RATINGS: 584   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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2194) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, blind IS tasting with Lawsons Fayston, Fritz&Kens, homebrew and Black Ops.
Aroma : Very peppery with notes of hot peppers. Lots of alcohol. A bit sweet with hints of raisins.
Taste : Some hops, roasted malts, hot peppers. Oily feeling.
Overall : Not very good actually. The hot pepper twist is interesting and even funny but not really fit for the beer. Nice experiment but nothing more. This one was no match for the other 4 brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3655) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010

1/28/2010: Black Xantus Imperial Stout... Aroma: Weak mocha/chocolate-coffee; faint citrusy hoppiness. Appearance: Deep brown to near black in color; opaque; foamy tan-colored head. Flavor: Large bitterness and alcohol; not really very much malt complexity; some black coffee; vanilla; hints of bourbony goodness. Palate: Medium (much lighter than expected); somewhat smooth; a bit syrupy. Overall: Seems fairly subdued overall; lacking malt and any real depth; I dont see what the hype is with this beer - AT ALL.

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle ( 10/16/09 ) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks ! Rating #194 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2010
22 oz bomber..... pitch black with medium head. smells of coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Tastes of licorice, coffee, chocolate and booze. This one was a little boozy. I think it wwould do better in time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This brash Imperial Stout focuses on alcohol heat, roasted malt bitterness and strange hot pepper flavors, forming an aggressive sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brown-edged darkness.
-If I rely on the commercial description, tbe hot pepper allusions are not intended and thus not a good sign of things to come with this batch.
-Some chocolate and coffee are found in the background.
-Bourbon vanilla leaves its prints on the flavor profile, but alcohol heat seems to be its main contribution.
-This one was the loser of a 5 Imperial Stout blind tasting.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (6020) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Wood and toffee aroma, with soy sauce accents. Black pour, thin tan head. Full bodied, alcohol noticeable. Date flavor, somewhat bourbony. Charred oak and bark finish. Not very dynamic. Good beer, but overshadowed by the wealth of better imperial stouts that are available. The elevated bottle price makes it doubly disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown; slim tan head dies to a haze. Nose is chocolate, citrus, chalk and molasses. Not too thick with a tang. Taste is chocolate, orange, grapefruit peel then dry and woody with some licorice. Not so much coffee. Fruity for a stout but appropriate considering their other Nectar offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2010 Are you kidding me? This beer is ridiculous. If I could legally marry a bottle of this I would but I think my wife would beat me to it. Brown black color with thin head. Aroma is of port wine. Combination of red wine, bourbon, woody esters, molasses, licorice and mocha. Wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Bottle from Capones. Pours onyx w 3 f tan head. Nose is dark malt, dark choc, vanilla, molasses, oaky spirits. This one was well balanced, complex, and damned delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3542) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Fleeting tan head over a black pour. Complex aroma, chocolate, vanilla, roast malts. Sweet start, roast malt bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
To start, the label with the black hummingbird is sick. The aroma brings roasty malts, coffee, and what you think is bourbon, but really is the wine barrel aging. The color is perfect, dark , roasty, and nice mocha head with maroon surrounding it. The flavors are roasty, coffee, creamy, and boozy all blended on the palate at the same time.

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