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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: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Listigovers (851) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Very sweet and malty smell, chocolate, strong aroma. Black but with very little head, big watery bubbles that disappear quickly. Full bodied and,oily, chocolate, long aftertaste, no alcohol heat despite the 10.5, extremely smooth. Finish is balanced, beer is very balanced. Doesn’t punch you as hard as some imperials, but the balance and texture is excellent, a well crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cargo150 (1289) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Couleur noire avec de léger reflets brun et un col beige assez résistant. Liquide assez complexes, chocolat,grains grillés,café, des notes fumés qui ne sont pas désagréable. Excellente!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (7689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen - black pour with good sized tan head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste, caramel, big chocolate, some smoked peat notes, coffee, great mouthfeel, roasted bitter finish. Lovely brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (3203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Taphouse. Pitch black with a dense, tanned head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, subtle smoke and light honey. Taste is sweet. Full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with dark malts, coffee, chocolate and herbal hops. To bad Xbeeriment is out of business!

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6165) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Jet black colour with small to average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Roasty dark malty and herbal hoppy aroma has resemblance to typical Black IPA flavours, green onion notes, with the hop flavours quickly evaporating malty notes of dark chocolate predominate, "Schoko Toffees", chocolate truffle, hints of coffee. Taste is initially roasty dark malty, minimally sweet, hints of chocolate and treacle, the decline of chocolate flavours is inversely proportional to the rise of a peat note, accompanied by a complete fade out of sweetness and a flashing up of some herbal hop; dry, somehow ’crumbly’, peaty finish. Interesting course, but finally you cannot understand what has happened on the way to find yourself now ended up with that slightly unpleasant and unrelated peat taste in your mouth. How did you get there? Wormhole? Anyway, one fact can be stated: this would be a better beer if the tour was taken in opposite direction.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
500ml bottle
8.4% ABV (as marked on bottle)
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 19, 2013
The beer pours a beautiful opaque black colour with a thin tan creamy head that lasted throughout. The aroma was roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. The mouthfeel was medium full, with average carbonation. The flavour was a complex arrangement of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2051) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle 0.5l from luttonm at Belgrade tasting Vol.3.Thank you Matt.Pour it dark color with small white head.Taste and aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, roaste malt and plum.Perfection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Tasting after party at Marko’s, in Belgrade. I brought this bottle from Gothenburg. Rich black-brown, tan foam. Smoke is mild, coffee, alc notes, fruity ester. Smoke adds to the bitterness and finishes dry. Good strong stout, dry and bitter with hints of interesting smoke. Very good imp stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1583) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at a private tasting in Belgrade. Pours oily black with a tan head which leaves a nice lacing on the glass. It smells of coffee, biscuits, smoked cheese. Mouth stays mild and drinkable with all the aroma notes present and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3029) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
Purchased at the LCBO a year ago. Pours a real dark brown colour with red highlights. Big beige creamy-frothy head, long lasting with some good lacing. Beautiful peaty malt nose with dark fruits, roasted malts, licorice, sweet chocolate and mild coffee. Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied. The taste has lots of anise over the roasted malts, which is not showing as sweet as the nose gave out to be. Alcohol is very well-hidden behind the darkness. Complex and definitely worth trying. Wish I would of bought more to cellar.

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