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Xbeeriment Barack (Xbeeriment #44)Xbeeriment Barack (Xbeeriment #44)

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Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black walnut highlights this very dark brown stout, (SRM 30-35), while a modest ½” chestnut foam quickly yields to a rocky covering. Fine lace ebbs and flows with a film after each sip, while microscopic carbonation clings to the Dogfish Head snifter, just below the surface.

Sweet roasted malt is accented by coffee and cocoa nibs. Warming opens acetones, though relegated behind fruit and ash aromas. All rather odd in my opinion.

Sweetness balances out with biter-sweetness for most of the sip, but ultimately wins-out slightly. Cold black coffee opens the experience, while fruits and cigarette ash slip in unexpectedly. A lingering, moderate ash-like finish detracts.

No alcohol worth mentioning, in this light bodied satin textured stout, with fizzy carbonation.

This experiment had promise, but fell short of my hopes. Still it was enjoyable while winding down with sweet bar-b-qued ribs.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine one finger khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of smoky toasted malt, mild chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, milk chocolate, finishing with smoky dark malt with a hint of wood ash, more post-fire than smoky. Nice medium, lightly creamy body. A somewhat dry stout, leaning towards a foreign / export stout profile. The smoke is rather subdued, leaving a faint memory of the fire rather than smoke in one's eye and is mostly present in the finish.. Pleasant and full flavored, but I'd like just a little stronger malt support for the smoke in the finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

On draft at Whole Foods, Chandler, AZ.

Dark brown, near black, body with a quarter inch of beige head. Sweet aroma and flavor. Sweet chocolates with a touch of spice. Interesting mesh of char and roast. Smoke character is nearly absent, which is a drag. Average.

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Photo of jdb288
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours black with small tan head. Whiskey is prevalent in the nose - also charcoal, burnt wood (is that redundant?). Taste is whiskey, roasted malt, smoke...boozy but well balanced. A good "winter warming" type of beer on a cold night.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

XBeeriment #44 pours a black color with a lacing tan head. The aroma has bold roasted malt flavors. The taste is much the same very bold and present roasted malt flavors, with hints of a peaty malt flavor. Nice bold flavors, not the most drinkable. Overall its a good flavorful stout, not smokey as the bottle suggests, but still good.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into taster at 1702 Tucson. Pours a beautiful deep brown with creamy tan head. Nice roasted malt aromas and some freshness.
Now...brace yourself. Taste is bad...really bad. Tastes like nicely roasted malts....then whack! ....cured black olive. Nasty. So glad I didn't get a full pour.
Its actually a well crafted brew but it just tastes horrible.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black with some dark amber notes when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium sized bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate, smoke, and molasses. Very light hints of dark fruits.

T: The beer starts out with moderately strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some moderate notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Towards the finish, the smokey flavors come out with just a hint of iodine (or what my wife refers to as band-aid flavor). Light amounts of bitterness that linger.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable and the smokiness just adds to the complexity of the flavors and aromas of the beer - rather than taking over or dominating. Alcohol is pretty well hidden which makes this beer somewhat easy to drink but it is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, molasses, black licorice, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other dark fruits and some black licorice. Through the middle, some vanilla and smoke comes through with some molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced smoked stout with a nice blend of smoke flavor and base stout.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY into a ¾ sized snifter. It shows a jet black color with a half finger tall head of light brown bubbles. These leave patterned, spidery lacing around the glass as the head recedes at a medium pace. No haze or sediment is noted when held to light, and carbonation appears lighter. The nose shows acrid smoked pork, rich roasted chocolatey malts, plastic and medicinal phenols, and raw coffee toast on the far back. Alcohol becomes present on the back, and that helps to warm the drinker a bit. Our first impression is that we can’t decide if the flavoring is just very smoky, or overdone with a fusel paint-thinner wash. As we sip, we soon decide that it is just insanely smoky!! The flavoring opens with biting phenolic plastics, the deepest roasted coffee and chocolate malts, and the faintest grassy hop. Huge charcoal smoke drives in, eliminating all flavoring to the peak, where coffee bitterness and lactic sourness takes over. These make room for a milky sweetness through the end, and a light lemon flavoring, right before the smoke crashes to the finish once again, with more sour lactics from before. The aftertaste breathes of smoked wood, ham, lime rind, raw dark chocolate, raw espresso beans, light grassy hops, and full grainy maltiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is way high. There is nice froth and slurp to each sip, with an even coating creaminess, but the mouth is eventually left dried with an astringent coffee bite. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks rather slowly on account of the robust flavoring.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose, as it sets the stage so nicely for the tasting with it’s crazy smoke and char, while keeping a somewhat lighter, sweeter vibe on the back to balance. There was a surprising inclusion of hoppiness, striking a nice contrast with the deep malt base. The char, too, was nice through the taste, but robust enough to make you not want more than one of these guys.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves nice rings down the glass. Smoke and roasted grains announce themselves immediately with the aroma. Toasted bread and a hint of date or fig are there, too. Light-bodied, bittersweet and smooth, and clean in body. Sweetness and bitterness, mixed with a milk chocolate-like flavor round out the tastes. Alcohol warmth blends nicely with hop bitterness.

