Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

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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

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of zhanson88
2.12/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark Force pours close to pitch black in the glass with a towering expresso head. Retention is awesome, and lacing is fine and pretty abundant. It looks pretty thick on the pour, but not the thickest I have seen. Still, it does look great.

Smell: I get roasted and burned malts. Also a bit of sweetness and soapiness. Not really the most appealing smell.

Taste: Right off the bat there is waves of burned malts and smoke. I feel like there is more underneath that (possibly coffee, slight bitter chocolate), but everything is completely overshadowed by a smoky/burned flavor. This is not something that I enjoy drinking.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is definitely not full, probably a bit over carbonated for me. It looks like there is a lot of people that enjoy this beer and rate it highly. By all means, it's probably worth a shot. It's not for me though.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Barnyard in a bottle. But uniquely so.

Smell brings to mind a wheatey, hayish, think south end of a north bound horse smell. All chicken poop and slightly stinky cheese.

The taste is about the same. Very different experience. Brings one back to what a few guys would brew between shoeing draft horses. I swear I can taste the Belgian drafthorse sweat in the aroma.

This is a beer you should at least try once. If for no other reason than to go back to a differing style.

This a tussle with a big, blonde farm gal. If you can take it.

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Photo of whitehouse50
2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
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 Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased for $6.99, for a 1pt .9fl oz bottle. The label states 9% ABV. Batch # 73. Brewed April 07. Best before April 2010. Per the website, 65 IBU, and 139 EBC color. Pours out to a slick oily black, forming a large dark cocoa head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is similar to expedition stout...lots of prunes, heavily roasted malts, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate, and black walnuts. Mouthfeel is sharp and biting with a big dense body. The taste is dominated by burnt malts...lots of black patent I'm guessing. There is a peculiar sourness from the very dark malts and green leafy herbal hops, not the result of a fermentation gone awry. I'm not really getting the wheat. Overall, it's quite pungent, and not very sweet as one might expect from a beer this size. Medium strong bitterness. The finish is burnt, acidic, harsh and tongue sucking dry. I've brewed with this yeast before but I can't recall what it is. It has a very characteristic flavor.

Well, I had high hopes for this one, but it's very much a one-trick pony. There isn't much going on here..very one dimensional and not all that drinkable. Very harsh and abrasive. I thought this would be a nice compromise between a weizenbock and a RIS, but sadly it's barely drinkable.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
2.67/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with an overflowing foam head that took several minutes to dissipate. It also poured jet black, in which no light could be shown through.

S: Smells of an ashtray, some oakyness, harsh coffee, and some unsweetened dark chocolate.

T: On the first sip it was like drinking an ashtray filled with harsh dark roasted coffee, and from then on it doesn't get any better. I did taste some subtle tones of saison yeast, and some dark wheat. The Saison yeast definitely left behind some of the green apple and fruity characteristics associated with it.

M: It was definitely over carbonated to begin with but as it opened it the high carbonation subsided. The mouthfeel was rich and filling, with a nice creaminess.

O: This beer reminded me of how it tastes when you kiss a smoker, and then lick the ashtray after you have kissed them. It was way to roasty for me, I think they should cut back on the Roasted Barley to balance it out more. I don't know if they used Saison yeast, but I got a lot of characteristics that didn't fit with this beer. Overall, this was not worth the $10 I paid for it.

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Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed on July 11th, 2012. Poured into a Klokke Roeland goblet. Batch number on bottle is 342. Could not find a brewed-on date on the bottle or online.

Beer pours an almost-opaque deep, deep, deep, deep brown. A two finger head the color of coffee with a little cream appears and lingers for quite some time. It is not particularly fine, uniform or sticky, but it does the job.

Aroma - A very dark roasted malt, nearly charred, is topped off by a whiff of vanilla and the unmistakable metallic tang of wheat. Interesting and different, but not especially appetizing.

Odd flavor. At the beginning, there is a big wheaty flavor replete with a metallic twang. Fruity, like pears and apples and dark, sour cherries, due perhaps to the yeast strain used. Honey accent as well. The back end is allbitter burned coffee. As unique as this is, I wouldn't call it "good", necessarily.

The beer is light in body for an RIS, but this is what the brewers were aiming for, according to the Haand Bryggeriet website. Decent carbonation: a slight tingle on the tongue.

Overall, I have to call this beer a fail in drinkability. It's a very interesting and admirable experiment that perhaps should have stayed in testing a bit longer.

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Photo of jale
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jesse for this.

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Dark roasted malt, just a trace of coffee and mild cocoa.

T: Smoky malts to start followed by some roasted coffee and just a hint of bitter chocolate. A little leather and some grass. The wheat takes away more then it adds.

M: Very chalky with medium body and good carbonation.

O: This would be much better without the chalky feel. This is a beer that I feel does not age well so drink it fresh.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Batch 271. Brewed 02. 2010 and best by 02. 2013

APPEARANCE: Pitch black pour makes a three finger, medium-thin, fizzy, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Jet black body and no carbonation evident. Head quickly fizzes down to a half film and a ring. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing. A nice, thick black pour, but lousy head.

