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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 8/30/12

A - lookswise, this beer pours a shadowy black with tinges of ruby; lacing, head and carbonation are virtually non existent

S - this beer is sugary bourbon up front, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and raisins to follow on the nose

T - almost exactly the same as the nose, with more coffee emphasis present and notes of cherry, almond, and bitter malt; not too hot; as it warms, some buttery nuttiness comes through

M - surprisingly, this beer actually carries some legit carbonation in the mouth, despite its look; it's pretty bitter up front but smooth and medium bodied towards the backend

O - a pleasant surprise to me for a beer that doesn't seem to get a lot of love; the abv is great and not upfront; I prob overpaid bc of the place purchased (Mondo Vino, $17), but at 10-12 bucks, this is a great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, seriously people? I know 4.13 is a good rating, but this beer deserves higher than that.

I would have given it about 4.3, but to raise the overall rating a bit, I am upping my score.

2011 vintage (dated 8/19/2011), properly cellared and cracked open today (2/10/2013). Served at right around 50F at first and right now... it's probably somewhere in the 60s degree.

A: Black with reddish tint. Not entirely opaque as you can see some light go through the body of the beer. 2 finger head quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Not much lacing.

S: wow. Sure, it's boozy, but you can vanilla, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, toasted coconut

T: Sweet, boozy, and complex = awesome. I also taste some honey too... Similar to the nose, I get lots of vanilla, oak, chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, cherries and other dark fruit notes. This beer (surprisingly!) is quite comparable to Parabola. I would love to do a blind tasting of the two beers side by side one of these days.

M: Chewy, syrupy, but medium thickness. It's definitely not like Marshall Zhukov thick but it's not thin like CW BB stout.

O: This beer is awesome. I bought this 2011 vintage from a local shop at its cellar event for $15.99. However, this beer is still awesome. Very similar to Parabola, I would say this one has more dark fruit notes and is a tad bit sweeter (and stickier).

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a very dark brown with a bit of ruby highlights when held up to the light and a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge

S-roasted malt and dark coffee, chocolate and vanilla sweetness, and bourbon

T-getting much more of the bourbon flavor in the taste along with more roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate covered cherries.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, slight roasted feeling left in the mouth

Overall this is an interesting imperial stout. I'm not sure all the flavors work perfectly together, but it is growing on me with every sip.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark near-opaque brown, with a small amount of dark tan head.

S: Sweet brown sugar and malt; densely sweet.

T: Milder sweetness to start, becoming fuller and denser towards the finish. Nice balance and complexity with the roasted slightly bitter notes.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, it's nice, and somewhat unusual without really being weird. Worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +15.8%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.11/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tdm168
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,373 ratings