Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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very good

307 Reviews
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Reviews: 307
Hads: 472
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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Norway

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and black with a thick and foamy mocha colored head. Great retention.

S: Wow. A lot going on here. Dark chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate, wet earth, espresso beans and a hint of wet wood.

T: Powdery dark chocolate, dark cherries, lots of roast and coffee with a hard bittersweet chocolate finish. I get the wheat more in the mouthfeel than in the taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is very bitter, but I really like it. (506 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise tulip

A - Pours the usual deep Ebony colour with a tanned head that retians quite well.

S - Hops and sweet roasted malts

T - Nice vanilla flavours up front and followed by some nice roasted malts that are expertly balanced out with malts the finish has more lingering vanilla and milk chocolate that is very enjoyable. A little hot but no sign of the ABV.

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation.

O - This is one of my favourite stouts of the year because of its sheer balance and smoothness. (527 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep and viscous black with almost two fingers of frothy deep tan head.

Smell. Sour yeast funk, some roasty chocolate and grains.

Taste. Dark chocolate and extra roasty malts. Some licorice, alcohol and yeasty fruityness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation. Pretty warm and boozy.

Overall. Complex and full. Decent, but not really my thing. (397 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves basically no head and no lacing,the smell is wheat,boozy alcohol,dark chocolate and cocoa,the mouthfeel is only medium bodied and abit thin for the style in my eyes with tastes of dark bittersweet chocolate,wheat,cereal,cocoa,dark plums and is finished with a dark mocha bittersweetness and overall its definately a first for me as i havnt heard of anyone else doing an imperial wheat stout but its very sessionable and easier to knock down than other RIS's but just not a true RIS in my eyes cheers. (545 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch number 342. 1080 bottles total.

bottle states this beer is 9% ABV.

poured into a bells tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with big head. Head is a medium brown composed of lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell: milk chocolate, charred wood, and hints of smoke. Yeasty and earthy. This stout has a really fresh smell.

Taste: Nice deep milk chocolate notes starts off the taste of the beer. The milk chocolate even tastes like its creamy. It also got some earthiness and bready qualities to it. Leather and charred wood are tasted in the middle of the beer, both not able to overpower the milk chocolate. The charred wood turns into a smokey note as it mellows transitioning into the aftertaste. Along with the smoke in the aftertaste you do get a bit of the roastiness from the malts, but they are both in equal strength.

Mouthfeel: Light end of a medium bodied beer. Fairly light for a stout anyways. Medium carbonation. This beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but its also has a little bit of a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice stout. Nothing that is mind blowing here, but its still got it going on. Its a nice sipper with some complexity and a very well made beer for sure. Subtle yet effective... is how I would describe it. (1,255 characters)

Photo of jale
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jesse for this.

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Dark roasted malt, just a trace of coffee and mild cocoa.

T: Smoky malts to start followed by some roasted coffee and just a hint of bitter chocolate. A little leather and some grass. The wheat takes away more then it adds.

M: Very chalky with medium body and good carbonation.

O: This would be much better without the chalky feel. This is a beer that I feel does not age well so drink it fresh. (504 characters)

Photo of nbree00
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2007

A: Jet black color, perhaps not as viscous as it would be fresh.

S: Smells a little past its prime, a little soapy with notes of milk chocolate, raisins, blackberries and violet.

T/M: Pretty thin on the palate with restrained flavors of chocolate, dates, and a hint of cinnabuns. Pretty silky on the mouthfeel but maybe not as rich and lush as it was a couple years ago.

O: Overall not to bad a beer. It has a best by date of Dec. 2011, but I think it probably has already peaked and is starting to go downhill. Glad I didn't wait any longer on this one. (573 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to HaandBryggeriet, Dark Force is the only known Imperial Wheat Stout, and since they have better access to this information than I do, I'll have to take their word for it. So what does the wheat brewing do for the beer, and can this brew really live up to the "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout" description on the label? Judging by the smell, I'd say it's off to a good start: rich, thick, loamy malts dominate, bringing figs, dried fruits, anise, dark chocolate, and deeply-toasted grains.

