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Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 110
Gots: 260 | FT: 19
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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Pretty ominous looking.

S: Bourbon, toasted coconut, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: Hits right away with some port and faint booziness. Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate covered raisin, brownie, and a drying charred wood finish. Love it.

notchucknorris, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of angelmonster
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body and 1/2 inch milk chocolate head. Lacing and head retention are good for style and alcohol percent.

Smell is big on booze, roasted/charred malts, and vanilla/sweet bourbon. Also a little bit of soy sauce/oxidation, chocolate, and coffee. Hops arent detected, this beer is all about burnt malts and a lovely alcohol mixture of stout, port, and whisky.

Taste is very port like, very sweet with a kick of alcohol. Chocolate syrup, acidic coffee, and soy sauce. After being barrel aged for 6 months there's lots of vanilla, high proof bourbon, and charred oak. Hops arent detected but a bitter coffee finish is.

Mouthfeel is also similar to port. Semi thick syrupy body, low carbonation. Head contributed little to the beer.

Overall this was a good strong dessert beer. Strong flavors of alcohol dominate the flavor profile. Wish that is was more balanced, more coffee forward. I enjoyed this beer, went through the bomber somewhat easily, but it misses the mark, not quite at the elite level of say Peche Mortel or Espresso yeti

angelmonster, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jhb138, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bifrost17, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of EzraAtom
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

EzraAtom, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

RoryOMoore, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev -4.3%

SickNukes, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Devi0us, May 23, 2012
Photo of iskeptopotamus
4/5  rDev -4.3%

iskeptopotamus, May 17, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Adamostella, May 13, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -4.3%

codynevels, May 12, 2012
Photo of 3rdto1st
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

3rdto1st, May 10, 2012
Photo of MarkFy
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

MarkFy, May 04, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black beer fills the glass, letting no light shine through. A huge mocha head quickly dissipated to a good ring of retention.

Smell is bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate, and a bit of booze burns my nose hairs.

Taste is chocolaty, while the bourbon sits in the back. Roasted malts make up the primary middle aspect, and a bitter coffee finish makes for a well balance beer.

Texture is medium full, silky smooth, and fittingly low carbonation. Scary easy to drink, even the wife liked this, and she's not one for the BBA beers.

Wow, what a great beer, chocolaty bourbon joy. FW does it again, I love Pasa Robles, I just might move there.


Drinkerofales, May 04, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev -4.3%

silentjay, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bluesplit63, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rawfish, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz plastic Russian river cup while on vacation in Santa rosa.... It's all I had in the hotel room that seemed even remotely appropriate.

A: pours a dark brown/black, the brown is only detectable when held to the light... Around the edges.... Gets a nice almost finger of mocha white head... And hat appears at this point to be a nice sticky lacing.

S:mochay chocolate.... And vanillay burbon soaked oak.... Nice caramel notes in there as well... Smells sticky... There is a slight roasty toastyness in there as well from the fair trade coffee., none of the scents are overwhelimg... Making for a very nice aroma...

T: wow... This is delicious... I get alot of burbon... More then I expected.... Starts off with a toasty vanilla and chocolate and finishes with coffe notes and caramel.... Some nice notes of toasted coconut in there as well... Very beautifully done... With loads of delicious barrel character,.. The use of different wine and burbon Barrels really start to show there complexities as the brew warms... with notes if deep red wine tannins mixed with roasty coffee.... I could go on and on

M- medium/heavy body.... But still nicley drinkable for the style... Deffinatly a siper... With medium tight bubble carbonation, that works beautifully here... Just enough to cleanse the palate and leave you with a slightly dry and bitter finish... Ready for the next sip.

O: an exceptional barrel aged stout... Show casing a ton of complex barrel flavors.... A truly great beer that any barrel aged stout aficionado is sure to love... Right up there with KBS and Parabola in my book.

PeterIngemi, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of EfilsGod
5/5  rDev +19.6%

EfilsGod, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 ml brown glass bottle with papered-over standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given what I've heard, though I have a merely average opinion of Firestone Walker.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, decent thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy coffee bean, some cacao, chocolate, roast, dark malts, and caramelized malt. A moderate strength aroma. Not particularly rich. No yeast comes through.

T: A bit medicinal, actually. Heavy coffee notes. Some cacao, but not enough. Too bitter. Dark malts form the foundation. no real roast. Some caramelization. Not rich enough. A bit too simple for the style. Lacks subtlety. Boozy. Lacks layering. No yeast comes through. Stale coffee is dominant and poorly implemented, annihilating any chance of good balance. No cream. Neither complex nor subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be coarse and dry. Adequately carbonated. Thick but off. Doesn't suit the taste all that well. Lacks creaminess.

Dr: Drinkable but lacking quality. A major disappointment; I'd heard great things. This seems to be a running trend with Firestone Walker. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. Doesn't really hide its ABV. A poorly conceived imperial stout. Might get better with age.


kojevergas, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Evan, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mtbeer3649, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Stumpy29er, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 27, 2012
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.