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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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 Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour, with a brown head somewhere between fizzy and creamy. Retention is mediocre, but leaves a full sheet over the beer.

S: Bakers chocolate, roasted malts, some 'coffee & cream' scents. Some dark fruits.

T: A ful flavour - bitter chcolate, some coffee flavours, banana, a fruitiness. Some alcohol pepperiness - a little hot, perhaps.

M + D: Rich body... a little chewiness and creaminess. Snappy carbonation gives it some added life, which is nice. While alcohol content isn't insanely high, the flavour of it is quite apparent. Certainly a sipper, but a decent brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle, Batch 93, brewed Sept. 07

A: Pours a dark brown with a full, yet fizzy tan head, with fair retention, leaves light lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, banana bread, espresso coffee, ethanol volatiles.

T: Definitely full on chocolate at the beginning with a light minty hop profile. Bananas, presuambly from the wheat are there as well along with a big dose of malt sugar, think Whoppers. Bite of strong coffee comes in with the finish and aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is very light for a 9% stout, creamy, oily, definitely needs more body.

D: An interesting beer from this Norse brewery, not outstanding, but good.

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

500ml bottle. batch 90. brewed aug 07. "best by" date of aug 2011. poured into tulip

nice and opaque. medium head fades to just a thin ring. no lacing however.

surprisingly present dark fruit (prune? dates?). notes of coffee. whiffs of alcohol and phenols. hints of dark caramel and roasted malt.

dextrinous, sweet maltiness to the roasted, charred character, mixed w phenolic notes and slight prune fruitiness. gentle coffee-like acidity and bitterness to the finish, but perhaps just a bit too lingeringly bitter, both of hop and charred malts. some other flavors also come up that i can't pin down... is it the wheat?

smooth, with some slight texture to the finish. moderate carbonation that is quite prickly at first, then quickly fades.

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Photo of YankChef
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into la fin du monde glass. My bottle also says 9% a/c

Appearance: Pitch black, just looks like motor oil when you pour it... yes. Coffee tan head that slowly forms and then clings to the sides of the glass and doesn't want to let go.

Smell: Big time banana nut bread aroma, all of those aromas, nutty, toasty, banana, and yeasty. There is also some roasted coffee going on and maybe a little vanilla

Taste: First sensation is of the wheat, almost like a weizenbock with the banana breadiness on the front with the malty roasted flavor of an imperial stout. The beer finishes decidedly bitter with a strong flavor of espresso, but not completely dry there is some maple like sweetness going on in here, this stuff is pretty complex if you ask me although others may disagree.

Overall: A very interesting beer, never had one quite like it I dont think its a RIS but thats just me. Still a delicious and highly enjoyable beer that every stout lover must try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a silk black with dark brown highligh. Great hea after the pour and recedes after the first few sips. The aroma is very subtle, almost bland. Light notes of coffee, chocolate truffles, and dry milk. The taste has dry maltose, coffee, milk, sprinkled with vanillin zucker and some cinnamon. Powdery palate taht has subtle flavors dancing in between the easily definable flavors. Good sipping beer with a well integrated mixed alcoholic warmth.

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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 DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wouldn't have guessed to have run across a beer that wasa wheat stout, but Dark Force is the first one I've come across. I have a half-liter bottle to work with, so on to the beer:

Massive tan head on top of this black colored beauty. The nose is interesting and different; to go along with the usual cocoa, there's some banana and faint phenolic teasers. Must be the wheat doing the latter.

Very chewy and charred at first impression in the mouth. Big kick of booze, but not overwhelimg to the point where you can't enjoy the rest of the beer. Charred with some chocolate, mild banana towards the end.

Chocolate covered bananas cooked over a charcoal fire? A very unorthodox way of doing an imperial stout, but it's rewarding.

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Photo of bags6lax
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up last night, on a recommendation from my liquor stores beer guy.

Poured a really nice, tan, sticky head...instant dark fruity aromas, with a hint of charred, burned, earthy aromas. I was immediately intrigued, especially with the "style" name.

First couple of sips, and I relaized this was an exceptional beer, that had a lot of thought put in it. The wheat just softens all the flavors, and mixes them really well, from the hop biterness, caramel/vanilla flavors, to the nice fruity yeast flavors.

can't stop thinking about this beer, as it just lingered on my tongue for seemingly ever.

