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Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S

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88
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Black on black with a thin light brown head. Lines and sheets of lacing down the glass.

An atypical big stout. There's a pretty substantial pine and earthy presence in the aroma along with the typical offenders of roasted malts, chocolate, and some mild coffee. A nice, if unusual, aroma.

A moderately bitter, somewhat piney, big American stout. The roasted coffee and chocolate are present but not quite as dominant as in most others within the style. There's a touch of alcohol warmth and sharpness here as well.

Big, luscious, thick mouthfeel. Decadent and lovely.

A decent, if confused, big stout.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with some dark head. Above average mouthfeel, slick oily. Decent, but a tad of the off mouldy taste I have had from other xbeeriment beers was in there. A fresh bottle. Decent drinkability.I liked it, my mate didn't want more than a sip.Smoke in aroma, and not overwhelming.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured pitch black with a three finger light brown head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, alcohol, and subtle smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, subtle alcohol, and slight smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one wasn't otherworldly but it was quite tasty for sure. Smelled great as it was very complex and had me guessing the entire time on what all I was picking up on. The flavor was also quite nice and complex as well which was very nice to see. A definite must try for anyone out there.

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at The Bruery's Provisions on the "right hand shelves." This is a must try for any fan of big, bold, and assertively flavorful stouts. End of story.

Pours black with a thick khaki head that fades to a khaki dime thin layer with dark glossy brown edges.

Nose is all sweet black chocolate, candied cherries and dark plums.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lightly viscous with light carbonation and a really nice balance and feel.

Flavors are wonderfully bold and aggressive. Perhaps one of the most "thick sweet coffee/chocolate" brews I've ever tasted. It's like drinking a coffee/chocolate/bitter espresso extract with a mid palate of molasses and burnt plums. Mid palate and mid flavor profile is like a bitter then sweet then bitter chocolate fudge.

Finish is big bitter plums, to black burned toast to bitter extract of espresso. This beer is just full of huge flavors and layers and all very appealing.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso, a later raucous dinner.

A: The stout is dark, pitch black in the snifter. A darker, tan-hued head sits atop the blackness.

S: The nose has dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and heavily roasted malts, all in one sniff. Very rich with sweet vinous streaks running through it.

T: Oh the darkness! Sweet cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark fruits and darkly roasted grains. And that's on the first pass when the stout is still cold. As it warms, the strength, a morass of all of the aforementioned aromas, increases. A boozy interpretation, content in its power. Compared to the Smokehead that ksak had beside it, this is syrupy sweet. A good beer to sip through, a deep complexity is left in its wake.

M: The mouthfeel covers all the bases, rich and full from first sip to last. And surprisingly a good match with quattro formaggi with proscuitto de parmi.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. The head sticks around a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and smoked malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, piney hops, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. I don't think the smoke is strong in either the aroma or flavor. It is noticeable, but it's closer to being subtle than it is strong (which is a disappointment since this is labeled as being a smoked imperial stout). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has moderate carbonation. Even though this beer wasn't as smoky as I was expecting it to be, it's still a good overall brew and I liked it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with some notes of dry coffee with light tobacco notes. Taste is also dominated by dry coffee notes with lightly bitter roasted malt with some black chocolate. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed overall but lacking a little bit of character to stand out from the mass of imperials stout out there.

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a snifter.

Gives a wondeful super tight creamy head with super small pin sized tan bubbles. A simple dark walnut black/brown body and great sheets of lacing. Looks fantastic.

Varied nose. First sense is of an almost sweet pipe tobacco, then coffee. Malt follows through in the back ground with a hot roast character. There are also hints of rauchbier beechwood smokyness but small. Incredibly complex and wonderful.

Taste at first is a suprising hop bitter that finishes with a grapefruit oil bitter on the palate. Dark chocolate, with a great almost oatmeal stout feel of that dry husky chew that you can just bite into the grain. Feel is not thick but almost close to wet but luckily not getting there.

Overall a serious winning beer here and easily drinkable for it's high abv as well.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with bourbon notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme.

Photo of arrowh
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pangaea's in Sacramento.

Very dark, nearly opaque. Not much head, but adequately carbonated.

