lusikka (6687) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught @ CBC2013 (as XO, Cognac Barrel Aged Version) on 4.5.2013. Pours a pitch black colour with a creamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, really strong and pungent cognac and strong herbal notes. Flavour of strong roasted malts, cognac, herbs, plastic and wood. Other off-flavours as well. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, herbal, cognac-driven finish. Horrible balance. I don’t like this at all as cognac basically destroys this beer. Horrible beer. The base beer itself is excellent, this is ruined.
Since when cognac barrel aged beers are aliased to bourbon barrel aged beers? This beer was listed as "Xbeeriment Black Force One XO" which is aliased to the Bourbon Barrel Edition. Paradox.
tiong (4147) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Originally rated on 4.5.2013. Draught @ CBC 2013 (as Cognac Barrel Aged version)
Pours pitch black with a smooth foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, some sweet wooden notes, oak, Hints of cognac and tart fruits. Taste is sweetish, roasty and cognacy with notes of wood and oak. Finish is roasty and smooth with some sweet cognac and stingy tart apples. Quite balanced but a bit tart and sweet cognac is.
mcberko (7792) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at CBC, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chalk, and subdued barrels. Flavour is extremely roasty, as much as the regular Black Force One, with shitloads of roasted malt. The bourbon doesn’t really come through at all. The roast is intense, bordering burnt. Great stuff, but not very different than the base beer.
HenrikSoegaard (11060) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at CBC. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy ugly bourbon aroma. Moderate bitter bourbon flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Short review due to the massive amounts of beer I drank during the CBC13.) Very good!
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chopp. Pitch black, small brown head, ok lacing. Sweet well roasted pleasant maltiness in the aroma along with chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol / bourbon. Good mouthfeel. Sweet well roasted maltiness with chocolate and dark fruits in the flavour, alco notes, bit wood.
Earlier Rating: 9/14/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Flöska. Pitch black, brown small head, good lacing. lovely roasty malty aroma with alcohol, dark fruits, choolate, wood, boubon kick in tnhe nose. Good filling mouthfeel. Roasted maltiness indeed in the flavour with bourbon , wood, chocolate, some vanilla, bitter alco roasty alco finish,
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of bourbon, wood, spices, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, bourbon, spices, alcohol, and wood, leading to a dry roasted and bourbon finish.
StoutHead (778) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Fermentoren. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Has a sweet taste of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and fruits. Mouthfeel is vinous and full with a long bitter aftertaste of malt, chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon taste really stands out, but somehow it works very well anyway. Super good beer.
Edit: having mistakenly placed my original review under the wrong beer and having to move it, and having tasted the non-barrel aged version in the meantime, I’ve knocked a couple of points off this beer. The barrel aging gives it a taste I can only describe as ’tinny’, and I feel that the "normal" version is slightly more balanced than this. But like I said: it IS a good beer.
Theis (13983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Fermentoren. Pitch black - white head. Lots of bourbon. Lots of sharp booze. Burned malts. Molasses. Dried fruity. Tarmac. Hard burned malts. Sweet notes. Lovely high malty. Rather dry and hard burned malty. Nice - but a bit too boozy.
Earlier Rating: 6/5/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle (No. 7) at København ØLfestival 2011 - Thanks. Black - brown head. Nice mellow bourbon, fruity, burned malts, licorice, nice malty, berries, whiskey, carcoal, roasted, light hoppy. Lovely smooth body.
Rasmus40 (12339) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #198. This was rate number 10,000 for my good beer buddy John (Saxo) who had to have a bourbon barrel aged beer for this occasion :o) Almost black with a big brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, wood, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with heavy alcohol. 091212