Brewed at Herslev Bryghus

Style: Stout
København NV, Denmark


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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle at home
Pours dark brown, black in glass, 1 cm tanned head. Smells of yeast, roasted malts, peat and hints of diacetyl. Taste is massive roasty malts, medium sweet. Then a wall of tar and smoke takes over. Wow. The taste is better than the aroma promise for sure. Also some liquorice in the back. Nice aggressive finish, quite bitter, medium. Full body, average carbonation, oily texture. Totally this is a bit hit and miss for me. The taste is awsome but the smell is not so good. Some more balance here and the beer will rise

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 21st November 2009
Opaque black beer. Dry dry palate!! Rich malt, quite well toasted. Some bitter hops then comes through. Some creamy malt and a trace of dark fruits in the finish. The combination of over dryness, hard roasted malt and hops that impart nothing but bitterness are about as welcome as a kick in the goolies! 2.3.

3rd May 2013
CBC. Opaque black - brown beer. good tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Minerals. Creamy dark malt, a little roast. Light coffee. Light touch of smoke. Unsweet dark chocolate. Finishes with a little roast bitterness. Well joined up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (5046) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours black with a light brown. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is malts, coffee, wood, chocolate, dark fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. 120512

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5278) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2012
50 cl bottle. BBE 01.09.2012.
Pours deep dark red, almost black color with large beige head. Aroma of ash, wood, cocoa, dark chocolate, mild vanilla and bourbon notes and dark berries. Flavor of chocolate, dark berries, cocoa, mild wooden notes and some hints of dark fruits. Slight alcohol burn comes through, very faint off-flavors, could be quite nice without them. Also, the berries start to dominate as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (4948) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2012
50 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 01.09.2012
Flavour has coffee, ash, some vanilla and cocoa. Also some milk and vegetable‐like aroma. Flavour is somewhat sour with berries, especially bilberries. Also some vegetables, vanilla, ash and coffee. The vegetable aromas grow stronger towarss the end of the glass. Not bad, but this might have been better as fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2012
[5/11/12] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Black with a light brown head. Roasted grains aroma, slightly acidic. Sweet-acidic roasty flavor with a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Nice to have a beer with the same name as me, glad it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2012
500 ml bottle purchased fifteen months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($10.89). This must be the first edition as it is labeled at 10.4%. Pours a true pitch black with a full three fingers of fluffy tan-grey head that has good retention. Aroma of stale, peaty, and somewhat burnt malts along with notes of roasted nuts, smoked meat, and some chocolate. Flavor has lots of astringent burnt malts, charred wood, liquid smoke, ashtray, dark dark chocolate (more like straight bitter cacao bean), and burnt black coffee. Finishes with more bitter-burnt-astringent flavors on the tongue. The burnt flavors become too much (even at this sub-imperial level of stout), and this could actually use some more sweetness. I suppose the "citrusy hop notes" mellowed out because of my aging this bottle. (188, 695)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1230) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
Something’s a little weird about this one, kinda cigarette ashy and not nearly as "smoked malt" as I’d like. Also, not very much of a stout, kinda sour and not rich or remotely sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
_angst_ (2370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
500 ml bottle @ 3 Små Rum. Pours oily black with a very small dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with vanilla, chocolate, prunes, wood, glue, toasted malts, lemon zest and overripe grapes. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, coffee, overripe tropical fruits, milk chocolate, solvents and hints of smoke. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, tiny sour and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly sour and bitter with roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Weird glue- and solvent-like smell and taste sadly ruins the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
Solid black with a decent beige head that leaves behind some good lacing. Aroma is olives, spice, smoke. Taste is olives, vinegar. Slightly sour on the palate. Not great.

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