Black Xantus | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Black XantusBlack Xantus

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late '13/early '14 release, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a thin light tan head that reduces quickly, leaving only a ring around the glass, no lacing & short lasting alcohol legs

S- milk chocolate aroma meshes with a roasted and slightly smoky charred malt, there's a big fruity aroma in the middle with notes of cherry and dark grape. Also picking up vanilla & oak, licorice, some woodsy notes with a hint of bourbon

T- big sweetness on the tongue up front with flavors of sweet cherry juice and more fruity flavors, perhaps from the wine barrel aging. Sweet milk chocolate kicks in mid-palate with highlights of vanilla and a red-wine-like tartness. The finish brings out a hint of fresh coffee, dark fig and a touch of bourbon warmth

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy, almost chewy mouthfeel, leading to a smooth finish. Alcohol warmth on the linger

O- Really enjoyed this, I think the wine barrel aspect used in this beer adds a nice fruity tartness to it. The bourbon is more of a compliment, rather than a focus, but I think it all balances out quite nicely.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured to tumbler (snifter/tulip would be better for this)

Opaque dark brown with small brown head

Aroma is big on molasses with hints of anise, whiskey, and wood.

I rarely give anything a 5, but flavor here is so perfection, not too much oak, not too much bourbon. Anise and hot alcohol abound, tempered by delicious grape and fig sweetness. A hint of coffee bitterness for punctuation. It all melds to a dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is what one expects from a big stout: heavy and a little intimidating, nice bite from the bubbles, which stick around.

Overall... a whole lot of everything I want from a huge Imperial Stout, but still some very subtle elements. Fruitier then a lot of other big IS's, and the barrel elements very subtle and engaging. I brew to savor slowly and mull over. Probably my current favorite style of beer, Xantus was a surprise addition to my top 5 in style.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black rich color gave way to to a thin layer of cream for a head. Smoky nose with a spicy chilli pepper. Lots of char, whole smoke, dry Graham cracker, chocolate, chilli pepper capsaicin, chipotle , coffee and roasted malts on the tongue. Nice bit of spicy heat on the feel. Excellent and fun beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small dark khaki head that fades and leaves little lacing and decent retention. The aromas are full of chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate followed by some sweet milk chocolate. There's a little bit of vanilla and caramel in the mix. The bourbon characteristics are pretty subtle in the aromas. The flavors are pretty bold and bitter. The dark chocolate really shines giving this one a solid bitterness. It's roasty. The wood/oak characteristics become pretty noticeable in the flavors, but the bourbon is still on the subtle side. There's just a kiss of bourbon. The coffee really comes through in the flavors, giving it another bitter dynamic. Some ash and tobacco is in the finish as well. Finishes pretty dry for the most part. There's a little bit of warmth to this one, but it's definitely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and silky without being super thick. This makes a nice sipper.

Very impressive beer right here. The flavors really shine. If you like bitter coffee stouts, this is definitely worth checking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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