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Xbeeriment Black Force One

Formerly brewed at Herslev Bryghus

Style: Imperial Stout
København NV, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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Editor’s note: From 2009 - 2012 this beer was brewed at Amager Bryghus. Starting from the summer of 2012 it will be brewed at Herslev Bryghus.

Danish: Vi havde stor succes med Xbeeriment Barack, som blev fint modtaget både i Danmark og i udlandet. Derfor måtte vi naturligvis lave en kompromisløs Imperial Stout version, som videreudvikler grundelementerne i Xbeeriment Barack.
Xbeeriment Black Force One er brygget med 5 forskellige malte (pale, cara aroma, crystal, chocolate og peat smoked), ristet byg, sukker, vand og gær. Der er anvendt 3 forskellige amerikanske humler i brygningen (Chinook, Centennial og Amarillo), hvorefter øllet er tørhumlet med Cascade.
Resultatet er blevet en kulsort øl med en intens aroma af tørverøg, elementer af grapefrugt og fyrrenåle fra humlen og selvfølgelig masser af smagsnoter som espressokaffe, tjære og chokolade fra de ristede malte.
I modsætning til mange Imperial Stouts har Xbeeriment Black Force One ikke en massiv restsødme. Øllet har fået lov til at gære ud til en vægtfylde på 1010, hvilket giver en øl, som får sin sødme fra de 10,4% alkohol og ikke fra store mængder restsukker.
Dette giver Xbeeriment Black Force One en flot balance mellem fylden fra malten og alkoholen og den kraftige humlebitterhed og de syrlige noter fra den ristede byg og malt.

English: Our basic idea with this beer originated while making Xbeeriment Barack. When we’d done that we thought "What if we took it further?" So we decided to go for it and create an Imperial Stout made with 5 different kinds of malt including substantial amounts of peat smoked malt, roasted barley and 3 different hop varieties. We then added a 4th variety for dry hopping. Finally it was bottled unfiltered, bottle conditioned and left to mature in the bottle for 2 months before release. Serve at 12-14 degrees Celcius (53-57 degrees Fahrenheit).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle, sample. Black with a minimal head. Not a huge aroma, licorice and coffee. Taste: cocoa, salty licorice, coffee. Full-bodied. Nice, but not exceptional. The Bourbon Barrel though, that’s another story...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2011
Tasting at Yespr
Slowing gushing bottle; black color; creamy head. It has a nice aroma: chocolate, roasted malt, glue, some dust. Coffeish brew, but with some sweetness, even if the final is more roasted and dusty. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5435) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2011
From a bottle at GBF 2011. Black with medium brown head. Intense dark chocolate aroma with some coffee, and loads of resiny, citric hops. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry, high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3365) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2011
0.5l bottle. It pours a thick dark black body with a small bubbly and sidesticking chocolate head. The aroma is dark and sweet with lots of roasted aromas. Also some dark chocolate, something that could be ashes, hops and more lovely sweetness. Soft carbonation, thick and almost chewy mouthfeel and it’s quite full-bodied. Surprisingly hoppy! Almost stingy-hoppy with lots of roasted flavors, light peat, some burned toast and some dry espresso-powder. It kinda falls a bit through in the finish. I’m expecting that lovely malty sweetness found in the aroma but instead the hops completely dominates and makes it kinda watery and a bit to bitter in the finish. Still, a good beer, but it’s almost like there’s something missing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2011
Medium brown head. Barely translucent deep dark red body. Roasty milky earthy aroma with chocolatey resiny coffee notes. Dry-sweet roasty chocolatey earthy taste with burnt coffee and pine needle notes. Full-bodied. Hot mouthfeel. Dry burnt resiny pine needle aftertaste with chocolatey earthy coffee and oatmeal notes. Excellent! Harmonic, full-flavoured, easy to drink. A real pleasure. (0.5l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
DØE Festival, Valby, DK. Tap, 270511. Black with beige head. Aroma of grapefruit and spices. Flavor with coffee and roasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2055) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2011
Very dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty with coffee tones. malt, coffe and hops. Full body with a long, bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Midnight pour with a dense khaki head that left some remnants clinging inside the glass. Aroma of cocoa, smoke, caramel, and charred marshmallows. Flavor also shows a lot of smokiness but it isn’t overpowering and melds really well with the baker’s chocolate, brownie, and fudge going on in the beer. Medium to creamy mouthfeel. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
Draught at Tre Små Rum, Göteborg. Pitch black colour with a pale brown head, that last long. Peated malt and licorice in aroma, along with tad chocolate. Pretty sweet beer, but balanced with notes of peated malt, licorice, toast malts, chocolate and salmiak. The flavours comes in layers. Toasty bitter all along. Full mouthfeel and chewy. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4942) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
50 cl bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small foamy brown head that faded to a thin covering. Very Nice lacing. The nose is very nice, lots of roast, some sweetness, a light touch of smoke, dark chocolate, and minimal alcohol. It all melds really well and with everything going on in there, that’s hard to do. The flavor is also rather complex, yet really smooth and balanced. Roasty and just a little bit sweet with just the right amount of peat on the finish to suggest a nice Single Malt, without going overboard. A little bit of alcohol, but it works pretty well with the enormous body this has. Fairly thick and chewy with very gentle soft carbonation. This is really quite good, the bitterness and sweetness are in balance, not boozy in the slightest, and downright unique with the well utilized peated malt. Pretty delicious.

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