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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
89
very good

450 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of RixBeer
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown, 3" of cloudy like creamy head. Huge head retention.

Cocoa, Wheat and STOUT...Very much a yummy beer.

It's a light tasting stout with a big wheat flavor and a cocoa. Light roasted norwegian heaven.

Nice clean smooth mouthfeel. I can drink these till the cows come home....

back to the beer....MMMM SO DAMN GOOD!

RixBeer, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle, batch 93 brewed 9/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and some hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some wheat and charred/burnt malt and coffee noticable. The warmer it gets the charred/burnt coffee taste gets stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full with above average fine carbonation. It's also coating and smooth but not as thick as I thought it would be. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all but the high carbonation does hurt it a little bit. Overall I think it's a good, but not great RIS. With that being said, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, May 20, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light getting through. Nice tan colored head that leaves trails of lacing. Smell is typical stout, coffee notes and chocolate. Some fruity notes in the background. Taste hits you with the coffee notes up front but there is a distinct funkyness in the background that becomes more noticable as you drink. Also some wheat notes poke through eventially. Strong coffee aftertaste mixed with the funkyness. A very interesting beer that is well worth a try. It started off strong but finished kind of dissapointing. Not sure i'd search it out again but i will certainly try other Haand beers.

beermanbrian, May 17, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 05/15/08. Brewed 09/07. Labeled as a double extreme imperial wheat stout, should be interesting. I've always liked their label art.

Pours a pitch black, with around three fingers of bubbly tan head. The head faded slowly leaving very little lacing around the glass. Aromas mostly of roasted malts and some hops, but some spicy dark fruits as well.

Very interesting taste, different from most stouts. Lots of roasted malt, some hops, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Slightly sweet up front. There's also a distinct wheat taste in there. The finish is bitter and very slightly sour. As it warmed I got more banana flavor in there, and much more of the wheat-ish flavors. Interesting mix of tastes.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but highly carbonated, and a full body. Leaves the mouth a bit sticky. Drinkability is good. The alcohol comes through a bit in the taste, but other than that it's easy drinking.

Overall a pretty good stout. I've never had a wheat stout before, and while it doesn't drastically change the character it does add an interesting facet to the flavor. If you can find it, it's worth a try.

bkilpatr, May 16, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the special bottle at Moan and Dove, and it was even the last one; lucky me. Black as night appearance with a brown-chocolate colored thin head. The aromas seemed a little off but the general aromas of malts, wheats, yeast and hops could be sensed. The taste was excellent in its great bitter and bread balance. The mouthfeel was perfect for the drink and it allowed it to be rich, smooth and creamy. Overall, this was a really sweet Russian.

fitzy84, May 12, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a deep dark brown that blocks all light from the other side. the head is brown snd moderately sized, but fades fairly quickly.
the aroma is sort of like godiva chocolate liqueur. underneath that though it does become apparent that there is some wheat in here, with some ripe banana peal aromas. you find caramel and molasses upon further inspection, with maybe a bit of prune. at a distance i might pull some apricot out of it.
the taste falls more into the imperial stout category with a burnt chocolate licorice flavor. you also find dark charred fruits with caramel. a reasonable amount of bitterness comes from the burnt flavors as well as some hop bitterness. my initial perception of this is sweet, but it really balances itdelf quite well.
the body is surprisingly thin, not thin per se, but thin for what i'm tasting. moderate delicate carbonation.
good drinkability, the alcochol, while present, is more tasted than felt in the mouth and throat. an interesting beer that's worth a try if you see it. it accomplishes some unique things.

kmo1030, May 08, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thick pitch black beer with a brown head that never quit leaves the top of the beer. Looks impressive with sheets of cascading lacing on the glass after every drink.

The aroma is filled with banana phenols. Definately know there is wheat in this stout. Choclate, espresso, and alcohol make up the rest of the smells.

Unfortunately the taste isn't as impressive. This beer lacks the pronounced coffee and chocolate flavors that are often found in an RIS. In this beer alcohol seems to be the featured flavor. Banana, cloves, and the dark malt are just mingling in the background.

Has a creamy mouthfeel that coats the mouth. The body is full and filling.

Not my favorite RIS. Alcohol is just too hot for me. Worth a try if you like wheat in your beers.

morimech, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite dark, with a slow-forming, thick and dark toasty head. Smells of roasted barley and a bit of milky mocha, but it's a relatively slight aroma as imperial stouts go. On the palate, lots of green hop bitterness to go along with bitterness from the roasted barley. Some sweetness comes through, too, although I wonder how much of it is due to the alcohol, which produces a measured burn. Mouthfeel is a couple of steps too thin, probably due to the high wheat content, with hard carbonation and hop bitterness contributing to make this beer like a blade: thin, hard, sharp. Overall, this is certainly an interesting, well-considered beer, but I don't think it lives up to its potential. I'll take my imperial stouts with barley, thanks.

geexploitation, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle pours dark and inky with a lavish khaki head. Excellent retention and abundant island chain lacing.

