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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8351) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4389) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3474) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown; slim tan head dies to a haze. Nose is chocolate, citrus, chalk and molasses. Not too thick with a tang. Taste is chocolate, orange, grapefruit peel then dry and woody with some licorice. Not so much coffee. Fruity for a stout but appropriate considering their other Nectar offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
doublebock (521) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 Are you kidding me? This beer is ridiculous. If I could legally marry a bottle of this I would but I think my wife would beat me to it. Brown black color with thin head. Aroma is of port wine. Combination of red wine, bourbon, woody esters, molasses, licorice and mocha. Wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours onyx w 3 f tan head. Nose is dark malt, dark choc, vanilla, molasses, oaky spirits. This one was well balanced, complex, and damned delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Fleeting tan head over a black pour. Complex aroma, chocolate, vanilla, roast malts. Sweet start, roast malt bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Name: Black Xantus
Brewery: Nectar Ales
Date: April 02, 2010
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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