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Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

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3.96/5
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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:
#5,099
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
518
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
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32
Gots:
51
Trade:
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Photo of Loki
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very, very dark black thick liquid pours from the bottle creating a very thin, wisp beige head that fizzles quickly. Color is beautifully dark and it thick as hell. However, the lacing and head is more than a little disappointing.

Smell: Caramel, roasted malt, strong notes of coffee and grease. Then notes of wheat and roasted malt. Hints of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt. Hints of bacon grease, smoke, and just enough hints of hops to balance it out. Very different, not great but not bad. Taste very close to a smoke beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer definitely comes through here. Warm and fairly thick. The wheat give a nice dryness.

Drinkablity: Not great. High alcohol, strong burnt malt and grease flavors make it a one bottle beer.

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Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Black as outer space. Head is about a quarter inch, a silky medium tan.

A little licorice, dark chocolate, alcohol. A touch of vanilla or marshmallow. A little smoke.

Sweeter in the flavor. Chocolate syrup, smoke, a touch of anise. Slight lingering alcohol. Smooth.

Smooth, medium body. Pretty high carbonation and a little too much fizz. Very well-hidden alcohol. Tongue-numbing.

Smooth stuff. Wish there was a little more showing from the wheat. Still very smooth, easy-drinking.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73, Brewed April 2007; Sampled November 2007
Very well carbonated, and as I pour it the aroma makes me think of Brettanomyces. The head is somewhat large bubbled in consistency, initially four-fingers thick and even flows over the rim of my glass a bit; it is a light brown color and is quite long lasting. The beer is almost black in color and is quit opaque. Aromas of dark malt, toasted grain, toasted bread crust, coffee, ample chocolate and perhaps a bit of traditional, sharp wheat aromatics are noticeable underneath all of dark, roast character. Once I get into it, the aroma is not nearly as funky as I thought it would be (at least from those initial Brett infused overtones); it is still here though, much more subtle, but with a distinct vinous character as well as some aromas of tart fruit. This mostly smells like a roasty stout, a touch of tartness and grain character that could be attributed to the wheat as well as a touch of funkiness.

Much more funky in the flavor than the aroma ended up being, though it is still somewhat subtle, or at least I could see how it could be missed given all of the roast grain flavors that are here. Fairly light bodied (definitely lightened by the Brett / funk), though it does retain a soft creaminess, that is able to show through the ample carbonation. A few quick swirls of my glass frees up some of the excess carbonation and softens the beer a bit more. The beer in the near finish has a light tartness to it that is contributed by burnt grain, the wheat and most likely some of the funk. This tartness is superseded in the finish though by a sharp, lingering, burnt bitterness. Funky notes of moldy cotton and musty wood also linger in the finish. Really though the roast grain is what dominates the flavor profile here; flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, chalky roast grain husks, well toasted whole wheat crust and sour / bitter espresso. This has some fruitiness to it as well, of course the fruit tastes like it has been well burnt underneath a broiler, but it does evoke taste memories of burnt prunes, roasted figs and perhaps a touch of raisin.

As the beer warms, the funk begins to pick up a sharpness, almost a harshness that can at times muck the finish up a bit. Still this is a pretty good brew. I'll have to see if I can get a fresher example of this brew to see what that is like (though for a beer of this type, seven months should be nothing).

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Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Kerne
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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 Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves basically no head and no lacing,the smell is wheat,boozy alcohol,dark chocolate and cocoa,the mouthfeel is only medium bodied and abit thin for the style in my eyes with tastes of dark bittersweet chocolate,wheat,cereal,cocoa,dark plums and is finished with a dark mocha bittersweetness and overall its definately a first for me as i havnt heard of anyone else doing an imperial wheat stout but its very sessionable and easier to knock down than other RIS's but just not a true RIS in my eyes cheers.

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Photo of atsprings
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a Brooklyn goblet. Pours a deep opaque black with a thick dark-tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with sweet fruits showing in the background. The beer is somewhat on the bland side, with some roastiness and sweet malts briefly showing up in the finish, but not much there. The beer seems light bodied, the alcohol provides some warmth, but is well hidden. I must say I was intrigued to try a wheat stout, but can honestly say I won't likely be trying one again any time soon.

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

Photo of AApparel
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mlm5641
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tayner
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle batch 73 best before may 2010 Bottle says 9% abv.

Poured black with a huge tan head that wouldnt go away. didnt really lace and wasnt really sticky, just wouldnt go away.

Smell was mostly just of some aroma hops, the floral kind. Not alot of smells coming from this despite the huge head.

Taste was a bit more bold, roasted, nearly burnt malts, charcoal, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a wheaty finish. there is also a slight floral hop finish as well which seems a little out of place for me. perhaps a different variety of hops would have suited this one better IMO

Pretty easy to drink for a 9% beer since that was so well hidden, but not my favorite in this style at all. glad to try it once, probably wont seek it out again though.

This one was a bit overcarbonated for me, but it was relatively full feeling in the mouth.

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Photo of dre412
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet. I actually enjoyed the carbonation however and felt that it was needed for the sweetness. I enjoy sweet stouts and this one had a tad bit too much for me, but overall it was good. Definitely more of a dessert beer for me, to be shared with someone after a meal.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 74, brewed May 07, best before May 11.

A: Murky black, tan head, very little retention or lacing.

S: Licorice, roasted/smokey grain, alcohol, coffee, soy sauce.

T: Roasted coffee, licorice, brown sugar, soy sauce.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: It's certainly interesting, but not overly drinkable.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this. What the hell is an Imperial Wheat Stout? I guess this is it.

Beer is black but brown at the corners and kind of hazy with a thin brown head of tiny bubbles, lacing? no.

Odd aroma, mild smoke, odd fruits, a little malt, not much roast.

Beer is coffee, lots of it. Mild smoke, is there wheat in here? Maybe this is why there is only one of this "style". Its an OK beer overall, its mildly sweet, a little chocolate bitterness. Its just OK.

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 518 ratings
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