Black Xantus | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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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 -4.3%

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle with a beautiful label of a hovering black hummingbird in front of a mountain landscape at night. Flanking both sides of the hummingbird are barley stocks, one hop bud, and three barrels. No description of the beer can be found on the label. The only other info on the label is just the mandatory Government, the beer's ABV%, and the Brewery's address. I poured this beer into a Cigar City Snifter. 

Take the fingernail moon out of the label and the beer is just as black as the black hummingbird in front of the night landscape. Highlights? You got to be joking! Putting a light source to the beer will only bounce the light back into your eyes. Not much of a head of foam on this beer. The only thing I got to see was a teeny tiny skim of tan colored foam. That quickly left as it appeared. It only managed to leave behind a super tiny string if rings around the beer.

The first aroma that came to me was the strong aroma of finely roasted espresso beans. It smelled a little like a coffee house. Quickly following the espresso beans was a nice rich aroma of bitter dark chocolate. After those two fine aromas left, in comes some dark roasted malt, a drop of molasses, a small amount of bourbon and charred oak, and then it finishes up with a subtle whiff of vanilla. Very nice!

While the espresso ran the aroma, the taste was shared. The main taste was shared between the finely roasted espresso beans and the rich bitter dark chocolate. It didn't taste like chocolate coveted espresso beans. It tasted like they were separated. Following those two was the dark roasted malt, a pinch of black cherry, a speck of black licorice, a gentle taste of bourbon and charred oak, and a subtle taste of vanilla. I liked how this beer didn't let the bourbon and oak completely take over the taste, but it could let it off the chain a little longer. Still a great taste.

The mouthfeel was thick, full bodied, and with a strong aftertaste. The aftertaste contained more roasted espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, and charred oak. This aftertaste will linger on some time on the roof of your mouth. It will take a few glasses of water to wash it away. I really couldn't feel this beer's high 11% ABV.

This is a very good beer. A little more bourbon and charred oak would have been nice, but it's fine where it stands. At least it made an appearance. If you like barrel aged coffee/espresso beers, then this is a must try. Even if you don't like those, it's still worth a shot. I bought another bottle to see how this beer reacts to some age.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black xantus - nectar ales
A: 4.5 it pouts a dark opaque color with little head
S: 4.25 nice malt smell. 
T: 4.5 great bourbon smell with amazing stout qualities
MF: 4.25 great body but lower on the carbonation
O: 4.5 great beer and I would highly recommend

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black with a little, thick brown head that has little retention

S - bourbon, chocolate, anise, alcohol

T - chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, faint black licorice

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a fantastic, full flavored, delicious beer. It has depth and subtleties. For such high ABV the drinkability was still there. This was a truly enjoyable drinking experience.

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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black, very minimal head which is synonymous with the style. Very little head, thin dark khaki/brown head. Recedes quickly to the edge of the glass. Little Alcohol legs coming in as well.

S: Barrel smell, chocolate and coffee. Sweetness is prevalent.

T: Sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Not much bitterness or hops and alcohol burn finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Little carbonation and a burn finish. Chocolate coffee after taste.

O: Just outstanding a staple for BA Stout lovers.

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Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.4% out of 100 with 1,363 ratings
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