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Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S

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BA SCORE
88
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 03-24-2011)
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500 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Mocha lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Burnt molasses, smoke, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, and some nice warming booze.

Taste: Definitely char forward like the bottle says. The level of char goes well with the other qualities one looks for in a RIS.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and nice warming alcohol.

Overall: Had thus at the EBF and loved it. Now wish I had more bottles to age.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A-Sample from EBF. Pours very dark.

S-I found it to be very peaty in the nose. Some char and ash. Burnt coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

T-More peat. A little bit of leather. Pretty bitter. Dark chocolate and burnt coffee. A strange yeasty flavor. Anise.

M-I didn't even think this was a Stout. It was thin for a beer of this magnitude. I didn't find it to be very boozy either. It needs more body.

O/D-I wasn't a huge fan of this one. The flavors didn't match up well. Oh well it was just a sample.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black Force One is indeed a force of blackness - not even NASA's telescopes are strong enough to see through this utter darkness! Carbonation didn't appear instantly; it took at least a dozen seconds after the pour before a bubbly brown foam materialized from seemingly nothing. Then it all but dissipated in about the same span of time.

I was very excited about the use of peat smoked malt - as an avid Islay drinker it's a favourite of mine - but what initially gets my attention is not the malt, but rather the hops; the beer smells like a coniferous forest in spring bloom (and/or after a brush fire). The aroma has loads of pine and spruce tips as well as underlying mushroom-like qualities and, naturally, a strong smokiness.

The taste does not disappoint, combining all the earthy 'forest-floor' and charred tree bark notes with bittersweet flavours of espresso and pure cocoa. (While these notes lack the richness of a chocolate dessert, they also contain hardly a trace of the burnt, astringent qualities of black coffee.) Its bitterness is like that of a strongly-steeped peppermint tea.

Officially listed as 10.4%, the labs in these parts deemed it 8.4% (relatively mild for a beer labeled an "extra strong stout"). The mouthfeel certainly aligns with the latter, lacking in richness and depth of flavour. Still, the use of smoked peat malt provides all the dimension necessary to keep one entertained, plus a little shot of vanilla makes it that much more pleasant.

Given its price tag you'd think Black Force One was flown from its native Denmark on the presidential jet. But to say it's worth the money is not a hard case to make (especially if you have the disposable income). To be sure, there are equal domestic offerings at much better value, but if you're in the mood to Xbeeriment (see what I did there?!) this is a very safe bet.

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Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.