Xbeeriment Barack (Xbeeriment #44) - Xbeeriment I/S

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Xbeeriment Barack (Xbeeriment #44)Xbeeriment Barack (Xbeeriment #44)

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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American Stout |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bark on 06-28-2009

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Reviews by jdb288:
Photo of jdb288
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours black with small tan head. Whiskey is prevalent in the nose - also charcoal, burnt wood (is that redundant?). Taste is whiskey, roasted malt, smoke...boozy but well balanced. A good "winter warming" type of beer on a cold night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with solid amounts of smoke. As it warms the roasted aromas subside and large amounts of peat come into play.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of smokiness. Hints of unsweetened chocolate come into play midway through the sip and are quickly pushed aside by earthy and peat flavors. Moderate amounts of deep citrus flavors make their way into things near the end of the sip before allowing peat and smokiness to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I thought this had the potential to be a good beer with the peated malt however it didn't seem as though the base beer had enough complexity. A little more roast and another flavor thrown in the mix would go a long way.

Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black with no head. Some understated roast aroma. Above average mouthfeel, smoke, but an off tasting moldy finish that just doesn't do it for me. Expresso and chocolate do not cover it up. Not well integrated. Could only drink so much of this. Bottle bought last fall.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black witha one finger light brown head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peat, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, peat, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were good but were not awe-inspiring. If you are a big fan of peat you will likely enjoy this one quite a bit for sure. Worth your time to seek out for the true enthusiast or ticker, but that is about it.

Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased off the back shelf at The Bruery's Provisions.

Pours black with a thick, firm and pillowy dark khaki head. Nose is purple plums and light smoke. There is a cherry chocolate undertone and an almost candy apple "red" tone to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an elegant light carbonation. A bit more would be nice.
Flavors are bold, aggressive dark roast all around. Big burnt toast; black coffee/espresso; dark bitter black chocolate and lightly burnt meat with an bit of a semi-sweet molasses front palate.

Finish is burnt, bitter coffee and very dry but long lasting. Gets better in the glass with some air and as it warms.

Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Pretty much black pour, just a little brown around the edges. Maybe a finger of tan head.

Aroma has some roast malt, descent amount of hops which was surprising. Faint chocolate, but where's the smoke?? The regular stout aroma is subdued and the advertised smoke seems to be missing.

Taste is pretty aggressive with the roast. Roast malt, espresso, dark chocolate, maybe cocoa. Smoked peat is present here more so than the aroma for sure. The roast is right on the border of being too much, but it doesn't linger too long. You've got to be ready for this, but I wouldn't call it bad just cause you don't like it.

Solid medium body, carbonation is very nice small bubbles not quite creamy. Alcohol is either very well hidden or the 7.7 listed here rather than the 10 on the bottle. Drank this no problem, though probably would be better in the fall or colder months.

Other than the aroma, I thought this was a real solid effort. An F rating has to be a bad bottle. Close to the Dark Horse Fore stout, but not quite.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine one finger khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of smoky toasted malt, mild chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, milk chocolate, finishing with smoky dark malt with a hint of wood ash, more post-fire than smoky. Nice medium, lightly creamy body. A somewhat dry stout, leaning towards a foreign / export stout profile. The smoke is rather subdued, leaving a faint memory of the fire rather than smoke in one's eye and is mostly present in the finish.. Pleasant and full flavored, but I'd like just a little stronger malt support for the smoke in the finish.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with some tan bubbles on the surface that quickly died down and almost completely faded away, leaving some hints of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose along with some hints of smoke. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malt, although the smoke is stronger.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness as well as warming from the alcohol.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The smoky flavors add a nice bit of complexity to the taste yet isn’t too strong.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into taster at 1702 Tucson. Pours a beautiful deep brown with creamy tan head. Nice roasted malt aromas and some freshness.
Now...brace yourself. Taste is bad...really bad. Tastes like nicely roasted malts....then whack! ....cured black olive. Nasty. So glad I didn't get a full pour.
Its actually a well crafted brew but it just tastes horrible.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black with some dark amber notes when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium sized bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate, smoke, and molasses. Very light hints of dark fruits.

T: The beer starts out with moderately strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some moderate notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Towards the finish, the smokey flavors come out with just a hint of iodine (or what my wife refers to as band-aid flavor). Light amounts of bitterness that linger.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable and the smokiness just adds to the complexity of the flavors and aromas of the beer - rather than taking over or dominating. Alcohol is pretty well hidden which makes this beer somewhat easy to drink but it is definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle with the most nondescript label probably ever.

It pours a dark brownish black with a foamy tan head. The head is rocky and sticks for a nice while before receding to some nice lacing.

