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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (701) - 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 (7996) - 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 (5360) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1456) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Thanks to corby112 for sharing this one on my trip to Philly. A: Pours pitch black with a small khaki head. Little retention with no lace. S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and light coffee. T: Flavors of chocolate and coffee up front. Hints of vanilla and coconut. The barrel is there along with a bit of boozy burn in the finish. M: On the fuller side of medium in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 February Circle City Tasting. Poured near black, but definitely a dark brown with a dark grayish brown head. Aroma had notes of coffee, tobacco and a bit of whiskey. Flavor was full of coffee and sweet dark grains with a bit of underlying alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a very dark brown, bordering on completely black but with some light passing through the edges. The head is a big, creamy tan cap that recedes slowly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is an interesting mix of dark roasted malts, espresso, oak and bourbon. There is some vanilla sweetness as well. The taste is big and has a few different things competing for dominance. There is a stronger vanilla and oak presence up front with the heavily roasted malts and coffee staying in the background. The alcohol is not only present but very prevalent in the finish. The barrel character, especially the wine I think, leaves the finish very dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and the combination of dry oak, toasted malts and alcohol make it a bit abrasive. This is a decent beer with some interest things going on but I’m not sure it all blends together in the end. The competing flavors remain just that, competing, and limit the drinkability.

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