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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Joe Canal's on my way to a bachelor party in AC a month or so back. Worth the stop for sure. Poured into my 12-oz snifter.

The pour gives me a feeling that this will be a creamy beer, and then it hits the glass and a beautiful 1-finger milk chocolate head accumulates. It hits that level and stay still until I finish pouring. The color is an extremely dark chocolate brown that doesn't lighten at all around the edges, even though I expected it to.

The nose is packed with chocolate and roast. I can tell that there is a bunch of wheat malt in there, as there is a spicy sort of character to it. There is also a note of dates. Once on my palate, there is a burnt barley base complemented nicely by a yeasty/wheaty spice, dark fruit base comprised mainly of dates, and a chocolatey undertone. As I chew on the beer, I find some molasses and brown sugar as well.

The mouthfeel is creamy and somewhat light, a testament to the proportion of wheat malt used in the mash. Not so much a Russian Imperial Stout mouthfeel, as it is not nearly thick enough. It also is a bit over-carbonated for how I like my stouts. However, with the flavors and nuances in this beer, I find it very enjoyable. I suspect that it doesn't quite fit into any well-defined style, but falls somewhere in between a few. If you come across it, definitely give it a shot.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap at the Lion's Pride's Stout Fest; served in my Lion's Pride goblet. This is a good looking stout. It appears pure black and fully opaque. There is a respectably sized brown foam head as well as brown carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Swirling the beer around leaves behind a discernible film and patchy foam. It has a great chocolate nose that features a bit of coffee hiding in the back. The beer tastes of creamy chocolate and wheat. There is a little dark chocolate bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. It has a very good flavor. This is a full-bodied beer with good levels of carbonation. Moving it around my mouth causes it to foam up. Overall, it is pretty creamy. I find it to be quite drinkable. There isn't much alcohol (the 8.5% is well-hidden), nor is there too much coffee. I like this stout a lot and would easily order it again.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 217, brewed 10/04/09.

Pours brownish black, with a very good head, that eventually dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving some lacing.

Aroma is wild funky, horseblanket, bready, fruity, and roasted malts. Volatile aromatics convey a soapy smell.

Taste is dominated by toasted malt, with very rich prune and cherry sour fruit, and chocolate and coffee. Finishes dry and hoppy. Nice ride overall.

Body is medium and ample carbonation makes this very creamy.

This is a nite-cap beer, very dark, rich, and luscious, a beer to linger over. The alcohol is there at 9%, but sipping and savoring will get you through a 25 oz bottle.

Photo of jettjon
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 1 pt, 9 oz bottle clearly marked with a label noting Batch 144 brewed March 08, best by March 12. Into my goblet, it goes an extremely dark brown with an initial thin cap that quickly vanishes leaving not a trace behind. A second aggressive pour yields a two-finger head of fine bubbles that audibly fizzes away within 15 seconds; somewhat disappointing yet not uncharacteristic within the style. Nose of pleasant cocoa, dark chocolate, a touch of boozy alcohol, and roasted coffee, with perhaps a hint of burnt sugar. Truly delicious nose. In the mouth, surprisingly sweet and less dark-chocolate bitterness than I expected; instead there's milk chocolate, powdery cocoa, and again a bit of boozy alcohol heat at the finish. Warming, more of the same, weighted toward the sweet end of the spectrum with little hops presence other than a dry, slightly hot finish. Mouth is thinner than one might expect from a "stout" though perhaps not a "wheat stout." Smooth and slightly watery with a bit of crisp carbonation. Drinkability is good though 9% ABV should be respected; it's generally well-masked and could creep up to bite.

Overall: Meh, kind of across the board here--it looks good initially but the head fizzles to nothing; the nose is delicious but the flavor seems to lose its identity. Is it a double stout? A dark wheat brew? This is a rather odd duck, neither "extreme" nor a sessionable brew by any stretch. Definitely worth a try but I likely won't be revisiting this one. Hybrid styles don't particularly interest me... this one is a bit too muddled for me to really enjoy. It's worth noting that mine was over a year old; perhaps it's better when enjoyed fresh.

Photo of domtronzero
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Batch 236. Bottled 21.047.09 (? 047 ?) best before 21.07.12.