The smell immediately stands out as it is one of the most fragrant stouts I have smelled. It is unique as well. It has an almost fruity tang to it with a ton of smokiness in various forms, mostly smoked peat and roasted malts but there is also a hint of campfire.

The flavor is big and bold. It isn't super smoky, but super, super roasty. There are notes of coffee, campfire wood, a nice smoky bitterness, smoked peat, and some dark chocolate. Some citrusy hops start to come in after a few drinks, adding to the bitterness. It is surprisingly light bodied, but it isn't light or water, just smooth and drinkable.

A fine brew.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I figured this might go well with my General Tso's chicken. Why not, right? It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of dark brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt wood. The taste brings in more of the same, everything somehow coming across as darker than the smell; some mild red wine and honey-baked ham notes climb in there as well, accentuating the tasty smoke. Oh yeah. The body is lightly heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, though the roast comes off as nearly o'erwhelming at times. Still, this stuff is rather enjoyable (and seemed to go well with the Chinese...).

Photo of womencantsail
1.4/5  rDev -62%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, pretty much black, color with a thin layer of tan head.

S: Can you say nail polish remover? I thought I was having a Drake's barrel aged beer for a moment. Huge nail polish remover, acetone, and ash with a very, very harsh acidity to it.

T: Just a horrible flavor as well. Ashy and chalky with sharp acidic notes. The nail polish remover and acetone notes are in full force on the flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation and a lingering burning sensation.

O: Truly awful stuff.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY into a ¾ sized snifter. It shows a jet black color with a half finger tall head of light brown bubbles. These leave patterned, spidery lacing around the glass as the head recedes at a medium pace. No haze or sediment is noted when held to light, and carbonation appears lighter. The nose shows acrid smoked pork, rich roasted chocolatey malts, plastic and medicinal phenols, and raw coffee toast on the far back. Alcohol becomes present on the back, and that helps to warm the drinker a bit. Our first impression is that we can’t decide if the flavoring is just very smoky, or overdone with a fusel paint-thinner wash. As we sip, we soon decide that it is just insanely smoky!! The flavoring opens with biting phenolic plastics, the deepest roasted coffee and chocolate malts, and the faintest grassy hop. Huge charcoal smoke drives in, eliminating all flavoring to the peak, where coffee bitterness and lactic sourness takes over. These make room for a milky sweetness through the end, and a light lemon flavoring, right before the smoke crashes to the finish once again, with more sour lactics from before. The aftertaste breathes of smoked wood, ham, lime rind, raw dark chocolate, raw espresso beans, light grassy hops, and full grainy maltiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is way high. There is nice froth and slurp to each sip, with an even coating creaminess, but the mouth is eventually left dried with an astringent coffee bite. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks rather slowly on account of the robust flavoring.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose, as it sets the stage so nicely for the tasting with it’s crazy smoke and char, while keeping a somewhat lighter, sweeter vibe on the back to balance. There was a surprising inclusion of hoppiness, striking a nice contrast with the deep malt base. The char, too, was nice through the taste, but robust enough to make you not want more than one of these guys.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted (more than expected) smell of coffee, malt, and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, malt, chocolate, a peat-like flavor, and a slight smokiness. A very focused, yet not too overwhelming taste. Generally well done.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made, easy to like, drinkable beer.

Photo of engisch
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with very little tan head. A nice looking black beer. Light lacing of the glass.

Aroma is mostly stout-like with chocolate and roastiness. Smokiness is definitely there, but mostly a nuance. Taste is similar, with the sweet malty chocolate in the front with nuances of smoke accenting and playing nice with the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good with thickness, but low carbonation that lets you really taste the malts. A complex malty mouthful.

Il look forward to trying other Xbeeriment beers!

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Darkest brownish-amber color with a tan head. Aroma is big on roasted malt and coffee with a whisper of smokiness. Flavors of cocoa powder, burnt coffee, oak, smoke, and alcohol. Dry finish with moderate bitterness.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My IPS teacher is 8th grade would usually start off lab days with his slow, nasally voice "Ok class, today we're going to do an experiment....". Some of those labs were real cool, but I must admit that experimenting with different beers is much more fun. And what is usually the case, experimenting with breweries that I've never tasted before makes lab day extra fun. Appropriately, I come across my first beer from Xbeeriment. One source I came across says that the US batch of bottles was mislabled with 10.4% ABV, not the true 7.7%. Let lab day begin:

Obsidian black as it sits in the chalice. There's a tanned head on top sitting a ½ inch thick, eventually settling to a lace. The nose....it's acceptable. It's softer than expected. Chocolate milk sweetness is distinct, some solid smoke notes break the dominance of the sweetness.

