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:
1,363
Reviews:
435
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
374
For Trade:
27
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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it will improve as it warms a little, but it smells like a wet dog and the initial sip was just all over the place. Weird. World Cost Market, Oakland, April 2016

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Photo of brayton
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 8-oz. (I think) clear cognac snifter glass
From: Cost Plus World Market in San Jose, Calif.
Price: $10.99 ($1 off regular price)
Purchased: April 16, 2016
Consumed: April 16, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle; Think it was bottled in 2015 though

Bought this on a whim after not finding anything I really wanted at Trader Joe’s. Once I got back to the hotel I realized that this was on my want list. Sounds really good (barrel-aged for six months in combination of bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels and infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local roaster Jobella) and it was a dollar off the original price.

Poured a very dark brown, dark mahogany color with two fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

First whiff was a bit unbalanced and a bit all over the place. Settling down I got sweetened dark tea bags (somehow), java coffee, dark milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, espresso and roasty malts. (Smell - 3,75)

Taste followed the nose somewhat, kind of reminding me more of an imperial milk stout. Got roasty coffee malts, dark milk chocolate, tea bags (still), dark espresso, hints of smooth bourbon, burnt molasses, dark cocoa nibs, caramel and light vanilla. Can’t believe this is 11 percent. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Best part of the beer by far. So smooth. (Feel - 4.50)

This was not as good as I thought it would be. Disappointing overall. Good, just not great. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Before there was Parabajava, there was Black Xantus. They're pretty damn similar actually. This one is probably better, but you know how rarity fuels hype. Anyhoo, this one is black as expected. Drops a better coffee quotient than Parabajava.

This melds coffee and chocolate quite well with the bourbon. Nicely hides some of the dark fruit bitterness that plagues this style. Don't see why one would chase rare beer and stand in line for a barrel aged coffee stout when this is on shelves unless they really don't value their time. Just pull this off the shelf.

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Photo of Crusher
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of azdback
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyantheReformer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fargrow
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Justin82
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of danec020
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shareallthebeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of ericat78
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, lots of light comes through around the edges, no head retention, slight lacing, looks thin for an imperial stout, medium amount of carbonation.

A: Bourbon? No, big whiff of wine, oak, hint of bourbon, touch of vanilla, alcohol is not present on the aroma, not getting as much as I thought I would. Smells pretty good, but not like a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

T: Get of wine and oak, touch of bourbon and vanilla, some dark chocolate, hint of espresso, taste is definitely a lot better than the aroma, lots of drinkability, a little heat, some depth and complexity.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, good amount of carbonation.

O: Besides the thin looking appearance, this is pretty good, a strange mix of flavors, but very drinkable and enjoyable, it's not a typical bourbon barrel aged stout, it's got some wine, oak, and hints of bourbon notes.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$14.99 bomber. Picked this up on a whim... just sounded interesting. Bottled 11/6/14 and poured 2/25/16. I didn't see the dating until I had my beer finished.

This pours looking absolutely nothing like any other Imperial Stout I've ever seen. Very light in color -- really, brown. The smell and taste are absolutely unique... this is a truly bizarre beer. I don't know how to break it down. There's a pretty intense sweetness up front that is wine-y, that's the best way I can describe it. That sweetness and slick alcohol wine-y feel last halfway through until a heavy caramel malt and decent dose of roast come into the picture. Near the end and on the finish there's quite a bit of a coffee with milk and sugar vibe.

Absolutely strange beer and I'm not sure that I love it... in part because I don't think this is very stouty at all, but also because it doesn't have the typical "feel" that a big stout does. This beer is pretty thin, slick, and sticky with a fairly significant wine character ahead of any roast. The description says this is aged in bourbon barrels, but all I get is maybe a hint of oak. Another negative on this beer is the aroma... it's just strange. Very sweet dark fruits, wine, a little oak, and very little roast qualities.

I love trying new and unique beers, but this isn't a beer I'd likely have again... I'd've likely preferred it quite a bit more if it were more fresh so the coffee was more pronounced and maybe the sweetness was less intense.

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Photo of Erockss
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Novare Res

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Photo of Moondoggy68
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snowmageddon
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RichH55
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DruC4
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,363 ratings.
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