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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30685) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2010
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, and wood. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt as well as medium notes of hops, soy sauce, and wood, leading to a dry roasted finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3429) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
22oz bottle at Sara and Rhino’s house. Wow was this busy and complex. Tons of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, baking chocolate and some tobacco bite. The 11 ABV is noticeable but actually adds some warmth and texture to everything. Maybe a little sticky and heavy in the middle but very nice. I let this bottle sit about 1 year so it did not seem hot all but that might have dampened any hops flavours too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Pours deep black with off white head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel and toffee up front. Taste is thick chocolate, coffee and caramel up front leading into the bourbon and anise middle, finishing with some tobacco, and dryness from the aging. Unfortunately, big booze on the finish and exhale. Overall though a great brew! Rerate 9/6/13. This is a wonderful mix of dark chocolate, roasted espresso, and toffee with molasses and some dark fruits. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7103) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade (daknole?). Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head that is mostly lasting. The aroma has coffee, mocha and some mild citrus hoppiness. The flavor has more toasted malt than the nose, anise, coffee, and dark chocolate with some noticeable alcohol burn. The finish has a strong bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth. Good, but not a standout. Rating #200 for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Thanks to Smokepot23 for this beauty! Pours black with a moderate light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, raspberry filled desserts, light coffee, and small amounts of toasted wood. Flavor is fairly sweet, but showcases a nice balance of elements with chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood, coffee, mild acidity, and bourbon. Finishes with more of the "toasted oak juice" of bourbon, plus bitter espresso, earth, and unsweetened chocolate. A little astringent on the aftertaste, but it’s not too bad. Pretty thick, full and creamy without being sticky and syrupy. Unfortunately, it’s pretty hot. Good beer overall though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (627) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 4, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Liquid Gratitude. Pours rich and black, with a thin tan head. Nice almost fruity aroma (hence the ’Nectar’ label). Wonderful notes of coffee, aged wood, and bourbon. Smooth and very rich. A really nice job on this strong Imperial Stout. Thumbs way up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle from ratman’s tasting 3/20/10, courtesy of ratman). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate bourbon/chocolate aroma. Flavor of the same with moderate bitterness. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Thin/slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Brown black pour with watery tan head and lace. Chocolate and vanilla on the nose and mirrored in the flavor. Very solid body and good carbonation. Nice offering

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2116) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, blind IS tasting with Lawson’s Fayston, Fritz&Kens, homebrew and Black Ops.
Aroma : Very peppery with notes of hot peppers. Lots of alcohol. A bit sweet with hints of raisins.
Taste : Some hops, roasted malts, hot peppers. Oily feeling.
Overall : Not very good actually. The hot pepper twist is interesting and even funny but not really fit for the beer. Nice experiment but nothing more. This one was no match for the other 4 brews.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010

1/28/2010: Black Xantus Imperial Stout... Aroma: Weak mocha/chocolate-coffee; faint citrusy hoppiness. Appearance: Deep brown to near black in color; opaque; foamy tan-colored head. Flavor: Large bitterness and alcohol; not really very much malt complexity; some black coffee; vanilla; hints of bourbony goodness. Palate: Medium (much lighter than expected); somewhat smooth; a bit syrupy. Overall: Seems fairly subdued overall; lacking malt and any real depth; I don’t see what the hype is with this beer - AT ALL.

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle ( 10/16/09 ) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks ! Rating #194 for this beer.


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