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RATINGS: 494   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%


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (100) - USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours into a stout almost black, small, khaki head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dried cherries. Not very boozy, despite the high ABV. Great beer! Will look for it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (782) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma, with coffee, vanilla, cocoa and booze. Big roasted malt with coffee, vanilla and dark unsweetened cocoa. Finishing with oak and booziness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (268) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black pour. Thin brown head. Slightly boozy roasted chocolate and red wine barrel aroma. Taste is roasty red wine oaky. Finish is slight bitter dark chocolate and wine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1435) - - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with no head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is heavy on the coffee. Rich thick mouthfeel. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (502) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Bourbon coffee chocolate sweet vanilla but light. Very sugary and sweet. Smooth feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Dark beer with a foamy beige head. Big rich coffee and and chocolate nose. Very smooth, oily mouthfeel. Great melted chocolate, sweetened coffee, subtle bourbon and rich dark fruit flavors. Very nice sipping beer not overpowered by the barrel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Sample at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Opaque brown-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate, charred malt, black licorice and coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering malty aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark dark brown, not quite black with some ruby or garnet showing through. There is a small darker khaki head that fades down, just leaving a ring. The aroma is very strong on a barrel presence. I love the roasted malt and a beautiful dark fruit and licorice. The flavor is just as good. It's more based on the malts and dark fruits. The coffee isn't really apparent until the back end. I love the woodiness and the subtle vanilla. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, with a medium carbonation and a lingering roasty aftertaste that is part coffee, part malt, and all delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Aroma is bourbon barrel, dark dried fruit, some coffee. Appearance is dark dark dark brown, tan head. Taste is sweet, dried fruit, bourbon barrel, coffee, lots going on here. Mouthfeel is real thick, nice carbonation, oily. Overall, quite well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle in Vegas, baby! Hotel tasting. Very dark maroon brown color, beige head. Aroma of huge roast, stewed figs, raisins, vanilla. Nice chewy body. Good stuff.


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