Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerManDan:
4.93/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
The color when poured into a pint glass was a very dark, dark, dark brown, on the verge of being black. The dark brown foam was minimal and no lace on the glass.
The smell of roasted malts, mild piney hop's, candy and fruit filled the nose with a pleasant aroma upon the first sniff. On the second wiff, alcohol was evident along with different unidentified components.
The taste was very complex. Creamy, rich with a sweet/bitter finish. The flavors was some complex, that it was a challange to pick out each and every flavor that this porter produced. There was roasted malts, toffee, mild piney hops, prunes, with, other fruity flavors. And, don't forget the 11% alcohol. Not overpowering, but, it was still there.
Interest Imperial Porter. I will say, this is an expensive bottle of Porter, but, well worth it.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2009 19:32:17 | More by BeerManDan
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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 876 ratings.