Black Xantus | Humboldt Brewing Co.

Black XantusBlack Xantus
1,364 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of medium sized thin patches of large bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of darkly roasted coffee with some lighter aromas of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts that has a strong component of freshly roasted coffee. There are some lighter flavors of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and molasses. That is followed by a strong flavor of bourbon in the finish. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is fairly easy to enjoy as the alcohol is actually fairly well hidden. There is a nice complexity of flavors and aromas and the barrel aging complements the existing flavors/aromas. This is a big beer and I think it is best enjoyed by being sipped slowly.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft into snifter
At Tryst in Deleay Beach

A: black, 2 fingers mocha head, good retention, small amount of lacing

S: black licorice, chocolate, bourbon, subtle coffee

T: follows the nose, but heavier on the chocolate and barrel notes with bourbon/ oak/ vanilla, hints of heavy cream

M: very smooth, full bodied but could be a touch thicker

O: excellent

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Black with some red flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and dark chocolate. Lots of caramel behind it.

Taste - Nice bourbon notes. Chocolate, less dark and roasty. Lots of sweet caramel. Oaky. A bit astringent despite the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and kinda boozy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good, but a lot of caramel. Too sweet.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,364 ratings
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