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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
78 86 72 5 14 6
Haandbryggeriet Dark Force by Haandbryggeriet
Russian Imperial Stout
9.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 04/22/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 0
Picked this bottle up a while ago at Hop City in ATL. This beer somehow found its way to the back of the fridge and has been lost until tonight. Batch 217, brewed 10/04/09.

A: Pours up a deep, dark jet black. Held to the light, it is letting nothing through, remaining completely opaque. The pour got me a good two fingers of frothy, dark mocha colored head. It fades slowly to a solid top cap over time. No lace sticks, everything just slides slowly back down into the cap. Looks like it should.

S: I was not expecting the wheat to come through as much as it does. Just a wonderful grainy, wheat presence comes out first and foremost. It is so big, it has an almost rye quality to it. Touch spicy. It also has those stout qualities of dark chocolate and sweetness. Think I am picking up on a faint citrus presence pushing its way through. Very Nice.

T: Once again, things start out with that wheat/grain presence. Incrediby hearty flavor. Just very in your face, but in a good way. Sweetness tries to cut this (but doesn't fully achieve) with some dark chocolate and licorice. Definitely a citrus hops presence coming through. Coffee works its way in. Things round out with a spicy, roasty/burnt quality. Works.

M: It is full in body, but it does have a very crisp carbonation to it. This makes the beer oddly dry for a stout. It is a bit confusing, but it doesn't take anything away. ABV is light in presence, with just a light heat on the throat. Aftertaste is wheat and licorice.

OA: I dig it. I was a little thrown by the whole Wheat RIS thing, but it works. Somehow it came across as a very hearty grain and almost spicy rye quality. Just a burst of flavor, but not anything too crazy or overwhelming. This beer works nicely and I would love to have another.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by mr. furley on 01/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 2008
Batch 74 from tayner!

great looking beer. tall, foamy, brown head that hangs around for quite a while. welcoming aroma. had a bit of a bitter bite to it but that's a great combo with a smooth stout.

was really excited to try a wheat stout. a very interesting blend. up front it's fantastic. very tasty, creamy but over time it drys out significantly.

that would be my one critique of it. too dry. i had a glass of water afterward because the roof of my mouth was tapped dry.

all in all a good beer. happy to have tried it and i would like to try more from this brewery.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by thickfreakness on 11/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2007
Bottle from Liquid Solutions in March. Poured into my Darkness tulip thanks to beastiefan2k. Bottle is batch number 75 from May 07.

Pours pitch black with a nice mocha head that never fades away completely.

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, citrusy hops, roasted/burnt malts, a little ashiness. some licorice and a slight bit of booze.

Flavor is more chocolate and cocoa, a bigger citrus hop presence, some roasted/burnt malts with a huge licorice and bitter roast finish.

Thick viscous mouthfeel, not quite up to Dark Lord but pretty close.

This sort of reminds me of Expedition which is my all-time favorite RIS, but its just not quite there for me.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by seaoflament on 02/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 15 3 7 2008
Thanks to Jw347 for this one in a recent trade.

Didn’t notice until now that this one is a “Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout.” Sounds interesting.

Batch NR 73. Bottle states this beer as 9%

Pours a muddy dark brown with a chocolate volcano of foam. Half my pint glass was quickly filled with foam and it seems to settle at a thick half inch.

Tangy citrus with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, malted milk and a bit of pine. A decent, soft floral aroma of mixed chocolates and coffee but that tangy wheat presence is beginning to be somewhat dominant. Some more espresso aromas come out as it warms up.

Tastes of bitter chocolate with dark roasted, cold, coffee and the tangy wheat with a bit of citrus is also there. Some bitter roasted barley, dry and rough toasted bread with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Too tangy for my stout preference. Some dry rye feel in the finish as well.

Average mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated.

Interesting, but not one I would seek again.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a very dark brown, not quite black body that is completely opaque. Towering cocoa colored head that is fluffy and made of tight bubbles. Great retention and nice lacing.

S - Baker's chocolate and cocoa. Light expresso. Lightly roasted dark malts. Touch of anise.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell. Tons of cocoa and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Roasty malts are there, but not huge. Powdered sugar. Rye? Not sure, but it seems like it may be in there. Touch of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium to full bodied with a very dry feel to it.

D - Drinks pretty easy for an Imperial Stout. I wish it was a little more rubust and richer.

Served In: Other

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