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Xbeeriment Black Force One

Formerly brewed at Herslev Bryghus

Style: Imperial Stout
København NV, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 328   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2299) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. Smooth, lots of licorice, dark chocolate and some leather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1907) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
A black beer with a beautiful, creamy, big and light brown head. The nose is powerfull, lots of roastiness, salt liquirice, some smoke and nice sweetness. Taste of salt and salt liquirice, dry smoke, hint of black coffee. Balanced sweetness is smoothening the powerfull taste. The end is long and strongly roasted. Pleasant and smooth to drink, full bodied with low carbonation. Enjoyable beer but still the final touch is missing. Strongly roasted and salt liquirice IS with some smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2894) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle 500 ml from bursprak, many thanks! Into a snifter, ABV 10.4% The beer is totally black n colour, with two fingers of dark brown head, with thick enough density and good retention, leaving foamy islands and medium lacing around the glass, after it has collapsed. Aroma full of roasted malts and coffee, vanilla. I don’t get any smoke. Light alcohol aroma after a couple deep sniffs. Taste also of roasted malts, vanilla, wood, just a hint of the smoke now, the alcohol very well hidden and only notable on the finish, light coffee too. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste with good duration. Full body, soft but notable carbonation. Sticky palate. Overall good and tasty beer, with the alcohol so well hidden one must be carefull with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (985) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Pours black with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoked sausage. Taste is coffee, chocolate with some warming alcohol. Body is rich and creamy with nearly flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle - 500ml. Opaque black body with an average beige foamy/creamy head. Complex, rich malty/hoppy aroma with roasted coffee, chocolate, and vanilla hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its strong malty/hoppy taste carries roasted coffee, grainy, woody, licorice, and sour berries notes. Ends with a long, robust, warming bitter/roasty finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; a dull and opaque black with foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells of dark malt, smoke, and bitter chocolate. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Black color. Nice thin brown head, leaves good lace. Great smoke, roast malt, light dark chocolate, coffee notes.. Hint of dark fruit, very light hint of molasses. Bigger bitterness than your typical imperial stout, much more bitter than typical I think, but I like that. It’s got a very light bite in the finish. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of a thicker, chewy, creamy texture, and a slick finish. A tasty, bitter smoked imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
(StLCoB tasting) black with tan head. Smoked malt aroma. Flavor is peat, smoked malt, some hops in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (780) - Hammel, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2014
bottle from Voldby. Pitch black color with a medium large brown head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, notes of smoke, some fruits, coffee, licorice notes, hops. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Low carnonation. A Little bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (5413) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2014
9oz pour at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a murky black with some soft, spitty white head. Nose has a ton of roasted malt, some caramel, a little smoke, industrial rubber, pencil lead. Flavor has some soy, some caramel, a little toasted bread, some mold coffee grounds, but I find it to be overwhelmingly burnt. Not smoke, although there is a hint of smoke, but almost like caramel or candy or treacle was poured into the kettle and it burnt on the bottom. Sticky finish.

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