Hops and chocolate aroma, light smoke.

Dry and fairly un-complex for an imperial stout, but what it does it does well. Chocolate-covered hops. The peat-smoked malt is subtle-- a nice touch without being overbearing.

Great, long-lasting aftertaste.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left lacing on the surface as well as a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of hops. The smell improves as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt and roasted malts and coffee and has notes of smoke from the peat and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink, although the bitterness and roasted flavors can get in the way of its drinkability.

Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's in Baltimore. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with hardly any head except a ring at the edge of the glass that leaves some lacing.

Smell: The smell is mild. Roasty with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Very bitter from the roast and hops. Tastes a bit burnt and smokey. Hints of sweet dark fruit. The finish is really, really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body, smooth tingly carbonation, and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very bitter stout. Not a whole lot else going on. Still not bad, but I'm not sure I want any more.

Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also a bit of a roasted peanut flavour, some dark fruits, coffee, and some smokey notes.

Overall - A nice blend of a variety of flavours. It's a very satisfying and it goes down fast, considering the ABV. Although the lcbo tag on the bottle lists it at about 8%. A little pricey, but worth picking up a bottle to try. I'll get a few more bottles.

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 500ml into a tulip.

Black body with a light brown head. Fantastic retention and good lacing. Nose is big and hoppy, almost akin to an imperial black ale. Chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of smoke as well. Taste has bitter dark chocolate, with some balancing malt sweetness. Very nice hop notes again, brown sugar and some toasrty/lightly burnt/smoky malt notes as well. Thick and imposing body, a huge body. Some alcohol as well. An interesting beer surely, a big hoppy imperial stout, but straddles the line between an imperial stout and imperial black ale I thought.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted dark malt character followed by dark chocolate, some dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. The hops presence is very mild but works well for this beer. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent big stout to drink for a while.

Photo of ludachris
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its big black body is topped with an inch of wispy tan head. Alcohol film along with plenty of dots of lace stick to the glass after a few swirls.

Heaps of sweet dark chocolate, fudge, and cake icing define the nose. This makes me think of Southern Tier's Choklat. A faint cloud of smoke lies on the outskirts of this dessert-like stout. Its overall impression is rich and sweet, without a sign of booze.

Its chocolate character is more rough around the edges. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate cake are more fitting descriptors. There's a roasty coffee undertone that meshes with its sweet chocolate qualities, disjointing them as it asserts itself. A peaty smokiness is detectable but faint; pinching the back of the palate. The sweet chocolaty essence drowns out its influence.

After my first sip I thought there's no way this clocks in at 10.4%. And even after reading it's actual ABV of 8.4% (thanks to the LCBO) I still find it hard to believe its strength. It has plenty of flavour but it lacks the fullness of an Imperial Stout for me, seeming a bit watery at times. On the positive side of things, this is quite drinkable.

Through and through this is a good stout. For a "smoked" imperial stout, I'd like more of the smoked malt influence in there. It does, however, have plenty of sweet chocolaty goodness which I enjoyed. Worth a try but there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a 12 oz brandy style snifter

Pours a light, creamy ¼” thick, tan colored head, which has very brief longevity, and some lace which sticks to the side of the glass with each drink, but then vanishes. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. The lace was much improved on the second and third glass (first glass not clean enough?)
Opaque color, black.

The aroma begins with some light to medium hops followed by distinct, deep rich malt with a roasted espresso character, quite vinous with black bread and yeast notes. Totally different yeast in nose, very enjoyable and complex.

Crisp, rich, bitter entry on the palate of very light hops, followed by very distinctive, rich malt. The malt has a very refined, yeasty, roasted character with flavors of dark unsweetened chocolate and bitter espresso. The body is full, with a fine balanced carbonation and an off dry sweetness.
Delicious! Wow!

Very long finish of faint hops and bitter malt. The malt dominates with espresso bitterness and lingering richness, tinged with yeast.

This is an exceptionally enjoyable stout, with very different, and indescribable smells and flavors.
My guess would be the different yeasts and malts used. Very unique, delicious and rich!
You want another and another until you are finished off.
Highly recommended!

