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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: 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grundlepaste (10) - - FEB 23, 2012
Nice peaty aroma mixed with the fresh hop. Almost coffee/toffee flavor up front with a dry finish. Must have if you can find it. 10.4 abv comes out as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5498) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1154) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours black with ruby edges and a tan head. Smells like chocolate and alcohol with a touch of smoke. Taste is chocolate and hints of alcohol with a blast of smoke at the end, that comes out more as it warms. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Xbeeriment Black Force One finishes with some smoky tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PtiBisc (29) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2016
Beautiful Stout color with a small foamy top. Great taste: A small bitterness and smokey taste with a milk ish texture. Enjoy anytime anywhere. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Black pour, thick milkshake head. Toasty aroma of tar, pumpernickel bread, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is awesome. Toasty, bitter chocolate, rye seeds, asphalt, espresso. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Paisinger (2) - USA - JAN 5, 2011 does not count
Damn good beer! A pure delight in combination with a piece of 70 % Santander chocolate with espresso beans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3020) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2013
I’m not normally a huge fan of smoke beer as generally it’s so heavy handed with the smoke. I’m not also a big fan of dark beers with heavy molasses or dark ripe fruit flavors as I find the characteristics to clash. I poured this a bit cold with a small to medium size, tan, foamy head that soon settled to a thin filmy cover with some sudsy islands and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is old leather, roast malt, molasses, dark ripe fruit, and just a little smoke. Flavor and body is where this beer really stands out and compliment one another. Flavor’s a little like nose, but the qualities that I don’t like are well muted and behind the roast malt, the perfect amount of smoke, slight malt sweet, the bitter and carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are untoppable. Finish is like flavor, very drinkable, of average length for this style, and almost no indication of alcohol power. Superior beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at home HUGE thanks to the legends that are Jan and Charlotte.
Full on black body with a very impressive tan head. Now that’s a good smell. A full on hit of chalky chocolate and bitter hoppage. Excellent, just bloody excellent. Flavour, bugger me. This is full on. Amazing chocolate, amazing bitterness. Big smoky character, some leather, really dry and just all round excellent. The alcohol is hidden really well. Ok there is some faint heat in the mouth, or on the swallow, but other than that it’s just not apparent at all. Simply excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - SEP 26, 2010
50 cl bottle, pours deep dark with a nice big dark head, some lacings and good head retention, aroma is hoppy with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee and peat, taste is the same, full body, decent bitterness, powerfull but still fairly smooth, super beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle. This pours with a promising delivery, rich and black with a solid, well laced head. The aroma is of licorice, but in a sweet mellow way instead of the assaulting scent you sometimes get in an imperial. This drinks with a nice little kick in the junk, but is also fairly easy to drink, mellow enough that it doesn’t intimidate. Nice late evening sipper after supper. (#4362, 11/21/2011)

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