Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 875 | Reviews: 354 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jampics2:
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A 22oz bottle, think I got this in a trade with CPFerris, thanks Chad!
Opened up to enjoy while doing some home improvement projects on a Sunday afternoon. This bottle took me a while to finish!
Pours a deep black with brown edges and a fluffy tan head. Looks great in my New Belgium snifter!
Smell is intense - Bourbon is obvious, then a bunch of interesting other scents...dark raisins or plums, a huge oak scent from the wood, chocolate, some vanilla. This doesn't smell sweet or malty as much as just a HUGE barrel presence.
Taste is much sweeter than the nose indicated. Toffee and caramel impressions from the malt, chocolate, wood, bourbon, and raisins. Huge alcohol bite. This is hot hot hot. Big bourbon peak - interesting that there are a couple different flavor sweeps that make up the whole ride, but this is way too hot and huge right now to be super tasty and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is where this falls apart. Alcohol makes this burn - the astringency takes away from the joy of the different tastes. Thin and not substantial. Maybe the barrels were too wet?
Drinkability was OK, but this is just not coming together as it warms. Not a cohesive beer, I'd almsot like to see if some age treats this well, but nothing I see myself drinking again when there are many superior barrel aged stouts in my cellar.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2010 16:04:34 | More by jampics2
More User Reviews:
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.