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HaandBryggeriet Dark Force Reserva

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Imperial Stout
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Dark Force aged in Akevitt barrels.

italianjohn's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2372) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"I really dug the base beer (an imperial wheat stout) and figured to like this one. Black pour, uber smooth body. Aroma of fudge and booze, quite nice. The flavor has that too, but an extra tartness that is juuust a little off putting, making this a very good beer instead of a world class beer."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2436) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Interesting Norwegian take on the imperial stout theme with wheat and matured on aquavit barrels. Very thin beige head, all black colour. Complex aroma of raisins, coffee, walnuts, wheat, liquorice, wodka, minerals, red berries. Taste a deep maltiness with lots of sourish red berries and candied fruits, noticeable presence of sourish wheat, a very light kind of saltiness and roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014

Bottle 500ml. @ home.

[ As Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Reserva ].
Clear dark dark black color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark berry, wood, oak, alcohol - buzzy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark berry, oak, buzzy, wood, akvavit - snaps. Body is medium to mdeium full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20140215]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
netty (69) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2013
Bottled. Many thanks to Cuso. Choco taste with coffee and many fruits but very very sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (5070) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle, many thanks to OleR. Almost black colored beer with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, plum brandy and other dark fruits, alcohol. Taste, starts roasty with coffee, dark chocolate, followed with Akevitt and tartness. Alcohol is well present. Interesting and very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (2166) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Cuso. Imperium strikes back. High expectations set. Lets go. Aroma strong strong chocolate, fruity, roasted. Almost black colour, dark brown head. Taste is chocolate coffee with moderate herbal sourness mixing in. Controversial, the ageing in oak did not go well here IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Karol (665) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2013
Bottled. Provided by Cuso. Overall not my style due to sourness like hell! This beer tastes sour. Some may love it, I can’t. It tastes like an imperial chocolate kriek. Sour sour sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (1788) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of Cuso. Pours dark brown, beige head. Aroma is just wow, whisky, coffee, chocolate, plum brandy. Taste is sourish, coffee, chocolate, cocoa. Nice one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - AUG 15, 2013
50cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a very small brown head. Lots of woody notes regarding the aroma, roasted grain and hints of wine. The taste is really oaky and provides a warm backing. One also gets chocolate along with wheat, a very special blend. Light/medium mouthfeel, average carbonation. Nice Reserva version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Aroma was tart like a gingerbread but still roasty and dark. Pours dark brown with very nice white lacing. Taste is almost tart with oak taking center stage. Great roasty coffee chocolate behind it. A little odd but damn tasty.

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