Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.39/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a positively impenetrable obsidian with a creamy, dark tan 2 fingers tall head that quickly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving zero lacing behind.
Wow, waves and waves of coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with huge notes of baker's chocolate, pipe tobacco and sweet, creamy milk chocolate intermingling. There is a fairly big espresso presence that is interwoven effortlessly with the notes of coconut, chocolate and dark cherry. There are some light alcohol phenols that surface as the beer warms, but they aren't bothersome at all; they help cut some of the sweetness of the dark malts.
A big dark chocolate note greets your palate right away which lead right into a creamy, chocolate covered cherry middle. Some light notes of tobacco and a big roasted malt backbone. There is a gentle, herbal hoppiness through the taste. The beer finishes off dry with a HUGE lingering roasted coffee note. The coffee really sneaks up on your palate. To augment the finish, there are notes of toffee and more coconut and vanilla littered through out.
Full bodied and robustly creamy, with moderate, purposeful carbonation.
The absolute closest beer I've had to Firestone's Parabola(which comes to no surprise, since this is brewed by them under their Nectar Ales brand). The moment I smelled this, I thought "Holy crap, this is Parabola!", but I let the stout warm up a bit more and the creamy, chocolate laced coffee aromatics really started to leap up to separate it from it's relative. This is pretty much Parabola's little coffee addicted sister. Highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2013 02:11:36 | More by flayedandskinned
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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.