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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 108
Gots: 273 | 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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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: not bad but more suggestion of woody roots than expected.

Flavor: rich and strong, even for style. Essentially no burnt qualities but very dark roasted grains dominate. Black coffee jumps in in the aftertaste.

Feel: very full body with proper carbonation.

O: a rich, strong sipper worth seeking out.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle from Dorn's in Gainesville. Pours black with a creamy mocha brown head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is oh so smooth with definite roast notes, bit of coffee, sweet chocolate and molasses, beautifully integrated yet subtle vanilla from the barrels, and only a hint of the bourbon notes. Slightly vinous thing going on here alongside the sweetness. Great, super smooth mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Man, this is really good. And to think I let it sit on the shelf so long because of the awful label. I don't really get the Nectar Ales line, or the Firestone Walker acquisition or whatever, but this is good.

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

Pours a dark ebony brown (almost perfectly black), topped by a 3/4 finger brown head. Nice size and color head for the style. Retention is quite good.

Nose is a combination of strong bourbon, a hint of aspirin, roasted barley, oak, vanilla, and a hint of toasted coconut. Some cream and cacao as well, although the bourbon is certainly center stage.

As is often the case with BBA stouts, the bark is bigger than the bite. Smooth and creamy flavor that comes through in waves. Smooth chocolate up forward, with extremely bitter dark cacao on the backend. Smooth vanilla and oak bourbon notes throughout, but strongest up front. Roasted barley provides a strong malt base throughout.

A bit of creamy lactose flavor, as well, and a bit of alcohol heat, primarily on the backend and the long, wet finish. No fruit; a bit of a nutty flavor on the mid- and back-end. A bit of coffee up front as it warms, as well as a bit of toasted coconut on the backend. Very well balanced.

Creamy but not thick mouthfeel, about medium-full. No sting, but quite lively.

This is an excellent, but not top tier, BBA imperial stout. I like it far more than any year-round offerings I've had, but it can't quite run with BCBS, Parabola, et al. Despite the slight bit of staleness in the aroma, there is none in the flavor; this is a very smooth beer.

Bottled in 2010; enjoyed in 2014.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Wow. A lot going on here. 2 year old cellared bottle.

Coffee, bourbon ., fruity red wine notes, but still a roasty stout at heart, peppy carbonation

Slick palate like a Firestone barrel beer.

Really really really good

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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fills the glass with a pitch black body and a thick and frothy tan head. Notes of coffee and vanilla greet the nose with a nice underlying roasty stout note. Rich and full bodied right way from the first sip. Slightly sweet with oak and dark roast coffee. Smooth and well-rounded mouthfeel. Overall, and excellent brew and one of the best values out there for barrel aged stouts.

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.