Black Xantus | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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%

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 10-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,361
Reviews:
435
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
375
For Trade:
28
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Photo of akopczyk
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**
04/10/17

22oz bottle to goblet.

LOOK: cola black-brown, medium beige head.
AROMA: chocolate, toffee, toast, caramel
TASTE: roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, touch of licorice. Lots of great sweet malty flavors. Like a cappuccino, with muted coffee flavor. I know coffee is added to this, but the other flavors kind of drown it out. Barrel effect is also subtle.
FEEL:medium to full body. A bit flat, but to be expected for the style.

Very impressed by this. Grabbed it as an extra heading to a buddy's house to drink a few beers by the fire. Since said group of friends are not huge beer geeks, I grabbed this at $11 in favor of AleSmith Speedway ($21), Victory Java Cask($19) or Brooklyn Black Ops ($23). I think this is right there with those other pricier offerings. I will certainly buy this again.

**

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy beige khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich bourbon, wine, oak barrel, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, nutty toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, some cherry, raisin, booze-soaked dried fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes very rich, full and intense with red wine, bourbon, oak barrel, caramel, toffee, vanilla, nutty toasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, cherry, raisin, boozy dried fruits, and floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really great and unique mixed barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of Corson
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black, almost no head after a couple minutes
Smell: Dark fruit, anise
Taste: Bourbon, maple, vanilla, dark fruit, coffee, finishes with alcohol
Feel: Smooth low carbonation, a little thin for style
Overall: A solid beer, with some complexity

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Photo of rugyrl04
2.64/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tlema1
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, tan head, minimal lacing
S: dark roasts, dark fruits, coffee
T: bitter chocolate, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts
F: tons of mouthfeel, bourbon, coffee, roasty finish
O: great sipper

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/2015 bottle served chilled in a wine glass

The bottle label is not very descriptive. Because this is an "aged" bottle the coffee is really not present at all. The dark fruit and wine character however are really there. The classic bourbon barrel character is very faded to gone. I do get some oak dryness. I do get a little oxidation on the palate and a little vinous character. Overall this is a really nice beer. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and reserved however as it warms up you can tell this is a "stout" beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a midnight black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark fruits, dark chocolate and espresso.

T - The taste is espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and light bourbon barrel. There is also a good amount of oak in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel with a soft dry finsish.

O - A nice beer. The flavors are dark and rich. Good stout that will probably get better with age.

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Photo of C_Pel
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jams1220
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tristancwalshe13
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thick and barrel taste with all the stout taste... i would hope that you should enjoy the harsher bitter stout cause thats it. i would love to taste this with some lactose so other than that its very tasty!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this randomly in Charleston, South Carolina. It pours black as night. Nose features coffee, port wine, caramel, honey and hops on the edge. Flavor is very heavy on the dark chocolate malts with coffee and booze. Texture is crazy, motor oil thick. If you are looking for an "imperial stout on steroids" experience, you could do worse than to start here.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, bourbon, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of the bourbon barrel - not as aggressive as with some bbl stouts, some chocolate (you get more of this as you go along, some coffee (not as much as I would have thought), light hops, some roasted malt, and dark fruit (raisins, in particular). A solid flavor that's big, yet subtle. Not as aggressive as other stouts of this kind, but still tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: Black Xantus isn't necessarily a perfect stout, but it is incredibly likable. Quite easy to drink.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a khaki colored head that peaks just under a finger before rolling back fairly quick, leaving behind a mostly barren surface with a fine island of suds in the center and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nothing for lace.

Smell - Interesting aroma, for sure. Notes of toffee and coffee, with lesser bourbon and oak. A light, cola-like caramel sweetness.

Taste - Good flavor, but a bit condensed and it hits you all at once. Vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, bourbon, toffee and oak all hit upfront, then the vanilla and coffee fades, leaving the oak and bourbon with underlying toffee and chocolate sweetness as the brew rounds out into the finish. Maybe a hint of raisin fruitiness in there somewhere. Aftertaste lingers with mild wood, faint chocolate, toffee and a trace of molasses.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy at first before turning dry and slightly sticky in the finish.

Overall - Humboldt Brewing's website says this thing packs a punch, and they aren't lying. The brew absolutely bursts with flavor upfront, but it ultimately fades much too quickly, leaving the brew feel a bit hollow on the backend. Really good beer overall, but leaves a desire for the flavor profile to play out in a much longer, more wide-spread composition.

Oddly enough, the aftertaste is almost spot-on to Firestone-Walker's Sucaba, which is a BA barleywine, but since this is made at FW's brewery, maybe some flavor similarities shouldn't be too unexpected.

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Photo of kdivers
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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