Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S
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4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
Served on tap in a snifter at Local Option.
Appearance: A surprisingly large tan cap rests on tap of a mahogany or black beer. Good lacing down the side for an imperial stout.
Smell: A lot of aromas balance out well, but the intensity is not that strong. Chocolate and roasted malt are the most dominant, with some coffee and a light hop bitterness as well.
Taste: Black Force One is a well balanced imperial stout. The start is fully roasted but not burnt or smokey malt along with a light molasses sweetness and some dark chocolate. A bit of vanilla and cream lead into an espresso flavor. Toward the end of the sip the bitterness turns hoppy, with a light earthy tint to it. The finish has more roast malt and coffee flavors and a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: There is a moderate creaminess here, which really contributes to the balanced concept of the beer. The body is full bodied, but less so than I would have thought given the ABV, which is incredibly well hidden.
Overall: I will always welcome another member to the balanced, tasty imperial stout club. It seems like there has been a lot of talk about this beer lately, but even though this was not mind-blowing, it was still quite good.
08-11-2011 21:59:20 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Deep black body with a moderate sized khaki head. Quickly recedes to a thin collar with spotty lacing.
S: Nice and smokey with hints of tobacco, peat, and general roasted malts.
T: Like the nose, various smokey and roasted malts dominate. A little chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee creeps in as well. Not overly complex, but I like the simplicity of this beer. This beer takes a particular flavor profile and works with it.
M: Medium bodied. Almost porter like in body and carbonation. Nice slightly bitter and smokey finish.
O: I enjoyed this a fair bitter. The price however, might make this tough to revisit.
07-31-2011 23:47:44 | More by callmemickey
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
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
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
3.7/5 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
3.3/5 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
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
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Nice RIS with a light smoked edge.
Presentation: 50 cl brown capped bottle. Black label with a green and white typography with a circle of white stars with a green x at the center. Side narrative with small overview of ingredients, and brewing process. Shows 10.4 Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.
A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich brown head, nice retention, and lacing.
S - Nose with good malty notes, roasted coffee, dash of chocolate and a hint of smokiness.
T - The palate follows with a rich malty and roasted sense, subtle smoked notes in the finish. Fruity/bitter touches throughout.
M - Medium-full body, creamy with soft carbonation. It has a final roundness and flow that I find difficult to describe but that feels essentially perfect.
O - Great work overall, solid RIS offering and a subtle smoked hint with a luscious mouthfeel.
Notes: Great beer to rescue from the tap and bottle it. Was Nogne somehow involved in the development of this one? Either way, a great one and worth keeping one's eye out for this quality.
07-04-2011 15:48:12 | More by Daniellobo
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
4.18/5 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
4.43/5 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
4.45/5 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
4.1/5 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
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
Had this on tap tonight at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.
A: A black hue with a small ring of tanish head and some nice lacing.
S: really nice roasty yet quite hoppy smell, almost like a bigger thicker black IPA to me. Chocolate, coffee grinds, and earthy malts mingle together nicely.
T: Huge roasted and charred smoky malt character with a huge dose of bitter and grassy hops. Some milk chocolate sweetness, tobacco, peat and even a citrus like tropical twist. Very nice black ipa (heavier) flavor, unique ind of stout complexity.
M:Appropriate carbonation and a bitter back of the palate, with a charred front. Nice experience but a little too thin for me, especially for a stout.
O: This beer has quite the hop presence for a stout and maybe a bit tiring through a 10oz pour but nice nonetheless. A pleasant beer.
05-21-2011 04:19:58 | More by Dreadnaught33
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
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
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
4.15/5 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
4.72/5 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
3.83/5 rDev -3%
Pour at Max's Taphouse.
Pours a dark rich chocolate with small chocolate colored lacing, beautiful motor oil black.
Smell reminds me of vanilla with light hint of coco, but mainly smells of alcohol from the oak.
Taste is rich smooth chocolate hops and vanilla , syrupy though somehow the alcohol is heavily hidden in the oak taste.
I am unsure if id order this one again but since it was new I would say try it.
03-30-2011 14:44:37 | More by Josephkeene
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
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
The bouquet here is passable, though better when aired. Has a dense hoppiness that lingers on the back of the tongue. The middle taste is all salt water taffy and just plain salt water. Finish is thinly sweet but for the lingering bitterness, which doesn't end it all that well. Still, I'm definitely going back for more.
03-26-2011 21:54:06 | More by sjbarleywine
Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.