A nice stout with interesting character. I would have liked to have had a more noticeable smokiness to the overall beer, but plenty of subtle highlights await your palate. Nice depth and complexity without being over-the-top...

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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Black with no head. Some understated roast aroma. Above average mouthfeel, smoke, but an off tasting moldy finish that just doesn't do it for me. Expresso and chocolate do not cover it up. Not well integrated. Could only drink so much of this. Bottle bought last fall.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a pilsner glass.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Nearly opaque. Head is dark tan, semi-puffy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Vanilla and carmel notes with dark roast malt.

T: Nothing like the nose. Smoking process on the dark roast malt comes through very balanced and is predominant but not overpowering. Slightly bittered non-sweet chocolate/light oak char. Aftertaste is slightly roasty and smoky.

M: Medium/full body. MF is affected mostly by the dark roast malt and the smoking process applied to it. MF is balanced. Flavors are complimentary in how they help create overall mf.

O: Nice. Not super smoky, but that component was definitely noticable and manifested nicely with a little time to sit and warm up. Nice balance of ingredients and flavors all complimented each other nicely. I will buy more of this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with some tan bubbles on the surface that quickly died down and almost completely faded away, leaving some hints of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose along with some hints of smoke. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malt, although the smoke is stronger.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness as well as warming from the alcohol.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The smoky flavors add a nice bit of complexity to the taste yet isn’t too strong.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Black but slightly see through with a foamy off-white head. Quite carbonated and fizzy, reminds me of pop. Little head retention.

S - Some chocolate with a little smokeyness. Roasted malts, but still a little to be desired. I'm surprised at how much I have to seek out the smokiness.

T - Malt, chocolate, quite a bit of bitterness from possibly some hops, coming through in the end. The smokiness is very light, showing its face a little in the aftertaste. Kind of disappointing really, I'm a fan of smoke and could have used some more if you put "Smoked Stout" on the front of the bottle.

M - Quite carbonated and pretty light all things considered. More a medium bodied stout, not sitting too heavy with anything besides maybe that hop at the end. Would want this to have a little more body.

O - A pretty average stout, nothing too special. Smoke was a little too much in the background for me. Had the opportunity to get more smoke in as the stout is a little thin in some areas, so could have built up that smoke and not caused an overwhelming experience.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I figured this might go well with my General Tso's chicken. Why not, right? It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of dark brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt wood. The taste brings in more of the same, everything somehow coming across as darker than the smell; some mild red wine and honey-baked ham notes climb in there as well, accentuating the tasty smoke. Oh yeah. The body is lightly heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, though the roast comes off as nearly o'erwhelming at times. Still, this stuff is rather enjoyable (and seemed to go well with the Chinese...).

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black witha one finger light brown head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peat, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, peat, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were good but were not awe-inspiring. If you are a big fan of peat you will likely enjoy this one quite a bit for sure. Worth your time to seek out for the true enthusiast or ticker, but that is about it.

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Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Pretty much black pour, just a little brown around the edges. Maybe a finger of tan head.

Aroma has some roast malt, descent amount of hops which was surprising. Faint chocolate, but where's the smoke?? The regular stout aroma is subdued and the advertised smoke seems to be missing.

Taste is pretty aggressive with the roast. Roast malt, espresso, dark chocolate, maybe cocoa. Smoked peat is present here more so than the aroma for sure. The roast is right on the border of being too much, but it doesn't linger too long. You've got to be ready for this, but I wouldn't call it bad just cause you don't like it.

Solid medium body, carbonation is very nice small bubbles not quite creamy. Alcohol is either very well hidden or the 7.7 listed here rather than the 10 on the bottle. Drank this no problem, though probably would be better in the fall or colder months.

Other than the aroma, I thought this was a real solid effort. An F rating has to be a bad bottle. Close to the Dark Horse Fore stout, but not quite.

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Photo of engisch
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with very little tan head. A nice looking black beer. Light lacing of the glass.

