1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

Not Rated.
Dark ForceDark Force

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 461
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (34) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 461 | Reviews: 305
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of frazbri
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of tayner
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle, batch 75, brewed May '07

A: Pours a thick pitch black under an impressive dark brown head. Slightest retention, no lace.

S: Smells of a roasted, yet somehow sweet, malt. Some hints of chocolate and smoke in the background.

T: Wow, a lot happening here. Sweet and smokey, chocolaty and roasted, a little bit of a herbal twang and charcoal, some alcohol, some wheat in the back end and a hint of heavy cream. Finish is of some smoke and a mild roasted bitterness. Very impressed.

M/D: Carbonation is just right, body is to the fullest, a little bit of creaminess. Drinkability is is good for a beer this big and this bold. Very impressed with this one.

Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint at AJ's in late September for $8.59. Part of batch no 73, best before April 2010. 9% abv.

Beer poured black with a fine long lasting tan head. There is not much nose there, hints of perfumed hops is about all I could pick up. Taste is of roasted malts, chocolate, nicely balanced by the hops. Mouthfeel is fuller than I anticpated and it is very smooth. This is a very drinkable Imperial, very smooth and nice to chew on with the temps being a cool 62 degree day! This is definitely a world class beer that is worth the splurge!

Photo of guzzle211
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9 bottle received in Black Booty BIF from NCSUdo, thanks man!!

A: pours relatively thick, a very controlled and mild pour produces a huge explosive brown head (definitely past the point of tan and fully into brown.) I did not get to do a sunlight test, but no traces of light escape through this dark dank offering.
Head retains relatively well considering total lack of visible carbonation, especially for a 9% brew.

S: the funk I love, a sure sign that this is where the wild things are. Strong roasted aromas dominate.

t/m: thick, creamy and filling. Delicious balance of roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate, balanced with what I consider to a very mild hop profile. Becomes extremely complex as it warms up. An awesomely well balanced hint of wild stuff in there too. even the burps are delicious.

d: special occasion sipper based on abv and how filling it is, but based on taste alone I could guzzle this incredible elixir.

i am a huge fan of the "belgian stout" genre,,, this is an awesome example.

Photo of doboy
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is one of the best I've had. I expected less body from a wheat Stout but was pleasently surprised.

Pours a black as night brew with a nice tan head that remains throughout the whole beer ( this one was one to savor, not gulp!). The mouthfeel was very nice and filling. Nice dark malty overtones with a slight bittering on the back end.

It may have been too cold when I started, but got better as the afternoon passed. Definately one to keep on hand in the beer fridge for a special occasion!

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat, that's different, I like it. I'll admit it doesn't smell to great, with a pungent earthy aroma. Then in the flavor there's a great balance of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The wheat adds an interesting background taste that sets this one apart from traditional RIS's. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of alexgash
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown body with an energetic, effervescent, rocky, light cocoa brown head. Very good lacing. Strong pine and resin hop notes on the nose, with bitter baking chocolate, roasted coffee, Scotch tape, and hints of dark fruits. Roasted malts and tinny, herbal hop bitterness up front. Peaty, smoky, and slightly meaty malts mix with smooth dark chocolate and dark fruit richness. Roasted coffee and herbal hops pick up in a bitter, smoky finish. Medium-full body with a very lively, rocky feel. Maybe a bit too rocky and effervescent for the style.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ginormous brown head that just won't dissipate.

Aroma is cocoa & very dark chocolate.

On the palate this is a roasty-monster, again with semi-sweet dark chocolate and medium to full bodied.

Into the finish the hops come out to somewhat balance.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before May 2010
What makes this one extreme? The use of wheat?

The aroma is an inviting mixture of the flavors. Burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate....bitter finish.
Mouthfeel reminds me more of a porter than RIS. The initial thinness was a surprise. The beer easily over came that.
Overall a very nice RIS. Not as bold and rich as my favorites of this style. It seems to lack depth.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently the boys tried this one at Bierkraft in Brooklyn and there was much diversity in opinions and descriptions of flavor. So let's see what happens here.

Pours pitch black of course with a darker tan head. Nose is dusty. Nice thick malts. Flavor is smoky. Minor bitter edge. Very meaty. Extremely robust. Lasting flavor and a lasting aftertaste. Smooth liquid feel with a thick body. Good level of carbonation. Overall very drinkable. But for the price? Absolutely not. For what I paid for this, I better be getting some serious character, which I don't really feel like I get here.

Photo of aforbes10
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came into City Wide in South Bend recently so i grabbed a bottle. Pours completely black, like fresh crude. Large, imposing light brown head. Looks terrific. Odor is of roasted grains, tangy hops, chocolate, nutmeg and some alcohol. Taste is a mixture of flavors. It's clearly a stout, with a heavy roasted, almost burnt, malt character. Some dark chocolate and nougat too. The wheat gives it a really interesting tanginess and a little fruit flavor as if it had been aged but without losing the nice bitterness of the hops as aged beers are wont to do. Thick and creamy, full bodied. A beer that keeps me interested. I like that.

Photo of ppoitras
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades ever-so slowly, with heavy, chunky lacing. Aroma is slightly sour with ample alcohol presence. Taste is lightly of dark grains upfront, heads towards the alcohol in the middle, and then swings partially back towards hearty roastiness again. Aftertaste is mostly the alcohol. Mouthfeel is astonishingly thin, and drinking is average-ish. Not what I was expecting at all. Hardly noted any wheat character, must have been shouted down by the darkness.

Photo of sloejams
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first venture into the world of Haandbryggeriet. Came across this at the world's best beer 7-11, located in Highland Park area of Los Angeles.

I poured this into a tulip glass, the color was motor oil though seemingly a little less viscous. The aroma was coffee, roasted malts and a touch of smokiness. The flavor came as almost a cross between a RIS and a strong porter. The malts were foremost with the smokiness in the finish. Despite the 8.5% ABV it went down like less potent porter. Fine beer.

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard alot about these Haand brews from Norway so I was quick to grab this over last weekend when given the chance.Poured into an imperial pint glass a ddep oil color I mean pitch black no light at all showing thru a large blooming mocha colored head atop much larger than I expect as even with a relatively gentle pour it nearly went over the top.A good mix of heavily roasted malt,wood, and dark fruit almost like a chocolate covered raisin a lingering nuttiness appeared as well just alot of stuff going on there.Really not as full bodied as I would have imagined and a little prickly but not overly obtrusive,flavors start out highly roasted with some bitter unsweetened chocolate rounding into a woody and raisin like flavor in the finish with a light leafy hop presence.A solid impy stout it has alot of complexity mostly in the aromas.

Photo of Brent
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm giving this beer high marks because the brewery was really on top of the game with this one. Poured a coal black, with a beautiful mocha-colored head. Aroma of latte coffee. Dense roasted malt flavor, with no oxidized or off-notes whatsoever. Rich flavor, that was not overwhelming or cloying. Finished up surprisingly clean, with some lingering bitterness. One of the best balanced RIS I've run accross.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.