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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 108
Gots: 263 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

MaseFace, May 17, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, the infamous Black Xantus.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a thinnish light brown head, fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a subtle aroma of coffee, likely has diminished over time, roasted malt, light dark fruit notes.

Taste does not burn as badly as the jokes used to talk about although there is some heat to it, strong roasted malt backbone with a decent coffee presence, subtle dark fruit such as raisins, barrel-aging is very subtle with little wood character present, nice chewiness to it and a creamy body, carbonation is soft yet active.

deltatauhobbit, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

cyrushire, May 14, 2013
Photo of mahak213
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Black, but with a touch of light coming in around the edges. Not much head as expected, which dissipated into lots of big bubbles around the edges of the glass

Smell- Coffee and chocolate, vanilla from the barrel as well as a touch of a sweet, roasted coconut. No alcohol at all on the nose

Taste- Big milk chocolate which fades into roasty coffee. Coffee isn't too present, but it's there. Really nice barrel character though with sweet vanilla, coconut, and a touch of booziness finishing things off.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with mild carbonation. Could be a bit fuller, but the carbonation is spot on for me. Finishes sticky, sweet, and coating

Overall- I think I enjoy KBS a bit more than this as far as BA coffee stouts go, but this has a much nicer barrel character. Either way, you can't go wrong, this is good stuff!

mahak213, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

strongaf, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Dannynoonan123, May 09, 2013
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leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
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ElGallo, May 06, 2013
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EyePeeAyBryan, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

LSx, Apr 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

mcintire78, Apr 23, 2013
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UNCCTDawg, Apr 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

JasonFromLA, Apr 16, 2013
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browniewithnuts, Apr 16, 2013
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TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 09, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4 inch of medium brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is booze with some dark chocolate and roasted malts, but the booze dominates. Not picking up on too much else to be honest. The taste is boozey but with some sweetness. Dark chocolate and earth. Just like the nose, the bourbon is the main focus of the taste. Hints of black coffee and vanilla. Hot at the finish. Heavy, velvety mouth feel. This is a very booze forward beer but it drinks fairly well considering. Overall, this is damn good and I'd like to try one with some age on it. Well done.

PicoPapa, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jhillwastaken, Apr 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

schillman, Apr 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

bradcochran1234, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

beernads, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

davesway10, Mar 27, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice opaque black in color when you pour, a two finger tan head at the top that leaves nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots of roasted malts, some caramel and vanilla, and slight hint of bourbon throughout the experience.

T: Same as the notes, with slight hint of brown sugar, caramel. In addition as the beer warms up the bourbon, vanilla and coffee is more present.

M: Medium-thick bodied, and mild carbonation.

O: A very good stout, well balanced throughout and great tasting as well. I never had anything from the brewery but was very impressed with this brew.

thedoubler55, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

thegerm87, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.