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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

875 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 107
Gots: 244 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barrel aged for 6 months in combination of Bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels and Infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local roaster Jobella.

Style: Imperial Java Stout IBUs: 50 Color: Black ABV: 11%

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 10-09-2009)
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seaoflament

California

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bomber at SouthBayDrugs about 2 weeks ago and just haven't gotten around to drinking it until tonight.

Pours a dark burnt sugar color, not completely dark but with a few hint of dark amber on the sides when held to the light. About a quarter inch of foam amassed but quickly reduced to a ring.

Almost immediately I get a blast of booze, brown sugar, dates, lots of raisins, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, almonds, caramel, and a little more heat in the background. Not bad really, the alcohol is quite fruity and there is quite a bit of barrel presence in the aroma that is fairly well integrated with the beer. Hints of toast start to come through. There seems to be a vinous and grape-like aroma that is at the front of the nose at times. A lot of "green" barrel notes and something somewhat chalky. Multi-grain bread, soft vanilla, brown sugar coated raisins, and dark chocolate. As it warms up a bit I start to get an aroma akin to a fruity/chocolaty coffee with low acidity.

Roasted malts, dry roasted barley, brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, sweet toast, and raisins. Then I start go taste some dried dark cherries, dates, and some caramel. The beginning is a little rough with some roasted malts and booze that don't quite blend together well, but the middle has the sweetness coming though which brings the caramel and chocolate flavors and finishes with some brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and smoother bourbon. Oak tannins and dryness in the finish with the roasted barley making a full circle from beginning to finish. The aftertaste is quite nice with some toast, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted coconut, a bit of coffee, and almonds. Overall though, this one is quite rough around the edges and suffers on drinkability. The taste seems to get more acrid as the glass empties, harsh roasted flavors, harsh coffee...not that pleasant.

Moderate carbonation, could be a little smoother or creamier on the palate and the finish is a tad thin. Definitely a sipper with 11% being quite evident on the aroma and finish. The alcohol is a bit numbing at times.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 04:55:38 | More by seaoflament
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Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a thick murky mahogany; opaque black in the glass with just over a finger of thick sudsy mocha head with some decent staying power considering the hefty 11.00% abv. Some sticky spotty lacing clings to the glass on it's way down. Looks very nice.

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.