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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Black Xantus is a rare bird and the first new release from Nectar Ales in Years. It is the First ever “big-beer” to be released under the Nectar Ales line. Barrel aged for 6 months in combination of Bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels and Infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local roaster Jobella. Rich bourbon and coffee aromas greet the senses. Complex chocolate and tobacco flavors fill the palate. This beer displays a full-bodied mouth-feel and an overall balanced presentation. It would be a perfect pairing to rich chocolate desserts.
Style: Imperial Java Stout IBUs: 50 Color: Black ABV: 11%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours black with a small tan head. The nose is oaky with chocolate, vanilla, and roasted barley dominant. The flavor is all over the place. Chocolate, coffee, tannin, berries, candy, coconut, exotic fruit, and some licorice on the finish. Heavy, silky mouth feel. Very different and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (943) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bomber from BevMo ($14.99). Pours dark brown and almost black with two fingers of dark beige foam. Mellow aroma of roasted earthy malts, bourbon, and light coffee tones. Taste is rich with earthy coffee, strong notes of boozy bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit. You can feel/taste the 11% on this one, but it is not unpleasant. Overall this is pretty good, but the price is ridiculous. (168, 257)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Sampled at Feb 2010 Indy tasting - Aroma is loaded with dark malts and fruits followed by dusty dry coffee. Flavor is strong match to aroma but finishes thin. Palate is chewy. A nice twist to traditional BA imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from the noble Bhensonb. Thanks yet again! Pours pitch black under a thin brown head. Initial nose in dark fruit and a hint of bourbon. The first flavor once in the mouth is definitely the bourbon, but it is clearly and quickly softened by chocolaty/cherry mellowness. I generally dislike bourbon flavors in my stouts, but this isn’t overpowering and is balanced well against the chocolate, fruit, and roasty flavors. Very nicely done. Palate has a bit of an alcohol bite, but not a big one, and the finish is all about fruit flavors and dry tobacco. I never did really get the coffee suggested in the brewer’s description, the roasted bitterness seemed like it could have as easily come from the grain. But, hey, I do like this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555. Thanks Jason! Pours deep black with a tan ring of head. Lots of roast, coffee and cocoa. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Finally got around to trying this, after having a bottle sitting around for months. Pours an almost solid black color with a filtered red hue and a light beige head with poor retention. There is lots of wood in the aroma, giving hints of whiskey and wine. The oak is strong and spicy in this one. Underlying sweet malt as well. The flavor is immensely sugary and sweet with lots of woody barrel notes. LIght tannins and vinous qualities. Some light roast, but mostly sweet with some booze and wood. Full bodied and very sticky and sugary feeling. THis is just way too sweet and lacks malt depth and richness. The barrel notes are cool, but the malt in this could use a big overhaul.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2010
black as oil. Smells like the bourbon barrel. Very rich and complex . The red wine really comes through the beer is almost tannic. Strong oak flavour late in the palate this is one hell of a stout complex and interesting. Great! I can’t believe this is beer is 11% . It has the body but is boozy. Its like drinking a cab but its Malty and kick ass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
22 oz bottle sweet with lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor but was a little overwhelmed by the bourbon in it.CHEERS!alcohol,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
Big bottle shared for Smitty’s 40th at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Thick oily pour, nearly black. Sweet aroma, lots of vanilla oak (super-oaky, in fact!), some sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweeter, hearty palate, again very oaky with mostly chocolate and coffee flavours. Moderately bitter finish keeps this from becoming cloying. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 shared at the Houston RB tasting. Pours black with tan bubbles instead of head. Nose is of ash, but hard to make out much more because this was served too cold. Taste is of ash and chocolate. Mouthfeel is chewy, hoppy bitter and dry.

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