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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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1,069 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 111
Gots: 290 | FT: 21
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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Photo of mjwellman
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich dark black with a nice creamy head. Aroma slight malty aroma with a bourbon & coffee. Slight bourbon flavor with a stronger taste of coffee. Very light bitterness aftertaste but overall smooth wonderful taste. Every sip I take encourages me take another. This is an exceptional Imperial Stout.

Photo of 510a
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kwkdmk
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nordbier
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SurferEric
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass 12/28/14.

A- Dark medium-brown body. Minimal offwhite head, average retention, no lacing.

S- Sweet bourbon, coffee, oak, chocolate.

F- A bit more barrel vanilla, small amount of umami, oak, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee. More oak on the finish. Overall different, but nice flavour.

M- Thinner side of medium. A bit thin in general. Lower carbonation.

O- An interesting stout that is quite different from your run of the mill barrel-aged stouts.

Final score: 4.01

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irishize75
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of millertime416
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
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.

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tele
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of dubinsky
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Supershane17
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of daryk77
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beardsonbrews
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sunofneurot
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.