Dark Force | HaandBryggeriet

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88
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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark and significant wheat in there, for a happy marriage. Hoppy and very drinkable. It starts wheaty tongue softy and ends imperial stout. Very nice. There may be a spot of coffee and a measure of coffeee, but its a great beverage to accompany any dude's supper.
Four months later, big sight and roast aroma. Good change up. Remember this is an imerial wheat stout.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with a medium brown head with big bubbles that quickly fades. Nose is assertive black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and actually feels thinner than it is because of high carbonation.

Big flavors follow nose. All bitter black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Not a bad example but the high carbonation really detracts. Big bitter espresso finish.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really thick looking black color, the head is vet thick looking and brown. The lacing looks pretty good overall. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted with some grainy aromas in there. The taste is rich with flavor, there is some sweetness up front that changes to a burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and pretty smooth. Overall it's a pretty interesting stout.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (nearly jet black) in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high mocha colored head that took a very long time to die down.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some additional flavors of smoke and hints of molasses. The hops contribute a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, dry and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol. The wheat makes this beer feel a bit lighter than you would expect for the style.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is quite drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Note: Batch 290

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's a little more than just a Russian Imperial Stout. The beer borrows a lot from a hearty wheat malt addition, which gives a lot of esters and phenols that stand tall among a serious roasted brew. The pour give an intimidating viscous, black pour with a dark brown head forming, and retaining well. The carbonation has difficulty layering, give a nice pattern of cascading tethers. Aromas are very roasty of coffee, bitter cocoa, sweet toffee malts, soft banannas, and spicy cloves. Flavors give much the same with emphasis on the espresso notes, cocoa delectidence, and phenolic cloves. Soft wheat malt follows every sip emphasising the clove, white pepper, and warming alcohols. Textures of marshmellows acommpany the coffee acidiity, milk-chocolate silkiness, and sharp spices -- full and rich all the way. Finishes with those linging coffee and chocolate notes. The palate cleans fairly quickly, allowing a quick jump into the next drink. A most impressive brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 9% ABV, weird fingerprint cosmos imagery on the label, which also includes a lost in translation Star Wars reference.

This beer pours an essentially thorough solid black, the only offset a thin razor-sharp cola edge when presented to the light of day. It gives up a number of fingers of thin fizzy, yet foamy mocha head, which slinks away at an even pace, giving up very little in the way of lace. The aroma is toasty barley and crisp wheat grain, dry chocolate, and a bit of coffee grounds. Up front in the flavour is sour roasted chocolate malt, with some put-upon edgy wheat graininess, a bit of tart orchard fruitiness, and followed up by bitter earthy hops, providing further dryness. The carbonation is average - noticeable and forgettable at the same time, the body inarguably on the light side, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry and ashy, chocolate malt and coffee oriented, respectively.

The name of this brew could be a new style unto itself (Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout). As it stands, as an RIS it falls short, likely due to the heavy use of wheat - the weight just isn't there, and while it hides the big booze quite well, it winds up feeling more like a strong porter than anything. Still, if you don't mind some sour astringency to go with your usual suspects, pile on.

As seems to be the increasing norm while I engage is this particular pastime, the Winamp music gods endeavour to play along: 'Turbonegro - What is Rock?!' So Skol, indeed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73 (brewed 4/07; tasted 1/09)

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a fizzy head that fades to a ringlet rather quickly without leaving much lace

Smell: Charcoal dominates the aroma, along with chocolate, caramel and wheat toast

Taste: Chocalate up front, along with a building bready flavor, but the charcoal elements kick in by mid-palate, bringing along a surge of roasty bitterness; after the swallow, more chocolate and some vague fruity flavors; cherries, perhaps?

Mouthfeel: There is a bit too much fizzy carbonation to really get a sense of the beer's body character

Drinkability: Interesting, but the mouthfeel is a real problem for me as I don't want a big beer to get all fizzy; also, just too much charcoal flavor as well

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73, brewed April 2007. 15 month old bottle, BBD: 04/10.

Into a classic Duvel tulip this pours obsidian black, glistening in the light a deep woody brown color. Poofy 2" layer of dense mocha foam, that recedes to a creamy 1/4" cap.

Dried fruit and cola aroma, and hint of something creamy.

Rich roasted malt flavor with dry tobacco leaf and coffee notes. Earthy with some mild smoke and char.Long lingering roast coffee bean finish.

Feel is smooth from the wheat, without any wheat taste. This is fairly unique, yet there's a mild waxy character that renders it less than perfect. Carbonation is low to moderate, which is just right. One bottle is plenty in one sitting, the half-liter serving size is appreciated.

The sludgy wheat/yeast trĂ¼b that has compacted in the lower recesses of the bottle is a sight to behold...like some sort of disintegrating golem fetus. Dark Force=METAL

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy color head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes are dominating with some black chocolate notes as well. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee notes with some black chocolate notes a nice creamy body. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I can't say that I really tasted the wheat component and I would have guessed it contains any wheat unless it was mentioned on the label. Good beer overall but missing something to be with the great beer form the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with ruby tones. It had very little head and really looked like a port.

S - It smelled of alcohol, sweet malts, toffee and some caramel.

T - The taste was quite different from the smell. It tasted spiced (kind of like a winter warmer). It still had a good roasted malt flavor and some chocolate/caramel flavors.

M - It was sharp, crisp and had a subtle dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very unique RIS. The spices are quite different and make this one worth a try.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

500 ml bottle into snifter. Batch 90: Aug 07 bottling, best by Aug 2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big licorice, soy sauce, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, biscuit, herbal, light charcoal, wood, earth, and molasses. Nice and interesting aromas, with good complexity. Taste of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, smoke, wood, licorice, earthiness, light soy sauce, and light herbal spiciness. A bit of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors, with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much completely hidden, nothing more than a hint of warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and unique imperial stout. Very smooth and balanced; with some interesting and complex flavors.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by bmanning at a recent tasting.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Nose brings forward some roasted malt with a bt of smoke, but does not reveal much underlying depth. Taste brings out a bit more with some chocolate and coffee. Along with a bt of sweetness. Feel is fairly full. Drinks quite well, but isn't as good as Odin's Tipple.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head recedes quickly and leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S - Strong bitter-sweet chocolate and dark caramel. A light smoky aroma with notes of toffee, almonds, and molasses.

T - Dark chocolate and coffee beans up front that transition to sweet, dark caramel in the middle. Notes of toffee, cola, and roasted almonds. Darker malt notes come in towards the finish; smoke, carbon, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of hop flavor.

M - Moderate-high carbonation, reasonably thick, slightly oily body, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable with some excellent and complex chocolate character. The high carbonation is a bit strange and detracts from the beer in the end, but there are no other noticeable flaws. I have been very impressed with the HaandBryggeriet beers that I have had thus far, and will certainly try any more I am able to get my hands on.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard alot about these Haand brews from Norway so I was quick to grab this over last weekend when given the chance.Poured into an imperial pint glass a ddep oil color I mean pitch black no light at all showing thru a large blooming mocha colored head atop much larger than I expect as even with a relatively gentle pour it nearly went over the top.A good mix of heavily roasted malt,wood, and dark fruit almost like a chocolate covered raisin a lingering nuttiness appeared as well just alot of stuff going on there.Really not as full bodied as I would have imagined and a little prickly but not overly obtrusive,flavors start out highly roasted with some bitter unsweetened chocolate rounding into a woody and raisin like flavor in the finish with a light leafy hop presence.A solid impy stout it has alot of complexity mostly in the aromas.

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