Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S
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2.95/5 rDev -25.3%
Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.
A: Pours black with a good finger of brown head.
S: Smoked malt and roasted coffee.
T: Smoked malt upfront followed by bitter cocoa and bitter coffee. The finish is a harsh hop bitterness. The flavors don't seem to mesh well in this beer. After a few sips, the hop bitterness takes over this beer and is all you taste.
M: Medium body with average carbonation.
O: Not a beer I would seek out.
10-06-2011 17:41:53 | More by jale
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
Thanks to Alex for this one. Poured into Darkness snifter.
A - Pours black, thick collar, cream, thin cap. 4
S - Lots of smoke, chocolate, and roast. Pretty straight forward here, you know what you're getting.
T - Chocolate, smoke, super bitter harsh finish. The finish is just not all that good, truthfully. The harshness is just a little to much for me.
M - Body is medium, soft carbonation, creamy roasty finish.
O - The look, nose, and feel are all spot-on for me. However, the finish is just too harsh for me to enjoy drinking this beer. Cannot recommend.
07-12-2011 15:31:44 | More by Sean9689
3.09/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
03-23-2014 23:19:30 | More by VelvetExtract
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
04-29-2012 04:48:58 | More by kojevergas
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
Thanks to Alex for this bottle, and representing the buzzed beers... dark brown body with a nice light tan head... nose is pretty decent, smoke with a bit of cream... the taste is more char than anything, too bitter and harsh, ok... wouldn't have again
07-10-2011 00:22:44 | More by jrallen34
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
Enjoyed in a snifter.
Born from Xbeeriment #44, which was brewed for Barack Obama’s nomination, this stout’s made with five different kinds of malt, including some peat-smoked stuff. Three different hops made it into the boil, and the beer was dry-hopped with a fourth.
Midnight black, not a hint of light coming through anywhere. Liquid black. One finger of head the color of cocoa powder fizzles out quickly, becoming a thin ring and leaving grasping fingers of lace.
Nice. Lots of campfire smoke, peat and pine backed by sweeter dark chocolate. Maybe some anise and spruce as well.
The flavor’s quite a bit weaker than the nose would lead me to believe. The smoky pine remains, with a handful of bitter dark chocolate backing it up. Spicy anise is in there as well. Decently smoky, but it could use more sweet malt to back it up.
Light in body, a bit thin and watery. Light yet prickly carbonation with very soft fizz. I’m not impressed with the mouthfeel, but it’s redeeming quality is that it hides the nearly 11 percent ABV very well. I don’t feel it until I get the buzzing in the chest.
I could use more sweet malt to back up the smoke and add complexity. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I need more dimensions.
08-15-2011 05:35:49 | More by Phelps
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-07-2013 23:09:49 | More by ludachris
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a very, very dark brown colour, just glimpses of colour up to the light. Head is a gorgeous hue, ochre, with nice density, settles out to a thinnish film. But some lovely clingy lacing left behind. It's a cracker.
Smell is toasty and pleasant. Not too heavy, but a bold, strong roast to it giving charred wood, espresso and some black pepper. Notes of honey-glazed meat and some walnut characters as well. Also a slight hoppy note on there lifts it. Really quite good, but maybe a little too savoury; has a slight staleness to it after a while.
Taste is quite nutty and malty as well. Really rather sweet, with a touch of molasses, vegemite and some prunes, sticky date and caramel as well. Midway the roast hits, adding another dimension but not quite quashing the sweetness, just guides it gently with a final dark bitterness. OVerall, doesn't quite plumb the depths of flavours it introduces - the sweetness floats and dominates through it all, and the roastiness could have saved the day if it were a bigger complement.
Full, nice boozey texture, but manifested as dryness on the back without a lot of heat. Not bad at all.
Yeah, not as great as it could have been. Nice big characters, but there's a lot of homebrewers who could throw together these characters on a small scale and produce a similar beer. Not quite enough wow factor for me.
02-07-2013 10:29:23 | More by laituegonflable
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Served in a Jester King tulip.
A - Big tan foam settles to a thin ring and wisps, leaving behind tiny spots of lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the fringes.
S - Surprisingly hoppy, even after a few months in the bottle. Once you get past the initial pine and herbal notes some of thepeated malt comes out, along with some dark chocolate and espresso. It's also got that distinct Scandinavian yeast character to it.
T - Taste is unfortunately more charry and astringent. A mix of herbal hop bitterness, roast bitterness, anise, and smoked malts. There's some mild caramel sweetness but it's well in the background. Not bad, just not great.
M - Medium-full body, dry, tannic, and roasty, with moderate carbonation. Some residual sugary stickiness coats the mouth. I was surprised by the 10.4% ABV.
D - It's an unusual beer - an aggressively hopped smoked stout - but it doesn't totally succeed. I'd try it again if it showed up on-tap and I knew it was fresh, but I wouldn't pay the >$10 sticker price for a bottle again.
07-10-2011 23:11:01 | More by MasterSki
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-28-2011 01:12:35 | More by TMoney2591
Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
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