Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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4.14/5 rDev -1%
Pours thinner and a little lighter than I expected. Not much head (but that's not entirely surprising).
Smells sweet, and somewhat of coffee grounds. A little vanilla, some bourbon.
Toucan Sam taste (it follows the nose... nevermind.)
I get sweet vanilla notes, with the finish being bourbon and coffee grounds. Some cinnamon? A little sweet, but not cloyingly so. Not detrimental to the beer.
Sticky, a little chewy, you can taste the bourbon, but it doesn't come across as boozy, even at 11%.
A really good beer. There are better barrel aged stouts, and all, but not every beer can be THE BEST BEER EVAR. A very solid and extremely enjoyable brew, worth looking for
05-23-2013 21:15:25 | More by kemoarps
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Served in a pint glass at Tryst in Delray Beach, FL.
A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer patch of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.
S- Roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla.
T- A bit on the sweeter side with plenty of dark chocolate plus some black licorice and a hint of smoke. Also some vanilla and caramel and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Very smooth as the alcohol flavor is quite subdued.
M- Somewhat creamy and not as viscous as expected. Medium-low carbonation and a mildly robust body.
O- Glad to finally try this and on-tap no less. Quite complex and easy to drink. Definitely the best thing I've had from Nectar Ales so far.
05-19-2013 20:26:56 | More by Immortale25
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Ahh, the infamous Black Xantus.
Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a thinnish light brown head, fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.
Smell has a subtle aroma of coffee, likely has diminished over time, roasted malt, light dark fruit notes.
Taste does not burn as badly as the jokes used to talk about although there is some heat to it, strong roasted malt backbone with a decent coffee presence, subtle dark fruit such as raisins, barrel-aging is very subtle with little wood character present, nice chewiness to it and a creamy body, carbonation is soft yet active.
05-16-2013 18:51:58 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.26/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance- Black, but with a touch of light coming in around the edges. Not much head as expected, which dissipated into lots of big bubbles around the edges of the glass
Smell- Coffee and chocolate, vanilla from the barrel as well as a touch of a sweet, roasted coconut. No alcohol at all on the nose
Taste- Big milk chocolate which fades into roasty coffee. Coffee isn't too present, but it's there. Really nice barrel character though with sweet vanilla, coconut, and a touch of booziness finishing things off.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with mild carbonation. Could be a bit fuller, but the carbonation is spot on for me. Finishes sticky, sweet, and coating
Overall- I think I enjoy KBS a bit more than this as far as BA coffee stouts go, but this has a much nicer barrel character. Either way, you can't go wrong, this is good stuff!
05-13-2013 23:06:29 | More by mahak213
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.