Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AwYeh:
1.65/5 rDev -60.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Bomber from, I believe, 2009 poured into snifter; thanks to madvermin for splitting his bottle of this with me– had actually been one of my top wants prior to relocating to California.
A: Pours a deep, opaque black, with a faint brown/purple tinge around the edges. No head whatsoever with a fairly aggressive pour; looks viscous.
S: Plums, molasses, semisweet chocolate (smells almost exactly like chocolate chips), vanilla from the bourbon, alcohol. There's a lot going on, and most of them are stereotypical imperial stout flavors, but the balance on this one is too much in the favor of sweet with far too much alcohol present, resulting in a rather medicinal mess. Since madvermin is probably not going to review this one, I'll point out that he thought it smelled "exactly like Sharpie."
T: Roasted malts, alcohol, and a sharp, acrid, almost sour, burnt flavor. A lingering medicinal, chemical, unpleasant aftertaste amplifies this on the next sip. Perhaps coffee flavors would be around if this was fresher, but I'm surprised that even with the aging this one is giving off so much heat. The only enjoyable flavor here is that of the roasted malts, but they're minimal for an 11% beer of any style and fade quickly.
M: Thick, sticky, syrupy, flat, and hot– little else to describe. The heat makes the flavor issues worse too.
O: It's rare that I don't enjoy a beer in this style, but I couldn't finish my glass of this. Tempted to drop a 1 on it overall, but I'll give Black Xantus the benefit of the doubt and say there could be a worse offering for the style somewhere. Avoid unless you're really psyched about it and have a fresh bottle (acknowledging the possibility that it could be a better beer at that stage).
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 03:03:14 | More by AwYeh
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4.23/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date or vintage date present. Nothing further about the beer printed on the label either. Somehow this is my first review of a beer from Nectar Ales, or Humboldt Brewing Co., as BeerAdvocate lists it. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store for $14.99. Expectations are excellent based on this beer's high ratings.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours a thick murky mahogany; opaque black in the glass with just over a finger of thick sudsy mocha head with some decent staying power considering the hefty 11.00% abv. Some sticky spotty lacing clings to the glass on it's way down. Looks very nice.
S - The aroma definitely has a lot going on - you can smell the combination of bourbon & wine barrels working together. Vanilla, caramel, toffee & some fruity berry / vinous dark fruit presence in the vain of raspberry / cherry / plum. Cold coffee is in the aroma also, but it is a minor player.
T - The taste is much more bitter / roasty coffee-forward than one would expect from the aroma. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, herbal tea leaves, oak wood. Dark fruits are more in the background - raspberry, cherry, dates, raisins.
M - The feel is smooth, lightly thick / syrupy, and creamy. Goes down smooth with mild warmth on the finish. Lightly bitter, sticky, and roasty on the finish also. Semi-bitter for 50 IBU.
Overall, an excellent barrel aged stout from these guys, but I wish the label would delve further into specifics about the beer. Obviously, not the most complex of all barrel aged stouts, but it is very nicely crafted and well worth picking up.
Nectar Ales Black Xantus ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 03:37:39 | More by mfnmbvp
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.