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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: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2011
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, licorice and with smokey notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Half liter bottle pours dark mahogany with full firm mocha colored head. The aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, a mild level of rauch like malts, spicy black licorice and a touch of peat. The taste is rich too and near velvety on the palate with dark roasty malts, chocolate malts and then idling into a smooth rauch maltiness nuanced by a dash of peat. On to midway and into the finish some burnt malts join in too. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pour is very close to black with a finger-wide tan bubbly head. Aroma is on the bland side for an imperial stout with notes of roasted malts, brown sugar, and dark plum peels. Flavor is lighter bodied for the style as well with smoke flavors throughout. Dark candy sugar and roasted coffee. Mild alcohol in the finish, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep black body with a moderate sized khaki head. Quickly recedes to a thin collar with spotty lacing. S: Nice and smokey with hints of tobacco, peat, and general roasted malts. T: Like the nose, various smokey and roasted malts dominate. A little chocolate, brown sugar, and coffee creeps in as well. Not overly complex, but I like the simplicity of this beer. This beer takes a particular flavor profile and works with it. M: Medium bodied. Almost porter like in body and carbonation. Nice slightly bitter and smokey finish. O: I enjoyed this a fair bitter. The price however, might make this tough to revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Black, with a finger of creamy beige head that melts into a ring, leaving a web of sticky lace up the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty hoppy, definitely some spicy and citric action going on here, along with dark fruits, burnt notes, light smoke, coffee and sweet dark chocolate. Flavourwise, it’s not at all as sweet as the nose indicates. Citric fruitiness with loads of burnt bitterness, smoke and coffee grounds. Pretty damn dry finish, almost astringent. Medium to full body, mellow carbonation. The nose is more complex and pleasant than the flavours, would like them to be integrated more I guess. It’s enjoyable, but the finish is actually rather harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2011
Tap. Dark brown with a tan head, the usual. Roasted malts, coffee, smokiness. Finished too dry for such a thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle for my birthday from Ibrew2or3 -- thanks, Dave! I was a big fan of this. Pours coffee black with a brown head. Smells and tastes of toasted malts, bitter cocoa, peat, and hops. Not as peat-forward as I was hoping, but the flavor is great. Would love to try this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Could actually use a bit more in the aroma. This is a meal in the bottle though. A very thick body and head, with lost of smoke and grain. Reminds a bit of Old Rasputin, which is always good. Like the Hoppenheimer, it is quite good at masking the high amount of alcohol. 2 for 2 with these guys, Can’t wait to have more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Draught from Ginger Man....pours jet black, nice malts and chocolate aroma, good hops kick. greatly done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle from Binny’s Buffalo Grove. Pours near black with dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and some smoke. Flavors of roasted malts and chocolate with some smoke and coffee. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but still solid. Not as smoke as I was hoping for, but this is a pretty solid beer.

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