Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Teleweizen2:
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours a deep thick inky black. Not much foam forming, just a under a fingers worth of tightly packed brown bubbles which quickly dissolve into a ring round the glass. Though it does better upon the second pour which after it has warmed a bit.
S - aroma is intense and concentrated. The bourbon character is very strong lend sweet caramel and vanilla notes along with a thick oaky char with just a hint of smoke. Underneath is an slightly oily, roasty malt character with maybe a touch of chocolate.
T - grainy, dark bread with a malty sweetness up front. Rich caramel flavor from the bourbon with a reserved sweetness. woody flavors and hints of vanilla meet oily espresso and roasty bitterness. Finish is medium length with a lingering caramel note.
M - Full bodied with a creamy decedent texture. Medium to high carbonation keep the beer from being too cloying.
O - A rich and satisfying ale. A desert beer if there ever was one. What is most remarkable is how smooth the flavors are. Just another example of Firestone Walker being the Kings of barrel aged beers.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2012 04:59:35 | More by Teleweizen2
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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.