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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
courtesy of kiefdog pours black, tan/mocha head. aroma, of caramel, chocolate malts, grainy, coffee, light barrel, vanilla sweetness. flavor, malty with hints of bitter hops, caramel and chocolate, some dark fruits with possible tobacco/smoked malts coupled with some roasted / coffee. Light vanilla, coupled with the bourbon though it retains some light bitterness. Tasty brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Tap at barcade. Poured a midnight black with no head. Nose was full of coffee chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with some decent carbonation a strange but very tasty mouthful.Lots of roasted malts with some dark fruits. Finished firmly bitter

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Thanks to MonieSoCal and Todd for this beer. Black pour with a brown head, the flavors of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla really stand out. Itís got a nice, creamy mouthfeel and a very warm glow afterwords.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
A bit pricey. I was surprised to see this in Fresno, even if we are not too far from Paso.... Iíve gotta try this tho, donít even know what this is supposed to be, oh, there it does say on the label, duh... OK, Black Dark tan head Pretty nice nose vanilla sweet mmm Taste even better stout vanilla roasty [coffee?] now some earth in the nose Full bodied warm acohol glow hop end nice Iíd get this again wish it was a tad cheaper...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a short, frothy tan head. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, wet oak, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is big vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, citrusy hops, oak, and molasses. Brown sugar and alcohol as well as fermented fruit come through. Body is thick and chewy with a creamy, dense carbonation. Slight warming. Ends with more dark chocolate, big vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, alcohol and woody notes. Rather tasty and their best beer, IMHO.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Pitch black with no head and an oily appearance. Nose is overly sweet with a metallic oxidized twang. Some hot whiskey is apparent. Taste is very smoky with medium coffee and hops bitterness. Intense bourbon character throughout. Addition of wine barrel aging adds some earthy tannins, but seems to clash with the bourbon. Cloyingly sweet and not very easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering Thanks rciesla-pours a disappearing light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark berries, oak, dark malt. Taste is dark malt-toffee/peat, oak, dark fruit, earthy hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle brought home by DuffmanSW (I think?). Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is black licorice, stewed fruits, and slight coffee. Flavor is some grainy malts and coffee with a solid bitterness. Somewhat one dimensional. Full bodied with light carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2009
bottle, thanks to wavers1! Pours thick black with a tall light brown head. Toast, roasted barley, and coffee round out the aroma, but there are notes of wood all over the place, and itís so nice, I keep smelling different things. Nice roasty flavors of coffee, sweet chocolate, and barley, but the finish is where itís at. Bourbon and oak with the creamiest mouth ever. Itís like a bourbon and chocolate milkshake with coffee thrown in for good measure. I love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle shared by boltz777. Aroma was sweet and some coffee. Black body with tan head. Didnít get the richness of this beer in my sample just some dry coco, coffee and good dose of sweetener. Thanks Jason


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