RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.8
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Roasty chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Entirely sweet with some alcohol. Silky smooth going down.

4.3
phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Not sure why I reached for this, since I have a 2009 bottle at home. Anyway, pours an opaque, inky black color with a small brown head. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, oak chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Great coffee character that balances so well with the barrel notes. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, boozy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Rich and full. Great beer, and I’m excited to open the bottle now. Re-Rate, 1/18/11: I don’t have a whole lot to add, as all the same notes are there. This is a really mellow blend of bourbon barrel and coffee imperial stout, which gives it nice sweetness, subtle alcohol warmth, and dry roastiness. The body is lighter than I remember, though, so that may be a function of the barrel aging and sitting in a bottle for well over a year. Just a great beer.

3.9
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled at fobab 2010. Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Aroma has heavy roasted burnt malt, woody, chocolate and coffee. A touch of vanilla and caramel. Flavor starts with a big coffee roasted malt character, a bit burnt, picking up bourbon, vanilla and woodiness. Sharp slightly harsh coffee bean finish. Medium full body and a sharper carbonation. Not bad.

4.4
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

4.1
Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bomber courtesy of Irish Boy and shared with some of the Richmond, VA crew. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, sweet malts, caramel and vanilla. The taste is roasted malts, bitter hops, caramel, vanilla, coffee, bourbon and faint fruity notes in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

3.9
Zymurgeist2 (2179) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Ebony with massive deep brown head. Massive chocolate aroma. Hershey chocolate taste. A little too bitter/biting at the end. This is a great beer!

3.2
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 oz. @ SIB 2010 Notes "Smells like one of those Baltic porters. Really sweet smelling and tastes like black strap. Prefer roastier stouts."

3.8
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Serving: 22oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: The nose is full of dark malt, Kahlua, and macadamia nuts.
Appearance: It pours a very dark brownish black color with a thin, tan head. The head retention is pretty poor, but it’s not surprising given the alcohol content.
Taste: There is an abundance of chewy malt with a good bit of raisin, prune, and malt sweetness.
Palate: Medium to rich body with low carbonation leading to a roasty, sweet finish.
Overall: A very solid and well rounded stout. Definitely worth trying.

4.2
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Pours a rich black. Bourbon, plum, hops, wood, black coffee, dark chocolate. Delicious. More wood. Peaty. Sharpness. Bittetrsweet finish. Slick. Very nice!

4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, has super dark brown hues on the edges, thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Sweet bourbony nose, slight roasted malts, graham cracker, and vanilla.   Smells pretty tasty!   First thing I notice that is for a stout its not really heavy or biting.   Then comes the bourbon, some toffee, charred wood, vanilla, and even some rum.   Roasted malts arent as strong as I thought they would be.   Moreso bourbon and wood.   Did I mention rum?   Feels more like a Strong Ale of sorts than an Imperial Stout.   Fairly smooth, but does have a bit of alcohol burn.   For some reason I am leaning more towards rum infused imperial stout in this one.   Pretty darn good.   I could drink this all day.   For a stout its not heavy, and while it does have some hop bitterness it has a good mount of sweetness.   And at 11%, it would more than keep one entertained all day.   Clean, straight forward, not fancy, but certainly well put together.   I liked this one.



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