Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
Served on-tap last night at the Sierra Grille, Northampton, MA. Full notes taken to phone.
A- Black pour to a snifter from the tap. A one finger tan head builds up to half a finger. Fairly good retention falling to a thick creamy ring. Spotty lace here and there.
S- Decadent and extremely roasty aroma leading me to believe it will be moderately sweet. Oak, spiced raisin, some Bourbon and deeply dark coffee. Toasted and nutty as well.
T- Fruits open up quite a bit with cherry and raisins coming up big. Intensely roasted grains, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, coffee grounds and some alcohol. Wet oak, blackstrap molasses, whiskey and vinous notes.
MF- Thick bodied but not as much as many other similar stouts, not as chewy or oily. Carbonation arrives at a medium high level. Finishes quite warm.
Lots of fruits come out with a highly roasted, dry malty feel complimented by a mix of barrel influence and alcohol.
08-27-2014 17:09:41 | More by cbutova
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
22 ounce bottle, date stamp on bottle says 11/22/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (cherries, plums), vanilla, wood and some bourbon. It tastes like milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, dark fruit (plums, raisins), red grapes/wine, molasses, coffee, and a bit of bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is hidden well, doesn't seem too boozy to me. Overall I liked this brew, it's a good imperial stout. I think the flavors seem more fruity and sweet than roasty. I'd like to try this one again in the future. $15.49 a bottle.
08-16-2014 21:59:52 | More by bluejacket74
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.