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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 110
Gots: 283 | FT: 18
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 tigg924
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Driftwood-Plymouth--served into a tulip.

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, minimal carbonation, opaque

Smell: coffee, cream, and roasted malt

Taste: deep roasted coffee, light cream, vanilla, and oak--especially at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, moderate-high carbonation, medium body for the style, sweet with oakiness that gives a slight bittering

Overall: Was not sure I was going to like this beforehand, but I love it. The coffee is rich but not overpowering and it mixes very well with the oak. I would love to try this one aged, but on draft it was a treat. This is what a coffee stout should be to me and is the new standard bearer.

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good starting head but it settles to the rim. Served in a Brandy snifter--no lace. Near black where no light shines through.

Chalky with a good dose of semisweet chocolate. There's some sweet caramel in the background.

Thick, rich and oily. Lots of baker's chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. Interestingly, there's little coffe to the flavor. It's as if there's no black patent malt in the this stout. Instead, there's an extraordinary amount of chocolate malt. Ample alcohol in the swallow. Powdered cocoa aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.