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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Tap at the blind tiger. Great beer. Aromas of milky chocolate, expresso, and a hint of grass. Taste is sweet, with very long length. Palate is syrupy and rich, full bodied. Black, with no head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Black ale took a second to build a brown head. Smell is crisp roast, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Big flavor of burnt toast, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Excellent flavor complexity and a smooth finish. One of the best beers Ive had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkbachman (181) - - NOV 8, 2012
Chocolate, coffee and toffee nose mix with a rich bourbon barrel aroma. Fruity with plum and raisin that finishes smooth with the bourbon flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Rich and milky, strong chocolate flavor. It's superior with its cocoa flavor. The beer also has some coffee-espresso flavor, the palate is silly smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black cor with a small tan head on it. Nose has a lot of roasting on it, with just a hint of some dark fig in there. Taste is roasty and very chocolatey and super smooth. Very much like velvet. Yum

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
22 oz bomber from my great buddies at Country Club Liquors! Thanks for getting this for Jake and I! Just crack the cap and an awesome aroma rolls forth! Nose is sweet flowers, light oaky vanilla, chocolate, licorice, and a whiff of coffee. Pitch black with a one finger cinnamon tan, lightly lacing head. Flavor has a little bourbon up front with vanilla, coffee, and some lightly smokey, roasty nuts! Finish shows some very light bitterness showing up after some light alcohol warmth! Excellent shit! (Sorry I forgot Shit was deleted)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
22 oz bottle from bevmo. -actually 11% abv, not 13%!!!- very nice pour, a very nice thick dark brown head slowly rises out of what at first appears to be a flat, viscous, black syrup. beautiful. smell is very porter like with lots of roasted, but not burnt, malts. great notes of oak and bourbon, not subtle, but not overpowering. notes of nice fresh anise crusted bread, nice yeast profile in the nose, it for some reason keeps giving me hints of both porter and pilsner in regards to the yeast(?) but i appreciate it. the nose really opens up a lot as it warms up, take note towards the end of the glass more than the beginning in this regard. the palate is spot on, very full, bold body, very creamy, rich mouthfeel, super smooth all the way through, never unpleasant or too much at any point. very velvety, cant imagine it getting much better in this department! the taste is a menagerie of sweet and bitter notes, its notable that the bitter part of the flavor profile is achieved without resorting to a burnt or coffee-like aspect. the coffe is present, but in a very true form, nice and subtle and exquisite. therefor the aftertaste is not dominated by an oily burnt coating, but rather a harmonious blend of subtle contrasting flavors that are found when sought. nice vanilla extract touches make brief appearances, and even a truffle or two shows up from time to time. great offering, i am impressed!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Roasted carmel and coffee aroma,a hint of maple syrup. The black patent malt is apparent. I would like a bit more hops in the aroma, though. Flavor is quite sweet, with some bitterness coming in at the end. Very dark and opaque, not much head. Good mouth feel, but could use some more carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavisBeerLover (3) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2011 does not count
Ive had this beer on tap a few times this week at The Davis Beer Shoppe. There is no mistaking that this beer is barrel aged and has loads of coffee added to it. Its definitely not short on complex flavor. This has quickly become one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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