DocLock (6800) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 L bottle from Capone’s. Pours jet black, thick and oily, with a 1-finger creamy gorgeous well-retained brown head. Nose is oaky, spirity, and bourbony, very malty, with cacao, with blackberry, fig, and hops. Tastes hot, a bit raw and tart from the start, with a heavy oaky, lactic tartness, blackberry, and malty flavor. Truthfully, this one seems a bit infected by lactobacillus, and I’m not sure this is the way the brewer intended it, and I’m nit sure why this is the 3rd of 4th beer this year I’ve had this happen with, after going 7-8 years and only seeing it once in the a Hooker 1 L Liberator bottle I received in a trade 4-5 years ago.
NBird (142) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black brown, sml brown head. Smells.. Dark roasted fruits, licorice, dark choc, coffee and some vanilla oak. Tastes..licorice, kind of fruity tho, dark choc and bitter slightly burnt coffee.
NikkTwist (897) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Black pour. Brown foamy ring. Very heady nose. Body is a bit thin but some big dark flavors abound. Coffee grounds. Turpentine. Charred wood. Leather. Sassafras. Liquorice. Slightly smokey. Bit sweet. More refined but less bold than most Haand brews.
Lilja (952) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smak och doft av kaffe, choklad, körsbär, ek. Syrlig och lite stickig i eftersmaken och beskan.
rosenbergh (4665) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Brewed 29/04/11. Bottled 30/12/11. Bar Animal, Madrid, Spain. Shared with teddybeer.
Dark brown almost black colour with a small tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee and mild wood. The flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, mild wood and coffee. Some acidity there too. Strong.
teddybeer (1484) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with rosenbergh. Black colour with a beige head with short duration. Aroma is acidic, with red fruits notes and roasted malts. Flavor is acidic, roasted and toasted malts, citrus notes. The final has hints of caramel and ligt sour.
Vignale (1372) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från doorstepbrewing, drucken på norgeprovning. Som i fallet med den vanliga dark force en ganska stickig och vass munkänsla, men här i kombination med en syrlighet och körsbärssmaker funkar det lite bättre. Fortfarande lite udda, men inte så tokigt.
gam (2666) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium tan head dark thickish pour mild carbonation aromas vanilla liquorice dark chocolaste coffee sweet sweet grain grape dark fruit flavours wheat dark tasting sweet an oily touch liquoreice grape dark rich chocolate bitter from it coffee bean stewed fruit touch the finish goes down okay aftertastes of note rich malts and bitter wheat and fruit vanilla not bad
davidm (1777) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Great for a night cap. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, hint of alcohol and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a thin head.
italianjohn (2029) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour thin khaki/tan head .... aroma is of licorice, roasted malts, dark fruits and light chocolate .... taste is of licorice, ashy/smokey and dry oak, dark fruits and a tart sour flavor ..... finish is dry oaky with a lingering bitter bite .... lots going on here and the abv hidden well .... definitely has Akevitt aspects to it .... interesting stuff ... mildly astringent
ClubGonzo (2718) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours an onyx black body with a small beige creamy head. Nose is intense oaky dark chocolate, ashes, tart herbal (almost cough syrup-like) tones and hints of leather, alcohol, vanilla and wood. Quite nice. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt toast, ashes, vanilla, juniper-herbal notes and hints of licorice and tart, nearly dry wooden notes. Smooth, velvety finish. Grass and hints of smoke in the aftertaste. Soft carbonation, full body. A really good beer. The aging has done wonders to the otherwise slightly rough-edged Dark Force and I really think this version is much better than the regular. Haandbryggeriet is really getting the hang of the whole barrels thing, more than anyone else in Norway. Very nice.