Black Xantus | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bottle to snifter

A: Black as black can be, a small head attempts to form but is quickly squashed by its own weight.

S: The nose yields oaky, toasty, roasty aspects right away, propelled by ample alcohol volatiles and carbonation. The malty sweetness is properly offset with astringent notes, giving the edges of the bouquet notes of mint, carob and coffee.

T: Molasses and sweet carob are at the front of the palate; the molasses notes are stronger than expected. Lots of bittersweet chocolate as well, along with a toasty, oaky undertone. The booze and drying oak aspects keeps things from getting too sweet, but the finish is still long with plenty of sugary residue lingering between sips.

M: Oily-slick but not as chewy as some of its contemporaries. More than enough carbonation for to the style.

A boozy, barrel-aged classic. There have been so many great BA stouts of late I don't go crazy stockpiling this brew, but it's still a tasty treat.

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

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint; minimal lacing

S: Dark fruits, boozy, roasted malts; some vanilla--man, this smells good

T: Roasty with loads of chocolate, coffee, and some bourbon-- a bit astringent; oaky with some subtle vinous notes and lots of roasted coffee in the finish

F: A bit thin--even a touch over-carbonated

O: This is a nice, boozy, oaky beer

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A: Pours pitch black with no light penetration. Less than one finger head and no lacing.

S: Semisweet chocolate and rich coffee.

T: Plenty of roasted malts with slightly sweet chocolate and rich coffee notes.

M: Very full body and lightly carbonated. Nice creamy finish.

O: Excellent stout. If this was in my distribution in my area, it would be one of my regular buys.

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,372 ratings
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