Serving Style: Draft
Drinking Establishment: The Blind Tiger, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Black, with some amber edging. A thin tan head quickly recedes to bubbles around the edge of the glass.
Scent: Vanilla coffee, with an alcoholic or acetate note (like that of nail polish).
Flavor: Initially, a semisweet chocolate or coffee taste, with notes of smoked roasted malts; but then the bitterness of the coffee emerges. It’s like a dark chocolate-covered espresso bean.
Feel: Thin and smooth, with low-to-moderate carbonation.
The defining characteristic of the Danish brew is its bitterness–any chocolate-like sweetness gets outshined–but it is pleasant overall. Despite its high ABV and its slightly alcoholic aroma, you don’t taste the alcohol (you just feel it–woo!). This is a rare find on tap–worthy of making a trip over to Denmark…or the Blind Tiger.
Concluding remarks: The XBeeriment Black Force One is a good representation of an Imperial Stout–but we couldn’t do more than one of the tiny glasses it came in, lest we find ourselves passed out in front of the Blind Tiger fireplace.