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Dark Force - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 309
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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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 Med
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of Fernans
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well I found this to an excellent Imperial Stout. Rich and flavorful. Coffee and sweet, malty flavors. It jumped out to me like Speedway Stout or Old Raspy. Despite its strength, you hardly notice. Top notch.

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Photo of simonjohansson
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: dark bouillon, dark syrup, some chocolate, milk, some dried fruit, some smoke?; fresh, a bit citric hops.

Taste: dark bouillon, syrup, chocolate, also some milk chocolate, overall a pretty creamy, smooth taste, not agressive in any way. Some citric and a bit sourish hops as well. Not that bitter.

This is great stuff. Tasteful and rich as a IS, yet somewhat smooth and mild. Is this due to the wheat?

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Photo of MrBen
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Craft beer? in Norway? Hell yes.

I discovered a bottle of this fine brew on the shelf at one of my favorite shops today. This is a heavy beer that is superbly drinkable. It throws a serious head, even after a careful pour. Light tan head, very stable, and with fair lacing. A somewhat traditional profile of an Imperial, but with a silky and coating mouthfeel, as well as a complex group of flavors. It was so very, very easy to consume. I also appreciated the long finish. Excellent beer!

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Photo of imscotty
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle aged on the store shelf. Brewed on 9/2007, opened on 4/2014. This beer had a 'best by' date of 9/2011

A: Pours a dark black with a strong tan head. Still plenty of carbonation.

S: The smell was very strange for stout. A wet bread smell was so strong it was hard to detect anything else. I guess I could detect some malt and roast aromas.

T: The roast flavor really shined through in the taste. There were some interesting and strange but somewhat enjoyable off flavors. At least they were off for the style. Lots of hay , yeast and earthy flavors that I would expect to find in a funky belgian, not a stout.

As this beer warmed the flavor improved greatly and the roast and the bitterness of the finish became more forward. This was actually an easy drinker, the alcohol was hard to detect. I would recommend drinking this beer at room temperature.

M: A little thinner than some stouts, but not to distraction. Actually had a surprisingly creamy mouth feel. Properly carbonated.

O: An interesting brew. Even though it was past its 'best by' date it was still enjoyable. I would not overpay for this but I would enjoy it at the right price point. Not your typical stout.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cant mess with a double extreme wheat stout. if i understand right this beer is batch 93 from Anno 2007, cool to find such an old bottle.
this beer is pitch black
and it keeps a stubborn mocha head with nearly no lacing. actual signs of carbonation.

smells faintly of coffee and dark chocolate. licorice

tastes of the lightest amount of coffee and then dark chocolate next some licorice. finishes like chocolate cake

mmm full mouth with light to medium carbonation and finishes clean

9% ABV is light these days for an RIS but this is very drinkable.
would buy again but with the wheat in there i wish it had a bigger presence.

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Photo of McD0uche
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Pours a dark brown color typical of stouts with a decent head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell with roasted toasted malts and chocolate prevailing and coffee and fruits playing in the background. The wheat is present but subdued. Has a sweet flavor but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is consistent with stouts. Carbonation is at the right level.

Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'll try to get it in the future when I see it. Definitely a cool play on wheat beers.

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Photo of whitehouse50
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of nbree00
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of CopeTech
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feel the force!
A pitch black stout, light on the carbonation. Its a wheat stout which is a bit of a contradiction with the wheat shining through almost as new side flavor, not the deep barley, but the deep barley with a side trip toward a triple wheat or a sturdy wheat contribution.

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Photo of sasky7777
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As should be obvious from the style, this beer is black as night and pours a frothy head reminiscent of the crema on esspresso, but it doesn't stick around too long. I thought the bottle was contaminated, but realised after reading the label that there was a just a bit of yeast sediment on the mouth of the bottle.

Lots of dark roasty flavours. Chocolate, smokiness, coffee, very complex. No discernible hop flavour, this beer is all about the malt. There is maybe a bit too much alcoholic bite to it, but that is easily looked past.

Had this beer with steak, and it was a great duo. One of the benefits of globalism, a Norwegian beer enjoyed in the middle of nowhere Canada.

Batch # 332

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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!

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Photo of spratmi
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a deep dark almost black color with a rich brown three finger head. A decent amount of lacing remained on the sides of the glass.
S: The smell was wonderfully complex with strong hints of bitter cocoa and rich caramel. There was a background hint of coffee in the nose. Malty and full of alcohol.
T: Very much like the nose. I noted bitter chocolate and sweet caramel with a hint of coffee. There was a nice alcohol tinged citrus finish.
M: The beer was full bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.
D: Fairly good drinkability with a refreshingly dry finish.

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Photo of Errto
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured extremely dark with a brownish tan head. First smell off the top is that of a wine like character, but that pleasant wine-like sour smell quickly fades away and get a little funky.
Taste is that of a good cup of black coffee. Bright, sharp and acidic with the flavors of the roated malts coming through. Finishes a little thick with just the acidity lingering in the mouth.

