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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Pours out flat black with some head on the second warmer pour. Smells like bourbon and vanilla. Taste is the same with coffee and some chocolate. Roasty and stickey sweet with dry bitter finish. Nice wood and bourbon flavor.Some nice alcohol warming. Very good brew, one of the best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4531) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours an opaque black with a frothy, creamy, slightly beige head. Nose is vanilla, bourbon, wood, a little vinous, earthy. Flavor has lots of vanilla and bourbon, wood, milk chocolate, some toast, coffee with cream. Finish is creamy, sweet with lasting vanilla. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
22oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some chocolate, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some chocolate, alcohol/vinous. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
bomber thanks to Smokespot23 and the fantasy baseball league I won. Dense, pitch black pour with a chocolaty brown head. Rich. malty, woody aroma, chocolate and rich dark fruits, very nice. Flavor is a little bitter, some more dark chocolate and a coffee roastness in the finish, not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Dark pour, draft. Aroma has some bittersweet chocolate and light coffee. A hint of bourbon but is pretty light overall. Body is a bit thin and the flavor has very little bourbon. Coffee and chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of bourbon and wood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
bottle thanks to my california buddy bhensonb. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was chocolate syrup, coffee, and cinnamon. flavor was much the same minus the coffee. body was medium-heavy with a nice slick coating. thanks again bill!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Sampled on 11/20/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 22 oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head with nice retention and decent lacing. The aroma is oak, chocolate, coffee and some tobacco. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty. Nice hints of tobacco, roasty malt and wood. The hops are earthy. A nicely balance, full flavored, not over the top Imperial Stout. The barrel aging seems to mute, blend and mellow the flavors here. Very nice. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. The Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2009
On tap at Blue Palms. Pours an oily black with a fleeting tan head. Smells really hot up front with additional notes of baker’s cocoa and coffee. Tastes much the same with added notes of caramel, and vanilla. Improves after it breathes and warms a little, but remains a bit too hot and sugary for me. Time is probably on this beer’s side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1498) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle from HH22, thanks tim... Pours a nice black color with a think khaki colored head. Nice coffee, chocolate, barrell aged aroma... Taste reminds me of a imperial porter... Nice coffee, barrel aged bourbon, roasted malts taste.... I hate to add to the hype of a beer but this is another winner by FW... The texture is perfect....small bubbles that just sit on your tounge... way to easy to drink for an eleven percent beer. Thanks tim for a great beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2009
After my first taste, I was sure I was not going to like this. Then I let it sit for a few minutes and I was happily surprised to find that I wound up enjoying it more. Pours near-black with a tan head. Sweet with cream/milk, vanilla, wood, lots of coffee. Not exceptionally aged, just moderate bourbon essence. Slightly astringent. Long finish.


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