SpringsLicker (3213) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fleeting tan head over a black pour.
Complex aroma, chocolate, vanilla, roast malts.
Sweet start, roast malt bitterness in the finish.
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
To start, the label with the black hummingbird is sick. The aroma brings roasty malts, coffee, and what you think is bourbon, but really is the wine barrel aging. The color is perfect, dark , roasty, and nice mocha head with maroon surrounding it. The flavors are roasty, coffee, creamy, and boozy all blended on the palate at the same time.
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor: Thanks Joey for saving me one of these. Created a thick stubborn head that wasn’t going to break down easy while the liquid was a completely opaque dark brown. Aroma is bold with dark black coffee bean and a roasted down malts while also allowing a vanilla and scent of oak even though I knew it wasn’t a barrel aged beer. The flavor is robust with rich coffee flavors and bourbon whiskey like background that really just knocks my socks off and reminds me a lot like a barrel aged vanilla impy stout instead of just an ordinary release of the style.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Black Xantus
Brewery: Nectar Ales
Date: April 02, 2010
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: big roasted aroma, black chocolate, touch of citrus
Flavor: big roasted flavor, rich chocolate, lots of black chocolate bitterness, lots of balancing hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: ** /4
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor is big tobacco, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Not too shabby.
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours almost jet black with a thick, tan head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is outstanding with complex bourbon barrel, massive milk chocolate, toasted coconut, macadamia nut, huge tobacco. Taste is charred and roasted malt, milk chocolate, Hawaiian dessert flavors. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Like the imperial version of the Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt porter. Wow.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It’s black with a creamy, light-brown head. The aroma has notes of bourbon, roasted malt, licorice, anise/rubber and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet with notes of bourbon, coffe, licorice, light dark fruits and hints of anise/rubber.
Leighton (13038) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles. Pours pitch black. Big, thick beige head. Pungent aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some bourbon. Flavor is deep: Rich, burnt malt gives strong coffee and chocolate notes. Also some vanilla and overripe dark fruits. Roasty, tobacco finish. Huge body, oily, thick, smooth. Really great beer.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coconut and vanilla.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s. Pours black with orange edges and beige head. The aroma is vanilla, cocoa, and a pleasant ashy note. The flavor is rich chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and a sweet creamy tone. Nice walnut finish. Pretty good stuff.