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RATINGS: 487   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%


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hapjydeuce (932) - 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 (11079) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Sampled from 22-oz bomber and shared by MatSciGuy. Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black, colored brew with an average sized beige head that leaves behind a film top. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a touch of soy, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of imperial stout chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Finish is malty with a hint of tart berry bitterness and a lingering vanilla aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at PP Strong Ale Fest 2009. Thin and blandish. Have my taste bugs been dulled. A bit of barrel aroma. Pretty good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Rich stout complemented by strong barrel and coffee flavors. Excellent mouthfeel. This stout is the best barrel-aged example in my opinion, because it isn’t overpowered by bourbon. The wood comes through in just the right places. Perfect.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours a deep dark black that is opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges and a frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves subtle sporadic lacing. Roasted coffee aroma with chocolate malt, caramel, oatmeal, slightly nut and subtle bourbon notes that are accompanied by oak and vanilla. Heavily carbonated up front with a strong blast of bourbon heat that lingers throughout, overpowering the other flavors a bit. Caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of coffee flavor that is not overly roasty. ABV is not very well masked making this beer really hot and the bourbon flavor doesnít help in this regard. The alcohol warmth is very prominent up front and it slowly mellows toward the end but itís a bit much. Otherwise the subtle coffee intertwined with the smooth malty body was pretty nice.


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