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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2010
I gotta say, by this point I’m getting kinda weary of imperial stouts. Black, brown head, Coffee and fruity notes, yadda yadda yadda... It’s not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, but I’m running out of adjectives for Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours viscous, heavy black, black as black metal, thin tan head, very soft carbonation, pretty lacing, if somewhat spotty. Nose is soya sauce, vanilla/macadamia nut, oak, toast, tannins. Oily roastiness. Smells like pure, concentrated evil, in a good way. Flavor is tart, sourish but not in an infected way. The red wine barrel shows through, tannins and fruit, bourbon vanilla and roast barley in the finish. Flavor is rather ’perfumed’ if that’s possible, tannins keep the finish from being particularly lengthy. Tight, rich, shows candy and elevated coconut as it warms. Interesting, complex, missing something to make it truly great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle shared by ratman. Pours opaque with a small, brown head, low retention. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit (dates). Flavor is dark bitter chocolate, oak, earthy hops, and caramel malt. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from Dasilky. Wow, finally a good beer from this Jew.
Pours a thick-as-night black with an aroma of chalky oak chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is bourbon oak whiskey (yes, ’ey’) with a light syrup finish. Thick on the tongue. Mmmmmmmmm...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 (Bottle) Pours black with brown head. The aroma holds soft but clear notes of coconut-like oak/bourbon up front. Undertones of dusty coffee, tobacco and tangerines. Nice, harmonic nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a tiny acidic sting. Coffee, coconut, black currant and malt roast. The mouthfeel is soft and round with a light carbonation. Oak and mild coffee lingers. Medium to full bodied. Not super complex but well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2010
Black pour with brown highlights and a small loose tan head. Soft subtle chocolate and tobacco aroma with notes of dark roast coffee, vinousness, and subtle balanced hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. The flavor is intense, bitter, heavy roasted coffee and charred oak with background notes of cacao, bourbon, red grapes, and tobacco. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a slight alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Thanks for sharing Josh! Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, dark roast, and coffee. Medium thick mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is really tasty. FInishes semi-sweet and was real glad to try this one. Thanks Josh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours black with a small tan head. The nose is oaky with chocolate, vanilla, and roasted barley dominant. The flavor is all over the place. Chocolate, coffee, tannin, berries, candy, coconut, exotic fruit, and some licorice on the finish. Heavy, silky mouth feel. Very different and very good.

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