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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade (daknole?). Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head that is mostly lasting. The aroma has coffee, mocha and some mild citrus hoppiness. The flavor has more toasted malt than the nose, anise, coffee, and dark chocolate with some noticeable alcohol burn. The finish has a strong bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth. Good, but not a standout. Rating #200 for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Thanks to Smokepot23 for this beauty! Pours black with a moderate light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, raspberry filled desserts, light coffee, and small amounts of toasted wood. Flavor is fairly sweet, but showcases a nice balance of elements with chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood, coffee, mild acidity, and bourbon. Finishes with more of the "toasted oak juice" of bourbon, plus bitter espresso, earth, and unsweetened chocolate. A little astringent on the aftertaste, but it’s not too bad. Pretty thick, full and creamy without being sticky and syrupy. Unfortunately, it’s pretty hot. Good beer overall though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (617) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 4, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Liquid Gratitude. Pours rich and black, with a thin tan head. Nice almost fruity aroma (hence the ’Nectar’ label). Wonderful notes of coffee, aged wood, and bourbon. Smooth and very rich. A really nice job on this strong Imperial Stout. Thumbs way up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle from ratman’s tasting 3/20/10, courtesy of ratman). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate bourbon/chocolate aroma. Flavor of the same with moderate bitterness. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin/slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5410) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Brown black pour with watery tan head and lace. Chocolate and vanilla on the nose and mirrored in the flavor. Very solid body and good carbonation. Nice offering

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, blind IS tasting with Lawson’s Fayston, Fritz&Kens, homebrew and Black Ops.
Aroma : Very peppery with notes of hot peppers. Lots of alcohol. A bit sweet with hints of raisins.
Taste : Some hops, roasted malts, hot peppers. Oily feeling.
Overall : Not very good actually. The hot pepper twist is interesting and even funny but not really fit for the beer. Nice experiment but nothing more. This one was no match for the other 4 brews.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010

1/28/2010: Black Xantus Imperial Stout... Aroma: Weak mocha/chocolate-coffee; faint citrusy hoppiness. Appearance: Deep brown to near black in color; opaque; foamy tan-colored head. Flavor: Large bitterness and alcohol; not really very much malt complexity; some black coffee; vanilla; hints of bourbony goodness. Palate: Medium (much lighter than expected); somewhat smooth; a bit syrupy. Overall: Seems fairly subdued overall; lacking malt and any real depth; I don’t see what the hype is with this beer - AT ALL.

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle ( 10/16/09 ) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks ! Rating #194 for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
22 oz bomber..... pitch black with medium head. smells of coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Tastes of licorice, coffee, chocolate and booze. This one was a little boozy. I think it wwould do better in time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This brash Imperial Stout focuses on alcohol heat, roasted malt bitterness and strange hot pepper flavors, forming an aggressive sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brown-edged darkness.
-If I rely on the commercial description, tbe hot pepper allusions are not intended and thus not a good sign of things to come with this batch.
-Some chocolate and coffee are found in the background.
-Bourbon vanilla leaves its prints on the flavor profile, but alcohol heat seems to be its main contribution.
-This one was the loser of a 5 Imperial Stout blind tasting.

Bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4536) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Wood and toffee aroma, with soy sauce accents. Black pour, thin tan head. Full bodied, alcohol noticeable. Date flavor, somewhat bourbony. Charred oak and bark finish. Not very dynamic. Good beer, but overshadowed by the wealth of better imperial stouts that are available. The elevated bottle price makes it doubly disappointing.


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