Pours an opaque blackish brown with a huge fluffy dark tan head that quickly fades leaving lacing in the glass.

Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, cherrys, and a nice fruity ester profile. Subtle alcohol notes as it warms.

A huge malt presence dominates the flavor. Lots of dark fruits (cherrys, plums) and a nice chocolate note are rounded out by a firm, spicy hop bitterness and some pleasant alcohol and estery flavors similar to pears or apples is very subtle but is definitely noticeable as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel on this behemoth is a medium-heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation (a little too high IMO). A slight warming in the belly is very welcome as some of these big stouts get too hot and solvency. Very very slight astringency in the finish from the dark malts.

Overall this is a very drinkable imperial stout. Excellent and not at all too big. Done very well with a little modesty, keeping this beer an enjoyable sipping ale.

Photo of meatyard
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 217 Brewed: 10.04.09 Thanks again to AltBock for this gift.

Pours an opaque black with a 1.5", milk chocolate colored head that falls relatively quickly to a partial cover without leaving lacing.
The smell is light, sweet malt, dark chocolate and roasty malt. After warming, I notice some acridness in the aroma.
The taste surprised with a smokiness that I didn't notice in the aroma. There is plenty of toasted and burnt malt with a very light sweetness here too. The smoky finish is quite nice.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat creamy.
Drinkability: A bit high in ABV to drink much of at one time but otherwise it's a little bit unique and interesting as a wheat stout. I do like the smoky finish. Worth a try without a doubt.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Ebeneezers.

A: Light fizzy 1/2 finger dark colored head fades semi quickly, pitch black colored beer with long legs that coat the glass.

N: Dark malts, roast galore! Chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, a little earthy bitter hops, slight earthy bitter charred malt aromas too, lots of dark malts still, a slight boozy aroma, but no real wheat, slightly overpowering on the nose.

T: Tons of chocolate, malts, milk, cocoa nibs, etc. Roasty malts too with a little coffee. Some oatmeal and creamy flavors too, with light sweetness but mostly dry. Fluffy too, with a touch of warming booze. More coffee roast coming late on the palate too. A touch of caramel, as well as a smoke flavor. Some chewy malts too.

M: Semi thick, creamy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Thick syrupy coating that just sticks all over the mouth in a nice stout coating. Lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, and creamy oatmeal all stick around for a while as it sits around the mouth. Very rich flavors lingering keeping you remembering the beer's full taste. A little slight dryness and touch of smoke on the finish too, and the booze is very slight, there, but not smacking you.

Photo of Reaper16
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - brewed in December, 2007 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark brown, somewhat darker than cola. The body looks lighter in mass than most imperial stouts (a product of the wheat?). The head is a very dark tan. It builds up to two + fingers before quickly dissipating to nothing. All in all this looks pretty much like the other Haandbryggeriet dark beers I've had.

And smells like them too. Acrid chocolate, raisin and soy sauce (more saltiness than is desirable, frankly). There is an unroasted malt scent - sort of chalky and not-at-all dark - that I am attributing to the wheat malt. There is nothing wrong with the aroma from a stylistic standpoint, it just doesn't smell very good.

The chalky, no-longer tangy, taste of wheat is pretty unique among imperial stouts. Here its blandness serves to highlight the prune flavor and provide more of a contrast with the Hershey's bar-tasting malt flavors. Some low-dose bittering hops give a European grassiness which leads to a finish that is all like a glass of Ethiopian bean coffee from a French press. A solid effort.

If the wheat here has a positive effect it is in the mouthfeel. The body is lighter because of the wheat but the texture of the beer is made uniquely like a biscuit in the sense that it is simultaneously airy and substantial. It makes for a beer that feels almost like a dry stout but with the flavors of an imperial (or, at least, an export stout). Imperial Dry Stout? Heh. The 9% ABV is hardly noticeable.

So, "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout," eh? This beer is not extreme, and the wheat does not add all that much to the basic impy stout formula. This is a solid imperial stout; if you like Haandbryggeriet's beers than you should definitely purchase this one.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as an Imperial wheat stout. Batch 217. Apr. 09. BB Apr. 12. Consumed june 10.