Aroma is mostly stout-like with chocolate and roastiness. Smokiness is definitely there, but mostly a nuance. Taste is similar, with the sweet malty chocolate in the front with nuances of smoke accenting and playing nice with the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good with thickness, but low carbonation that lets you really taste the malts. A complex malty mouthful.

Il look forward to trying other Xbeeriment beers!

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Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I let this warm up a bit out of the fridge. With aggressive pouring only got a small tan head that quickly settled down to a light island and some lace. Color is opaque black brown except around the edges where it's a clear dark smokey topaz. Aroma is smoke, malt, coffee, and a little tar. Flavor is similar and smoke is toned down to a nice balance but there is still a little creosote in the background. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has some alcohol. Not a session for me. Would have been so much better but for the "tar" component.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.4/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, pretty much black, color with a thin layer of tan head.

S: Can you say nail polish remover? I thought I was having a Drake's barrel aged beer for a moment. Huge nail polish remover, acetone, and ash with a very, very harsh acidity to it.

T: Just a horrible flavor as well. Ashy and chalky with sharp acidic notes. The nail polish remover and acetone notes are in full force on the flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation and a lingering burning sensation.

O: Truly awful stuff.

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Photo of dmbsteve
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and reddish around the edges, with a tan head of one finger. Good lacing.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and just a tad of peat smoke. Not as smoky on the nose as I expected.

Taste is roasted malts, coffee, and an assertive hop character. Nice balance. Usually I wouldn't like this much hops in a stout but I think it works well in this one. Unfortunately I think it masks any underlying smoke character that would otherwise be present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Nice lingering quality on the tongue.

Very drinkable. Bottle lists it at 10.4%. Doesn't taste that strong. No alcohol taste or warmth at all. BA lists it at 7.7% so I'm not sure which is correct. Either way, I dig it. Although I don't know what Barack Obama has to do with this beer. At least it doesn't say anything about it on the bottle. The guy at the beer store that I bought it from told me that's what the #44 is for, which almost made me not want to by it : ) But I did anyway, and rather enjoyed it, although the "Smoked" in the name is deceiving. It's not very smoky, which was a little disappointing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My IPS teacher is 8th grade would usually start off lab days with his slow, nasally voice "Ok class, today we're going to do an experiment....". Some of those labs were real cool, but I must admit that experimenting with different beers is much more fun. And what is usually the case, experimenting with breweries that I've never tasted before makes lab day extra fun. Appropriately, I come across my first beer from Xbeeriment. One source I came across says that the US batch of bottles was mislabled with 10.4% ABV, not the true 7.7%. Let lab day begin:

Obsidian black as it sits in the chalice. There's a tanned head on top sitting a ½ inch thick, eventually settling to a lace. The nose....it's acceptable. It's softer than expected. Chocolate milk sweetness is distinct, some solid smoke notes break the dominance of the sweetness.

There's more integrity in the taste than whom originally this beer was named after. It won't steal your heart, but it will do the job. Starts off chocolately sweet, then comes a drizzle of faded hop bitterenss. There's a campfire-like smokiness with a strong closing of ash. The finish seems to take these seperate flavors and combine them into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acceptable; it's medium bodied with a smooth, but sometimes weak texture.

One more exhibit showing that the craft beer movement is in full swing in Denmark, even if its not the finest of examples. Still, the $11.99 pricetag is a tough pill to swallow given the quality, even for a Danish import. If the name ever changed to "Liar's Ale", I might consider giving it a second term.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted (more than expected) smell of coffee, malt, and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, malt, chocolate, a peat-like flavor, and a slight smokiness. A very focused, yet not too overwhelming taste. Generally well done.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very well made, easy to like, drinkable beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased off the back shelf at The Bruery's Provisions.

Pours black with a thick, firm and pillowy dark khaki head. Nose is purple plums and light smoke. There is a cherry chocolate undertone and an almost candy apple "red" tone to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an elegant light carbonation. A bit more would be nice.
Flavors are bold, aggressive dark roast all around. Big burnt toast; black coffee/espresso; dark bitter black chocolate and lightly burnt meat with an bit of a semi-sweet molasses front palate.

Finish is burnt, bitter coffee and very dry but long lasting. Gets better in the glass with some air and as it warms.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a light to medium tan head. Good lace if a bit thin looking.

S: Dark chocolate, charcoal, very light smoke; really nothing more than you'd get in a standard stout.

T: Dark chocolate is the major flavour. Some secondary notes of espresso, roasted malt, toast and smoke.

M: Smooth, creamy, pretty elegant on the palate, good job here.

D: Nothing really wowing, a nice enough stout. Though when it's advertised as a smoked stout I expect some smoke, so I have to dock it a bit in that regard.

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