Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dlish:
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A- Very dark brown, almost black, large amount of carbonation and a very milk chocolate brown head
S- very yummy, cherry, bourbon, black licorice, some light vanilla and some roasted malt.
T- Woo that is intense, that is why i payed 14 bucks for this. Very complex flavor of wood-aged oak and bourbon flavor, more vanilla. A very roasted malt profile is in the middle. The after taste has a very pronounced bitter chocolate. I also tasted roasted marshmallows. I taste no burn of acohol which is surprising at 11%
M- Not as chewy as i thought, the carbonation is good and makes the smell and taste breath a little more.
D- This is really good, I'm surprised that this beer is still on shelves a year after its limited release. Although I might understand cause of the price tag. Good job firestone/nectar ales.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 02:09:52 | More by Dlish
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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 883 ratings.