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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2010
Much like the speedway stout. Nose is coffee and a bit of booziness. In the mouth it is thin to medium bodied and quite roasty, with chocolate coming to the fore with a pronunced sweetness you wouldn’t find in the speedway. Well made but could use a bit more body to give it some presence.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
I found it a little sweeter, and less bitter than Speedway Stout. The bourbon flavor is there, but not too strong. Delicious beer, one of my favourite stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1322) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Thanks to corby112 for sharing this one on my trip to Philly. A: Pours pitch black with a small khaki head. Little retention with no lace. S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and light coffee. T: Flavors of chocolate and coffee up front. Hints of vanilla and coconut. The barrel is there along with a bit of boozy burn in the finish. M: On the fuller side of medium in body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6812) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 February Circle City Tasting. Poured near black, but definitely a dark brown with a dark grayish brown head. Aroma had notes of coffee, tobacco and a bit of whiskey. Flavor was full of coffee and sweet dark grains with a bit of underlying alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a very dark brown, bordering on completely black but with some light passing through the edges. The head is a big, creamy tan cap that recedes slowly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is an interesting mix of dark roasted malts, espresso, oak and bourbon. There is some vanilla sweetness as well. The taste is big and has a few different things competing for dominance. There is a stronger vanilla and oak presence up front with the heavily roasted malts and coffee staying in the background. The alcohol is not only present but very prevalent in the finish. The barrel character, especially the wine I think, leaves the finish very dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and the combination of dry oak, toasted malts and alcohol make it a bit abrasive. This is a decent beer with some interest things going on but I’m not sure it all blends together in the end. The competing flavors remain just that, competing, and limit the drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours a dark cola brown to pitch black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, hints of toffee and molasses. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, booze, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, hints of toffee and overripe dark fruit, Medium body with a pleasing boozy chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured an almost opaque black/brown color with a thin off-white head. Creamy chocolate aroma with some doughy gluey notes. Roasty malt flavor with sweet chocolate and bourbon. Hint of coffee. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Warming sensation in the chest.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11226) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is fairly impressive. The beer is black with a small mocha colored head. S: The smell is surprisingly lacking in coffee (considering this is supposed to be a "java" stout). There was plenty of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, however. T: The taste is sort of all over the place. The bourbon is noticeable up front, but not overwhelming. That is followed by some decent chocolate and vanilla flavors, as well as some coffee. M: The body is on the thin side for an RIS, but not terrible. The carbonation is low, but that is to be expected. D: For an RIS, it’s rather drinkable. But, it’s not necessarily a great example. I am glad that I got to try it, but I am not in a hurry to drink my remaining bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear dark beer with a beige/lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, vanilla, coconut, wood and alcohol. The flavor is roasted, coconut, wood, vanilla and notes of alcohol. The palate is smooth, roasted, sweetness and ends a little raw. Overall a good and complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
22oz bottle from the Green Jug Woodland Hills. Aroma of roasted malts and raisens. Jet black pour with tan head. Flavors of light Bourbon and a some choco malts with a nice bitter finish. Full body. This one will eff you up


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