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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours very dark with thin tan head. The aroma is modest with notes of roasted malts, caramel malts and sweet malts. The taste begins roasty and sweet with tasty rich dark chocolate. It gets somewhat burnt too by midway with the addition of a thin layer of caramel malts hanging on into the after taste. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Picked up a bottle for a Christmas Day tasting, and it was quite damned good. The body is black with dark brown edges and a smallish 1/2" tan head. Coffee, chooclate, vanilla ice cream, bourbon and smoked almonds can be found in the aroma. Flavor has some intensity with the usual compliments of chocolate and coffee to be found. But some flavors crash the 2-flavor tango of the C&C, which primarily was dark fruits, wood, molasses and tobacco. A really, really nice impy, but the price is a bit off-putting at $15 a bottle. If it weren’t for a special day, I would not have splurged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bomber shared by BOLTZ7555 at the Black Friday tasting – thanks Jason! Pours pitch black with a tan ring for a head. The nose is coffee, cocoa and alcohol. The taste is coffee, ashy cocoa, burnt malt and hops with a boozy finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice IS!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours to a black body with a thin but dense tan head. The aroma is hoppy and deep chocolate with sweetened condensed milk. The flavor is sweetened dark chocolate and barley. I didn’t get bourbon anywhere in this. It’s medium bodied with a tangy, almost tart palate. Caramel was everywhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Coca Cola pour with a descent khaki head that left average lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cocoa, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and the licorice returns...didn’t really get a sense of the bourbon or oak in this one. Fairly nice creamy palate but not thick by any means. A good beer but was hoping for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours black. Nose is bourbon, vinous, cocoa, coffee, heavy roasted malts. Flavor is booze, bourbon notes, coffee grinds, Tobacco, leather, charred malt, heavy roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
22oz bottle from Chad/John... Pours a dark cola brown with reddish brown edges with a thin film of light tan head... Aroma of assertive bourbon upfront almost with a spicy tinge to it followed up with a little roast and chocolate... Really nice/smooth consistency is what I noticed first. Pepper and bourbon assertiveness with a fair degree of roasty bitterness through the middle and finish. Sweetens up as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours nearly black (crimson when held up to light) with a small, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet is too subtle for me to pull much of it from my skinny, plastic tasting glass, but with much effort I am able to pick it apart a bit – burnt grain, tobacco, charcoal, espresso and bourbon. Full-bodied and very creamy with tingly carbonation. The nicely balanced flavor provides blackstrap molasses and vanilla along with a generous share of hop, alcohol and black patent malt bitterness. The lengthy finish is acrid, carbonous and bittersweet. Thanks to kiefdog for popping the top on this bottle of top-notch beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy and floral hops plus bright, prickly alcohol over rather non-descript black malts.. seemed to lack direction and balance. The flavor had a lightly tart opening with overly sweet black malts falling in behind.. earth and floral bitterness plus dry peppery alcohol surrounded.. hot and sugary-sweet with lots of residual sugars on the finish.. not so great. Medium-plus bodied, sharp, and bitter on the palate.. very warm at the end.. I’ll give this another shot if the price is right (someone else brings a bottle over ;).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. The look is brown to black in color and does not have too much head. The smell is malts, dark fruits, sweet, coffee, and chocolate, and good. The taste is malts, chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Nice.

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