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RATINGS: 545   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
To start, the label with the black hummingbird is sick. The aroma brings roasty malts, coffee, and what you think is bourbon, but really is the wine barrel aging. The color is perfect, dark , roasty, and nice mocha head with maroon surrounding it. The flavors are roasty, coffee, creamy, and boozy all blended on the palate at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2214) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor: Thanks Joey for saving me one of these. Created a thick stubborn head that wasn’t going to break down easy while the liquid was a completely opaque dark brown. Aroma is bold with dark black coffee bean and a roasted down malts while also allowing a vanilla and scent of oak even though I knew it wasn’t a barrel aged beer. The flavor is robust with rich coffee flavors and bourbon whiskey like background that really just knocks my socks off and reminds me a lot like a barrel aged vanilla impy stout instead of just an ordinary release of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Name: Black Xantus
Brewery: Nectar Ales
Date: April 02, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: big roasted aroma, black chocolate, touch of citrus
Flavor: big roasted flavor, rich chocolate, lots of black chocolate bitterness, lots of balancing hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1842) - Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor is big tobacco, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours almost jet black with a thick, tan head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is outstanding with complex bourbon barrel, massive milk chocolate, toasted coconut, macadamia nut, huge tobacco. Taste is charred and roasted malt, milk chocolate, Hawaiian dessert flavors. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Like the imperial version of the Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt porter. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 20, 2010
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It’s black with a creamy, light-brown head. The aroma has notes of bourbon, roasted malt, licorice, anise/rubber and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet with notes of bourbon, coffe, licorice, light dark fruits and hints of anise/rubber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13535) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2010
Bottles. Pours pitch black. Big, thick beige head. Pungent aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some bourbon. Flavor is deep: Rich, burnt malt gives strong coffee and chocolate notes. Also some vanilla and overripe dark fruits. Roasty, tobacco finish. Huge body, oily, thick, smooth. Really great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 14, 2010
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coconut and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s. Pours black with orange edges and beige head. The aroma is vanilla, cocoa, and a pleasant ashy note. The flavor is rich chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and a sweet creamy tone. Nice walnut finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2010
decaturstevo’s stevofest part 2. Sample from a bottle thanks to grownfool. Black, red hints, tan cover. Aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, roasty bitter malt finish.

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