Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with about 1/2" of tan head. Retention is really pretty good, and it has some okay lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, slight roast, liquorice and a hint of molasses. More sweet notes than roast or bitterness. Smells pretty good.
Taste: Milk chocolate followed by black liquorice and molasses notes. Again, leans toward the sweet and slightly hot side, but still good.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is about medium, with pretty high carbonation. Overall, it was decent and worth a try. Not a ton of complexity and lacks "wow factor". Edit: after a bit of reading it seems this was barrel aged. This beer had sat for a while and maybe that is why, but I did not pick up a bit of barrel. Seems odd to me. Definitely did not pick up any added complexity from the barrel treatment.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 03:58:54 | More by zhanson88
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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 877 ratings.