A: A viscose motor oil pour from the bottle produced a dark mocha colored foamy head that instantaneously filled the glass, no doubt compliments of a wild Belgian yeast strain. Retention was extraordinary having filled nearly the whole glass making you patiently wait for its demise with a clean sliding lacing down the glass.

S: Burnt roasty grains and coffee of a medium helping first appear on the nose. Light traces of wheat stalks and dry oats are picked up on the trail. Overall mild in strength and was expecting a bit more of an aromatic punch from this brewery.

T: Burnt roasty grains transcends from the nose straight to the taste buds. Loads of black coffee with charred wood and burnt wheat stalks leaves a dark, earthy bitterness of soil gracing the tongue. Dark fruit of plums are also noted. The yeastiness can be detected and appreciated even beneath the dark roasty nature of the drink offering a light muskiness of dried pears and bananas. Alcohol and licorice notes come through on the finish along with a acidity bite.

M: A good deal of carbonation makes this very edgy on the hold. Loaded with a dark bitterness that leaves an earthy soil bitterness on the tongue.

D: Makes you want to drink this faster then you should. A great dark and hearty wheat stout that leaves you with a good bite deep down.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a pint glass. The growler was filled via nitro tap.

A- jet black with a paper thin mocha colored head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Disappointing.

S- very smoky and nice...hints of coffee and chocolate, but the roasted malts are what come through the most. Real enjoyable

T- I mostly get that nutty, roasted flavor...a little coffee and chocolate as the kicker, but the nuttiness is what comes though most...a little odd for a Russian, but regardless, its awesome.

M- the feel is good...thick without being syrupy, which is what I really look for in a heavier stout like this. Little to no carbonation...lovely. Very creamy, also

D- well, it is a RIS, so you can't drink it like its a bottle of water. But damn...none of the flavors are really overwhelming, and what shows through is wonderful. Great brew

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chalky black with a cap of firm brownish head. Smell is of dark dried fruits, bitter chocolate. bitter burnt roasted coffee, ash, chalk and earth. A quite unique taste is found admist the layers of roast, char and earth. A pronounced tartness is found alongside the misc. dark fruit flavors, but the heavy, bitter roast keeps it in check. A very bubbly, dry and chalky finnish, very light bodied for a stout. A unique beer, but too much char detracts from its plesent qualities.

Photo of GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with a medium brown head with big bubbles that quickly fades. Nose is assertive black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and actually feels thinner than it is because of high carbonation.

Big flavors follow nose. All bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Not a bad example but the high carbonation really detracts. Big bitter espresso finish.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail.

A: The stout is black, just as I'd expect. Why waste more words when one works quite well? The head, nearly a finger on pour, was quick to disappear with no lacing left behind.

S: The nose is rich with chocolate and burnt bread but it doesn't come across as heavy. I'm gonna chalk that lack of heaviness up to the wheat, even though there is no indication that wheat is involved.

T: More rich roasted flavors abound although the wheat makes it presence known more forcefully. Chocolate and coffee, burnt and smoked grains all drive a bold stout flavor that is cut in half by the wheat. The tartness associated with weizens doesn't linger around, having been enveloped by the dark malts. Instead, the wheat dials back the intensity of the stout, relaxing it without leaving an imprint.

M: A subdued stout, rich but not too powerful. I like the wheat and how it controls the flavor without adding its normal flourish.

D: A formidable stout that I happen to like. Nice to finally try it on tap.

Photo of jikvig
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This force IS dark! With a huge head, this liquid is black as you can get it!

On the nose alot of maltsaroma, chocolate, coffe even some fresh baked pasteries.

It would seem that with that dark colour you would get a heavy, heavy beer, but it´s actually quite fresh and light. The bitternes is really well balanced, and it´s precent for minutes!

Overall a good beer and another proof how good the "big" microbreweries in Norway have gotten. A good, well-balanced stout, and absolutely worth a try!

Photo of shortysdude285
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, even for a RIS. Thin brown head, but lacing is pretty good. Smells strong and complex. Many different flavors and a good amount of hops on top of that. Taste is wonderful. Malt and hops are quite pronounced, with a unique taste that sets it apart from many stouts I've had before. Had a 500ml bottle and enjoyed it, another great beer from HaandBryggeriet

Photo of slaintemhor
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an '07 bottle of this in Sept. '09. The colour was as black as a moonless night and it had no head at all. The aroma was sweet and very malty with hints of dark Dutch chocolate. On the palate, there was plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, wet earth, charred meat, and despite a slightly thin mouthfeel it had a rahter coating finish.

