Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LtCracker20:
3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Split a bomber with the wife last night. Purchased a couple months ago in NYC. Poured into a Newport Storm tulip.
A- Pours a pitch black body with a thin 1/2 finger head that actually just fizzed away to an extremely thin cap. I know it's 11% but I've had bigger bears with better head retention. Not to impressed with that or the fact that no lace at all was visible.
S- Wow. Makes up for the look here. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Absolutly awesome. When you open the bottle and smell, it seems like the bourbon will over-power everything else, but once poured, all these aromas meld very well.
T- Just like the smell, but with more a burnt chocolate flavor and the additions of plums, cherries, and molasses. Alchohol warmth shows up in the finish and when you exhale after a sip.
MF- Wow. Way too thin. Almost no body what so ever. All the carbonation that it looked liked it had from the pour just disappeared. Was expecting more.
D- A good beer, but I would never seek it out again, but I am glad I got to try it. The 11% abv is there and you know it, but doesn't hurt the beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2011 20:51:19 | More by LtCracker20
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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 886 ratings.