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

The bottle is a slender 50cl, with a dark, clear label, and a sticker showing the date it was brewed. The beer is an opaque, dark brown, with an easy pour and a light, tan head. The carbonation is light, and the head quickly turns to a ring 'round the glass. It has an intense, yeasty smell, with ready notes of apples and malts. The alcohol is totally undetectable. However, the taste is heavy, with a deep, bitter cocoa bite. Dark Force is a smoky beer that seems best as a digestive, with something to compliment how it covers the mouth in a syrupy fashion.

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Photo of sogrady
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed the bourbon tint mentioned by the other reviewers, but that's possibly because this followed a bourbon aged Allagash Black, so that would have been lost on me.

In any event, the Dark Force is an excellent RIS. The usual chocolate, coffee and dark fruit notes are accented by a distinguishing smoke component. The body is dark and thick, as befitting the style, and well balanced front to back.

I've had better imperial stouts, but this is well worth your time.

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Photo of Sesmu
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: my bottle states 9% alc/vol

Even though it was taken out of the basement, upon opening it gushed a little. So my first introduction was straight from the bottle, while attempting to calm down the gushing :)

A: Very dark brown to black. Not very thick foam, of copper color, which dissolved rather quickly.

S: Coffee and malt, not very complex though.

T/M: Bitter coffee dominates. Surprising prickly sensation from carbonation, although I don't think the beer was extremely young. It feels a little thin for an imperial stout. There are chocolate notes present, some distant fruitiness, but I'm somewhat puzzled as to what role wheat plays here. Somehow the presence of wheat malt isn't really noticeable and is overpowered by dark roasted malts (unless wheat malt is what accounts for this relative thinness.) Taste isn't that complex because it is largely dominated by coffee, which is not bad, but a little disappointing.

Overall, the beer is pleasant, easily drinkable, alcohol is well hidden, however, the beer is by no means great. Maybe I expected too much from this unique, Imperial Wheat Stout, but it definitely felt short of my expectations.

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

I edited this review because this beer get substantially better as it warms. Much more chocolate, coffee and fruit shine through in both the nose and taste. This beer is deliciously complex at room temp. Original review is below.

A: Pours pitch black with a giant, fluffy tan head. Head dissipates slowly. Lots of nice lacing.

S: Burnt smoke, if there is such a thing. Was scared to take the first sip.

T: Bitter chocolate up front, some spicy phenols. Leaves a burnt, smokey finish. Better than what the nose hints at.

M: Lighter in body than I expected. Highly carbonated for the style. Enjoyable.

D: The 500mL bottle is plenty for me. If not for the price, I could see myself drinking this again if the right mood hit.

Overall this an enjoyable beer. Different than anything I've tasted before.

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Photo of lavellen
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this because the style of Imperial Wheat Stout sounded awesome. It was great! This poured with a very fluffy brown head. The chocolate notes really came through with the wheat later in the tasting as the beer warmed slightly. The aroma was a little "homebrewy" as my friend put it, but still not off putting, probably just from the import process. Great Job brothers from the Nord!

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

Vintage: 2010 - bottled 06.24.2010

Batch: # 287 - 1080 bottles produced from batch

Appearance: Very black beer with thick caramel/tan head. Head disappeared fast but left lots of bubbles on surface. No lacing at all.

Aroma: A strong, sweet chocolate smell here. A little too sweet for my preference. Faint aroma of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin - thinner than anticipated. Good carbonation and kind of silky. Not at all heavy like I expected. I'm digging the mouthfeel here.

Taste: Big chocolate taste upfront but with hints of coffee and a dash of wheat flavor. Not over bearing or overly sweet like the aroma lead me to think it would be. As the glass/brew warms up the chocolate intensifies. I'm loving the taste and delighted that you can't taste the alcohol. Good and bad at the same time as this is begging me to drink more --- 20 min. later and this tastes so much better warmer than it did a bit ago.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It started off as a pretty decent stout but as it warmed up it released a lot more flavor with each passing sip. I drank this 25oz bottle in 30-35 minutes and enjoyed it more and more as found my glass empty.

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Photo of MM3
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer a few days ago. This review is based on the notes that I made during the tasting.

The beer is black with a dark brown head. The head built up nicely during the pouring, but collapsed soon after to a small solid layer of foam.

The first thing that I noticed about the smell were the fruity aromas. Then the roasted, smokey and chocolate appeared to me.

The beer's taste was a combination of malty sweetness and a roasty bitterness.

The mouthfeel was thin due to the large amount of carbonation of the beer. In my opinion this beer has too much CO2.

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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

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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!

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

A good solid stout. Welcomingly reassuring to see, smell and taste. Goes down a treat.

Appears nearly pitch black, and in the right light looks like gorgeously molten chocolate. A beer to sit and stare at ...

... and to smell. Gorgeously chocolately with aromas of coffee and malt hit the nostrils.

Tastes as it smells. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, with malt coming through the aftertaste. A big fat stout.

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.