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RATINGS: 491   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 “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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with a disappearing brown head. Not as thick or viscous as I thought it would be. The aroma jumps out as very boozy with vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Some sweet chocolaty malts and only a touch of fruit. The flavor is also very boozy with heavy bourbon and sugary cola notes. I agree that tastes a little like a jack and coke. The sweet flavors just taste like cane sugar to me. The chocolate and coffee flavors as well as roasted malts are completely overpowered by the intense alcohol flavor. This one may be a little young. Still an enjoyable beer (when is a bourbon barrel impy stout not?) but I think it could have been executed a little better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Dark brown pour. Aroma is coffee, malts, smoky. Flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak. I thought it was over carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
FoBAB ’09, pours black with white head. nose is roasty, coffee, with lots of piney hop notes. flavors are coffee, piney hops, charred barrel and alc heat. tons of barrel complexity, body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out black with a bubbly eggshell head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and some burning alcohol notes. Taste is complex with chocolate, roasted malt, slight earthy notes, but the booze was there the whole time and took over a little. Would like to try it aged a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from boamr, thanks Ryan. Deep dark balck body with a medium sized foamy light beige head. Wow what a complex aroma with a sweet yet dark combo....notes of coffee, honey, nectar, dark fruit, *I actually wrote black candy...what the hell is that, molassess and dark corn syrup. The flavor is sweet with notes of dark corn syrup, with slightly lesser burnt dark malts, alcohol, burnt molassess and charcoal. Body was slightly thin with softer carbonation and some noticeable alcohol heat. This one was just a little to thin and a little to hot and sweat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
22oz that I picked up from Belmont Station. Roasty with big vanilla and white chocolate with some coffee. Kind of boozy though. Roasty or burnt malt up front, that is pretty sweet, tons of vanilla and almost too much as it is a bit hot. Some prune and rootbeer going on as well. I’m diging the lighter body but the vanilla is a little much and a tad too hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bourbon, vanilla, and coffee on the nose.Some booze hotness. Dark brown almost black pour, creamy tan ring. Vanilla, oaky barrell notes, dark chocolate, coffee, more sweet vanilla and a little boozy heat in finish. Light carbonation thinner body for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a rich solid opaque black with a micro tan head. The aromas are warm with bourbon, bourbon barrel, vanilla, and deep roast coffee beans. The taste starts out very wooden from the barrels with a spice tone to it that turns more smoky. The bourbon taste builds as you drink. A bit too warm now but a good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle shared by nimbleprop: Pours an oily opaque black with dark mahogany edges and thin wispy off-white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops and sweet dark caramel with vanilla bourbon complexity. Starts with a pretty good dark caramel and chocolate flavor with a nice vanilla bourbon balance and doughy yeasty balance before a slightly warming thinner bittersweet finish. A decent bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, but seems a little sugary and young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger: Opaque pour with a light tan ring of head. Big aroma- hoppy presence with resinous earthy qualities (definitely those high AA N/W hops) mesh with some licorice, tobacco, and some dark toffee sweetness. Fluffy feel on the palate. Huge body with a boozy note, but dry with some woody notes (white oak) along with licorice, black malt, raisin, sweet tobacco and some mild bourbon burn. Fairly rounded for it’s size. Well done.

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