tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Well, here I sit, the night before a long drive, rating my 1000th beer! Dark Force, eh? "Double Extreme Imperial Wheat Stout," eh? Bottle from batch 73. Pours black black black with amber noticeable only at the thinnest extremities, and a rather large, rocky tan head. Before I even bring the brew to my nose, I notice aromas of raisin, blackberry, and breakfast toast. Upon closer inspection, the nose has a lot of fruity, berry like notes, some sweet chocolate and vanilla, and muffins. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate at first, with some mellow roast coffee notes, and some mild molasses and raisin. Then kick in the hops. Piney and somewhat citric, the bitterness keeps the malty notes at bay. As the bitterness softens into the finish, those berry notes come back, along with a dark fruitiness, and a brief vinous hint. The aftertaste on this lingers for a while, but is somehow balanced. That seems weird to me, a balanced aftertaste. But it is. Very harmonious. I gotta say, I’m pretty impressed. Ernest (7747) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle (batch 74, May 07 production). Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested, although final pour is impenetrable), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain/nuts, chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (herbs, grapefruit), with notes of licorice, blueberry, plum, scorched wood, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Wow. Another winner from Haand. Very complex nose with lots of subtlety, awesome balance in the mouth, luscious creamy texture, and well-hidden alcohol. It’s hard to ask for much more in a stout, really. In my top Impy list for sure. This is a great example of why bigger is not always better in this style...elegance in an Impy stout is a rare thing, but it’s something special when you can find it. Based on this and Norwegian Wood, these guys are clearly top-notch brewers. robinvboyer (4721) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
bottle from dsnowden, thank you!
Well this is an interesting impy stout. Aroma is very smokey. Burnt, chocolate, burnt coffee, and lots of burn malt. Flavour is quite malty with this distinct flavour i enjoy, and i’ve had it in a few other beers..........buti can’t put my finger on what it is. Finish is bitter, and ends withmore burnt chocolate, and coffee. My description is really lacking, but all i know is this is a wonderful beer, and i really enjoyed it. iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2007
Pitch black with a huge airy head which settled to a dense flim. A well roasted aroma, with loads of dark chocolate and espresso, and also a noticable wheat-precense. The taste is concentrated, and aggressive up-front; roasted malt, wheat, ash, tartness from the yeast, and bitter chocolate all come bursting in like a cavalcade of stoutness. Gradually, it mellows out with slight sweetness and finishes thick, woody, roasty and dry. This had quite a lot of CO2 for the style and I think that worked really well. Lush. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle: Dark pour with a tan head that diminished to a nice lace ring after about 15 minutes.Aroma is chocolate, wood and burnt toast. Flavor is bitter chocolate, roasty flavors, with a mild thin finish. Sharp up front, but finishes a bit flat. Very interesting beer.
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle, from Sam’s Blue Light. 9/6/07. Good aroma, Roast malt, coffee, minor fruit, ash, little plastic. Blackish brown color, Big head that faded kinda quick. Bitter flavor, coffee, molasses, caramel, almond. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Nice Impy. Great to roll on your tongue. Big flavor. Grab one if you see it. badgerben (5254) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Completely black color with a towering, tan and foamy head. Very interesting aroma... Dark cherries, a little wheat, chocolate and sweet malt. Strong roasted malt flavor, but not enough to make it painfully bitter. Dry chocolate. The wheat seems to lighten it up a bit. I like this stuff! afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours jet black with very large long lasting rocky dark tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, very bitter chocolate, more roasted malt, burnt coffee, and more roasted malt. Taste is a punch in the face of roasted malt, very bitter chocolate, and burnt coffee.Medium full mouthfeel that finishes dry with a huge amount of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very well balanced and tasty Imperial Stout. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 I have to Trump this one. Batch 74. Dark as the void of space yet yielding an abundant frothy expansion of chocolate color cream akin to the big bang suggestion. This analogy could actually shed light on the BB theory because after the expansion comes the recession and a final resting point of a full, thick bronze colored downy blanket of lace that just sits there. Could the universe recede after a certain point in time ? Anyone ? I know this is beer but many a great idea were spawned from here. I can smell Belgium. Mild aromas of dark fruits and cocoa w/ a twist of Belgian granite. Full nectar w/ perfect carbonation for a memorable creamy texture right off the lips. Nice! I wonder if anyone has gotten drunk in the void of space ? This brew has an extreme roast component that is not soon forgotten. Only mildly sweet w/ flavors of charred coffee bean, bitter dark cocoa, leather, minerals, and no fruit at all. The finish is long like a trip to planet x at light speed and leaves a trail of charred malts to linger forever. Overall: Ok, just as it claims, it’s extreme. This has to be one of the most highly roasted brews out there. Refreshingly unsweetened and the alcohol is well hidden. Drinks superb from the fridge to the last drop. I wonder if they used a Champagne yeast strain here. Dark Force totally reminds me of Black Flag. If you like one then you must try the other. bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottle. Aroma of darkly toasted malt, obscenely dark chocolate, and smoke. Opaque brown/black color with a beige/tan head that was respectable, maintained, and laced a little. Medium to full bodied, sharp, creamy carbonation. The flavor is really flavor. Dark toasted burnt malt, chocolate, alcohol, and I’d say coffee, more espresso. It is bitter. The finish is all over the place. It has bitter, pepper, and a lot of other stuff. It also should be the last beer you drink in the evening. A real palate finisher. It only gets better with each mouthful.