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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

905 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 110
Gots: 250 | FT: 15
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with just under an inch of foam topping the liquid; the bubbles quickly fade to a ringlet but the beer leaves plenty of dots and legs draping the side of the chalice

Smell: Chocolate and coffee; black bread and Bourbon - nothing over the top

Taste: Coffee-infused chocolate Bon Bons, with the Bourbon expanding in the middle; licorice and black bread, after the swallow, cut the sweetness somewhat but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: TIme has been kind to this brew, hiding the alcohol and bringing all of the flavors together; not a mind-blower but very, very good

As there is no date on this bottle, I think it may be from the original bottling in 2009 or possibly 2010 as it came in my 2010 Secret Santa box; thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

07-23-2013 02:05:18 | More by brentk56
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-21-2013 04:31:45 | More by Rekrule
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-21-2013 00:19:44 | More by Smurf2055
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-19-2013 15:16:02 | More by jmccullough108
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joshwalt

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-18-2013 21:24:34 | More by joshwalt
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ManLoveBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-09-2013 11:21:20 | More by ManLoveBeer
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pyite

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-09-2013 03:32:15 | More by pyite
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flayedandskinned

California

4.39/5  rDev +5%

2012 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a positively impenetrable obsidian with a creamy, dark tan 2 fingers tall head that quickly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving zero lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow, waves and waves of coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with huge notes of baker's chocolate, pipe tobacco and sweet, creamy milk chocolate intermingling. There is a fairly big espresso presence that is interwoven effortlessly with the notes of coconut, chocolate and dark cherry. There are some light alcohol phenols that surface as the beer warms, but they aren't bothersome at all; they help cut some of the sweetness of the dark malts.

Taste: (4.25)
A big dark chocolate note greets your palate right away which lead right into a creamy, chocolate covered cherry middle. Some light notes of tobacco and a big roasted malt backbone. There is a gentle, herbal hoppiness through the taste. The beer finishes off dry with a HUGE lingering roasted coffee note. The coffee really sneaks up on your palate. To augment the finish, there are notes of toffee and more coconut and vanilla littered through out.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Full bodied and robustly creamy, with moderate, purposeful carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
The absolute closest beer I've had to Firestone's Parabola(which comes to no surprise, since this is brewed by them under their Nectar Ales brand). The moment I smelled this, I thought "Holy crap, this is Parabola!", but I let the stout warm up a bit more and the creamy, chocolate laced coffee aromatics really started to leap up to separate it from it's relative. This is pretty much Parabola's little coffee addicted sister. Highly recommended!

07-09-2013 02:11:36 | More by flayedandskinned
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Zbeetleman

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-07-2013 06:24:56 | More by Zbeetleman
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cosmonick

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-05-2013 23:30:54 | More by cosmonick
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-30-2013 13:19:28 | More by ShanePB
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geocool

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-28-2013 12:05:18 | More by geocool
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-28-2013 05:38:06 | More by Lucnifter
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-26-2013 18:03:04 | More by pcarney8
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Juuroumaru

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-26-2013 01:48:43 | More by Juuroumaru
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-22-2013 22:41:42 | More by HopBrain
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of medium sized thin patches of large bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of darkly roasted coffee with some lighter aromas of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts that has a strong component of freshly roasted coffee. There are some lighter flavors of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and molasses. That is followed by a strong flavor of bourbon in the finish. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is fairly easy to enjoy as the alcohol is actually fairly well hidden. There is a nice complexity of flavors and aromas and the barrel aging complements the existing flavors/aromas. This is a big beer and I think it is best enjoyed by being sipped slowly.

06-22-2013 02:10:31 | More by dbrauneis
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Draft into snifter
At Tryst in Deleay Beach

A: black, 2 fingers mocha head, good retention, small amount of lacing

S: black licorice, chocolate, bourbon, subtle coffee

T: follows the nose, but heavier on the chocolate and barrel notes with bourbon/ oak/ vanilla, hints of heavy cream

M: very smooth, full bodied but could be a touch thicker

O: excellent

06-21-2013 20:02:30 | More by zac16125
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JamLand

Hawaii

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-19-2013 00:31:27 | More by JamLand
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-16-2013 02:09:06 | More by ShemRahBoo
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-15-2013 01:32:15 | More by brother_kenneth
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Topher78

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-14-2013 17:53:58 | More by Topher78
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beenitty

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-13-2013 18:04:03 | More by beenitty
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-13-2013 18:03:36 | More by djre4orm
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Zonian1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-13-2013 01:15:13 | More by Zonian1
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.