Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From a country far, far away, comes the only imperial Wheat stout in the known universe. This Imperial really strikes back. Made with wheat malt and wheat yeast.

Added by Sigmund on 06-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,838
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
526
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
53
Trade:
2
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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed September 9th 2015, bottled October 13th 2015. No decoding required.

Wheat malt, wheat yeast? This should be interesting.

It pours black with a pretty big head of tannish foam..nah, it's tan. Good lacing. Once things settle down, there's just a ring of foam around the glass.

That smell! Roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, some coffee..3 years old. The years must have been very kind; never had this fresh so I pretty much don't know what I'm talking aboot.

The taste reflects the smell with no hidden surprises. Roasted malt rules the roost with bitter dark chocolate following closely behind. Some coffee, enough for you to know that it's there. Semi sweet/bitter overall and a real treat.

Medium bodied with light carbonation...there wasn't a sound when I popped the cap.

So darn good. A revisit is mandatory.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Isarnan
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked batch number 572 into the test glass, served at cellar temp of 54 deg.
A - Dark all light is lost in there, a rapid almost effervescent carbonation feeds the cap. Quick to dissipate the carbonation continues to feed upward in a champagne fashion.
S - Roast grains, but delicate. Elements include burnt sugar, alcohol driven by a bit of mint. (really like that part) Raspberry, a bit of bakers chocolate, and some anise.
T - More cocoa than the aromatics let on, that hint of anise and mint blend well with a bit of tobacco, ripe blackberry, and surprisingly a thin band of smoked meat.
M - Not a hefty offering, body is medium, the carbonation is prickly and quite effective moving that hint of oily texture through. The linger is forever, sweet flavors accentuated by alcohol evaporation feeling.
O - A double Wheat Stout, easy on the palate and quite flavorful. The body is deceiving, comes across as thin but incredibly rich, dances across the palate and leaves traces for what feels like weeks. Worth the effort

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Photo of stephenlee
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Dont remember where i bought it. In Teku glass. Playing Brothers a Tale of Two Sons. Nicely roasted. Hints of smoke, but much softer and pleasant than in others of their beers. 50cl of impy enjoyable from beginning to end.

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

Photo of igl
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 943. One more nice rich stout from Norway.. very good)

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Photo of brewtalthrone
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of saudekar
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with burnt beige, kind of (I want to say) reluctant head. The smell suggested a pseudo-smoked appeal to it, but instead of other cases in which this was true, HaandBryggeriet doesn't taste like molasses. Urges me to order espresso right after this (which I did, best decision ever!!) with its unfulfilled bitter taste. Blackberry and bitter chocolate in the after taste. I like to classify beer as sharp and blunt but this guy is a challenge- an apologetic sweetness to it after its gaseous body settles in the palate. I had never tasted a full-bodied stout with wheat texture in it, so.. big surprise. Me loves.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Insanely smooth, lovely syrupy aromas and a sweet floral aftertaste that I have never encountered in any other stout before. The addition of wheat makes a huge difference compared to most stouts. An absolutely insane beer.

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Photo of FBarber
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey_L
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 943.
Jet black with nice tan head, good retention, yeast sediment.
Smoked, coffee, chocolate, molasses. Wheat not detected.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Very good.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with an amber tinge, no visible carbonation, and topped with 4 fingers of foamy, creamy, dark beige head.

Smells of candy, fruity like salt water taffy. Hints of cocoa, cream, and raspberry.

It tastes sweet and fruity. Raspberries, Belgian yeasts, cocoa and dark fruits all play a role here. Slight crispness due to the wheat. Hints of charred bitterness on the end.

Moderate to light, foamy body, with hints of syrup and tannic dryness.

Got at Opperman's in Saginaw, MI a couple weeks ago. Drinking in Stouffville, ON, Oct 17th, 2016. The guy working there recommended this one, and he was right. Very unique for the style, with fruitiness, and sour crisp notes.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 526 ratings