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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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very good

447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 27
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Photo of fitzy84


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

05-12-2008 16:30:23 | More by fitzy84
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

500ml bottle, Batch 90. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep, opaque black/brown with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Fruity aroma with some roasted malt and a little alcohol. Very full bodied with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Plenty of roasted/chocolate malt flavor. Very little hop bitterness. There is bitterness from the roasted malt. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. Warming. Definitely a sipper. At the price, I don't think it will be a regular. Interesting beer, that RIS fans should try.

09-21-2008 21:31:33 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of twelvsies


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout... Sure, why not. That's a lot of adjective but I can handle it. HB seems to make some really interesting beers, so I am all about the experimentation. At first pour, holy head, Batman! Literally poured less than a quarter of the beer into the glass (20oz pint) and it nearly filled up with head. It slowly recedes, but retains a thick, foamy two fingers at least, and it's still there minutes later. Foamy, yes, but the liquid itself is sludgy and thick looking, literally pouring through the foam like Drain-o. Perhaps the consistency of an imperial stout, but more like the head / carbonation of a nice German wheat ale. Nice rich malt aromas, dark and roasty, as well as fruity yeast esters. Lots of roast and nice char in the flavor as well. Aside from the rich stoutlike qualities of this beer, there's a nice subtle zippy side to it that adds some spice notes and complexity. Intense, rich, and refreshing somehow all at the same time. Nice texture, chewy yet fluffy. A sipper but entertaining to drink. This beer is full of paradoxes and the wheat addition really adds a nice dimension and taking a little edge off. Definitely a unique and creative beer. May the Force be with you... (sorry, had to...)

11-20-2010 02:57:25 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

10 oz. in a tulip shaped glass at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco.

Black. Starts with a beautiful tan head that, once gone, is hard to reproduce. Everything about this brew is understated. Roasted grain is evident in the aroma, but not too strong. It starts subtley bittersweet and continues through the middle and finish, but it's not "in your face". While it does not partake in the one upsmanship of man imperials, it is extremely well balanced. An excellent beer from start to finish. Heavy body.

01-18-2011 15:37:24 | More by LittleDon
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

I think this bottle was bought by ritzkiss? Thanks man!

Deep, dark brown in colour, opaque with a good cover of espresso-coloured head.

Dark nose: smoke, salty minerals, dark malt.

Really dark brew. Roasty malt, smoke, minerals, subtle dark chocolate and espresso.

High carbonation for such a big stout; too much. Medium body.

Too dark to want much of, I'm left wanting some extra sweetness. Appropriately named.

03-23-2011 03:53:44 | More by eat
Photo of IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-11-2013 19:15:20 | More by IanSpindler
Photo of Yabev15


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-18-2012 02:26:47 | More by Yabev15
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.95/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2+ finger tan head. Good retention, and good lacing. Color is black.

S. Smells pretty much like the name. Smell of an Imperial Stout with some wheat smell. Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Smells kind of like a grassy wheat smell.

T. Taste on first impression is a muted Imperial Stout. Chocolate, roasted malt. Has a wheat taste on top of everything else that is hard to describe. Provides a sweet contrast. Has a pretty nice chocolate flavor. Overall flavor is kinda weak for a Imperial Stout.

M. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable enough for a 8.5% beer. Flavor and taste seem to be a bit lackluster for an Imperial Stout, maybe thats what happens when it is made from wheat. All of the right flavors seemed to be there, they just seemed to be duller than they should be.

01-06-2011 01:21:52 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of DruRho


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-14-2013 22:08:53 | More by DruRho
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Opaque black beer. Dark force? I think this is an appropriate name. This oil-black brew spawned a dark brown, frothy(!) head with strong retention, remaining in a thick collar and consistent bubbles.

S-Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Dark fruits also elbow for space in my nostrils. Some hop character is also able to emerge in a quite distinct resinous note.

T-Big with roast and chocolate. Some dried fruits of the darker persuasion stand in. Hop bitterness is slightly present near the end, along with a pretty clear sweet, floral hop character. A little alcohol comes through in the end of the flavor Is that wheaty spice/twang in there? Maybe a little bit on the aftertaste.

M-Creamy, yet oily and full-bodied. Low-medium carbonation is there just enough for me to realize it. Smoother than many imperial stouts I've tasted. A very pleasant warming deep in my belly.

D-I say two thumbs up for Haand. This imperial stout has a lot going for it with its immense body holding complex flavors. Even with the substantialness of this beer, I would love to have another bottle... right now. This was my first encounter with this brewery, and I look forward to trying them again.

