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: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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).

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bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2012
(Bottle 14/12-2011) Brown head, black color, roasted coffee chocolade aroma and taste, balanced taste.

ICEatALAMO (1350) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Could really smell and taste the smoke flavor, but not over powering. The finish to me had a jellied mint flavor (not sure where I was getting that from). Different than most of the smoked beers that I have had. Worth getting again.

bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2012
500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. The head sticks around a long time, and there’s also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and smoked malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, piney hops, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. I don’t think the smoke is strong in either the aroma or flavor. It is noticeable, but it’s closer to being subtle than it is strong (which is a disappointment since this is labeled as being a smoked imperial stout). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and has moderate carbonation. Even though this beer wasn’t as smoky as I was expecting it to be, it’s still a good overall brew and I liked it.

esp0r (2922) - NORWAY - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown, black in glass with a medium tanned head that stays. Smells of chocolate, caramel, hints of liquorice and smoke and of course roasted malts. Taste is full malted with a dry not so sweet follow up. Some acid notes long in the back. Also nice bitter chocolate dark as night. Hints of coffee and smoke too. But not as much smoke as expected from the label. Quite oily palate that leads to the highpoint of this beer. Wow how bitter it is. And the hops that is there. Tremendous. This sure is a fantastic finish

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. A stiff pour yields a thick cap of webby tan foam. Nose is prune, Whoppers, coffee bean and ash. Medium to full body, creamy with a soft buzz. Taste is licorice, dark chocolate, sweet peat, grapefruit pith and a touch of honey finishing with orange peel and smoke. Top notch brewing; dry hopping and smoke notes just perfect.

Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, smoke, and roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The finish has light-moderate smoke, coffee, and some piney hops. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, heavy lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, dark caramel sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, dark fruity esters add a milk chocolate sweetness to balance the darkness, robust hops
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
In short: An bitter and rich imperial stout for the Black IPA lover
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed when about 4 months after purchase, so since it is a Danish beer it is probably already one year old
The look: Black body topped by a large beige head with good retention
In long: Nose of dark malts, black liquorice and a strong green hop pellets presence. Taste is pleasantly bold and in-your-face. A very solid malt backbone with plenty of dark malts, dark caramel, some molasses, a bit of smoke, a bit of chocolate, notes of black liquories. And then comes a truckload of green hop pellets with a bit of a minty character. High bitterness level that perfectly balances the beer, drinks way too easy for a 10%+ beer. To compare it to another Danish beer I’d say this is a close cousin to Pride Of Nekron. This imperial stout is so hoppy that it could pass as a Double Black IPA if the style existed. The label says “Smoked Imperial Stout” but my bottle was not really smoky at all, uber-hoppy yes, but smoky no. Kick-ass beer, it’s because of beers like this that alcohol is now considered more addictive than watching an obese kids try to roller-skate.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
On tap at Monkey Paw. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate cereal grain and citrus hops aroma and taste with a sharp citrus and bitter dark chocolate finish and a slightly sticky oily palate.

Rasmus40 (21140) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2011
Clear very dark reddish brown with a big light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 141211

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