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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

969 Ratings
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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 110
Gots: 263 | 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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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ebony brown (almost perfectly black), topped by a 3/4 finger brown head. Nice size and color head for the style. Retention is quite good.

Nose is a combination of strong bourbon, a hint of aspirin, roasted barley, oak, vanilla, and a hint of toasted coconut. Some cream and cacao as well, although the bourbon is certainly center stage.

As is often the case with BBA stouts, the bark is bigger than the bite. Smooth and creamy flavor that comes through in waves. Smooth chocolate up forward, with extremely bitter dark cacao on the backend. Smooth vanilla and oak bourbon notes throughout, but strongest up front. Roasted barley provides a strong malt base throughout.

A bit of creamy lactose flavor, as well, and a bit of alcohol heat, primarily on the backend and the long, wet finish. No fruit; a bit of a nutty flavor on the mid- and back-end. A bit of coffee up front as it warms, as well as a bit of toasted coconut on the backend. Very well balanced.

Creamy but not thick mouthfeel, about medium-full. No sting, but quite lively.

This is an excellent, but not top tier, BBA imperial stout. I like it far more than any year-round offerings I've had, but it can't quite run with BCBS, Parabola, et al. Despite the slight bit of staleness in the aroma, there is none in the flavor; this is a very smooth beer.

Bottled in 2010; enjoyed in 2014.

Roguer, Sunday at 05:56 PM
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Wow. A lot going on here. 2 year old cellared bottle.

Coffee, bourbon ., fruity red wine notes, but still a roasty stout at heart, peppy carbonation

Slick palate like a Firestone barrel beer.

Really really really good

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.