I could see pairing this up with different deserts especially a little vanilla ice cream, and even for people who aren't fans of really dark beers, this would be something easy to introduce. Great Beer!

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exceptional looking pour with a very thick, long lasting creamy brown head that never went a way and laced the glass all the way down. Pitch black.

Full bodied and very flavorful without over-top-bitterness. Alcohol very well hidden. The wheat must make it slightly softer and smoother than typical RISs.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75
500 ml bottle with a bottled-on and best-by date on the label, poured into a snifter yields an opaque ebony body capped with a thick finger of creamy, melted-chocolate ice cream-style mocha-colored foam that retains at a thick sheet and leaves a bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell is dark, burnt oak with herbally hoppy notes and chocolatey dark roasted barley. A whiff of tangy molasses wafts from the glass and aroma of caramel-covered toasted nuts and Devil's Food cake emerges as the drink warms.

Taste is silky-blackness! Burnt malt, dark roasted malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, smoky, smutty black malt... charred and malty with a caramelized burnt brown sugar note. I want to say I can taste the wheat, soft and mellow, floating along helplessly in the roasty swirl of darkness, but an incinerated jag of smoky chocolate drowns the grainy essence in sooty cocoa goodness. A fruity, hoppy note arrives to the party late, bringing a twinge of grapefruit and bitter herbs to the roasty, bittersweet party.

Full-bodied and magnificent. Great drink that might become too much for me were I to venture beyond the 500 ml serving that seems just about perfect.

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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 trüb 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 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 simonjohansson
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: dark bouillon, dark syrup, some chocolate, milk, some dried fruit, some smoke?; fresh, a bit citric hops.

Taste: dark bouillon, syrup, chocolate, also some milk chocolate, overall a pretty creamy, smooth taste, not agressive in any way. Some citric and a bit sourish hops as well. Not that bitter.

This is great stuff. Tasteful and rich as a IS, yet somewhat smooth and mild. Is this due to the wheat?

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black, but when held to the light, a little raisin creeps in and reveals that the beer is rather clear. The head is a sandy collar of pale tan.

Smells of Tootsie Rolls, faint licorice and a sweet spruce. There's a dry and dusty cocoa to this one too.

Tastes slick and spicy with the dull cocoa and a pungent caramel. There's a distant alcohol nip and a peppery spiciness that blends into a well rounded dry finish that carries little whiffs of some un-named hop. A nice blend here!

Feels a little dense with a thickening explosion of micro-carbonation. I would have liked this one to be a little less fuzzy.

A tasty take on the style!

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt.9oz, 9% ABV. Brewed May 2007 with listed best before of May 2011 and sampled June 2008. Having had it fresh I saw some potential for aging but only got this far before caving.

HaandBryggeriet certainly named and labeled the beer appropriately; this does indeed resemble the cosmos. The beer's surface is a cluster of nebulae, fuzzy and different shapes and sizes, trussed together by the backdrop of darkness. Swirling will actually produce the appearance of a spiral-galaxy. The bottom of the empty bottle, so heavily sedimented, appears like a solar eclipse when held to the light.

The aroma is every bit as bewitching as any Imperial Stout. Your nose is first hit with an enterprise of milky chocolate. The element of roast becomes quickly apparent with the smell of scorched barley which is saturated with hop acid. The wheat would easily go missed if you weren't informed of it, although there is something slightly different - unplaceable - about this one...

The flavour picks up where the aroma leaves off. The milk chocolate flavour is decadent and tastes incredibly authentic. It makes for a silky smooth mouthfeel. Black coffee, smoked wood, and brewers anise are also tasted. Dark field berries and green, zesty hops produce a complimentary supporting cast that underlines the dark roast with fruity and citric tones. The alcohol is absent and the carbonation and bitterness are both right where they should be. This has caramelized, heavily roasted malt meeting light, crisp tangy wheat, and it works.

My first few smells and sips had me in astonishment but my awe would fade as the beer warmed. I still maintain this is a must try, although a "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout" can create for a bit of confusion when picking out the appropriate glassware...

This is a wonderful creation. It has a lot of the great qualities of both dopplebocks and Imperial Stouts which has made for something as delicious as it was unique. I'm not a fan of either Star Wars or Star Trek, but I am a huge fan of this!

