Xbeeriment Black Force One | Xbeeriment I/S

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BA SCORE
77.5%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 111 ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
111
Liked:
86
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
9.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black Force One is indeed a force of blackness - not even NASA's telescopes are strong enough to see through this utter darkness! Carbonation didn't appear instantly; it took at least a dozen seconds after the pour before a bubbly brown foam materialized from seemingly nothing. Then it all but dissipated in about the same span of time.

I was very excited about the use of peat smoked malt - as an avid Islay drinker it's a favourite of mine - but what initially gets my attention is not the malt, but rather the hops; the beer smells like a coniferous forest in spring bloom (and/or after a brush fire). The aroma has loads of pine and spruce tips as well as underlying mushroom-like qualities and, naturally, a strong smokiness.

The taste does not disappoint, combining all the earthy 'forest-floor' and charred tree bark notes with bittersweet flavours of espresso and pure cocoa. (While these notes lack the richness of a chocolate dessert, they also contain hardly a trace of the burnt, astringent qualities of black coffee.) Its bitterness is like that of a strongly-steeped peppermint tea.

Officially listed as 10.4%, the labs in these parts deemed it 8.4% (relatively mild for a beer labeled an "extra strong stout"). The mouthfeel certainly aligns with the latter, lacking in richness and depth of flavour. Still, the use of smoked peat malt provides all the dimension necessary to keep one entertained, plus a little shot of vanilla makes it that much more pleasant.

Given its price tag you'd think Black Force One was flown from its native Denmark on the presidential jet. But to say it's worth the money is not a hard case to make (especially if you have the disposable income). To be sure, there are equal domestic offerings at much better value, but if you're in the mood to Xbeeriment (see what I did there?!) this is a very safe bet.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also a bit of a roasted peanut flavour, some dark fruits, coffee, and some smokey notes.

Overall - A nice blend of a variety of flavours. It's a very satisfying and it goes down fast, considering the ABV. Although the lcbo tag on the bottle lists it at about 8%. A little pricey, but worth picking up a bottle to try. I'll get a few more bottles.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KAF
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, where Dave warned me it was a particularly smoky stout. That sounded more like an endorsement than a warning to me, so I picked it up with relish.

The pour is excellent, and in fact the head forms in such a blissful layering of melted icecream-like creaminess, leaving a tense and rigid, but still frothy head of mild chocolate brown. Lacing is excellent. The body is a deep brown-black, but it just hints at a translucent thinness at the edges that I feel really should not be there. Otherwise, a truly excellent looking brew. The head in particularly just makes me fall in love.

Nose is wonderfully deep and smooth, with mocha coffee coming through really pleasantly above a deeper darker base. The smokiness is actually rather refined and subdued, forming more as a part of the dark roasted grain rather than a character in and of itself. It integrates it better, but makes it less obvious as a result. Overall, it's a really pleasant nose. More towards the "normal" Imperial Stout realm than I expected, but good even for that.

Taste is smooth and full, with the body to support everything else put on top of it. Yes, there is more smokiness touching the palate, but again it lingers as an afterthought to the charred grain, forming more of an integral part of the beer than I expected—rather than the oddly skewing character I thought it might be. The sweetness is just enough to gentle caress and bathe the palate as a whole, making it supple and pleasant. Feel is smooth, but a little light. Really, once you're at post 10% ABV, you can afford to have a biog, meaty, chewy, chunky and otherwise obesely thick palate.

Overall, I enjoyed this a very great deal. While the smoke does provide an interesting side-note, the most impressive part of the beer is how well everything is integrated. It's complex but coherent. A great start in my book from another interesting Danish brewery.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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 drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 threedaggers
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Xbeeriment Black Force One from Xbeeriment I/S
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 111 ratings
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