Aroma is quite nutty, like crushed almonds. Light fruity esters and soft cocoa notes add interest here.

Mouthfeel is medium, not at all full bodied. Velvety carbonation adds a nice touch.

Taste is nutty like the aroma, embellished with soft fruity wheat esters and cocoa. Dark roasty notes are sweet instead of bitter. No hint of the alcohol.

Unusual but excellent.

merlin48, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this great beer to Tokyo!

What can I say about the appearance. It looks exactly has every other imperial stout. Pitch black. Tiny amount of extra dark brown head.

Burnt sambuca, char, chocolate and char on the nose. Flavor much the same. Amazing balance between sweet, bitter and alcohol.

The reason the drinkability is so low, is because, as delicious as the beer was, I couldnt finish it. Despite its balance, there was just too much intensity going on.

Naerhu, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle.
9% abv

Batch #75.

A self-proclaimed "Imperial Wheat Stout"..well that sounds interesting enough to try.

A tar-like pour renders a very dark, thick liquid. Assertive head of heavy khaki cream develops and has no intentions of subsiding.
Vanilla, dark roasted coffee, and chocolatey aroma..
Phenolic overload...wow. Cloves, black coffee, and a thick roastiness play jump-rope with my tastebuds.. The alcohol isn't really hidden as much as it is displayed..chocolate malt comes into play behind the huge abundance of roasted malts & dark fruits. The body is a bit thick & laboring, but the texture is soft & smooth going down. This finishes with a slight alcoholic tang and nice roasty bitterness..

A robust & hearty imperial stout that uses the wheat to it's full extent...definitely an experiment that turned out well.

hero27, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Med
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown with a slightly frothy brown head. Head doesn't stay too long and neither does the lacing.

S - Not at all what i expected. It's a stout, and the chocolate notes, wood, and subtle coffee are there, but so is fruit! Some pear and even a little apricot. Maybe it's the wheat?

T - Starts sour, even a little bitter, but then the smoke and roasted malt flavor come through. Finish is a third flavor and sits at the back of the mouth. very little warming, but the alcohol is there. Not as sweet or chocolaty as many imperial stouts, but complex and unique.

M - Not as chewy or creamy as some stouts I've had recently, but still fairly full bodies with a oily stickiness that coats well.

D - The bitterness caught me off guard, but became somewhat addictive. I really like the way this goes down.

Highly recommended for a different take on the imperial stout!

Med, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, Batch NR90, brewed Aug07. Poured into a tulip glass, this was a very black beer with a thin rim of orange head. It had an aroma of dark fruit, dark roasted malt, and chocolate. The dark fruit was tasted, as well as the chocolate. A wonderful espresso taste became apparent, and it lingered a long while, ending in a pleasant bitterness. Really liked this beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Bristol Motor Speedway mug...

Color of prune juice on the pour. Plentiful head with a burnt-sugar color. Body is quite opaque.

There's a pronounced alcoholic scent with slight plum and prune tones. Mellow milk chocolate is also there.

Taste brings out a decent burnt, smoky malt backbone. Alcohol is present but does not hinder. Slight stewed fruit finish. A little more shallow than expected at first; warms and opens up a little bit.

Mouthfeel is very smooth - lighter touch than expected.

Despite the heavy alcohol wallop this is quite a bit more drinkable than one would expect. Solidly crafted.

IBUnit63, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - impenetrably black with a huge dark tan head that fades slowly and unevenly, to dark to note any carbonation, but something is sustaining this huge head

S - as expected, the malts dominate, a roasted aroma that evokes both chocolate and coffee, the wheat element adds a distinct sourness to the aroma

T - there is the usual suspects as far as stout flavors go, but the wheat element lends a few characteristics, the first is a, well, what i've described in other beers as a wheatiness, that kind of grainy, oatiness, like a nice fresh baked whole grain/oat loaf, a rather tasty flavorful combination

M&D - the second thing the wheat adds is a thicker mouthfeel which is quite evident, yet welcome, this is quite good, a nice mouthcoat wihtout being overbearing, will look for other beers from this brewer

sinstaineddemon, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased in Buffalo. Shared with biegaman and grub.

Pours an opaque brown/black, tan head, very thick and healthy, drops tons of lace chunks, settles to a thick layer. Smell is fruits, pineapples, dates, toffee, chocolate roast, grass, nice lactic acidity. Taste is milk chocolate, fruits, pineapple, toffee, dates, licorice, roast, very rich, nice bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, goes down pretty smooth though. Unique beer, very drinkable.

