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Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S

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BA SCORE
88
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 9
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 03-24-2011)
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Reviews by arrowh:
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arrowh

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 01:51:56 | More by arrowh
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 04:31:48 | More by Flounder57
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-06-2014 07:35:35 | More by valianes
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-26-2014 14:26:22 | More by duceswild
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:19:30 | More by VelvetExtract
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-23-2014 17:19:14 | More by jakea
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-23-2014 17:18:37 | More by johnnnniee
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -24.1%

03-22-2014 21:25:17 | More by hikeeba
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:35:58 | More by biegaman
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-11-2014 19:26:13 | More by Molson2000
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-07-2014 05:01:49 | More by oriolesfan4
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-27-2014 19:47:18 | More by yancot
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-13-2014 23:30:51 | More by Moses_Malone
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-30-2014 02:59:18 | More by threedaggers
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-18-2014 20:00:34 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-16-2014 23:24:33 | More by Peter1977
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-12-2014 09:39:49 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-12-2013 14:34:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:48:42 | More by spinrsx
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:09:49 | More by ludachris
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A - Pours a deep molasses brown/black with a thin one finger head that breaks quickly leaving a little lacing and a small foamy island.

S - Coffee, chocolate, leather, anise/licorice, and smoke.

T - coffee, malts, molasses and smoke. The flavors really bloomed upon warming to room temperature.

M - medium carbonation, decent mouth feel. Smooth and creamy. Really improved as the beer warmed.

O - A nice beer which became much better as it moved closer to room temperature. I found as it warmed the flavors really came out, and it found its feet. There is a smokiness there that is nice on a winter night, and it seems appropriate to have by the fire. I would have this beer again, if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:01:10 | More by polloenfuego
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-05-2013 16:24:15 | More by byronic
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-18-2013 05:47:31 | More by WeissBoy
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from a month ago.

Opaque black with a dense espresso colored head. Trails and chunks of lace coat the glass on the way down. Plum, raisin, roasted malts in the aroma. Sweet christmas pudding with rum mixes with a dry roastyness and a very light hop profile. The 10+ abv is definitely noticeable, but never a distraction. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level – very creamy and smooth. Light hops and a vinous maltiness linger for a long time in the finish.

This is a good RIS. Very malty with restrained black malt bitterness and hop aroma. Worth a try for sure, a great winter brew. Dangerous!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 08:21:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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BuddhaBrowett

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-11-2013 20:14:24 | More by BuddhaBrowett
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Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
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