Photo of rarbring
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black, a chestnut head with little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling much of roasted tones, vanilla, chocolate and caramel.

The taste has sweet dark fruits, coffee, some toffee and chocolate.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily and alcoholic, a dry finish and a good body.

A nice complex beer with good action and much to enjoy, this was a barrel aged edition.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a very dark black in color with some subtle brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a very thin tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Lots of dark roasted and slightly charred malts along with light hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts with some subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth and very complex. Some bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Really enjoyable and definitely one to pick up again - I guess I'm lucky that my local bottle shop carries this one. I really liked the complexity of the flavor and the smell.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest.

Creamy head, lots of lacing, over pitch black color.

Nose lots of earthy spicy hops, fresh hops, pine, some dark earthy malts, choc, roast, oats, etc.

Taste similar, oats, choc malts, light bakers choc, roast, tons of hops, bitter earthy and spicy hops, pine, chewy malts and oats, very light smoke and minerality briny taste, fairly bitter and gets more on the finish, drier finish.

Heavier body, good carb, light boozy taste.

Overall fairly good, nice darker malts, nice hops, oats, nice flavors and decent aroma, nothing off.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

A heavy, imperial stout, that was apparently only brewed once, so I was fortunate enough to have it on tap at Worchester's amazing Armsby Abbey brewpub. (Though I believe I saw this on deck at TJ's, mid-Sept. '11...just FYI.)

Poured into a snifter, an opaque obsidian, with a finger of tan head that retained and laced well. Roasty aroma, as would be imagined, dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and hints of wine. Taste followed the aroma: roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa bitterness, coffee notes, raisins and black cherries, brown sugar, with a mild earthy hoppiness just barely detectable. Definitely one to enjoy nearer to room temperature, or at least not "ice cold." Rich and full-bodied, and very enjoyable overall.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

This thing sounds like some kind of awesome blaxploitation film, doesn't it? It pours a straight darkness topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light-ish coffee, and dark chocolate powder. The taste veers more toward the hoppy end, though, with notes of bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, darkly roasted malts, dark greens (we're talkin' spinach dark here, people), and leather. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chewy. Overall, this could have been a great stout, but the bitterness is just an inch too much and the body is just an inch too light and thin.

Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pitch black color and a thick, totally opaque consistency. Some floaties, but a negligible amount. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of malt, hops, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, and barley. Not as heavy on chocolate and coffee as some stouts, but the flavor is extremely robust and very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth and dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: This is one of the best stouts - certainly one of the best American Double/Imperial Stouts - I've tried in a while. Drinkable.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle from the LCBO for just under $6 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Jet black beer poured eradicates all light as you try to look through the glass. 1.5 fingers of dark tan head lingers for a while and the head is creamy and voluminous, leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell - Coffee, espresso, anise, licorice and floral undertones as well as a vibrant bitter / sour smell from the hops. Really pleasant.

Taste - Coffee with a faint caramel sweetness, and hoppy bite on the back end and in the aftertaste. Underlying smoke and ash flavors too, but these are mild. Booze is pretty imperceptible. Flavors are big and robust overall.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, full-bodied. Carbonation is medium -low and the only indication of booze is the warmth in the back of the throat after a few gulps.

Overall - A very fine brew, love the hops mixed in with all the stout flavors in my first foray into this style, but look forward to many more. Definitely would recommend.

Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I've never had an xbeeriment beer, but my expectations are high.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight tan colour, nice cream and thickness, and impressive retention for the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible - probably due to the nontransparency.

Sm: Exquisite roast, smoke, and chocolate, and caramel. A bit simple but very pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant smoke is present throughout without being overbearing. Nice chocolate. The roast is extremely problematic. Alcohol comes through. Simple for an experimental beer. Not at all subtle; the few present flavours beat you over the head. No real layering. No yeast comes through. Badly balanced but built decently.

Mf: Astringent - a huge problem. Smooth, wet, and thick. Poorly executed for the style; it should be coarse and dry (and not at all astringent). Methinks there was an error on the brewer's part; maybe they boiled the mash by accident.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV but boring and bland. Overpriced. I certainly wouldn't get this again. I'll give the brewery a few more stabs, but this doesn't bode well.

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Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.