Photo of irishking1977
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local Uno's. Listed as a dark wheat stout. Interesting.

A: Ominous, black liquid with a small, one finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Moderate mildly sweet chocolate. Scant aroma of alcohol.

T: Wow. Sweet, chalky, malty goodness. Chocolate and caramel seem to come through most prominently. Alcohol is more hidden then perceived through the aromas of the beer. Little bitterness, though the finish is more chalky than bitter.

M: Thick and rich, but not as much so as it would appear based on this one's appearance. Moderately chewy and chalky, but not overwhelming, so that you want to take sip after sip.

D: Better than average, especially for a stout. One of the better stouts I have had, and more flavorful as well. More complex, as most basic stouts seem to be quite dry and based on basic chalky, and bitter chocolately maltiness.

Photo of ipaequalslove
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a bottle, in the Vinomonopolet in Stavanger, Norway.

I am so happy and supportive of HaandBryggeriet, and the other "big" microbrewery in Norway that I know of, Nogne Ø. The beer culture in Norway is nothing like other countries; Belgium, the craft market in the US, the Germans, etc. Most Norwegian beer is light and bland. So its good that these micros are trying to change that.

(See this video for the collaboration between Stone and Nogne Ø...http://vimeo.com/channels/ssatp#9717713)

...but I digress.

A: Pours a thick head, dark and brown and beautiful. Syrup-y and dense.

S: Licorice, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and brown sugar. Malt-y, molasses...I smell a little bit of cherry, too.

T: Heavy with the chocolate and brown sugar, less so with the coffee and vanilla, and just a hint of the licorice and cherry. But very well rounded, the alcohol taste is only present in the slightest.

M: Soft, chewy, and pillowy. Smooth and well rounded.

D: Would definitely drink again!

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

Dark force pours a blackish brown color with OK at best head retention, and not much lacing. However, after this unimpressive start, things got much better.

On the nose I get coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and licorise. Something about the ingredients from this brewery's beers, but I often times get a considerable amount of licorise or anise. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's a significant amount of smoke as well. It imparts almost a bacon-like element to this beer, that normally would be great. However, along with the sweet anise/licorise flavor, it's just a bit odd. Otherwise, I get some noticeable coffee and dark chocolate, as well as some noticeable alcohol. The finish dries out just a bit at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, and is fairly full with a long finish. Drinkability isn't bad, but the combination of sweetness, licorise and noticeable alcohol make this beer very much a sipper.

Interesting beer, but one I'm not sure I need to try again any time soon.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's. A wheat RIS...hmmm....let's see how this works out.

A-Deep, dark black with a thick brown head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice swaths of lace.

S-Deep, roasted malts with backing notes of dark chocolate, hint of espresso and fruitiness from dark cherry and plums with a touch of earthy hops .

T-Assertive up front deep, dark, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Fruit and earthy hop notes are secondary in support but come through nicely on the backside.

M-Medium-heavy body, rich, full bodied and quite smooth. Very luscious, creamy and nearly chewy.

D-I have never had much from this brewery and with this brew I will certainly be willing to try more. A very well done, rich and flavourful beer. Sure the wheat malt angle may be a bit gimmicky but they make it work well. Nicely done for sure!

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a large brown foamy head that is pretty well-retained for the style/abv. Eventually it disappears but comes back with a gentle swirl. No lacing sticks, but "legs" do.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate - not sure that I would have picked up on the "wheat" aroma if I didn't know about it beforehand, but there is a breadiness and a tang to it.

The taste is sweet initially - with strong anise. Some bready notes come in and out with roasted coffee and chocolate. As it progresses, sourish/tart tangy notes come through. An interesting brew - and one that I enjoyed the more it progressed (thus lifting the taste score by half a point from my original thought). It does show some booze in the finish.

It has sharp carbonation - with an acidic bite on the tongue. The carbonation is a bit more than expected, but eventually calms a bit. The body isn't quite as full as expected, even as it progresses, but pretty smooth for abv and sharpness.

