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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

bonez05404, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really underrated. tastes and smells like chocolate covered coffee beans. pours chocolate brown, and just like hersheys. surprisingly robust dark brown head as well, but it doesnt last long. the nose is seriously milk chocolate and coffee beans. love it. flavor is more milk than dark chocolate, but there isnt a ton of leftover sugar, which is awesome in a beer of this size. where is the alcohol? 11% and you would never know it. the feel is smooth and groovy, nice and full on the body, with moderate but ample carbonation. this is a straight up ice cream float beer, and i think it deserves more props on here. maybe not the most style accurate big stout because of the chocolate, but man this is good. for real, a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be the best dessert i can imagine. get into it.

StonedTrippin, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, tan head, good retention. Rounding down on appearance to hit my target ~4.28 mark. Aroma caught me off guard being more pungent and concentrated with coffee than expected. Wow, this smells great but it doesn't last as long as I'd hope. Rounding up on aroma.

Geez, how is this only a 4.05 on BA? Incredibly deep, rich, flavorful profile. Very dark; depth of coffee the flavor here is remarkable. Caramel, roasty malts, booze. Nothing subtle here: this is flavor country, ladies and gents. Big, thick body carries these flavors to my palate. I'm quite impressed.

Apparently these are $8/bottle in NJ? If so, this is one of the very best values in beer.

brystmar, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber enjoyed on 10/7/12. Batch that was released in late 2011.

A: Deep brown, almost lack that shows more brown with some color behind it. One finger of mocha head retains for a minute or so.

S: Strong roasted malts, coffee is obvious, and some booze heat. Not getting much of the barrel in the nose.

T: Sweet chocolate, roasted dark malt and coffee dominate on the front end. Also a bit of booze, then smooths out and some of the barrel is noticeable. Coffee lingers as it finishes.

M: Medium-full bodied with appropriate carbonation. Booze heat as it finishes.

O: Good Imperial Stout that isn't as barrel forward as some others that I've had with this style. Coffee forward and not too heavy.

mfavoino, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

bellywin, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

coreymcafee, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of DenverLogan
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well...I don't rate that often these days, but this seemed worthy...perhaps my first time having it, perhaps not, but it stood out as strong, sweet and smooth...big, bold and something to slow you down nicely! Very dark...aromas were not huge for me, but chocolate malts stood out. Flavor is something special...wow...fresh and with some time aging in the glass (don't know about bottle aging, this is under 4 months old). Sweet chocolate, carob, slight coffee, dark roasted bitter malts, smooth Bourbon, molasas, Mexican chocolate...one might call this a desert beer at 11%...I'll tell you what though... I'd like to get this more often :)

DenverLogan, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Lordkrystic, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012 batch
HF glass

A: Pitch black color. Half finger of medium tan head. Some alcohol feet. Some light tan bits. Maybe getting some dark reddish hues on corners.

S: Holy coffee! Big coffee nose here. Don't get much barrel, aside from some light vanilla. Also some roast character. Being a coffee head....I like the nose.

T: Bitter dark chocolate on the tip of tongue. Big coffee notes. You do taste some of that oat body smoothing this out. Really getting minimal barrel character through the coffee and dark chocolate. Not bad at all. Definitely imperial, as I do taste the booze a bit. Dry dark chocolate finish that lingers.

M: Full bodied. Big beer. Carbonation helps a bit.

inlimbo77, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mattizmyname, Sep 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Schwillis, Sep 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Yodo, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

SPRichard, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mhenson42, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

IdrinkGas, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

brez8791, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate flavor with some dark fruit, black licorice, and vanilla. Through the middle, roasted coffee flavor comes through with some oak, Bourbon, and molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with some Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy with a warming, roasty, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Bourbon barrel aged coffee forward stout. The balance is really nice and it is quite smooth.

ngeunit1, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

avaldivia, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

stantheposterman, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a deep red amber, appearing black in the glass. Thin, slowly developing brown head that slowly thins away to a small ring around the glass. Light aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit. Lighter bodied than other RIS, but the taste is superb. Dark and roasted malts, chocolate, oak and strong bourbon. Very nice and I will revisit.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a viscous dark brown. Small tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S- Smell is sweet and oaky. Touches of vanilla, licorice, and Bourbon. A hint of chocolate. Good smelling beer.

T- Taste begins sweet. Vanilla and chocolate, works its way into a touch of Bourbon and finishes with a good helping of coffee. Very nice.

M- excellent, full and robust, but silky smooth.

Overall- incredibly impressed. This is a fantastic beer

BeerBuckeye, Jul 21, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty black, nice tan head.

S - Warm bourbon, coffee, vanilla & dark chocolate.

T - Pretty much on par with the smell. Starts off with coffee, vanilla & that great bourbon flavors. Ending with bitter dark chocolate notes.

M - Thick beer but smooth. Medium to low carbonation.

O - I had no clue the history behind this beer before I bought it. Good till the last drop!

cvm4, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jaminjohnson, Jul 11, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ESATIKKFAN, Jul 08, 2012
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.