Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S
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4.72/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
04-01-2011 23:15:22 | More by GRG1313
4.63/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
04-19-2011 11:31:57 | More by avalon07
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
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.
04-29-2012 16:18:10 | More by JTSbeerislife
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +15.2%
smoked RIS? sign me up!
i hate reviewing the appearance of a beer like this: yup...totally black. the head is hardly quotidian, however. creamy, in fact
smoky aroma as promised. smells of tobacco, too
not a sweet impy. strong bitterness and kilned astringency provide a strong tactile experience and liven the tongue. chicory, burnt crust and plenty of heat. strong, still-sulpherous molasses. full and dynamic of flavor and effect
07-19-2011 02:49:13 | More by bruachan
4.54/5 rDev +14.9%
I'm not normally a huge fan of smoke beer as generally it's so heavy handed with the smoke. I'm not also a big fan of dark beers with heavy molasses or dark ripe fruit flavors as I find the characteristics to clash. I poured this a bit cold with a small to medium size, tan, foamy head that soon settled to a thin filmy cover with some sudsy islands and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is old leather, roast malt, molasses, dark ripe fruit, and just a little smoke. Flavor and body is where this beer really stands out and compliment one another. Flavor's a little like nose, but the qualities that I don't like are well muted and behind the roast malt, the perfect amount of smoke, slight malt sweet, the bitter and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are untoppable. Finish is like flavor, very drinkable, of average length for this style, and almost no indication of alcohol power. Superior beer!
08-17-2013 22:43:47 | More by drpimento
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Found this bomber at Khoury's in Las Vegas. Poured into a pint glass...
A - Pours a very dark brown, with a pretty foamy 2 finger brown head that slowly fades. Great lacing left behind!
S - Oh so chocolatey! Deeper sniffs reveal some coffee and more chocolate malts... milk chocolate.
T - Way more complex than the smell. Woody, smokey, and even a little citrusey on the front from the hops. This one must be fresh. No alcohol detected, which is pretty good for 10.4%!
M - Medium velvet mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
O - This one far exceeded my expectations! Having tried a lot of import RIS, I personally find that a lot of them are a little lighter than I prefer. This one was pretty bold, aromatic, and flavorful. I am gonna try to get another one and age it a while.
07-08-2011 02:10:58 | More by Rizalini
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-24-2011 17:32:58 | More by smakawhat
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
Smoked Imperial Stout. Poured into a snifter from bomber. Appears black but not completely opaque. Nice off white head, about a finger's worth. Smell: coffee, dark chocolate, booze, burnt sugar/caramel, and lots of dark, roasty malts. Taste: many of the same qualities as the smell, as well as some dark fruits, perhaps. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Somewhat thick mouthfeel with some graininess (might have got some sludge in the pour, since it's bottle conditioned).
05-25-2011 03:37:02 | More by fuquan
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, where Dave warned me it was a particularly smoky stout. That sounded more like an endorsement than a warning to me, so I picked it up with relish.
The pour is excellent, and in fact the head forms in such a blissful layering of melted icecream-like creaminess, leaving a tense and rigid, but still frothy head of mild chocolate brown. Lacing is excellent. The body is a deep brown-black, but it just hints at a translucent thinness at the edges that I feel really should not be there. Otherwise, a truly excellent looking brew. The head in particularly just makes me fall in love.
Nose is wonderfully deep and smooth, with mocha coffee coming through really pleasantly above a deeper darker base. The smokiness is actually rather refined and subdued, forming more as a part of the dark roasted grain rather than a character in and of itself. It integrates it better, but makes it less obvious as a result. Overall, it's a really pleasant nose. More towards the "normal" Imperial Stout realm than I expected, but good even for that.
Taste is smooth and full, with the body to support everything else put on top of it. Yes, there is more smokiness touching the palate, but again it lingers as an afterthought to the charred grain, forming more of an integral part of the beer than I expected—rather than the oddly skewing character I thought it might be. The sweetness is just enough to gentle caress and bathe the palate as a whole, making it supple and pleasant. Feel is smooth, but a little light. Really, once you're at post 10% ABV, you can afford to have a biog, meaty, chewy, chunky and otherwise obesely thick palate.
Overall, I enjoyed this a very great deal. While the smoke does provide an interesting side-note, the most impressive part of the beer is how well everything is integrated. It's complex but coherent. A great start in my book from another interesting Danish brewery.
03-02-2012 10:30:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
A - Pours a very dark black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate malts, smoke, coffee, molasses, black licorice, and vanilla with a touch of dark fruit and booze.
T - Starts off with some chocolate malts with some molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, and black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some good smoke flavor. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, with smoke, dark fruit, molasses, black licorice, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big smoked stout. Good balance of flavors with some nice smoke character.
09-07-2012 05:47:25 | More by ngeunit1
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-12-2011 23:50:56 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
03-17-2012 15:57:06 | More by liamt07
4.24/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-20-2014 04:31:48 | More by Flounder57
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
(4.25) A: Near pitch black with a milky and bubbly mocha coloured head. Long lasting retention and spotty lacing.
(4.25) S: Dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates), rich caramel, dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean, molasses, and a touch of woody smoke. Vibrant and diverse aroma. There’s a slight sour tinge on the back end as well.
(4.25) T: Espresso bean, dark chocolate, dark fruits (plums & dates), woody smoke, leather, and caramel. A slight oaky booziness but kept in check well considering the ABV (in fact wouldn’t mind a bit more). Delicious.
(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Creamy, silky, and semi-sticky.
(4.25) D: The diverse mix of flavours may be more standard for the style but it's done quite well here resulting in a very drinkable imperial stout. Standout quality is the oaky smoke flavour that lingers on the backend. Very nice.
10-27-2013 01:36:12 | More by Digimaika2
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-06-2011 18:34:32 | More by rarbring
Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.