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RATINGS: 485   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%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
I had a couple of good brews tonight, but i won’t spend luch time rating them because of that brew. first glass of the night and by far the best. this was amazing, the balance between the barrel flavor and thr cchocolate and bitterness was close to perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
todd_aka_rhino (10) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Dark fruit up front. Transitions into prickly heat. Roasted barley, toffee, more dark fruit, dark sugar syrup, oak, some bourbon element. Coffee picks up in the end, but it's much milder than I thought it would be. Alcohol warmth helps the dark fruit to shine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a sturdy 1/8 inch layer of tan froth a top. Aroma: Mild whiffs of roasted malts, burnt malts and bourbon notes. Taste: Bourbon whiskey, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt malts, and charred oak. Mouthfeel: Creamy, fluffy, and moderately fizzy. Overall: A balanced bourbon barrel aged beer. The roast and the booze are in harmony. I know coffee is in this recipe, but I didn’t get much of that. I still very content despite discovering coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours pure black with a low tan head. Aroma is smooth, dark toasted malt. Somewhat smokey. Underlying chocolate. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Flavor is heavy, smooth chocolate with a light hint of smoke. It is so smooth. And always the burnt malt. It just gets better & better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Wow, another hoppy imperial stout. Lots of coffee, bourbon, espresso-chocolate, and alcohol in the aroma. Also get a lot of wood in addition to the bourbon. I really like that. Taste is very bourbon-forward. Creamy chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some bitterness. Wow, I am really impressed with this beer. Starts out a bourbon, vanilla, oak- bomb. In a good way. Rounded out with elements of cocoa and roasted coffee. The taste is very much the same. Fresh-cut oak, dank orangy hops, some fruit, and a good dose of bourbon. Finish is a bit harsh, but surprisingly dry, and not cloying. The vanilla and the bitterness sticks to the sides of my cheek, while the sweet bourbon stings my tongue. Awesome beer.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour had coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso and sweet english liquerice. Finished sweet. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2009 bomber... pours a light black out of the bottle and settles into an average black with see through sides and a faint bottom.... plus a 1 finger frothy tan head. lovely barrel nose with bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla coming forward the most. big smooth body with more bourbon notes throughout.... layers of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a slight bitterness flow over the tongue. extremely smooth - like a melted milk chocolate bar. there are some dark and sweet fruit notes on the mouth - predominantly cherry, plum, and raisin. a general sweetness exists from front to back. lasting finish with some wood notes along with more dark fruits and a touch of red wine. excellent barrel aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 9, 2011
(22 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours very dark brown with a thin brown head that recedes mostly to edges. Aroma of deep chocolate, coffee, ash, molasses, port, perhaps plum. Yummy. Mouthfeel smooth, almost silky, slightly sticky in the finish. Light syrupy film and dabs of lacing inside of snifter. Flavor of deep chocolate and coffee with molasses and some ash and wood. A little bit of port and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (679) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2011
This stuff is great! I get vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and some chocolate aromas. The Flavors are fantastic, and well balanced. It has a mild bourbon taste, with coffee and alcohol jumping out at you. Not too sweet, thats what I like! Great mouthfeel. A little burn in the finish. I could live on this. If it smoothes out with some age, it would be even more amazing! I have had three bombers so far, and will buy any more i can find.

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