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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle with the most nondescript label probably ever.

It pours a dark brownish black with a foamy tan head. The head is rocky and sticks for a nice while before receding to some nice lacing.

The smell immediately stands out as it is one of the most fragrant stouts I have smelled. It is unique as well. It has an almost fruity tang to it with a ton of smokiness in various forms, mostly smoked peat and roasted malts but there is also a hint of campfire.

The flavor is big and bold. It isn't super smoky, but super, super roasty. There are notes of coffee, campfire wood, a nice smoky bitterness, smoked peat, and some dark chocolate. Some citrusy hops start to come in after a few drinks, adding to the bitterness. It is surprisingly light bodied, but it isn't light or water, just smooth and drinkable.

A fine brew.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, strong sweet malt, smoke, hint of roasted malt, hint of cherry, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a slight dryness and roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of oatmeal, slight wood, and a hint of spicy hops. Overall, weak appearance, body more balanced than aroma, good feel, but lacking in blend.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as #44 - its name in the USA because the White House wouldn't allow a direct reference to our current President.

Pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Rich aroma is smoky with strong tones of molasses, fine coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor fills the mouth with smoked wood, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses and quality roast coffee with hints of caramel and toffee. Texture is thick, fizzy and oily, leaving a subtle tingle and a nice mocha finish. If you like stouts, this is worth a hunt.

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Photo of t0rin0
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

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

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Darkest brownish-amber color with a tan head. Aroma is big on roasted malt and coffee with a whisper of smokiness. Flavors of cocoa powder, burnt coffee, oak, smoke, and alcohol. Dry finish with moderate bitterness.

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Photo of gford217
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a one inch off-white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is very peaty and smoky, like Scotch, but not nearly as overpowering as some of the Scotch-aged beers I've had. There are plenty of roasted malts and a fair amount of citrus hops.

The taste has an initial sweetness from the malts mixed with the peat notes. There is some cocoa powder and black malts in the background though the finish is a duel between the oranges of the hops and the smoke from the malts.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation - dry and smoky in the finish.

This is an excellent stout with the peated malts really adding some complexity. I've normally been very disappointed with "Scotch-tasting" stouts but it's pretty subtle here. Highly recommended.

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Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KAF
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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 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 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 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 glid02
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with solid amounts of smoke. As it warms the roasted aromas subside and large amounts of peat come into play.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of smokiness. Hints of unsweetened chocolate come into play midway through the sip and are quickly pushed aside by earthy and peat flavors. Moderate amounts of deep citrus flavors make their way into things near the end of the sip before allowing peat and smokiness to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I thought this had the potential to be a good beer with the peated malt however it didn't seem as though the base beer had enough complexity. A little more roast and another flavor thrown in the mix would go a long way.

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

RBSG09 Grand Tasting notes (thanks to whichever of the great RB guys brought it; I think one of the Danes) This was kind of an odd one. It had a relatively mild, dry flavor for a stout (ok, for an impy stout, which it was not as I now see). There was almost an off cardboard note to it, although I assume it wasn't aged. Perhaps, it was just something funny about the roasted barley. At any rate, there's a very good roasted chocolate flavor in there with some good dry complexity. It just might have been too dry for the size of the stout and the strongly roasted barley flavor.

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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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