Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
From 22 oz bottle to snifter
A: Black as black can be, a small head attempts to form but is quickly squashed by its own weight.
S: The nose yields oaky, toasty, roasty aspects right away, propelled by ample alcohol volatiles and carbonation. The malty sweetness is properly offset with astringent notes, giving the edges of the bouquet notes of mint, carob and coffee.
T: Molasses and sweet carob are at the front of the palate; the molasses notes are stronger than expected. Lots of bittersweet chocolate as well, along with a toasty, oaky undertone. The booze and drying oak aspects keeps things from getting too sweet, but the finish is still long with plenty of sugary residue lingering between sips.
M: Oily-slick but not as chewy as some of its contemporaries. More than enough carbonation for to the style.
A boozy, barrel-aged classic. There have been so many great BA stouts of late I don't go crazy stockpiling this brew, but it's still a tasty treat.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 09:09:02 | More by rand
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.