Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S
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4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-07-2013 12:08:41 | More by DenisKolkin
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
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head,
Nose contains anise, mild peat, roasted malt and chocolate.
The peat is stronger in the taste, but still not overly strong. Peat, a bit of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, anise and some vanilla. Nice flavour, and the peat is a nice addition, but not anything remarkable.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly slick.
Overall, a good and slightly unusual beer, but nothing that one would need to seek out.
10-26-2013 00:22:27 | More by jrenihan
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
4.54/5 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
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
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
Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.