UDBeernut (1413) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours oil black, with an oil slick head to boot. toffee, tobacco, black coffee, bourbon is light. sludgy body that feels thin at times.
mnoud (243) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014.02.01 - Nectar Ales Blank Xantus - 22oz (?) bottle in tulip glass. Bottle not marked but presumably 2013 vintage.
Aroma: coffee, chocolate, vanilla
Appearance: Pours super dark, little if any light gets through, little if any highlights. Very little head, a brief attempt that fizzles quickly.
Taste: espresso, coffee, chocolate/cocoa
Palate/Mouthfeel: not nearly as creamy or heavy as one would expect. It’s moderately creamy, and pretty slick light mouthfeel.
Aroma 7/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 15/20
jhamp9 (927) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a nice khaki head that slowly fades down to a film. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla, and molasses. Taste has a ton of different flavors all mingling with each other well. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon are all in there and show through at different times with each drink. Slick velvety texture. Alcohol shows as a slight warmth on the way down. This is a fantastic beer.
suprchunk (1927) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Small tan head. Not much lacing. Big coffee aroma. Some malt. Taste is sweet malt with some coffee notes. A little warm. Good.
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roxtersoxter (213) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with very small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of chocolate. Strong flavor of cocoa with a light body finish.
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PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 22 oz bomber. Pours a viscous, tar-like dark black with a thin but persistent mocha colored head. Aroma is full of chocolaty goodness with a hint of Kahlua, some creosote roasted notes. Flavor is delightful with a heavy dose of bittersweet chocolate up front, some deep dark espresso notes, a touch of licorice to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Superb.
Suzi (1) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Black Xantus, this season, has been reduced to a stout much like all other mediocre stouts! It is no longer complex with full-bodied flavor! I purchased the beer in two distinctly different locations with similar results. What has happened to the brew? So very disappointing! Not worth the price. Thank goodness Goose Island Bourbon County Stout made its brief appearance to the west coast so that I could once again delight in a magnificent stout!
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer witha a small tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and wood. Taste is malty, sweet, notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Full body and milky texture. Nice beer
DesertDevil (423) - Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Strong, boozy nose of bourbon, oak, coffee, and sweet molasses. Pours flat obsidian color with a dark khaki head. Lovely coffee and malt-forward taste with malted milk, sweet chocolate, a hint of cinnamon and allspice, and a slightly hot bourbon finish. Moderate body for a stout. An old standby.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dark malts, coffee, barrel age/fruit and a hint of heat. The flavor is dark fruit/vinous, malts, coffee, fruit/barrel aging and a mix of sour/tangy/alcohol in the finish.