Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 108
Gots: 274 | FT: 20
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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4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark reddish black color, that one can see through when held to a bright light. Has a medium head, with thin lacing.

Smell – I notice a wine scent more than anything else, with heavy malt, sweet vanilla, light coffee and maybe just a touch of bourbon.

Taste – Very malty, with a touch of vanilla and a light alcohol burn. I can feel the bourbon more than I can taste it.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and creamier than it looks. No strong aftertaste. It really feels good.

Drinkability – This goes down well due to the great mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tele
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a two-inch tan head. Looks a little thinner than most big stouts.

S: 4.25 Lots of coffee and dark roasted malt hit you at first with caramel and vanilla coming in close behind. The coffee smells quite dark and earthy but also has a mild fruity quality. Bourbon is there in very small doses; it could be a bit more assertive.

T: 4.25 The flavors on this beer are rather expected: lots of coffee, bitter malt, and dark chocolate with vanilla, licorice, caramel and bourbon filling in the background. What’s very interesting is the way these flavors are delivered. Most imperial stouts with coffee tend to be a big sweetness at first followed quickly by bitterness and dark coffee. Black Xantus is a bit more unique in that the sweetness and the richer, bitter flavors go back and forth on the palate. The bitter coffee flavors are more dominate overall (especially with the almost too bitter aftertaste), but it’s more balanced than expected. Like the nose, some more bourbon would be nice.

M: 4.25 The carbonation level is great. It could be a bit thicker, but doesn’t really disappoint here.

O: 4.25 I was ready to get let down by this beer and was pleasantly surprised. The flavors are very good and the coffee is strong but tastes like it’s of high quality. It’s a very good beer with fairly expected qualities and flavors.

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3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Only a fouroz pour at a bottle share. Pretty typical for style.

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4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, ok lacing.

Aroma: Rich chocolate and dark fruit character. Bit of oak and spirits.

Flavor: Rich vanilla, chocolate with touches of roast, dark fruits, and spirits with a medium kick of booze. Little to no hops. Coffee isn't assertive enough to stand on it's own, and seems to get grouped together with its roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a hint of booze kind of thins it out.

Overall: Great beer I'm stoked to try.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.