Viggo, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jw347 for this one in a recent trade.

Didn't notice until now that this one is a "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout." Sounds interesting.

Batch NR 73. Bottle states this beer as 9%

Pours a muddy dark brown with a chocolate volcano of foam. Half my pint glass was quickly filled with foam and it seems to settle at a thick half inch.

Tangy citrus with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, malted milk and a bit of pine. A decent, soft floral aroma of mixed chocolates and coffee but that tangy wheat presence is beginning to be somewhat dominant. Some more espresso aromas come out as it warms up.

Tastes of bitter chocolate with dark roasted, cold, coffee and the tangy wheat with a bit of citrus is also there. Some bitter roasted barley, dry and rough toasted bread with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Too tangy for my stout preference. Some dry rye feel in the finish as well.

Average mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated.

Interesting, but not one I would seek again.

seaoflament, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks mucho to me amigo limesmut for this beer sent via another great trade.

Pours a gorgeous coal black, capped with a perfect brown mountain of rocky head, sticking around like a street bum at a convention.

Aroma is thin, subtle hints of chocolate malt with cherries tossed in for good measure. Quaff is great - thick and rich mixture of the dark fruit, anise and the sturdy backbone of wheat malt. First wheat stout, and it is a beauty! Can't see any downside to this brew - no hint of any alcohol anywhere. Quite a treat to drink.

Vancer, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a lot of very challenging imperial stouts out there ("imperial" does imply some extremeness), and this is not one of them. It is very drinkable and tasty but not very challenging nor extreme. I'm grateful that I live in a world where I'm able to purchase in a store in MIlwaukee hobby-brewed beer from Norway.

Appearance was a very viscous opaque black with a tan head; pretty much what I expected from a well-regarded imperial stout. Aroma was a bit roasty with some oakiness and lots of Chardonnay-wine esters. Flavor was less in-m-face than I expected, but still quite tasty. There was lots of burned-pizza-crust roastiness and a fair amount of vanilla. Mouthfeel was rather light, particularly given the style and how thick it poured, but smooth and pleasant. A mild flavor and light mouthfeel made this beer very drinkable for the style and even sessionable, but it didn't rocket it to the top of my list of great imperial stouts.

Nonetheless, I would recommend this beer; I thought it pretty good. I split this bottle with SurlySober, who is always extremely generous with his beer acquisitions.

I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of frazbri
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark Force Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout - Batch 74, poured an impenatrable black color topped by an assertive tall mocha head. Aroma consisted of liquorish, cocoa, pepper and clove along with some fruit. Flavor had components of burnt toast and dark chocolate with a fruity depth and a sharp bite. The stout had medium carbonation levels and a full body with a silky smooth texture and a dry bitter finish.

This is a Imperial Stout / Weiss Bier hybrid. The end result of the crossbreeding is mixed. It's got a beer commercial head, full and longlasting, but there is a brightness that doesn't mesh with the rest of it's flavors.

frazbri, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased for $6.99, for a 1pt .9fl oz bottle. The label states 9% ABV. Batch # 73. Brewed April 07. Best before April 2010. Per the website, 65 IBU, and 139 EBC color. Pours out to a slick oily black, forming a large dark cocoa head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is similar to expedition stout...lots of prunes, heavily roasted malts, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate, and black walnuts. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting with a big dense body. The taste is dominated by burnt malts...lots of black patent I'm guessing. There is a peculiar sourness from the very dark malts and green leafy herbal hops, not the result of a fermentation gone awry. I'm not really getting the wheat. Overall, it's quite pungent, and not very sweet as one might expect from a beer this size. Medium strong bitterness. The finish is burnt, acidic, harsh and tongue sucking dry. I've brewed with this yeast before but I can't recall what it is. It has a very characteristic flavor.

Well, I had high hopes for this one, but it's very much a one-trick pony. There isn't much going on here..very one dimensional and not all that drinkable. Very harsh and abrasive. I thought this would be a nice compromise between a weizenbock and a RIS, but sadly it's barely drinkable.

Mitchster, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle batch 73 best before may 2010 Bottle says 9% abv.

Poured black with a huge tan head that wouldnt go away. didnt really lace and wasnt really sticky, just wouldnt go away.

Smell was mostly just of some aroma hops, the floral kind. Not alot of smells coming from this despite the huge head.

Taste was a bit more bold, roasted, nearly burnt malts, charcoal, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a wheaty finish. there is also a slight floral hop finish as well which seems a little out of place for me. perhaps a different variety of hops would have suited this one better IMO

Pretty easy to drink for a 9% beer since that was so well hidden, but not my favorite in this style at all. glad to try it once, probably wont seek it out again though.

This one was a bit overcarbonated for me, but it was relatively full feeling in the mouth.

tayner, Feb 05, 2008
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.