Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet
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4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
01-30-2014 06:47:03 | More by CowsandBeer
4.56/5 rDev +15.4%
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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01-18-2014 03:02:22 | More by Fernans
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
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"
11-14-2013 00:30:38 | More by Kevinkarpiak
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-07-2013 04:11:46 | More by Dope
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.