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RATINGS: 496   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%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1055) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Gator from TBS. Thanks! Pours a nice jet black, not much head. My first impression is that they went hard on the vanilla, I had no idea it was barrel-aged. Makes sense. Smell is definite vanilla, maybe some coconut and coffee. Taste is similar. Smooth, nice texture. I enjoyed it....probably would’ve been better if the bourbon barrel aged it a bit longer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13925) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle @ J.C.G US Tasting Pt.2. Pours pitch black with a small creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose is roast, vanilla and coconut. Flavor is pretty dominated by the barrel aging. Some coffee, vanilla and coconut going on. Sticky and oily. Warmth. One dimensional.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle... Poured black with a thick, light brown head. Aroma contained notes of vanilla, whiskey like tones, grains, and roasted coffee. Smooth, big chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bourbon tones, but not overly bourbon. Dark, malted grains towards the end, with a slight alcohol appearance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coconut, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some tea leaves, and light tobacco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11131) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Big chocolate aroma with coconuts from the bourbon oak, and a fruity hint of apples. Rich chocolate flavour with oak and bourbon. The alcohol feels a little raw and aggressive

3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1526) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6140) - 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.


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