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RATINGS: 510   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 ďbig-beerĒ 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4185) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2010
22 ounce bought at Bottle Barn. Super chocolate. Deep black. Creamy head. Very intense. Slight taste of vanilla. Bit of tobacco. Coffee. Very tasty. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Thanks to joenuegs for this one! Black viscous pour. Thin tan head. Roasty with hints of vanilla and sherry. Chalky mouth-feel. Roast, coffee, and hints of fennel. Finish is dry. Not bad by any stretch but just like all the others. It is what it is...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pretty solid dark Impy Stout. Pours black. Tastes of black licorice. Not too sweet - more of a dry Impy. Slight smoke, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Some heat in the palate on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Dark brown color/ light brown head. Very nice toasted oak, blackened malt aromas. Smooth medium body. Great flavor is rich roasty black malts, toasted oak, semi sweet chocolate. Mild warming booziness to finish. awesome barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle shared by Ucusty. Thanks Dave! Pours black with a small tan head and lace. Nose of coffee grains, bourbon, wood. Flavor of bourbon, coffee, more booze. Thin mouthfeel and not very complex. Drinkable for itís high abv is very noticeable. Thatís not an oxymoron. Is that even the correct term for what I just wrote? Itís pretty okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours very dark with thin tan head. The aroma is modest with notes of roasted malts, caramel malts and sweet malts. The taste begins roasty and sweet with tasty rich dark chocolate. It gets somewhat burnt too by midway with the addition of a thin layer of caramel malts hanging on into the after taste. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Picked up a bottle for a Christmas Day tasting, and it was quite damned good. The body is black with dark brown edges and a smallish 1/2" tan head. Coffee, chooclate, vanilla ice cream, bourbon and smoked almonds can be found in the aroma. Flavor has some intensity with the usual compliments of chocolate and coffee to be found. But some flavors crash the 2-flavor tango of the C&C, which primarily was dark fruits, wood, molasses and tobacco. A really, really nice impy, but the price is a bit off-putting at $15 a bottle. If it werenít for a special day, I would not have splurged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bomber shared by BOLTZ7555 at the Black Friday tasting Ė thanks Jason! Pours pitch black with a tan ring for a head. The nose is coffee, cocoa and alcohol. The taste is coffee, ashy cocoa, burnt malt and hops with a boozy finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice IS!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours to a black body with a thin but dense tan head. The aroma is hoppy and deep chocolate with sweetened condensed milk. The flavor is sweetened dark chocolate and barley. I didnít get bourbon anywhere in this. Itís medium bodied with a tangy, almost tart palate. Caramel was everywhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Coca Cola pour with a descent khaki head that left average lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cocoa, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and the licorice returns...didnít really get a sense of the bourbon or oak in this one. Fairly nice creamy palate but not thick by any means. A good beer but was hoping for more.

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