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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,103
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 108
Gots: 303 | FT: 23
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 KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black rich color gave way to to a thin layer of cream for a head. Smoky nose with a spicy chilli pepper. Lots of char, whole smoke, dry Graham cracker, chocolate, chilli pepper capsaicin, chipotle , coffee and roasted malts on the tongue. Nice bit of spicy heat on the feel. Excellent and fun beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small dark khaki head that fades and leaves little lacing and decent retention. The aromas are full of chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate followed by some sweet milk chocolate. There's a little bit of vanilla and caramel in the mix. The bourbon characteristics are pretty subtle in the aromas. The flavors are pretty bold and bitter. The dark chocolate really shines giving this one a solid bitterness. It's roasty. The wood/oak characteristics become pretty noticeable in the flavors, but the bourbon is still on the subtle side. There's just a kiss of bourbon. The coffee really comes through in the flavors, giving it another bitter dynamic. Some ash and tobacco is in the finish as well. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. There's a little bit of warmth to this one, but it's definitely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and silky without being super thick. This makes a nice sipper.

Very impressive beer right here. The flavors really shine. If you like bitter coffee stouts, this is definitely worth checking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks good in the glass. Pitch black body and a light brown head. Leaves some lacing.

The aroma errs on the sweeter side. Chocolate with vanilla and graham cracker barrel character. Bourbon and roasted coffee. Dark fruit comes out after warming.

So much more coffee than the nose leads on. Coffee and chocolate bitterness. Bourbon flavor especially when it is room temp and bourbon heat. Slightly fudgy with some vanilla. Dark fruit.

Has a thick smooth body with mild carbonation. Pretty spot on.

It's nice to find a good stout that doesn't fly off the shelf right away.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.