Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-25-2012 02:37:07 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-09-2011 02:17:52 | More by metter98
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-04-2013 17:35:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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
4.72/5 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
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-25-2011 19:29:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-17-2011 00:55:37 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-17-2011 07:03:28 | More by Rifugium
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-15-2011 21:14:15 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +1.3%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a medium off-white to tan head. Spotty lacing. Good head retention.
S: Strong notes of dark chocolate and mocha, robust full scent.
T: Dominated by exceptionally bitter (in a good way) dark chocolate, with a hint of cream and caramel in the finish. Nice flavour and very much to style.
M: Medium-bodied in the style, not the smoothest Imperial Stout for me.
O: A well made Scandinavian Imperial Stout as they tend to be from this part of the world. Well worth a pick up.
04-21-2011 01:24:14 | More by Halcyondays
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-22-2011 01:52:47 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-12-2012 15:57:55 | More by dbrauneis
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours almost pitch black color with a very nice 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted coffee, charcoal, caramel, dark malts, tobacco, citrus, herbal hops, biscuit, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, charcoal, black malt, biscuit, caramel, toffee, pine, herbal hops, and a bit of dark fruits. Fairly intense pine and citrus bitterness on the first sip that mellows out as you drink to reveal the malt backbone. Lingering notes of dark coffee, chocolate, pine, herbal, and biscuit on the finish for a while. Despite the big hoppiness; there is a nice malt flavor balance in this beer. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and enjoyable Imperial stout. Quite an intense experience with the hoppiness, but is a nice sipper.
03-22-2012 01:50:22 | More by superspak
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
Well, for a 10.4 abv, this is pretty darn good drinkable.
Pours just a shade lighter than pitch black, kind of like the moon was half shining on it. Off-brown, dense and mostly thick head that dissipated slowly.
Aroma is roasty, smoky, someone bitter. Baked caramel and chocolate. Black coffee beans unroasted. Black plums and prune
Taste is a good balance with the malt, smoke, hops and dark fruit. The hops come through in the end bite making the malt characteristics snap away. Prior to that the molasses and smoke malt primes the chocolate and black coffee. These aren't the most intense flavors, but they do well together.
This is a nice stout, very drinkable and it doesn't get too much into itself. I could easily have another
05-27-2011 08:15:29 | More by Mebuzzard
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-15-2014 01:35:58 | More by biegaman
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
4.28/5 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
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