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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Pours a rich black. Bourbon, plum, hops, wood, black coffee, dark chocolate. Delicious. More wood. Peaty. Sharpness. Bittetrsweet finish. Slick. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, has super dark brown hues on the edges, thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Sweet bourbony nose, slight roasted malts, graham cracker, and vanilla.   Smells pretty tasty!   First thing I notice that is for a stout its not really heavy or biting.   Then comes the bourbon, some toffee, charred wood, vanilla, and even some rum.   Roasted malts arent as strong as I thought they would be.   Moreso bourbon and wood.   Did I mention rum?   Feels more like a Strong Ale of sorts than an Imperial Stout.   Fairly smooth, but does have a bit of alcohol burn.   For some reason I am leaning more towards rum infused imperial stout in this one.   Pretty darn good.   I could drink this all day.   For a stout its not heavy, and while it does have some hop bitterness it has a good mount of sweetness.   And at 11%, it would more than keep one entertained all day.   Clean, straight forward, not fancy, but certainly well put together.   I liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7756) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. Thanks Sahlholdt for providing. Dark brown body with a medium tan head. Liquorice, coffee, chocolate and light roasted malt in the aroma. Lovely flavour of bourbon, liquorice, coffee, tobacco and chocolate. Light roasted bourbon notes in the finish. So nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3909) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at T&Ms. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tiny white head. Smells of bourbon an coacoa. Sweet with aromas of milk chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Some residual sugars. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Long sweet finish with more bourbon and coacoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle @ Boise Imperial Stout Tasting: Black pour with some nice tan head. The nose if balanced, rounded, not too strong with a pleasing vanilla ice cream note in the flavor and more robust but not astringent roasted malts. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty malt chocolate and coffee flavor with some weak bourbon hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish with some hints of bourbon in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 bottle from hophead22- thanks TIMm. aroma of molasses, tabacco, rum cake, bourbon and vanilla. no off flavors. creamy. nice roast and bourbon bite to it. awesome. well made beer, not too sweet, the mollasses, coffee, and fig notes that complement the bourbon well. a bit thinned out from the barrel aging. nothing dominates. booze is nice compliment. tight beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10885) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
This tasty bomber I could not believe I finished over lunch. vanilla and chocolate aromas in a rich black body. The 11% is well hidden, some sugar, coffee. Some complexity that keeps it interesting. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Sampled at PIB 2010. Poured a dark brown, but decidedly not black with a short-lived tan head and almost no lacing. Smells of light whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Tastes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, cocoa and some caramel. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin, isn’t this supposed to be a barrel aged imperial stout??? Also way too sweet for me, personally. Having seen this retail for around 15 bucks a bomber I would have to say that it’s one of the most ridiculous rip offs I’ve seen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Deep black with a nice tan head. Coffee, vanilla, and ashtray with some decent warmth. Taste is sweet vanilla, with decent coffee, not a ton of bitterness. Lots of dark roast on the finish. Reminds me a lot of KBS, but a bit sweeter and with less bitterness. Smooth and chewy in the mouth. Nice.

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