On the tongue, the brew is unbelievably dark, beginning with a shot of sugary figs and dark cherries, then descending with breathtaking pace into the depths of darkness, where ash, tobacco, and coffee join hands with prunes, anise, vanilla, black cherries, and black malts. As the sugars die off, the black malt and tobacco flavors come into stronger focus, and continue into the aftertaste, which lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Stout, and the wheat brewing brings levels of toasted malty goodness to this beer that shoot it several levels above a standard stout. Fans of this style will have much to rejoice about in this version. (1,219 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007 shared with nbree00.

A-Pours shiny black with burgundy highlights and a coffee colored head that fizzles out quickly, leaving absolutely no lacing.

S-Smoky, earthy, leathery maltiness, cold coffee, milk chocolate, condensed milk, dulce de leche.

T/M-Prickly carbonation. More of that cold coffee roastiness, accented by a bright acidity. Starting to get oxidized. Some chewy bitter chocolate flavors, charred wood. Flavors that are all nice on their own, but not harmonious in this beer. Full bodied with aggressive carbonation and a roasty, full mouthfeel.

O-Too old at this point. An average stout. Not as interesting as the label's description suggests. (673 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle Batch 342, 1080 bottles. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a pretty foamy 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The head bubbles to a thin cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S - Smells roasty and smokey. Some chocolate and black licorice hints as well, but very faint.

T/M - Not what I was expecting, or what the smell led on to. The taste is almost peppery, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and slightly over carbonated.

O - Well it's not your regular russian imperial, it's an imperial wheat...? Not really sure I love it, because I think the wheat overpowers everything else. (647 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - jet clack with a very tall dark and very airy head that dissipated quickly to a thin covering
S - a mix of very roasty malt, sharp multigrain toast, smoky and an alcohol kick
T - very smoky malt with coffee and bitter chocolate accents, burnt sugars with light leafiness and some spicy alcohol
M - chewy smooth and smoky fullness up front, moves to a coffee bitterness but remains full throughout
O - this is a very big beer as advertised, only meant for big beer drinkers which I like to think I am, definitely glad I opened this tonight (542 characters)

Photo of JDizzle
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Sergio's in Louisville, Ky.

Pours black with a nice dark brown head. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is different than any other RIS that I have smelled. I don't know if it's the wheat or what, but it's not my favorite. Smells a little metalic with dark roast and chocolate.

The upfront taste is not pleasing at all. It's like a carbonation bomb explodes on your tongue and then settles into a wonderfull coffee and dark chocolate finish. One of the best finishes I had on a RIS.

The bottle stated 9.2%ABV, it it was present, but not over the top. The excessive carbonation taxes you on every drink though, but what a FINISH!! (651 characters)

Photo of Errto
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Aspen, CO.

Pours a very thick black. Seemingly viscous, yet as it enters the glass an enormously thick medium brown head emerges. As the foam settles, reddish hints appear around the edges of a dark body.

The first smell is some sweet spices mixed with very dark chocolate. A hint of alcohol and a generous rich malt follow. No hops to speak of on the nose.

The chocolate is there again in the taste. Some caramel sweetness. Almost nutty. A sort of astringent bitterness at the back of the throat along with a more distinct alcohol bite, but I still wouldn't call it boozy.

Body was reasonably light for the style. Perhaps the aggressive carbonation helps with this. The end of every gulp is a little mouth-puckering. Not sourness, for certain. But sort of the same feeling you get from a dark-roast iced coffee.

Overall an interesting take on the RIS style. Less boozy and thick than many American versions, which is nice. Excessive carbonation is a bit of a bummer, though. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really thick looking black color, the head is vet thick looking and brown. The lacing looks pretty good overall. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted with some grainy aromas in there. The taste is rich with flavor, there is some sweetness up front that changes to a burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and pretty smooth. Overall it's a pretty interesting stout. (396 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a big-bubbled 3-finger tan head. Reduces to a constant ring with an intense fizziness like a soda.

