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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: 308   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
kramer (4866) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3021) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Pours black with a thick tan head.very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty with coffee and notable smokiness...hint of chocolate. Flavor follows suit and adds a bit of black licorice and a burnt quality...more of a dark chocolate...so roasty with such a dry bold finish that some of the peatiness is lost. Mouthfeel is very creamy and thick....pretty heavy stuff. The great dave marlin would definitely call it "oil for your body."

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bitter roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, earthy hop notes. Not much smoke, charred notes though. Pours black with a thin tan head. The flavor is charred and roasted with underlying dark chocolatey sweet malts, nice full bitterness. Dry, smooth, with a hint of booze in the finish. Drinks easily for 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5346) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2239) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Really easy drinking beer for a 10.4% Imp stout. Strangely this didnt taste very smoked to me. The classic danish stout yeast strain imparted a bit of sweetness to the aggressively hopped rich chocolatey character this beer has. My one complaint is that it did not taste roasted or smokey even though its supposed to be a smoked stout. I had this on tap last year and remember it being a bit better then the bottle this time, but I cant remember the draught enough to rate off of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JanLaursen (3025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2011
On tap, Plan B: Pitch black beer with a huge but shortlived brown head. Fat, extremely comlex and inviting aroma with notes of roasted malts, burned candy, smoke, grapefruit, orange and - not at least - licorice. The flavor is even more intriguing: Rather dry, extremely bitter, roasted with notes of vanilla and a grapefruit-like anis-note underneath. Sticky texture, full body, very dense, lots of force and power, soft carbonation, smooth moutfeel and a very long dark, bitter roasted finish. Worldclass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Raven black body with a thin, creme layer of milk chocolate cover. Splendid depth of roasty nose. Chocolate, coffee, and raisin, and sweet dark chocolate liquor wonderfully melded together in beautific fusion. Medium roasted body with appreciable roughness, smoke, roast barley, and chocolate alcohol. The chocolate liquor heat is quite pleasant and accentuates the other qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (1990) - 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.

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