Brewed by Birrificio Sottobisio
Style: Imperial Stout
Balerna, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is our first of a long series of unconventional Beers that Birrificio Sottobisio is going to present time to time featured in a very special black bottle. XPOCHI is an Ale beer in Imperial Stout style with a 8.5% alcohol vol. The color is extreme black (you cannot see through it). The head is a persistent and creamy deep brown. The Aroma is close to the Sottobisio’s Stout one but without the smoky note. It’s more rounded and it reminds cacao, liquorice, Passito wine and fireplace burned aromatic wood. To the palate you’ll get first coffee, tobacco and bitter cacao with very very soft ashy note, then the main hopping comes with its British hops which clean everything but leaving again the palate free to remind coffee and cacao.. This beer will be appreciated during Autumn/Winter time with important meals or for contemplation. Recommended a serving temperature of 10-12 degree C and a tulip type glass.

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minutemat (6456) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2017
330ml bottle from trade with Anstei. Pours dark, almost black, small deep tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel. Taste presents a nice cocoa / coffee roast character, hints of leather. Light carbonation. Nice sweet stout.

omhper (26221) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2017
Bottled, thanks Bov! Black with beige head. Rich chocolate licorice aroma. Mid sweet with medium-full body and soft mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate, some tobacco and mild smoke . Low bitterness. Astonishingly harmonious Imperial Stout. Edgeless.

CH-303 (2454) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 5, 2016
Appearance: Very dark brown, small dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted, coffee.
Taste: Very dark malt, roasted, burnt, coffee. Light bitterness. Good, but not great.
Bought: Craft Gallery, 330 ml, CHF 6.50
Info: 2/9-2016, BB: 1/6-2017

andrewje41 (4771) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2016
330 ml bottle, much thanks to Matt/Alberto. Pours a thick ink like with no head. Smokey aroma that remains one sided. Flavor is dry and a ton of tobacco character. Smokey finish. Interesting beer. Sipper. I had fun with this one.

luttonm (7153) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Johnny’s Off License, Rome. Courtesy the brewer. Pretty, dark, red-brown foam. Tobacco, dried cranberry, sweeter fruit. Great tobacco leather body. Missing a bit of richness. Bitter water note, a bit fizzy. nice.

Mortlach (2537) - Rome, ITALY - APR 17, 2016
330ml bottle shared @Johnny’s Off License (Rome). Pours deep brown with a little cappuccino head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, licorice. Flavour is light sweet with a good bitter end. A little thin, medium carbonation. Ok.

Koelschtrinker (22732) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 16, 2016
Die röstigen Noten unterliegen einer deutlich wässrigen und wenig metallernen Note. Röstig malzig, Trockenfrüchte. Die Intensität bleibt verhalten. 10/7/8/8/8/8

SinH4 (7041) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 4, 2016
Bottle courtesy of anstei. The stream from the bottle when pouring already looks like motor oil, and the appearance is pitch black with a big beige-brown head that transforms rather quickly into a stable layer of foam of maybe 2-3 millimetres. Aroma is black chocolate, ash, tobacco, with a bit of a chili-like spiciness having its fair share. Taste is coffeeish, leather, more ash and tobacco, but with a bit of a graininess that is not really going anywhere, it just provides a roasted grainy background. Mouthfeel is silky, but unfortunately also a little bit watery. Pleasant carbonation (a signature feature of Sottobisio). Medium-long aftertaste of tobacco and ashes. In the following sips, the complexity draws back and hints of a blackcurranty fruitiness develop, also some herbal component, maybe bayleaf? In any case, it’s very mild and it becomes a bit fainter. A nice take on the "Classic" (i.e. not completely overdone ABV) Imperial Stout. It feels a bit too light and is definitely more on the "drinker" than on the "sipper" side. It needs some more complexity or intensity to stay interesting throughout the whole bottle. Still: very respectable for 8.5 ABV.

anstei (2850) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Tap at Erzbierschof Zurich. Roasty aroma, dark bitter taste. Some liquorice. Quite soft. Lingering finish. An easy imperial stout, so to say.

yespr (49523) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2016
From tap. Pours pitch black with a dense, chocolate brown and creamy head. Aroma is roasted malty. Breadish and chocolate malty. Bitter, rich, chocolate, breadish and roasted. Dry and bitter. Roasted and slight herbal. Dry and bitter finish.

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