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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Sampled at PIB 2010. Poured a dark brown, but decidedly not black with a short-lived tan head and almost no lacing. Smells of light whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Tastes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, cocoa and some caramel. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin, isn’t this supposed to be a barrel aged imperial stout??? Also way too sweet for me, personally. Having seen this retail for around 15 bucks a bomber I would have to say that it’s one of the most ridiculous rip offs I’ve seen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Deep black with a nice tan head. Coffee, vanilla, and ashtray with some decent warmth. Taste is sweet vanilla, with decent coffee, not a ton of bitterness. Lots of dark roast on the finish. Reminds me a lot of KBS, but a bit sweeter and with less bitterness. Smooth and chewy in the mouth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21581) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... sweet roast toffee malts ... big front ... heavy roast ... light wine ... hint of vanilla bourbon ... definite chocolate ... light coffee ... nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2010-07-01. Black body, small brown head fades. 3+ Aroma has a mild woody character at first. Modest dark malt, and what I call "Imperial Stout aroma" - your standard complement of IS characteristics. Mild fruit accents. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest woody character up front, rich malty core, tangy not quite fruity notes, light bitterness especially in the finish, mild roast lingers in the aftertaste. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate. 3+ Solid but I don’t love it, something is missing to bring everything together a little more fluidly. Bottle at Seattle International Beer Festival

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Review #100! WooHoo! Pours a nice deep brown with minimal head and basically no lacing. Aroma is enticing - some sweet molasses, a bit of coffee, and malts really shine through. Flavor is very similar but the sweetness comes through a bit more with some vanilla notes as an added bonus. Carbonation seems spot on for the style. Very nice beer. Split this bottle with my buddy mishuggah and we both agree that this beer very much reminds us of Dark Lord with regard to the flavor profile. We’re both calling this one Dark Lord Lite, and I like it. Will definitely drink this again. YUM!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3074-20100702] Sample. Mild boozy aroma has tons of fruity roast. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Sherry sweet roast malt flavour seems to be red wine barrel aged with hints of vanilla. Full body. Very tasty.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle Pours out black topped with a tan head. Aroma of roast malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, wood and caramel. Taste was more of the sweetness vanilla, chocolate, almond joy, pit fruit, all in a great body. Very glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours black with off white almost tan head. Nose is plum, licorice, bourbon, oak and chocolate. Taste is mostly plum and licorice, some bourbon (no burn), chocolate and black coffee. A bit oily. Good stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Pours a black color with a tan soapy head. Has an aroma of caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, and wood, with hints of cherry. Starts sweet, some cherry notes, then a nice level of carbonation and malt in the middle. Then that oh so perfect velvety chocolate finish with some additional cherry notes on the finish. Some licorice notes mixed in as well. Very tasty IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown to beige head. Aroma is light light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, wood, toffee, vanilla, english licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100624]

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