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RATINGS: 491   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%


3.6
   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 (10201) - 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 (4682) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. A black beer with a thick, creamy, dark brown head. Primary notes of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose, secondary notes of bourbon, caramel, raisin, vanilla, and earthy hops. Full body with a creamy, viscous mouth feel. Flavor is intense, moderately sweet, with big notes of dark cocoa, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and light char. Sticky finish and slightly sugary.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Almost pitch black on the pour. No head at all. Not much lacing going on with the glass either. Strong bourbon on the nose along with subtle chocolate smells as well. I taste chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, coffee and a hint of caramel hiding in there somewhere. Nice beer, not what I was expecting. Almost seem too light bodied in my mind to be called an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3422) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Let it be known that I have had two different experiences at two different events. The first was had a crayola waxy type finish that got in the way of the flavor, rating 2.7 Black pour. Nice sweet malt, java, chocolate aroma with some bourbon overtones. Flavor is a nice mesh of coffee, sweet vanilla, and bourbon. Nice! Rating: 3.9

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. Beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is sweet, with a little bourbon as well as some vanilla and raisins. The taste is a strong mix of vanilla and milk chocolate. You also get a little bourbon and oak character. The beer has a thick, creamy mouthfeel and is very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Bourbon and rich malt aroma with light roast. Malt and vanilla flavor with bourbon, light roast, and caramel. Fuller bodied. Vanilla lingers with light roast, malt, and caramel. A bit strong on the vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Bomber shared by Rciesla- also tap at BT- combined ratings- although about the same. Pours a deep dark oily black with a decent tan head. Aroma is initially quite buttery, diacetyle- with lots of buttery oak and vanilla, bourbon and high alcohol as it warms- oily, licorice and anise spices, minty roast and charred burnt chocolate- some leather earthiness- gets a bit tobacco like as well. Tobacco and bourbon flavor, toast, moderate sweetness lots of char, roast, some coffee, high alcohol booziness, and a sharp finish- Ok.


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