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RATINGS: 491   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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, wood, slight bourbon, tobacco, slight dark ripe fruits, slight burnt caramel, slight chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Poured black in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Perfect lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, tobacco, oak, light Bourbon, slight chocolate, slight dark ripe fruit, and a hint of hops. Medium to full body. Viscous, coating texture. Soft to average carbonation. Tobacco, malt, oak, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, and slight Bourbon finish is coating and lasting. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1521) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 shared at the Houston RB tasting. Black with a white head. Nose of whiskey, malts and chocolates. Taste is very chocolately, with a nice dose of malts and alcohol. Tasty with a thick chewy body. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
22oz. pours dark and fluid with a small head. aroma is bourbon, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. mouthful has a ton of roast with a nice hint of bourbon and vanilla. none of the flavors are over the top... nicely balance and a great sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] purchased at City Beer. Pours deep brown with almost no head. Aroma is lightly tart, some roasted malts, and eggy batter. There is really no barrel character detectable and little to no coffee. Flavor is very roasty, little/no barrel, medium bodied, and bitter coffee. Nothing special, however I think the Dane’s would love this one for the intense roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2010
22. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy, very short-lived dun-colored head that falls quickly away to a few sloppy bubbles and some intermittent stringy lace. Big sweetly boozy nose, tons of residual sugar and lots of hot phenolic twang. Chocolate emerges steadily as it warms. Sticky thick body, understated carb. Chocolate, residual malt sugars everywhere (even when the beer is still really cold), and lots of booze on the mid-palate. This is the classic chili or braising stout--not much bitterness, lots of interesting bready malt sugars kicking around, and a payload of booze that could stand to be boiled off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Thanks to Kaggie97 for this beer. Pours a deep brown with no head. Coffee, chocolate and roasty malts on the nose. Rich flavor of coffee, toffee and cocoa. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bomber from South Bay - thanks, Joey! Super sludgetastic pour, the imperial milkshake in a glass. Sits impressively in the glass, with an oily consistency and a fine creamy head. The nose is wonderful, and a bit surprising to me, as I was getting some pronounced notes of toasted coconut. What a nice change of pace from the pin-the-needle roasts one often encounters. Mouthfeel is really wonderful, with a creamy lactic quality that’s just the ticket. Flavor is nice and deep, with just a hint of the coffee coming through and a nicely complex wood and chocolate profile. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Pours black color with an average fizzy brown head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit and chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid complex stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Black color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and dark fruit. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and a sweet vanilla finish. Exceptional!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and some bubbles. Nose of brown sugar and corn. Taste of brown sugar, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dry cocoa. Finish is hot and bitter chocolate.

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