A: Dark amber brown with tight bubbled, tan foam head of moderate size and retention.
S: My first impression is floral and faint notes of smoky peat in the background. Overal mix is white sugary sweet and really hard to categorize.
T: Probably the biggest gap between the aroma and taste that I've had this year. With that said this brew is a huge wow...on the first taste. Bourbon, vanilla, and a slight alcohol sting hits all at once. It starts a touch like it's going thick, then quickly dry's out with a slight lingering crisp, white burn.
O: Complicated brew from N California hemp country, which only makes sense and it's what I hoped I would find. Upfront I've got to say there's a bit of clear alcohol heat to this brew. But there's also a significant element of personality to the brew, with it's fruits, chocolates, whiskeys, molasses, and unusual scents. This bottle was a year old, so I'm dealing with questions about the effects of aging, but at 11% abv I hope that a brew like this has improved. My first Nectar Ale, but not my last.
Reviewed: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 21:20:41
Tasted: Thursday, October 13, 2011
$0.00 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
Black Xantus (pronounced Zantis) is truly a unique bird. An Imperial Stout aged in American oak barrels, infused with fresh organic/ fair-trade coffee from our local coffee roaster, Jobella Coffee Roasters. This special, limited release beer bursts with bourbon and espresso aromas leading into chocolate and black cherry flavor. It’s 11% ABV is softened by time in barrels which also contributes to the beer’s appeal. We are very proud of this new addition to the Nectar Ales family.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers