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RATINGS: 487   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%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6111) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10566) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2761) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2010
2009 Bottle - Pours out thin and dk brown with a medium tan head...aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and barrel, some burnt notes, vanilla...flavour is similar, burnt oak, molassas malt, some old dk fruit and coffee...little bit of heat, tasty, this was just a bit different than I expected...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10155) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Almost pitch black. Roast, plums and dried fruit in the aroma. Roast, coffee, licorice, blackcurrant, dried fruit and laurel in the sweetish but complex flavor. Long aftertaste. Full bodied. Alcoholic, but well balanced and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4654) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the Boise tasting 1/16/10
Appearance: Pours black with a nice large dark brown head
Aroma: Molasses, chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon
Taste: Dark chocolates, bourbon, dark fruits
A nice complexity of flavors

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. pours pitch black, maybe looks a bit thin, with a whispy, dark tan head and a thin, bubbly ring of lace around the edges. aroma is great with big, woody bourbon, sweet vanilla, and chocolate malts with fruity notes of dried raisin and figs with hints of licorice and toffee candy. flavor was wonderful, much better than i expected based on the ratings, with massive bitter chocolate and roasted malts up front with smooth, perfectly integrated bourbon, toasted oak, and vanilla from the barrels with mild coffee and rum soaked, dark fruit notes coming through late. palate is full bodied, smooth, and creamy despite it’s thin appearance with light carbonation and a full, roasted, woody finish. overall, and great example of ba impy.


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