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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
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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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

jwat, Jul 17, 2012
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JumpingSpider, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of charlzm
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.

charlzm, Jul 12, 2012
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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.

leaddog, Jun 19, 2012
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.