Xbeeriment Black Force One | Xbeeriment I/S

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Xbeeriment I/S
Denmark
xbeeriment.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thagr81us on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tjseveryday
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of chakadrum
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left lacing on the surface as well as a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of hops. The smell improves as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt and roasted malts and coffee and has notes of smoke from the peat and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink, although the bitterness and roasted flavors can get in the way of its drinkability.

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Photo of jale
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worchester, MA

A heavy, imperial stout, that was apparently only brewed once, so I was fortunate enough to have it on tap at Worchester's amazing Armsby Abbey brewpub. (Though I believe I saw this on deck at TJ's, mid-Sept. '11...just FYI.)

Poured into a snifter, an opaque obsidian, with a finger of tan head that retained and laced well. Roasty aroma, as would be imagined, dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and hints of wine. Taste followed the aroma: roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa bitterness, coffee notes, raisins and black cherries, brown sugar, with a mild earthy hoppiness just barely detectable. Definitely one to enjoy nearer to room temperature, or at least not "ice cold." Rich and full-bodied, and very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of rarbring
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Fair head retention.

Rounded sweet roasty malt and some coffee. Slightly earthy. Good.

Big, peaty smoke with some piney hops. Moderate coffee. Nice and very curious.

Medium body with a sharp medium carbonation.

A big flavoured stout with lots of peat. Almost a little OTT for me. Good.

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Photo of Phelps
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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Photo of Rizalini
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

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3.98 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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