Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mkotsayfan:
4.68/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with nice tight bubbles and a one finger light mocha head. Very unique smelling stout, almost smells like a strong ale - dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. The taste brings out those flavors with a very nice balance, I was worried the barrel aging and dark fruits would come through too strongly, but it accentuates the nice coffee and chocolate flavors. A nice mouthfeel too, very smooth and good carbonation along with the right amount of thickness to the beer. The alcohol is there, but just lingering in the background, which is perfectly acceptable for a 11% ABV.
A great beer from Nectar Ales, didn't expect the dark fruits, but everything came together beautifully, which isn't suprising considering that Nectar is owned by Firestone, one of the best breweries at producing blended/barrel aged beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2012 00:27:35 | More by mkotsayfan
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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.