Black Xantus - Humboldt Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from a Silver Firestone Walker Tap Handle but then the Hummingbird from Nectar Ales on the button & Black Xantus beneath him into a 12oz Snifter Glass. A collaboration ale?
Aroma- A medium amount of coffee hits the nose and then tons of malt and a ton of booze. A very "hot" alcohol characteristic comes around though but maybe be mistaken for a burnt or dark roasty aroma mixed with the booze...
Appearance- Received with a .5 finger, dark brown head that dies quickly. Has a pitch brown (almost black) body that is opaque. Leaves no lacing at all on the glass.
Flavor- Tons of spice and chilies from the start!?!? Very wild beginning! Then has a bittersweet, chocolate taste with tons of malt and grain. Good amount of hops in here afterwards. Medium-High Bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Boozy, Tons of Texture, and has a nice warming from the alcohol. Goes down with ton of ingredient and tougher than many 2X Stouts.
Overall Impression- As of tonight, one of the best they had to offer on-tap! Enjoyed thoroughly and simply had to enjoy with a glass of water. Very strong and wouldn't have more than 16ounces in a night (even though 4 more ounces would have been nice :). Enjoyed the spiciness to this one! Strange I found this attribute out and haven't seen much on any other review on it. Would definitely recommend you trying it. Once again, is this a collaboration? The tap handle had Firestone Walker on it but then had the Nectar Ales hummingbird on the label button. Interested about this question!
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2011 08:35:05 | More by DCon
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Black with a mocha colored creamy 1 finger head that went away quickly. Smell is bitter sweet, lots of bold coffee aroma, oak, cocoa, roasted malts, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, milk chocolate & dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is soft. Very creamy & smooth complex brew. The bottle seems boozier than on tap, but it's still very balanced. Spotty lacing, dry, full bodied, great carbonation. Another amazing barrel aged beer from Firestone Walker.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2011 03:29:27 | More by Jake1605
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Big thanks to Drew for the hookup on this one. Looking foward to getting you back, and being one up...
Poured from a bomber into a Bruery snifter...
A - Pours black with a one finger brown head that dissipates at a fairly quick pace. Lacing is minimal...
S - A strong coffee presence with vanilla, bourbon, and some roast in the mix...
T - Coffee and sweet chocolate up front followed by roasted malts, and a touch of vanilla. Finishes with smooth Bourbon and some lingering coffee in the aftertaste...
M - A little lighter than I was expecting. On the higher end of the medium body spectrom with a good amount of carbonation...
O - A solid coffee foward brew, but not worth the price tag imo. Glad I got a chance to try this one, as FW is one of my favorite breweries, but not something I would go out of my away to obtain...
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2011 04:33:54 | More by comfortablynumb1
Black Xantus from Humboldt Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.