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RATINGS: 540   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 “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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured an almost opaque black/brown color with a thin off-white head. Creamy chocolate aroma with some doughy gluey notes. Roasty malt flavor with sweet chocolate and bourbon. Hint of coffee. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Warming sensation in the chest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is fairly impressive. The beer is black with a small mocha colored head. S: The smell is surprisingly lacking in coffee (considering this is supposed to be a "java" stout). There was plenty of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, however. T: The taste is sort of all over the place. The bourbon is noticeable up front, but not overwhelming. That is followed by some decent chocolate and vanilla flavors, as well as some coffee. M: The body is on the thin side for an RIS, but not terrible. The carbonation is low, but that is to be expected. D: For an RIS, it’s rather drinkable. But, it’s not necessarily a great example. I am glad that I got to try it, but I am not in a hurry to drink my remaining bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear dark beer with a beige/lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, vanilla, coconut, wood and alcohol. The flavor is roasted, coconut, wood, vanilla and notes of alcohol. The palate is smooth, roasted, sweetness and ends a little raw. Overall a good and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
22oz bottle from the Green Jug Woodland Hills. Aroma of roasted malts and raisens. Jet black pour with tan head. Flavors of light Bourbon and a some choco malts with a nice bitter finish. Full body. This one will eff you up

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1173) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Gator from TBS. Thanks! Pours a nice jet black, not much head. My first impression is that they went hard on the vanilla, I had no idea it was barrel-aged. Makes sense. Smell is definite vanilla, maybe some coconut and coffee. Taste is similar. Smooth, nice texture. I enjoyed it....probably would’ve been better if the bourbon barrel aged it a bit longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14333) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle @ J.C.G US Tasting Pt.2. Pours pitch black with a small creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose is roast, vanilla and coconut. Flavor is pretty dominated by the barrel aging. Some coffee, vanilla and coconut going on. Sticky and oily. Warmth. One dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle... Poured black with a thick, light brown head. Aroma contained notes of vanilla, whiskey like tones, grains, and roasted coffee. Smooth, big chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bourbon tones, but not overly bourbon. Dark, malted grains towards the end, with a slight alcohol appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coconut, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some tea leaves, and light tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11477) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Big chocolate aroma with coconuts from the bourbon oak, and a fruity hint of apples. Rich chocolate flavour with oak and bourbon. The alcohol feels a little raw and aggressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, wood, slight bourbon, tobacco, slight dark ripe fruits, slight burnt caramel, slight chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Poured black in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Perfect lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, tobacco, oak, light Bourbon, slight chocolate, slight dark ripe fruit, and a hint of hops. Medium to full body. Viscous, coating texture. Soft to average carbonation. Tobacco, malt, oak, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, and slight Bourbon finish is coating and lasting. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

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