An interesting brew - I'm not sure it's worth the nearly $10 for the 500 ml to have again, but glad to have had it the once. It becomes more complex and drinkability rises as it progresses.

Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loosest head imaginable, all big bubbles of less than a half finger's depth, quite dark brown, no real retention, lacing achieves little traction. As with so many others, it is black. Black is the absence of color. The nose is much more intriguing, shows a sour lactose dimension which along with the as-advertised wheat and also multi-grain bread ably balance out the plum/prune, cherry, grape fruit along with the nutmeg spice, chocolate, brazil nut elements, the citrus is there but hard to peg as any specific scent, what it does best is keep you off balance and guessing. Full-bodied, monolithic to the point of losing your interest, creamed coffee, butterscotch, vanilla bean, chocolate covered malt balls do the vast majority of the work. Plum, grape, apricot fruit don't really sweeten things, just add diversity. The grain or wheat component mostly swallowed into the sweetness here, more like cereal or granola than anything else. Light pink grapefruit shades. Hardly notice the carbonation, can't seem to get out from under the overall weight. Smokier finish provides palate relief. A bit too big for its own good.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haand Bryggeriet dark force (Imperial Wheat Stout)

Poured from a half liter bottle into a big weizen glass

Very fluffy light brown head, and a dark brown body. Wasn't sure whether or not to stir and pour like a traditional wheat, so I went ahead and did it anyway. Leaves some interesting looking creamy streaking down the inside of the glass, along with some chunky yeasty bits on the bottom. Head thins down to a nice top layer, but no lacing to be seen.

Aroma is an odd combination of roasty stout and some clove and raw wheat. Some thinned out molasses, and something that reminds me of Aventinus. Can't put my finger on it, but it's a very nice aroma. As it warms the molasses comes on a bit stronger, and the raw wheat makes a bigger presence as well.

Taste is very big, lots of roasty malt (umm, wheat) and dark coffee. Some dark fruitiness in there as well, but just very, very roasty. A faint sourness in there, reminiscent of a hefe, and then a nice bitter from the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is actually a little thin and effervescent when you consider it is an imperial stout; then you remember it's a wheat and the characteristics are on point. Very easy to drink, and the elevated ABV is pretty well hidden, only providing a bit of warmth as the temp comes up.

All around a very interesting beer, and it's really cool to see brewer's pushing the limits of what a certain style is supposed to be. Would definitely drink this often, and provide it the those who have never enjoyed such an intriguing beer.

Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2008 bottle.

A: Pours a dark black, with some brown around the edges. A tan head rises to two fingers, but recedes in a second. Little lace.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. Cookie dough. Some yeast as well. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Roasted malt with some slightly chalky and bitter chocolate. A bit astringent and acrid. Bread/biscuit and yeast.
M/D: Medium carbonation, but a little thin and water. Not hard to drink, but one bottle is more than enough.

Interesting, and worth a try if you see it. A solid offering, but there are other RIS I will seek out in the future.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Batch #217 brewed on: 10/4/09

Yep, totally black with a massive, fuzzy, bubbly dark brown head that dissipates at high speed. Heavy looking stuff but also very lively. The head looks just like a Belgian ale with a gyser-like effect right in the middle that keeps thing zippy with look and feel.

The aroma is very complex with wet, summer grass,, chocolate covered graham cracker's, dry, dark wheat, the aroma of the inside of the pack of SunMaide raisins with a sugar coating. Slightly tangy heat buzz with overly ripe berries and juicy fruits.

A flat and unsweetend chocolate flavor in the malt is the most obvious, roastie nuts, dry dark wheat with a full feel but very lively, it's much like a Belgian stout really in most ways. slightly bitter and very dry hops make it earthy and gives a nice balance to the really heady malt. A chalky, dry feel lingers until the heat breaks things up and takes in a new direction. As it warms gentle, dark fruits pop out. Good complexity but evened out and made approachable by the nice wheat and lively belgian-yeast like effects. A smokey heat rides in and is one of the most interesting apects of this brew, the malt could use a bit of sweetness to balance the many earthy notes.

We knew they could ski in norway and now we now they brew to!

Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.