Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

BA SCORE
88
very good
516 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
516
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
51
For Trade:
2
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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

Photo of durlta
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a mug here at Cerveceria Esparte here in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with a thin head rising maybe half a finger's length with a hard pour. Head is straight tan by settles quick with sticky lacing after two sips.

Smell: light hoppy scent, settles quick through the nostrils.

Taste: Dark chocolate but lighter than you think. Coffee is there but the malts over take you. Little bitter and touch of salt.

Mouth: Somewhat sticky and paired with cheese and ham, I lose the smoked after tough pretty quick.

Overall: Descent brew, has room for tweaking. I'll let the drinker decide. Salud!

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Photo of drahodo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Hooliya
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An imperial wheat stout? One that is purportedly the "only imperial wheat stout in the known universe"? Something I've never had the pleasure of trying before. Batch 342, poured into a tulip: deep black with a light frothy head of about 2 fingers which dissipated pretty quickly. The nose is boozy with notes of coffee and malt. The taste, however, is smooth and sweet with some coffee, chocolate and molasses notes. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely try to find it again in the future.

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

Photo of stevoj
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Catch up rating from Saturday's RIS bottle share. Big, bold and dark, tasty bitter roast grains, hints of alcohol warmth peeping through. Another keeper out of the lot of 160 bottles.

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

Photo of dsshuck
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dark Force from HaandBryggeriet
3.96 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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