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Xbeeriment Black Force One

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Formerly brewed at Herslev Bryghus

Style: Imperial Stout
København NV, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 325   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).


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1163) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2011
500 mL bottle. Pours black with a large tan head. Great aroma, roastiness, cocoa, coffee, citrus, and smoke. Flavor again has the roastiness, coffee, smoke, bitter cocoa and hoppy hints. Wouldn’t mind the flavors being even more bold in strength, but the flavors themselves are definitely right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep faintly translucent garnet body, thin tight light brown head. Nose of smoked peat, burnt sugars, roast, and hints of coffee. Peaty, smoky body with burnt brown sugars and a bitter, nearly astringent finish. Has an interesting, strong tea-leaf character. A classic strong Euro-porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2011
(50cl bottle) near black pour, thick very dark tan head. Nose of chalky cocoa powder, tiny bit of olive, milk chocolate and a mild hop presence. Taste of coffee, medium bitterness, cocoa powder and a bit dank as well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8503) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 500ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo and carried back home for sharing with Finn and MrSoul. A very dark brew with a ruby tint to its body and covered with a decent, fawn-coloured hue. Spotty lace to the glassware. Anise, ashy malts and dark fruits to the nose. Bittersweet malty taste including liquorice and chocolate. Roasted malt-bitter ending. Noticeable but integrated alcohol. Feels good on the swallow. Tasty (Tromsø, 22.09.2011).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5747) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
Sampled at CBF11 Balck with an orange/beige head. Milky and roasted chocolate in both aroma and flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of charred evergreen wood, Scotch whisky, licorice, light note of iodine/salt. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. An interesting beer. It’s definitely one to put hair on your chest...the aroma is very roasty and whisky-ish (perhaps more so, or more attractively so, than a lot of barrel-aged stouts)...there’s no caramel or sweet chocolate here to soften things; this is a very "manly" brew, but without really being abrasive or boozy. The smoke in this case is more of just a boost to the roasted grain char odor, more lean and ashy, not anything at all like Schlenkerla’s meaty smoked malt. Plenty warming, but not hot/burning. But I must admit, without something to soften (and sweeten, in both senses of the word) the edges, it’s a little challenging to drink the whole bottle (due to bitterness rather than sweetness). It’s very rare for me to complain about an Impy not being quite sweet enough, but this is one of those cases. And in that same vein, the mouthfeel is lighter-bodied than you would expect. Pump up the malt sweetness and richness just a bit and this would be 4+ very very easily...then get some Schlenkerla-quality smoked malt in here, and you could be pushing 5.0 territory. Lots of potential with this recipe!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
In taster at Urge gastropub in RB. Looks black as night. Brown filmy head. Honestly smells like creamy hops. Very thick and creamy with much chocolate. Great lacing. Also a bit rough near the end. Overall 8 of 10.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, smoke, coffee, roasting, light chocolate, and hops. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, hops, pine, tar, slight chocolate, and some wood. Yummy. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, tar, light chocolate, pine, coffee finish is dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout. A really good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Poured from a bottle. Pours deep black with lots of head and lacing, would be a 5 if it wasn’t for some floaties. Smell is hops up front with some dark malts. The hops carry over to the flavor, as pine dominates. Some chocolate in there as well, not picking up smoke honestly. Tasty, different take on a stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle at Haket during Gothenburg Beer Festival 2011
Sampled on Friday September 2, 2011
Dark red color, light brown head. Malty, sweet, wood, hoppy scent. Malty, sweet, hoppy, bitter, dry taste. Smooth yet spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.


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