Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
4.19/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle from SeaofShells. I'm not positive but I interpreted the numbers inked on the bottom of the bottle to indicate bottling in 11/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.
Pours very dark, near black brown, rubyish at the edges under the light with about one and a half fingers sand/tan head. Small occasional dots of lace.
Aromas are sweet and roasty- coffee, vanilla, roast malts and caramel.
The taste is much bolder than the nose let on. Bitter coffee and sweet bourbon up front followed by burnt oak, dark cocoa, cherry pits, vanilla, caramel and licorice. Many layers, with those various aspects changing with each sip. Noticeable alcohol but kept in check by the flavors.
Full, syrupy, semi chewy body with a strong bite of carbonation- almost too strong. Coats the tongue and hangs around for a long bourboned coffee aftertaste.
An enjoyable imperial coffee stout with a nice mix of barreled notes. I'm definately interested in getting a couple more at some point and possibly seeing how it ages- I suspect the answer is quite well.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2013 04:53:35 | More by ThickNStout
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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 875 ratings.