokey.

T/M - Very nice chocolate. Pretty thin and body-less. There is a lot missing from the depths. It needs more bitterness and less sweetness. Overly carbonated..

O - A great starter stout. Much better with age then fresh! Throw one in the cellar and see what you think... Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:32:20 | More by chugalug06
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of dark brown head. Ring of retention and no lace.

S - Lot's of chocolate with alot of roasty malt as well.

T - Lot's more chocolate, lot's of roastiness and sweetness too. A good balance of aggressive roasted malt and sweet chocolate made this interesting.

M - Full body and medium carbonation with a sweet lingering finish that turned dry.

O/D - Good. Pretty easy to drink. Nothing special and could have had some more bitterness but otherwise a tasty Impy Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 09:59:39 | More by tbeckett
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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
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