The nose has some awesome coffee tones atop its big dark fruit- aromas of prune, raisin, chocolate, maple, dark caramel. The hops are barely noticeable, while a touch of yeasty chalkiness sneaks in there.

The palate is medium-bodied with that huge carbonation making the brew explode in your mouth- big roasted malt, a moderate bitterness and flavors of coffee, caramel and prunes. The finish is long and roasty.

Overall, it's not a bad brew, but that carbonation is waaay over the top. I'm serious when I say it fizzes like a Coca-Cola. And for an imperial stout, the brew isn't all that complex with regards to its aromas and flavors. Drinkable, but middle-of-the-road. I'd say just to make my stout with all barley next time. (855 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black. Strong brown head fades to lacing.

S - Green apple tang, spiced alcohol and mild dark sugar. Bitter dark chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate covered raisins. Mild roasted coffee, toasted grains, semi sweet hop twang. Faint alcohol, smooth and bitter.

M - Slightly dry mouth, but silky and tingly.

O - An interesting RIS, with some fruit notes and moderate chocolate, coffee and hot alcohol. (399 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black with a solid finger of dark mocha head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet wine, black licorice, dark cocoa and fresh ground espresso. ABV heat is also detectable on the nose.

T - A bitterness dominates alongside espresso notes and dark cocoa. A sweetness emerging from the alcohol offsets the bitter, but is a bit powerful. Some black licorice notes also come through with some leafy hops on the finish.

M - Light and bubbly, goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty offering, but at $7/bottle its a little pricey for the experience. The ABV can come through a bit strong at times, and the bitterness could be a bit of a turnoff to some. Worth a try, but not one of my favourites. (742 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer in that it takes the RIS category and adds a different dimension wit the added wheat. Dark and black this smells and looks like a RIS but flavour shows a lightness to the midbody which turns to a oily long finish. I like the juxaposition of the mouthfeels and applaud these guys for trying something different in a country that is known for singular lagers. (377 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less in your face than Odin's Tipple, but not quite a true RIS. Sort of a weird dunkel-RIS-baltic porter hybrid. Thick, oily black with a definite brown head.

Alcohol (faint brandy notes), black coffee and cream, dark chocolate on the nose. Strong alcohol taste (not as strong as Odin's tipple), black coffee, cocoa and very light suggestions of milk.

Very smooth, light carbonation. Easier to drink than Odin's Tipple, but still a very dominant alcohol profile to this. (472 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Norwegian...double...Russian...imperial...wheat...stout. There's a lot going on there. There doesn't seem to be a lot of brews from Norway that I've tried, but those I have tried were good and complex. Including this dunkelish wheatish stoutish concoction that I sampled in a 750ml bottle, at the chalkboard's recommendation.

Poured opaque black with a finger or two of a tan head that receded rather quickly to a thin layer. Dark malts, cocoa, and alcohol in the nose. Dark caramel malts on the tongue, with coffee, cocoa, and an alcohol bite, bitterness, and an earthy sensation as well, with a bit of wheaty harshness. Fairly heavy body, and decent drinkability, though a 750 by myself was perhaps a bit much. (754 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip May,4,2011

A pretty black in the glass with a thin edge of cola when held to the light, a huge 3 finger big bubbled dark head fell quickly and left zero lace, props for darkness though

S lots of coco powder and some faint dark fruits with a little booze, simple but good

T a fair bit of smoke that I couldn't smell, the dark fruit is now dried out and prune and raisins is what I taste, booze is a little better concealed then the nose and just a little dark coffee grind

M not as thick as the darkness would lead you to believe but not watery by any means, decent carbonation fluffs it up a little in the mouth and good length on the after taste

O this is a solid beer but not mind blowing, perhaps I'm being a little hard on it because I think its better then 4 for taste but just not quite in the 4.5 range

worth trying and for 6$ its a easy choice, I should have drank this one before trying Odins Tipple because it was a hard act to follow and perhaps unfair (1,002 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9% ABV, weird fingerprint cosmos imagery on the label, which also includes a lost in translation Star Wars reference.

