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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 111
Gots: 312 | FT: 25
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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Ratings: 1,127 | Reviews: 397
Photo of mabermud
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium brown body that appears thin and watery. The mocha head quickly retreats into a light ring around the collar. The smell definitely shines. Strong bourbon, oak, booze, roast, and vanilla aroma. The taste is not unlike the smell, plus it has a good deal of dark bakers chocolate. Chalky bakers chocolate taste. Clean finish. This has a good bourbon smell, but the bourbon taste does not take a strong stance. Sweet biscuits as the beer warms. The liquid feel is substantial, fits well, and does nicely with light, dense carbonation.

Overall - This is a nicely made imperial stout. It isn't elite, but is upper echelon, just near or at the bottom of the upper tier. I would likely have it again, but would not seek it out. That's not a problem because it sits on the shelf for a little bit around here when it is released. Try it.

P.S. This beer becomes much better as it warms...

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a slowly-subsiding finger of creamy tan foam. There's also a nice lace left on the glass; it's very attractive indeed.

Smell: very sweet malt aroma with a light roastiness; it reminds me much more of a dubbel than an imperial stout. There's some fruitiness and some yeastiness that I like, but it's a little underwhelming for a beer this size.

Taste: like the aroma, it's very sweet with a little bit of a Belgian character, but unlike the aroma there's a huge roastiness and a big chunk of bitterness as well. It's not as multidimensional as I like in a beer like this, but it's still very good.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a silky smoothness and a good carbonation yielding a very smooth creaminess. I like it a great deal.

Overall: this is a damn fine beer, although it doesn't blow me away. What surprises me most is the lack of bouquet (at least, for the style) -- though this particular shortcoming does not ruin the overall experience.

Photo of BobsledTM
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MickeyHops
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oldsailor
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a very dark brown, with a three inch light brown h3ad that leaves behind some patches of lace after slowly settling.

Smell is vanilla, dark fruit, leather, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some cinnamon.

Taste is very aggressive strong coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, leather, pipe tobacco, cinnamon, and only a hint of bourbon and that is fine.

Body is a little bigger thatn medium, nice carbonation for the style, a bit dry as you would expect, and a very drinkable sipper.

Overall this is very good. I haven't done a review in awhile, but this one deserved my full attention. Really met my expectations!

Photo of maudite934
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vincea
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very good but I thought it had an off flavor causing it to be a low rate and not sure how fresh or condition it was in found it in a random liquor store in Hawaii

Photo of Foxybrau
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black, you know it's good when it hits the snifter. Little head that lingers only as thin swirls for just a bit. Aroma is red wine and really the weakest point of a very strong offering. Slippery in the mouth and transitions nicely from vanilla and dark caramel to malt to espresso on the way down. Aftertaste is charred and dry and begs for another sip. The alcohol is very well hidden, but leaves you with a warm hug from oak barrel. A great blend of notes, complex enough to make you wonder what you missed.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skrewyou82
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoostaBia
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50 F. Taste improved as it warmed up.

A - Pours pitch black color. I could not see any light through the beer. Less than 1/2 inch cream colored head.

S - Maple, Honey, Vanilla, malted roasted goodness, Balsamic vinegar.

T - Bittersweet smooth chocolate, bitter espresso, sweet light vinegar, roasted malt : espresso flavor.

M - Low carbonation. Medium thickness and creamy.

D - Very good. Great tasting imperial stout, would try again.

Photo of WckdVbz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leilei143
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewcycler
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kendollkaff
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark clear ruby. Tan head with some messy lacing.
Smell: Didn't wait long enough to let this come closer to room temp out of the fridge but right out of the chute the nose is singing. Chocolate, vanilla, espresso, mild bourbon.
Taste: Wow, even better than the nose. all those flavors and so smooth, alcohol very well hidden, no discernible burn just loads of flavor with a nice balance of sweet and dry.
Overall: My first Xantus and hopefully not the last. Well done.

Photo of abrodsky
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Genkii8
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotDarkEnough
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lynn
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer. But felt and tasted more like a Black IPA than a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.