01-15-2009 04:08:34 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass produced a ton of chocolaty tan head. Don't do that with this beer. I should have taken its wheat character into consideration. The color is an opaque black. No light came through. Somewhat fittingly, the head dissipated to leave a creamy, cappuccino-like spiral galaxy of dense foam.

Smell: As I let the head settle, the glass was an arm's length away from me and I could still smell the bourbon quality mentioned in other reviews. However, the scent faded entirely after letting the glass and bottle breathe. The wheat was played up, but all the aroma qualities point to stout. Toasted coffee and dark chocolate malts, a tiny bit of caramel, and dark fruit (cherry and maybe fig).

Taste: Toasted and hop bitterness, as well as a little alcohol, upfront, which gives way to stout's usual suspects: coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The taste is much sweeter than the aroma leads on; the figs and cherry from the smell play a large part in that. When I got down to the bottom for the second glass, I loosened the sedimentation and poured it in. Though a little chunky, it gave the beer a dunkelweizen quality with a little ripe banana.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what the Dark Side has to do with Norse mythology, but I like how the Norwegian woods quartet is thinking. It is not as original as they make it sound, but it is a top-notch brew. May the Dark Force be with you.

09-14-2010 05:18:54 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of rhinos00


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter (Batch #73; Brewed April 2007).

A- Jet black with hints of hershey brown. Solid two fingers width of tan head formed. Slowly dissipated over time.

S- Strong, pungent smell of alcohol, malt, and dark chocolates. Scents of dark fruit could be detected as well, however the aroma of alcohol dominated.

T- Very mellow. balanced taste of chocolates and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and various fruits meshed very well with the dominant flavors.

M- Smooth and creamy, yet not as thick as suspected. Pleasant surprise.

D- Highly drinkable. For an RIS, this is incredibly smooth.

Overall, a well crafted brew. Very pleased to have built up the courage to pull this one of the shelf and give it a try. Definitely a great tasting beer.

01-20-2009 02:26:21 | More by rhinos00
Photo of burnstar


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours black with a big dark tan head. Aroma is strong dark roasted malt with a bunch of herbal hops. Also notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Taste has huge chocolate note. Pretty balanced between sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malt although perhaps it tends toward the sweet side. Plum and light raisin notes. Hops in the finish but they are somewhat subdued. Tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Very drinkable for the style. Overall this is a very good and unique Imperial Stout. It claims to be a "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout" and it does have a somewhat unique flavor and smell that are hard to pin down. Actually way better than I expected since I had no idea what this was when I picked it up. Plus it's called Dark Forces.. and it's from Norway. So make sure you put on some Darkthrone (or your favorite Norwegian Black Metal) while you drink this.

07-14-2009 00:29:02 | More by burnstar
Photo of FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-18-2013 15:42:56 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of photomike


4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-15-2011 04:57:36 | More by photomike
Photo of dgallina


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle with extra label showing bottled in May 2007 and best-before May 2011. Clever and attractive graphic design.

Pours into the Duvel tulip completely opaque thick black with a chunky brown head that doesn't go away. The aroma suggests slightly smoky coffee and chocolate malts with dark fruit at the edges. Tastes a bit thin at first, but develops strong black coffee and bitter chocolate in the center. Finishes with lots of burnt toast and brown sugar. Builds a fruity raw alcohol burn as more of it reaches your stomach and warms. The medium to thick mouth-feel is aggressively carbonated for a stout, has a bit of unnecessary chunkiness from the wheat and yeast. A decent change of pace, though not up to the best stouts.

09-02-2007 02:54:07 | More by dgallina
Photo of DudMan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-28-2013 22:32:25 | More by DudMan
Photo of erlenmeyer


4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-23-2013 23:25:52 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of dominic4beer


4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-25-2013 06:05:31 | More by dominic4beer
Photo of VikeMan


2/5  rDev -49.4%

12-19-2011 18:37:18 | More by VikeMan
Photo of ReeseMax3


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-19-2012 05:07:05 | More by ReeseMax3
Photo of larbush


4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-18-2014 20:06:11 | More by larbush
Photo of imfrommichigan


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-18-2012 04:16:44 | More by imfrommichigan
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a vicious opaque black, a serious 2 finger head that never goes away, and some simple lacing around the glass as you drink away.

S - Dark Roasted malts, some caramel, very odd smell nothing to crazy on this one.

T - I tried this one a bit to cold at first, the taste was not pleasant at all. After warming up, lots of strong coffee and chocolate taste, with a bit of caramel as well as wheat at the tail end. This one tasted a lot better after warming up.

M - Full body, mid carbonation.

D - Not to into this brew, probably will not have another.

03-09-2011 05:20:15 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of rogerthegill


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2012 01:00:19 | More by rogerthegill
Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.