thebsmitty (135) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with big dark tan head. Smell is not much.. A bit of chocolate malt, burnt coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, cocoa, espresso, with caramelized banana, hint of creamy marshmallow and hint of caramel finish. Low medium carbonation, a bit oily. Love this.
avantdagare (133) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, batch 290, served in snifters and shared with two friends. 4 fingers compact mocca head. Black body. Nose: Smoked, camphor, pine needles, menthol, sweaty horse-saddel and musk. Surprisingly amount of carbonation considering the style. Taste: Fresh, sweaty horse-saddle, earthy, musk, junipersmoked bacon, subtle pine needles, soy-sauce, licorice-root and quite masked alcohol. Great.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black muddy buddy brown with lasting head. Smells of slight yeast accompanied by hops and malted grain. Tiny citrus notes barely noticed over a dark floral wood.Tastes heavily of peat and wood grain. Very gritty with very slight roast coffee that has a bitter sawdust finish. The Imperial Wheat Stout aspect seems interesting on paper, but doesn’t seem to have that full back of the tongue flavor I expected.
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ bir&Fud Bottega. I’ve been having vivid memories about the last time i had this beer, 2 or 3 years ago: one of extreme beer of the universe. huge, massive, thick body, extremely intense taste, quite undrinkable (i didn’t finish it and was my only beer that nigh) but unbelievably good. So i was very excited to drink the dark force again. the result?
Black color, not so solid as you could imagine, spongy tall cappuccino head. Yeast, banana (! ok, it is a wheat IRS but it feels strange anyhow), phenols, chocolate, malt aroma. chocolate, coffee, a little bit of rostiness taste and hops finish. the body is not thick at all. the beer is damned drinkable and you can get a lot of freshness. what the hell did happen to this beer? Did they changed the receipt? wrong bottle? did i lose my mind? dunno... quite disappointing.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first sip I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to drink this. Way too over the top was my first impression . But the finish on this brew is just fantastic. Flavour is your typical heavy dark chocolate stout, and once your mouth gets over that initial shock, the rest is pure heaven. I was sad when the bottle was gone.
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick pitch black body with a medium brown head. The first sip raises my eyebrows. It starts out with a sweet chocolate taste which gradually changes into a dry and bitter cocoa with a hint of licorice. You can taste the wheat, but it is dominated by a complex roastyness which truly is impressive. Nice and oily mouthfeel. Great wheat stout from HaandBryggeriet!
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500-ml bottle (batch 137) Phillipe’s Lafayette, LA - Aroma: vanilla, anise, molasses, dried fruit, caramel, smokey; Appearance: opaque, jet-black color, tan to brown head, little laces; Flavor: sweet, salty, bitter, roasted, chocolate, ; Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft to average carbonation; Overall: smooth, low specialty malt, fruity flavored and aromatic complex beer tempered by the wheat with a strong bitter-dry finish.
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells of roast malts and alcohol. The aroma is incredible and smells better than most chocolate. Pour pitch black with a huge dense dark brown head. Lots of carbonation. Wonderful dark malt flavors. Not overly sweet. For as dark and malty as the flavors are, the aftertaste is surprisingly clean and within ten seconds you have almost no taste left at all. This is a great beer that stands on its own, but I can’t help but imagine pairing it with chocolate lava cake. Delicious!
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 Roasted and burnt malts in aroma. Slightly licorice also. Flavor is very burnt, cocoa and coffee. Like Koff Porter, but much more burnt and thinner mouthfeel. Relatively thin body.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big, big stout with a lot going on. Pours inky dark with a creamy head. Aroma is smoky. Initial flavor impression is vinous, quickly followed by raisin/prune and a powerul undercurrent of roasty/burnt coffee notes. Ambitious without being over the top. Recommended.