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

An apparently hard pour produced a big tan colored head atop a black beer with dark ruby highlights around the edges. The retention of the head was impressive. Chocolate, dark fruit and some general graininess perhaps from the wheat round out the aroma. Lighter on the palate then I expected, but still silky. Cocoa powder, sweet dark fruit, and just generic roasted malt flavors. Wheat is detectable, but not dominate by any means. A mild bitterness balances out the finish. A slight alcohol warming pops out at the end, as well.

A decent, but fairly run of the mill, imperial stout. The $7.99 price tag on this bottle had me hoping for a bit more.

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Photo of mhewes
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice black with a big tan head.

S : Typical stout. Roasted malts and notes of coffee and chocolate

T : This was an interesting taste. It has the normal stout tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. In addition, it had a nice wheat flavor. The hop presence was definitely there and there was an interesting sour taste on the finish.

M : Good carbonation, full-bodied, but a little bit thinner than I've come to expect from a RIS.

D : Really good. Even though it wasn't a typical stout, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch Number: 93
Brewed: SEP 07
Best Bef: SEP 11

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a large tan head that possesses very nice retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is dark and roasty with dark fruits and hints of cocoa. The taste features a mixture of dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. I find the mouthfeel to be a little thin for the style, but it does not detract from the brew too much. Overall, Dark Force is a pretty decent RIS, but just doesn't stand out in any way over the others to make a repeat purchase. Worth a try.

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Photo of ph2001
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

21 oz bottle in pint glass

black color. tons of head and tons of yeast. it has a thick malty smell.

very rich, slightly creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. theres a slight sweetness similar to cherries in there. good coffee and chocolate notes. strong aftertaste too. very interesting and nicely balanced. the 9% is hidden nicely also.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double chocolate fudge brown with the suggestion of lightening at the edges, though no actual highlights. The massive crown is the color of dark brown sugar, has a mousse-like texture and is beginning to deposit attractive lace in tattered sheets. What's not to like?

The nose is rock solid as well. Dark Force doesn't smell as devilishly dark and as pungently powerful as some versions, but it definitely gets the job done. I can appreciate quite a bit of dark fruitiness and more than a handful of hops. 65 IBUs will do that. Warming kicks things up a notch.

The brewery claims that DF is the only known wheat stout in the universe. Doubtful. They also call it (in small print along the bottom of the label) a 'Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout'. That's a pretty big boast, so this brew better bring it.

Although I could never have identified the fact that mainly wheat malt is used, it makes sense after the first big gulp. Not in the flavor (there's too much roasted maltiness for that), but in the lighter than usual body and the silky softness of the mouthfeel. Yeah, but does it taste good? You betcha.

Dark Force is reminiscent of a Baltic porter (in some respects), although the stated style is much closer to the mark. There's a huge charred barley character, complete with rivers of chocolate liquor, black coffee and blackstrap molasses. Grapefruity hops crash the mouth party at the midway point, and then come on like gangbusters at the finish.

For all of its smooth silky softness, mouthfeel doesn't quite keep pace with flavor and drinkability. It came up just short of 'very good' in the end.

Dark Force is my third Haandbryggeriet beer and is easily the best. It may not be Double, Extreme *and* Imperial, but it's a delicious RIS that I would love to drink again and again. Since I'm not a Star Wars geek, I'll refrain from some lame joke about The Force. If you're an RIS geek, you should pick this one up whenever you run across it.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Brown, 3" of cloudy like creamy head. Huge head retention.

Cocoa, Wheat and STOUT...Very much a yummy beer.

It's a light tasting stout with a big wheat flavor and a cocoa. Light roasted norwegian heaven.

Nice clean smooth mouthfeel. I can drink these till the cows come home....

back to the beer....MMMM SO DAMN GOOD!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle, batch 93 brewed 9/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and some hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some wheat and charred/burnt malt and coffee noticable. The warmer it gets the charred/burnt coffee taste gets stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full with above average fine carbonation. It's also coating and smooth but not as thick as I thought it would be. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all but the high carbonation does hurt it a little bit. Overall I think it's a good, but not great RIS. With that being said, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light getting through. Nice tan colored head that leaves trails of lacing. Smell is typical stout, coffee notes and chocolate. Some fruity notes in the background. Taste hits you with the coffee notes up front but there is a distinct funkyness in the background that becomes more noticable as you drink. Also some wheat notes poke through eventially. Strong coffee aftertaste mixed with the funkyness. A very interesting beer that is well worth a try. It started off strong but finished kind of dissapointing. Not sure i'd search it out again but i will certainly try other Haand beers.

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