Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a bomber into a figueroa mtn brewing co pint glass. The body is black as pitch and not see through when held up to the light, the head is a sandy mocha coloration which blooms late and dissipates quickly leaving thick lacing.
The smell is straight up bourbon chocolate, it's got the bittersweet dark chocolate with some vanilla and hard bourbon in the rear, smells great.
The flavor is pretty awesome, follows well from the nose, I get an intense chocolate flavor in the forefront which is followed by a vanilla coffee bit and ends up with a hearty warm bourbon flavor in the end rounded out by a sweeter dark maltiness. This is a must try if you can get your hands on it.
The mouthfeel is what I love in an imperial stout, thick with the absolute minimal carbonation to lighten it up, it's almost syrupy it's so thick. Definitely the equivalent of eating some dessert chocolate pudding.
Overall this is a kickass brew, if you love the barrel aged style of imperial stouts this shit must be had.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2011 04:11:38 | More by dwilson01
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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 885 ratings.