olio (5302) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample as "Xbeeriment Black Force One XO" @ CBC’13.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, cognac and dark chocolate. Flavour of dark berries, coffee, cognac and licorice. Very smooth chocolaty palate, dry woody finish.
Definitely nothing to do with bourbon, a distinct XO dominant brew. can’t quite see the reasoning with the aliasing here. A call for anti-aliasing (pun intended).
Benzai (6436) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at CBC 2013. Opaque, pitch black colored beer with a large, dense, excellent lacing, fully lasting off-white head. Aroma is moderately malty, roasted malts, chocolate, light to moderately hoppy. Taste malts, roasted malts, lightly earth, bourbon and moderate to heavy bitter. Full body, oily texture, (a bit too) lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Could be a bit better balanced though. It basically has all the ingredients to make a great beer, but somehow they "only" combine to a good beer.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A harsh woody roasty imperial stout. Just ok.
How: Bottle 500ml, #172 of 374. Consumed when over one year of age.
The look: A light gusher. Pours a black body topped by a large tan head that quickly dissipates to a persistent small layer of foam.
In long: Nose is very woody-oaky (although not particularly bourbon), chocolate cake and notes of menthol. Taste is chocolaty, a bit boozy (sensation of an alcoholised dessert), unexpected flavor of caramelized coated red apple, a lot of roast, notes of vanilla, strong minty notes, a sip of black coffee. A moderately sweet attack transitioning to a dry and very astringent finish with the wood sucking the mouth dry. Overall the beer was too harsh for me, the booze and the oak tannins and the roast all piled up and made for a palate destroyer. I really liked the regular Black Force One, this barrel aged version was a bit letdown, I was as disappointed as when you read a rating that goes on and on and on, and then keeps going on and on, and then goes on and on even more, and then no funny conclusion.
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pour’s black with a small head. The nose is roasted apple, woody booze. Soft spices. Burnt chocolate. Dark forest fruity tang. The taste is rich booze, more wood. Caramel-dipped apple. Toasted cocoa. Some ash. Rich boozy finish. Full body, inky. Overall, a solid impy.
Pyrmir (2767) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @CBC13. Black with small tan head. Aroma faint; roasted malt, bourbon and wood. Flavour is roasted malt, leather, smoke, ashes, coffee and bourbon hints.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol. oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and liquorish.
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasts and vanilla. Flavor with wood and coffee.
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at "Ölkalas hos Ekne".
Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, some light hops, dark chocolate, some bourbon and wood. Drinkable but something was missing in this one.
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Black with a beige to light brown head. Roasty aroma with some wood, bourbon and coffee. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, coffee-ish, with some bourbon notes. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. As "Black Force One XO". Black with big creamy brown head. Boozy bourbon aroma with some roastiness and dark fruits notes. Alcoholic flavor of bourbon, some vanilla and some chocolate. Pretty full-bodied. Way too boozy and bourbon-y. 5/4/6/4/11=3
BRW (665) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC. Black colour with dense beige head. Dark chocolate, roasted and bourbon aroma. Roasted taste, with alcohol warmth. Full body.