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RATINGS: 524   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555. Thanks Jason! Pours deep black with a tan ring of head. Lots of roast, coffee and cocoa. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
22oz bottle. Finally got around to trying this, after having a bottle sitting around for months. Pours an almost solid black color with a filtered red hue and a light beige head with poor retention. There is lots of wood in the aroma, giving hints of whiskey and wine. The oak is strong and spicy in this one. Underlying sweet malt as well. The flavor is immensely sugary and sweet with lots of woody barrel notes. LIght tannins and vinous qualities. Some light roast, but mostly sweet with some booze and wood. Full bodied and very sticky and sugary feeling. THis is just way too sweet and lacks malt depth and richness. The barrel notes are cool, but the malt in this could use a big overhaul.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2010
black as oil. Smells like the bourbon barrel. Very rich and complex . The red wine really comes through the beer is almost tannic. Strong oak flavour late in the palate this is one hell of a stout complex and interesting. Great! I can’t believe this is beer is 11% . It has the body but is boozy. Its like drinking a cab but its Malty and kick ass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
22 oz bottle sweet with lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor but was a little overwhelmed by the bourbon in it.CHEERS!alcohol,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7228) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
Big bottle shared for Smitty’s 40th at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Thick oily pour, nearly black. Sweet aroma, lots of vanilla oak (super-oaky, in fact!), some sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweeter, hearty palate, again very oaky with mostly chocolate and coffee flavours. Moderately bitter finish keeps this from becoming cloying. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 shared at the Houston RB tasting. Pours black with tan bubbles instead of head. Nose is of ash, but hard to make out much more because this was served too cold. Taste is of ash and chocolate. Mouthfeel is chewy, hoppy bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear black body with a little light passing thru on the edges. Small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is quite bourbon-centric with a deep heavy roast, some chocolate, and a dark fruit note. The flavor is pretty well dominated by the bourbon. It’s full of boozy alcohol, vanilla, and charred wood. Heavy roast, slightly acrid tasting, with a bitter slightly astringent and hot finish. Medium to full bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. This one was just a little too boozy and one dimensional. This will be a chore to finish this bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Thick black pour with a light brown head that dissipates after a minute and a half. Burnt wood, cocoa, coffee, and black licorice in the nose. Nose is complex, but not as forward as I anticipated. Very well balanced and quite drinkable given the style and ABV. I’m picking up flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, and a little more than a whisper of bourbon. Alcohol warmth creeps in after about 20 seconds but in no way overpowers. Somewhat slippery mouthfeel, but I was expecting a whole lot more body. Overall a very balanced and drinkable Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2010
Much like the speedway stout. Nose is coffee and a bit of booziness. In the mouth it is thin to medium bodied and quite roasty, with chocolate coming to the fore with a pronunced sweetness you wouldn’t find in the speedway. Well made but could use a bit more body to give it some presence.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
I found it a little sweeter, and less bitter than Speedway Stout. The bourbon flavor is there, but not too strong. Delicious beer, one of my favourite stouts.

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