Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

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88
very good
517 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
517
Reviews:
320
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
51
For Trade:
2
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Photo of beerking1
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark and mysterious. Labeled as a "Imperial Wheat Stout" beer, this one demands attention! Pitch black color, topped with a very dark tan, thick head.
Aroma is a little faint, but the flavor makes up for it. Strong roasted and black flavors, with some mild notes of wheat beer backing them up. Tail is all roast and charcoal, lingering long but very pleasant.

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Photo of Fernans
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Converge
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. I guess I could say this is the first beer I've tried to age, as the bottle is 2010 vintage (but only really about a year old). Batch 332.

A - Big, thick mocha colored head atop a deep, pitch black and viscous beer. The head eventually thins out to almost nothing, and leaves no lacing. The deep, dark stout alone is a treat to look at here though.

S - At first I'm getting a lot of metallic funk, so I might let this warm up a tad. After it warms up a bit, I'm getting lots of Belgian yeast and dark wheat with a lot of funk to it. Big dark chocolate character becomes very apparent as well. Smokey ash and licorice loom in the background. It's complex, but it does feel slightly off to me here.

T - Luckily, the odd funk in the aroma doesn't show up in the flavor at all. Upfront this RIS has a big, dark chocolate flavor that really spearheads the profile. There's definitely some roasty, coffee like bitterness throughout it, but it's balanced nicely by the sweet chocolatey notes. Finishes with a hint of dry leafy hops and lingering smokiness. The wheat presence is also detectable and quite nice coupled with the yeast here. The hints of smoke I detect are actually really peaty, and sort of remind me of Harviestoun's Highland Park Ola Dubh. Overall this beer has a dark, malty profile with a solid roasty bitterness balanced with a dark chocolatey sweetness and deep earthy smoke character. Also, nearly zero alcohol heat. Once it warms up more, I can even taste a touch of black cherry and other dark fruit in the finish, although it's light. I'm impressed.

M - Monstrous viscosity. Feels thick and full bodied, but is balanced nicely by the low, prickly carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a while, with a touch of spice in it. Really low alcohol warmth. Compliments the big flavors nicely. As it warms it even becomes fairly sticky, but not too syrupy.

D - Despite the sheer size and complexity of the flavor profile, this RIS doesn't feel at all too overwhelming or astringent at any point. It remains, dark and drinkable for the whole duration with a rich sweetness balanced with a roasted malt bittering character. Judging by the other reviews this beer really comes through with about a year of age on it, so I'm glad I waited to open this one up. It was just a delicious, earthy, dark, rich, and complex treat to drink.

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Photo of crusian
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

weird, this actually smells wheaty... if blindfolded this would be presumed to be a hefe or a bad pale... I did not expect that.
oh, the taste on this is VERY sweet and smooth. This is unlike anything I have ever had. you NEED to try this, just for its unusual character. More brewers need to make a wheat imperial stout. It is a style I could see coming into its own. no bitter finish. Wow, I so want more of this, I am kicking myself for not buying more. I am a Russian Imp stout freak, and this is so different from the norm that I am a little giddy about it. BUY it.

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Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mitlinks
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JumpingSpider
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sia478
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch # 73 Brewed : Apr. '07 Best Before : Apr. '10

A: Sneaks into the glass a pure pitch black. Thick and creamy 2 finger head the color of wheat toast.

S: Incredible aromas of dark chocolate, ripe plums, molassas, rum raisin bread, spicy yeast, pepper, cherry, and brown sugar.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted wheat dominate the flavors here. Also found were sweet and spicy dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, rum soaked raisins, pepper, and spices.

M: Silky smooth with barely a hint of alcohol heat. Bitter roasted goodness with a finish that lasts forever.

D: I can't believe this is 9% abv. I had to search hard to find even the tiniest hint of alcohol presence. This is phenominal!

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Photo of vheissu15
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of JWeldon
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jwinship83
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black with a brown finger sized head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Chocolate, a little toffee, very roasty

T- Rich caramel and a little chocolate. very nice coffee aftertaste

M rich, creamy, and very smooth

D- very easy and pleasant to drink. something id try again

550ml bottle

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Photo of jco3rd
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this great beer to Tokyo!

What can I say about the appearance. It looks exactly has every other imperial stout. Pitch black. Tiny amount of extra dark brown head.

Burnt sambuca, char, chocolate and char on the nose. Flavor much the same. Amazing balance between sweet, bitter and alcohol.

The reason the drinkability is so low, is because, as delicious as the beer was, I couldnt finish it. Despite its balance, there was just too much intensity going on.

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Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BradAndAdele
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of ummswimmin
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of erosier
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a huge tan colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass all the way down. Too much head on this one.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, interesting burnt wheat aromas, some vinous aromas, and aromas of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.
T: Tastes of a really nice mix of malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors, then a nice burnt/toasted wheat taste.
M: Very smooth, warming, perhaps too much carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, interesting twist on the Russian Imperial Stout with a nice wheat taste to it that was not only heavy, but it was really interesting.

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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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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
3.96 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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