I found a similar beer called #44 barrel edition from XBeeriment a while back, but wasn’t able to get the regular #44 to compare the two, which I even mentioned in the review. Well, persistence paid off because just 2 years later I was able to find Black Force One smoked imperial stout regular and the barrel edition. So be sure to check the variant review to see how barreling changes a beer.
This beer is dark, but not thick. Peaty, charred, and smoky notes waft around. Black Force One strikes me as a good drinking beer, but not a good savoring beer. Reminds me of a thin BCBS. It just occurred to me that this beer review started with a story, then I noticed peat, then I mentioned another beer, and now I find myself struggling to turn my head away from the TV. My takeaway is that this beer is not good enough to hold my attention as a great smokebeer often does. It’s not showcasing flavors from all over the spectrum that typically garners high marks. Final rating = 4.8 smokestacks out of a total possible 7 smokestacks.
|Beer Name||Black Force One|
|Brewer’s Description||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).|
|Brewery Location||Roskilde, Denmark (by Herslev Bryghus)|
|Alcohol content by volume||10.4%|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||6|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||4|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||5|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||4|
|Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy)||4.8|
I cannot find any trace of Xbeeriment on the interwebs, but I haven’t checked the darkweb yet, so you might want to try that if so inclined.
Also, compare and contrast this with Black Force One Bourbon Barrel Edition which you may not see depending on how you’ve stumbled across this post: