Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 109
Gots: 274 | 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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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black in the glass, but there is a fairly large transparency around the edges. Forms a moderate sized tan head that reduces fairly quickly to a nothing more than a thin ring around the edge. Very little lacing.

S: Aroma is quite pleasant. Loads of coffee, espresso actually, mixed with chocolate, dark fruits, plums, prunes, molasses and a hint of a vinous grapes.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but whereas the coffee seems to take center stage with the aroma, the chocolate dominates the taste. Mildly sweet. Cocoa powder, burnt caramel, coffee.

M: Lightly creamy and smooth, but rather thin for the style. Mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A nice beer. Great balance. Just feel it is a bit thinner than it should be.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at Mekong in Richmond. 2010 vintage into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a mild head. smell has a bit of coffee but mostly chocolate and roasted malts. taste has just a fairly coffee flavor, lots of chocolate and malts. not boozy at all. goes down smooth. full bodied, low carbonation.

overall very good imp stout, probably was better fresh though.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black, dense looking brew with no light visible. Bold and luscious, whole wheat-colored head gradually recedes to a thin film and creamy corona around the edges of the glass. Blankets half of the glass (opposite the drinking side) in creamy lacing.

Smooth, bourbon, dark fruit and molasses aroma dances around my nostrils begging me to take a sip. Sweet, oaky and very well balanced.

Flavor begins with smooth sweet molasses, prune juice and black currants. Oaky bourbon character comes next, rich and satisfying. Just a hint of booze. Mid-drink, coffee notes dominate and compliment the malty, roasted almond flavor. Hops come to life in the finish with a well balanced, herbal, leafy character. However, somewhere between the finish and the aftertaste, the hops turn from pleasant to off-balanced with an aggressive pine-sol, grapefruit, detergent bitterness which does not blend well with the smooth bourbon tones. Thankfully this flavor is short-lived and is not dominating thanks to the massive malt bill in this beer. I think there are just so many flavors here, you are bound to find something that doesn't quite fit.

Dense, full bodied beer. Near syrup consistency. Sticky texture on the tongue and lips. Relatively low carbonation but works well for the style.

Overall, a very tasty bourbon-barrel aged double stout. Has all the bells and whistles I am looking for and has great balance throughout the majority of the drink. I am about half way done with a glass and am already beginning to feel the alcohol take hold. This is some strong stuff but it does not taste that way. Respect this beer, sip and savor.

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.