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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: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - 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 (735) - 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 (5085) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (972) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Black pour with khaki head that sticks around for a long time. Peat smoke and espresso dominate the nose with a sprucy hop note and some dark chocolate underneath. More complex on the palate with some dark fruit shining through and a nice toffee note. I’d like it to be significantly smokier than it is on the palate. There’s a certain coffee bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
500ml Bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with medium sized brown creamy head.
Aroma : Roasted malt with piny hops. Some coffee and some chocolate. Some smoke as well.
Taste : Roasted malt with light roasted almonds or something. Light smoke with piny hops. Coffee on finish with piny hops and light lingering smoke. Good balance between malt and bitter hops on the finish.
Palate : Nice carbonation strength. Full bodied but not too sweet. Nice persistent finish.
Overall : Pretty nice beer. Quite complex and well balanced. Pretty drinkable. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2832) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours tar black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee, and hint of smoke. Chocolate flavor with licorice, roasted malt, coffee, and just a hint of smoke. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneakychi (64) - - JAN 25, 2014
Black with beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, some (little) ham like smoked aroma, chocolate. Lots of coffee in taste. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Pours black with a medium large, compact mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, honey, vanilla, dark red berries, muscovado sugar. Taste is coffee, chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, red berries, molasses, slight tobacco and hints of liqourice. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamTheBarrel (486) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is clear brownish black with a medium sized creamy mocha head, that when reduced left a thin lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, syrup loaf and a hint of smoke and muscovado. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium-full bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Not as smoky as the label suggests, and a bit too thin bodied especially considering the high ABV. Overall this is a tasty Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (1459) - Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a large, thick, dark latte-colored head. Aroma is quite roasty, dark fruit, light earthiness, pine and exotic fruit a tad, some smoke. Some liquorice, a tad salty. Taste is quite a lot of roast, some chocolate, a bit sweet, somewhat sour, quite a bit of smoke too. Roast is strong. Some pine and exotic fruit from the hops. Really delicious and alcohol is completely hidden. Full and well carbonated. One of the better imperial stouts definitely.

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