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Xbeeriment Barack

Formerly brewed at Herslev Bryghus

Style: Stout
København NV, Denmark


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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
NOTE! In the US this beer is marketed as Xbeeriment #44. The reason for this is that any references to President Obama would only be permitted by US authorities if we had a written permission from the White House. So the dressing’s changed, but the beer stays the same!

Also please NOTE that the first US edition of "Xbeeriment #44" is erroneously labelled 10.4% ABV.

English: Brewed to celebrate Barack Obama’s inaugural as the 44th President of the United States, and the first black person to hold the office. A potent stout with a fair amount of peated malt in the grain bill. This adds a smoky character to the beer which obviously also has roasted aromas from the dark malts and roasted barley as well as loads of citrusy hop notes from the US hop varieties. NOTE: From 2009 - 2012 this beer was brewed at Amager Bryghus. From the summer of 2012 it will be brewed at Herslev Bryghus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
The initially generous dense beige foam slowly diminishes to nothingness atop the clear/filtered cola brown pour. Fairly complex aroma with both chocolate and coffee aromas to the foreground and a broad range of more subtle nuances, from jammy blackberries/blackcurrant to trace iodine, leathery, coal smoke. Despite the relatively pale colour for a stout, there is more than a trace of roast in here, mostly in the form of coffee overtones and this brings forth a fair bit of acidity which acts, together with the smoke, as a counterpoint to the healthy dose of residual sugars bathing in here. This brings about a thicker than average mouthfeel which is accompanied by a warmer than expected general presence - I suppose I would have guessed it near 9% if blind-tested. In the end, it’s impactful and bigger than the sum of its parts, with fair complexity. On its own, it feels a bit rough edged to me, playing on many fronts at once and lacking focus, but I imagine its smokey, charry, warming character would do marvels with meats from the grill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de céréale grillée et de fumée. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumée. (Rating #5181)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4686) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. Sweet and malty smell with whisky, oak and vanilla. Similar taste. Not very smoky, more sweet woody vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamah (214) - - AUG 29, 2013
The aroma has chocolate, coffee and some sweeter toffee notes. it pours a dark black color with full head. The taste has some light to medium sweetness and then some good bitterness as it opens up on your palate with some full rich chocolate flavors, some nice roasted coffee and light smokey peat. The body is full and creamy. Overall this is awesome, I like that the peat isn’t overpowering but still integral to the flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
circinus (265) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle 50 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a small but frothy brown head. Peat, roasted malt, campfire and meaty smoke, hint of brown sugar, burnt wood, hint of mash, slight sour tone, earth. Full/medium body, low carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
500ml bottle from IPB. Labeled Smoked Stout
Appearance : Black with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Acidic cold coffee with roasted malts. Light smoke with light piny hops.
Taste : Acidic coffee with roasted malts. Piny hops. Fairly astringent. Finish is acidic with piny hops. More astringency.
Overall : Nice roasted malt, nice smoke with too acidic. Maybe a bit too much coffee also. Feels a bit too much like a cold coffee. Fairly warm also. A bit hard to drink. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
My Bottom Line :
This wealthy Smoked Stout develops molasses, dark chocolate and peat smoke atop juicy fruitiness and resinous hops in a beautifully cohesive whole.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-Mineral angles appear here and there.
-The nose doesn’t share as many intricacies as the flavor profile.
-The peat smoke is well surrounded by chocolate malt flavors and residual sugars.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (6918) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
Botted gift from Abemorsten. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roastes malts, liquorice, dark chocolate and weak smoke. Taste is more smoky than suggested by the aroma, smooth mouthfeel, well balanced between malty sweetness and roasty/smoked bitterness, good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3022) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2013
@basunen: ganska lätt doft av ener. Fin fyllig smak av lakrits och choklad. Något mjölkig eftersmak men ganska trevlig öl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (2274) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2013
Smak och doft av choklad, ,malt, vanilj, fat, läder, laktris, torkad frukt med toner av en lätt rökighet. Rund och len, välbalanserad, fruktig. Beska med smak av bitter mörkchoklad.

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