SMELL: Roasted malt, smoky notes, and some definite wheat malt. Light cocoa and coffee notes in the back, as well as some sweet molasses. Clearly an imperial stout with a splash of wheat malt thrown in. Mild in strength, but very nice.

TASTE: Light roasted malts with some wheat malt up front. Kind of lacking initially really. Some roasted chocolate, wheat, and molasses at the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste is roasted, with wheat notes, bitter chocolate and hints of sweet molasses. A little lacking up front, but it definitely comes through in the end. It's the crappy palate's fault this didn't score higher.

PALATE: Thin body, light, and overly carbonated. Airy and prickly on the palate, goes down airy and abrasive, finishing slightly sticky. This is about as bad as it gets for the style. Would rather it be flat. Not thick or creamy enough, and the aggressive carbonation makes it difficult to drink. Doesn't support the flavors, which was very disappointing.

OVERALL: I've had this beer several times, and it's always the same story. It's way over carbonated for an imperial stout. It's so light, airy and abrasive that it's hard to drink. I actually let the second half of the bottle sit in my snifter for about 90 minutes. It had started to stale a bit by then, but at least the carbonation had calmed down a bit. Luckily this berw tastes pretty good, or it would be completely undrinkable. This is an unique brew with a lot of potential, but it will never realize that potential until the carbonation is taken care of.

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Photo of jdklks
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes:

more than a little disappointed by this one. the bottle i had said it was 9% (not 8.5). a little over a year old.

dark black, as one comes to expect from an imperial stout, yet this has some other quality, a perceivable "lightness" that i cant quite explain (perhaps brought on by the curiously white head). whatever it is, it is certainly telling of things to come. smells like, oh what is it, belgian yeast!!! though im sure this is a consequence of the wheat, it is still unpleasant and rather unexpected (call me naiive). nothing much else here, except perhaps some coffee and the slightest hint of chocolate.

the flavor is what was expected from the smell. whatever it is that tastes like belgian yeast (again, im sure its the wheat, unless they actually used belgian yeast) takes over, as that flavor tends to do, and doesn't allow any of the subtleties that this beer might have to offer come through. otherwise you've got a hint of coffee, and an even slighter dose of chocolate, both unassuming and hidden in the background. not a good imperial stout. back to the drawing board with this one!!!

mouthfeel is ridiculously light for what is supposed to be a "BIG" beer, though it is nicely carbonated and fairly smooth on the palate. drinkability is limited to my half of the bottle (i shared with a friend), and i would not want a drop more.

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Photo of MoFro
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of roadhouse
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, batch 93 bottled in 9/07, into a snifter.

Appears an opague black color with a big two inch tan head. Takes a while but eventually it sinks down to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma has notes of anise, coffee, dark fruit, and alcohol.

The taste starts off with some sweetness and a molasses flavor. Some dark fruit creeps in next alongside anise flavors and something like soy sauce. A good amount of hop bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit too light for an Imperial Stout.

This one just didn't do it for me. I barely got myself to finish it. Certainly wasn't worth the expensive price tag.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint bottle Batch 342, 1080 bottles. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a pretty foamy 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. The head bubbles to a thin cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S - Smells roasty and smokey. Some chocolate and black licorice hints as well, but very faint.

T/M - Not what I was expecting, or what the smell led on to. The taste is almost peppery, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and slightly over carbonated.

O - Well it's not your regular russian imperial, it's an imperial wheat...? Not really sure I love it, because I think the wheat overpowers everything else.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a super thick dark tan head like a milkshake that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and alcohol. Flavor of light roasted malt, apple skins, and an odd sweet vegetal quality. Thin mouthfeel. Something was off with this beer and it just wasn't very tasty.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Overall: 13/20

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Photo of killcore
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopGoblin
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
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 BrownNut
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 449, brewed Feb 2012, drunk Feb 2013, cool, from a tulip.

A - 4.25 - Black, with a finger of nice tan head that really endures.

S - 3.75 - Hey surprise, smells like a wheat beer, although backed up with some char, bordering on metal. The wheat sweetness is almost that characteristic Belgian yeast smell, and a little bubble gummy. There's a decent malty smell.

T - 2.75 - Surprisingly crisp and dry. The dryness is of an unfortunately metallic kind. The dryness makes it kind of hollow overall and there's not a lot to fill that void. Aftertaste mostly of faint char and borderline metal.

M - 3.5 - Surprisingly not even medium bodied - just shy. Dry. It wants more than this.

O - 3.0 - Overall kind of weird. The wheat notes don't seem to come together well with the char notes. The dryness and lack of viscosity leave it kind of empty. And faint metal in the aroma, palate, and aftertaste are unwelcome and distracting. I've had more/worse metal, but this is juuust enough to register. An interesting attempt, but it didn't work out. Don't want the rest.

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 522 ratings