This beer pours an essentially thorough solid black, the only offset a thin razor-sharp cola edge when presented to the light of day. It gives up a number of fingers of thin fizzy, yet foamy mocha head, which slinks away at an even pace, giving up very little in the way of lace. The aroma is toasty barley and crisp wheat grain, dry chocolate, and a bit of coffee grounds. Up front in the flavour is sour roasted chocolate malt, with some put-upon edgy wheat graininess, a bit of tart orchard fruitiness, and followed up by bitter earthy hops, providing further dryness. The carbonation is average - noticeable and forgettable at the same time, the body inarguably on the light side, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry and ashy, chocolate malt and coffee oriented, respectively.

The name of this brew could be a new style unto itself (Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout). As it stands, as an RIS it falls short, likely due to the heavy use of wheat - the weight just isn't there, and while it hides the big booze quite well, it winds up feeling more like a strong porter than anything. Still, if you don't mind some sour astringency to go with your usual suspects, pile on.

As seems to be the increasing norm while I engage is this particular pastime, the Winamp music gods endeavour to play along: 'Turbonegro - What is Rock?!' So Skol, indeed. (1,490 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle of batch 236, best by 21.07.12. Pours an uber-viscous black color with a brown head. Retents ok and leaves behind some slippery bubbles on the glass.

Nose is interesting. Very woody - almost to the point of being brett-ish. Raspberry and blackberry fruitiness, light tartness. Wheat is notable.

Taste is a nice blend of complex flavors. Wood, vanilla, licorice, roast, molasses and brazil nuts. Thick and chewy but yet has a certain lightness to it...fluffy might be a better word. Tangy and sweet, very intriguing beverage. There are lots of contesting aspects to the brew that dont always fall into place perfectly though. A fun beer to try a few times, but I am not sure how many bottles of this I would consume even if it were available to me all the time, the price is also a bit prohibitive. (813 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
Had on tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Black, light brown/clear around the edges. About a finger and a half of head. No lacing.

S: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, I swear I can smell very light malt: the wheat, almost like toasted hay.

T: Heavy roasted barley character, almost robust porter like. A good bit of dry, bakers dark chocolate. Fairly bitter. The wheat gives this an unusually light and mellow taste. Finish is a little bitter but otherwise very clean, not much hop presence.

M: Light body, but smooth and creamy with a very clean finish.

O: This is kind of the opposite of it's namesake, it's not really much of a dark force. Light, clean, and crisp RIS isn't exactly what I think of when I hear "Dark Force". It's pretty tasty, no doubts about that. The alcohol is very well masked. Its an interesting experiment and I could see this as being a great RIS option for the summer. I want to give this a higher grade because it is tasty, but it just isn't much of a RIS. Category aside, it's an A-. As a RIS, it's average at best. (1,057 characters)

Photo of whitehouse50
2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Batch 290 , Bottled July 15, 2010

Poured this into a pint glass and thankfully I was near a sink because this thing has got some serious bubbles. After it settled down I held it up to the light and there is nothing getting through. Aromas some chocolate, oak, mollasses, burntness and maybe dirt? After a few sips one can pick up dark roasty flavors and hints of wheat too. Mouthfeel? I should first say that I dislike champagne. With that in mind this beer exploded once i sipped it and has an aggressive carbonation which was resulted in an unpleasant experience. I wonder if this is made with a champagne yeast.

Overall when I purchased this bottle I was very intrigued since I had never heard of an imperial wheat stout. I did not have much expectation before tasting it but was looking forward to trying something new and hopefully enjoyable. Unfortunately I was disappointed more so with the severe carbonation. At $9 per bottle I want my money back, stay away. (970 characters)

Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.