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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - 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.

4.1
   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...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   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!

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (979) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bomber from BevMo ($14.99). Pours dark brown and almost black with two fingers of dark beige foam. Mellow aroma of roasted earthy malts, bourbon, and light coffee tones. Taste is rich with earthy coffee, strong notes of boozy bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit. You can feel/taste the 11% on this one, but it is not unpleasant. Overall this is pretty good, but the price is ridiculous. (168, 257)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Sampled at Feb 2010 Indy tasting - Aroma is loaded with dark malts and fruits followed by dusty dry coffee. Flavor is strong match to aroma but finishes thin. Palate is chewy. A nice twist to traditional BA imperial stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from the noble Bhensonb. Thanks yet again! Pours pitch black under a thin brown head. Initial nose in dark fruit and a hint of bourbon. The first flavor once in the mouth is definitely the bourbon, but it is clearly and quickly softened by chocolaty/cherry mellowness. I generally dislike bourbon flavors in my stouts, but this isn’t overpowering and is balanced well against the chocolate, fruit, and roasty flavors. Very nicely done. Palate has a bit of an alcohol bite, but not a big one, and the finish is all about fruit flavors and dry tobacco. I never did really get the coffee suggested in the brewer’s description, the roasted bitterness seemed like it could have as easily come from the grain. But, hey, I do like this stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555. Thanks Jason! Pours deep black with a tan ring of head. Lots of roast, coffee and cocoa. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Very good stuff!


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