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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

441 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | 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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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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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%
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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sia478

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-03-2014 17:21:23 | More by sia478
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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%
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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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%
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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bigbadmatt

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-05-2013 06:53:27 | More by bigbadmatt
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-04-2013 18:23:02 | More by harpus
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JWeldon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-28-2013 03:50:11 | More by JWeldon
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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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-21-2013 01:11:58 | More by schnarr84
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-18-2013 15:42:56 | More by FadetoBock
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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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Mendicant

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

08-09-2013 03:53:21 | More by Mendicant
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.