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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 108
Gots: 305 | FT: 24
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/30/12. Pours a hazy dark brown with reddish tint, one finger of khaki colored head that settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: toasted dark (molasses) bread, very ripe black plum, raisin, booze note, earth, earthy / medium roast coffee. Taste: bourbon eh? espresso, toasted black bread, dark chocolate covered dried cherry. This is tasty, still semi-boozy, and definitely worth the try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thinner and a little lighter than I expected. Not much head (but that's not entirely surprising).
Smells sweet, and somewhat of coffee grounds. A little vanilla, some bourbon.

Toucan Sam taste (it follows the nose... nevermind.)
I get sweet vanilla notes, with the finish being bourbon and coffee grounds. Some cinnamon? A little sweet, but not cloyingly so. Not detrimental to the beer.

Sticky, a little chewy, you can taste the bourbon, but it doesn't come across as boozy, even at 11%.

A really good beer. There are better barrel aged stouts, and all, but not every beer can be THE BEST BEER EVAR. A very solid and extremely enjoyable brew, worth looking for

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Served in a pint glass at Tryst in Delray Beach, FL.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer patch of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla.

T- A bit on the sweeter side with plenty of dark chocolate plus some black licorice and a hint of smoke. Also some vanilla and caramel and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Very smooth as the alcohol flavor is quite subdued.

M- Somewhat creamy and not as viscous as expected. Medium-low carbonation and a mildly robust body.

O- Glad to finally try this and on-tap no less. Quite complex and easy to drink. Definitely the best thing I've had from Nectar Ales so far.

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