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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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399 Reviews
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Reviews: 399
Hads: 1,236
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.11%
Wants: 116
Gots: 350 | FT: 31
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 10-09-2009

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%
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Reviews: 399 | Hads: 1,236
Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, I aged this beer for a little over one year.

A: The head is about 2/3 thumb's width, with a dark cocoa color. The beer pours dark like bourbon and is black in the glass. The head subsides, leaving a good portion of head in the glass still.

S: This beer has a very strong smell. Being away from the glass, I can still smell it. It smells of oak, cocoa and darker chocolates, with light notes of coffee. There is a malt scent to it as well. It doesn't smell like alcohol, but it smells a lot like bourbon...it has a kind of spicy scent along with the oak scent which are the strongest smells.

T: This tastes so good. It has a rich cocoa flavor to it, like really good chocolate truffles. I pick up the oak a tad, but it doesn't come out as much as it does in the scent. I saw that this is 11% and I get no alcohol flavor from this at all (could very well be from aging).

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is perfect. There's a slight warming without burning. It is incredibly smooth. It goes down so smooth, and it's flavor all the way. I get zero astringency or unpleasant bitterness. It is a heavy beer, with a decent amount of sweet malty flavor. There is great carbonation without it feeling like soda or feeling too flat...just right.

O: Overall this is the perfect example of how great beer can really be. I will be buying this again, for myself and likely for friends if I can get enough of them. I had the beer when it hit the shelves, and it was excellent then, but a lot has changed over one year of aging. It has mellowed and balanced out a lot more. It is so smooth and flavorful. I would rather drink this than have the finest chocolate. (1,660 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of zerosiah
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a very dark brown into my glass. With the term "black" in the name I was expecting a darker color. I would put this beer into an imperial (barrel aged) brown category rather than a stout. The toasty bitter taste one might expect in a stout is lacking. However, chocolate presence and smooth barreled mouthfeel are quite forward in this offering. If this beer was labeled as an imperial barrel aged brown I would give it a 4.5. (446 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a near jet black with a creamy-like deep beige head that looked good but faded rather quickly.Great mix of vanilla,roast,coffee,and bitter chocolate aromas,really rich aromas.Sweetish and rich on the palate with vanilla and molasses being the main component,its roasted and it holds up to the sweetness well but the sweetness wins out in the end.A rich RIS and its a good nightcap but it gets a tad sweet after mid bottle in my opinion. (456 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Krafty34
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with one finger of quickly dissipating tan head.

S - Sweet bourbon notes up front, with some vanilla, coffee and oak also coming through.

T - Taste is also sweet vanilla, coffee and bourbon, with some roasted malts coming through that were not apparent in the smell. Oak becomes more prominent the further into the bottle, but not necessarily in a pleasant way.

M - a little thin for an RIS.

D With the abv, thin mouthfeel and pervasive, drying oak, drinkability is moderate at best, and definitely not worth $15 a bottle. (542 characters)

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a small amount of tan head.

Smells of spicy raisins, booze (bourbon), some vanilla, and a bit of coffee.

Taste is similar, I get a lot of raisin and booze with a touch of vanilla. The coffee is understated and really comes across as a slight bitterness in the finish.

This beer is a bit on the thin side for an 11% imperial stout. (361 characters)

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Driftwood-Plymouth--served into a tulip.

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, minimal carbonation, opaque

Smell: coffee, cream, and roasted malt

Taste: deep roasted coffee, light cream, vanilla, and oak--especially at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, moderate-high carbonation, medium body for the style, sweet with oakiness that gives a slight bittering

Overall: Was not sure I was going to like this beforehand, but I love it. The coffee is rich but not overpowering and it mixes very well with the oak. I would love to try this one aged, but on draft it was a treat. This is what a coffee stout should be to me and is the new standard bearer. (663 characters)

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

Beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is sweet, with a little bourbon as well as some vanilla and raisins. The taste is a strong mix of vanilla and milk chocolate. You also get a little bourbon and oak character. The beer has a thick, creamy mouthfeel and is very good. (316 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

A- Pours very dark, a fair amount of carbonation

S- Smells sweet; hints of coffee & vanilla

T- Very well balanced, upfront is chocolate and coffee, as it warms up the back end is more complex, can taste more fruit and a little more booze.

M- Medium body, but still smooth

O- Overall I really enjoyed this. The 2 year point was perfect to smooth it out. Hope this comes to St. Louis in the future. Love the FW line.

Reviewed on: 07-02-2011 (457 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown, almost no head but it's dark. Nose bis oaky, a bit sweet and very mellow with vanilla.

Taste is sweet, oak, some. Sort of liquor and a good rich vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and very good. (263 characters)

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.