There's more integrity in the taste than whom originally this beer was named after. It won't steal your heart, but it will do the job. Starts off chocolately sweet, then comes a drizzle of faded hop bitterenss. There's a campfire-like smokiness with a strong closing of ash. The finish seems to take these seperate flavors and combine them into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acceptable; it's medium bodied with a smooth, but sometimes weak texture.

One more exhibit showing that the craft beer movement is in full swing in Denmark, even if its not the finest of examples. Still, the $11.99 pricetag is a tough pill to swallow given the quality, even for a Danish import. If the name ever changed to "Liar's Ale", I might consider giving it a second term.

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves nice rings down the glass. Smoke and roasted grains announce themselves immediately with the aroma. Toasted bread and a hint of date or fig are there, too. Light-bodied, bittersweet and smooth, and clean in body. Sweetness and bitterness, mixed with a milk chocolate-like flavor round out the tastes. Alcohol warmth blends nicely with hop bitterness.

A nice stout with interesting character. I would have liked to have had a more noticeable smokiness to the overall beer, but plenty of subtle highlights await your palate. Nice depth and complexity without being over-the-top...

Photo of gford217
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a one inch off-white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is very peaty and smoky, like Scotch, but not nearly as overpowering as some of the Scotch-aged beers I've had. There are plenty of roasted malts and a fair amount of citrus hops.

The taste has an initial sweetness from the malts mixed with the peat notes. There is some cocoa powder and black malts in the background though the finish is a duel between the oranges of the hops and the smoke from the malts.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation - dry and smoky in the finish.

This is an excellent stout with the peated malts really adding some complexity. I've normally been very disappointed with "Scotch-tasting" stouts but it's pretty subtle here. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a Pint Glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big two finger thicker looking tan head with great retention. Head looks fluffy but creamy and thick as well. Jet black body with next to zero carbonation evident. A thick cap remains until the end and leaves lots of nice rings of lacing down the glass. A thing of beauty.

SMELL: A big bold nose jumps out of the glass right away. Roasted, almost burnt malt with lots of smoky notes. Very roasted. Bitter dark chocolate and espresso notes with hints of spices and alcohol in the back. Perhaps a touch of cocoa powder as well. Very enticing.

TASTE: Big roasted or burnt malt flavors, just like the nose. Lots of bitter chocolate and strong bitter espresso notes too. Bold and longer lasting aftertaste is plenty burnt and bitter, with a slight touch of alcohol at the finish. The flavor here is way beyond what you'd expect for the ABV. Very good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down creamy smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A slight alcohol bite at the finish as well.

OVERALL: Very impressed with this one; way more enjoyable that I thought it would be. The aroma and flavor profile is way bolder and more impressive than you'd expect from the ABV, and the look is nothing short of spectacular. Although it is thicker than most Danish stouts, the mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like for a stout with such bold flavors. Fill out the body a little, and you'd have something world class on your hands. That said, this was one of the more enjoyable stouts I've ever had. Despite the steep price tag, I'll definitely be picking this one up again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore, MD today.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

S - Smells of roasted malts, smokey malts, peat, chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Something seems a bit off; I think it's the smokiness mixing with sweet fruit.

T - Tastes of smoke, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, and coffee.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent smoked stout but nothing to write home about. I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, molasses, black licorice, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other dark fruits and some black licorice. Through the middle, some vanilla and smoke comes through with some molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced smoked stout with a nice blend of smoke flavor and base stout.

Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I let this warm up a bit out of the fridge. With aggressive pouring only got a small tan head that quickly settled down to a light island and some lace. Color is opaque black brown except around the edges where it's a clear dark smokey topaz. Aroma is smoke, malt, coffee, and a little tar. Flavor is similar and smoke is toned down to a nice balance but there is still a little creosote in the background. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has some alcohol. Not a session for me. Would have been so much better but for the "tar" component.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Black but slightly see through with a foamy off-white head. Quite carbonated and fizzy, reminds me of pop. Little head retention.

S - Some chocolate with a little smokeyness. Roasted malts, but still a little to be desired. I'm surprised at how much I have to seek out the smokiness.

T - Malt, chocolate, quite a bit of bitterness from possibly some hops, coming through in the end. The smokiness is very light, showing its face a little in the aftertaste. Kind of disappointing really, I'm a fan of smoke and could have used some more if you put "Smoked Stout" on the front of the bottle.

M - Quite carbonated and pretty light all things considered. More a medium bodied stout, not sitting too heavy with anything besides maybe that hop at the end. Would want this to have a little more body.

O - A pretty average stout, nothing too special. Smoke was a little too much in the background for me. Had the opportunity to get more smoke in as the stout is a little thin in some areas, so could have built up that smoke and not caused an overwhelming experience.

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