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Xbeeriment Black Force One - Xbeeriment I/S

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 109
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (252 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (692 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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. (505 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured pitch black with a three finger light brown head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, alcohol, and subtle smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cream, subtle alcohol, and slight smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one wasn't otherworldly but it was quite tasty for sure. Smelled great as it was very complex and had me guessing the entire time on what all I was picking up on. The flavor was also quite nice and complex as well which was very nice to see. A definite must try for anyone out there. (814 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! (914 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 17/06/2015

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. (476 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. (567 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Black on black with a thin light brown head. Lines and sheets of lacing down the glass.

An atypical big stout. There's a pretty substantial pine and earthy presence in the aroma along with the typical offenders of roasted malts, chocolate, and some mild coffee. A nice, if unusual, aroma.

A moderately bitter, somewhat piney, big American stout. The roasted coffee and chocolate are present but not quite as dominant as in most others within the style. There's a touch of alcohol warmth and sharpness here as well.

Big, luscious, thick mouthfeel. Decadent and lovely.

A decent, if confused, big stout. (643 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black, a chestnut head with little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling much of roasted tones, vanilla, chocolate and caramel.

The taste has sweet dark fruits, coffee, some toffee and chocolate.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily and alcoholic, a dry finish and a good body.

A nice complex beer with good action and much to enjoy, this was a barrel aged edition. (375 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Mocha lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Burnt molasses, smoke, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, and some nice warming booze.

Taste: Definitely char forward like the bottle says. The level of char goes well with the other qualities one looks for in a RIS.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and nice warming alcohol.

Overall: Had thus at the EBF and loved it. Now wish I had more bottles to age. (641 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes from a month ago.

Opaque black with a dense espresso colored head. Trails and chunks of lace coat the glass on the way down. Plum, raisin, roasted malts in the aroma. Sweet christmas pudding with rum mixes with a dry roastyness and a very light hop profile. The 10+ abv is definitely noticeable, but never a distraction. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level – very creamy and smooth. Light hops and a vinous maltiness linger for a long time in the finish.

This is a good RIS. Very malty with restrained black malt bitterness and hop aroma. Worth a try for sure, a great winter brew. Dangerous! (640 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (621 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (846 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

yum! (440 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,208 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle from the LCBO for just under $6 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Listed as 8.4% ABV as opposed to the 10.4% ABV listed here.

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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A - Pours a deep molasses brown/black with a thin one finger head that breaks quickly leaving a little lacing and a small foamy island.

S - Coffee, chocolate, leather, anise/licorice, and smoke.

T - coffee, malts, molasses and smoke. The flavors really bloomed upon warming to room temperature.

M - medium carbonation, decent mouth feel. Smooth and creamy. Really improved as the beer warmed.

O - A nice beer which became much better as it moved closer to room temperature. I found as it warmed the flavors really came out, and it found its feet. There is a smokiness there that is nice on a winter night, and it seems appropriate to have by the fire. I would have this beer again, if I could find it. (742 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,400 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(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. (876 characters)

Photo of jale
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (436 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (812 characters)

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Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.