Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Pehlman:
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured into a Dogsh*t....excuse me... dogFISH Head snifter. Deep black color with a light bronze head that retains nicely for such a high abv beer. Practically no lacing at all.
S: A bit of barrel with a little roasty bite. but as it warms its getting a bit too boozey for my taste.
T: the taste screams FIRESTONE! A nice bourbony, barrelly start. then a somewhat bitter (maybe even hoppy?), roasty, coffee flavor (Char-bucks). It leaves a harsh residual dark sugar bitterness on the back of the tongue.
M: Pretty good to me. Some Might Say(Oasis) a bit thin but I really dont mind. I think it works well with the flavors.
D: Splitting this bottle with my buddy TDizzle. Glad I did. I couldn't have finished this alone. I am glad I tried this beer. Not quite worth the 15 bucks but overall its not too shabby. I wanna see what this does with a couple years on it.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2009 00:07:40 | More by Pehlman
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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.