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Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S

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BA SCORE
88
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 8
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 03-24-2011)
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Trevdawg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Delicious! Wow!

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.
Highly recommended!

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

C+

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mightyhef
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of arrowh
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. The head sticks around a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and smoked malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, piney hops, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. I don't think the smoke is strong in either the aroma or flavor. It is noticeable, but it's closer to being subtle than it is strong (which is a disappointment since this is labeled as being a smoked imperial stout). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and has moderate carbonation. Even though this beer wasn't as smoky as I was expecting it to be, it's still a good overall brew and I liked it.

Photo of tjseveryday
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of chakadrum
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle

Pretty darn close to jet black. Appropriate amount of head which is dirty-white in color. Strong lacing (not quite Duvel-strong but good).

I'd like to think I smell chocolate and roasted stuff. A good smell but not mind-blowing. As it warms up I like the smell of it less.

Chocolate, hops and roasted stuff. Tasty. There is some sweetness that makes me think of a milk-stout. The hop bitterness throw me off a little bit. This reminds me of something like Southern Tier Mokah but isn't quite as chocolaty as that beer. After taking a break for a minute or two, I'm amazing how dryed out my mouth is from the hops. I wonder what aspect the peak-smoked malt plays on the taste. I don't feel like I taste much smoke.

Good body to the beer.

Overall, a good beer. Reading the label and seeing what was involved in the beer helps the rating. Peat-smoked malt is cool idea.

Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.