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RATINGS: 459   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%


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (343) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Amazing imperial. Almost no head and pours almost total black. Strong pipe tobacco and bitter chocolate predominate. Great balance. Just a little sweetness and proper bitterness for counterpoint. A bit of coffee in the finish. Faint bourbon character.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (231) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Here we go! A little more head and a little more lacing, and this could’ve been a high score for me. Perfect dark brown color, and the aroma is terrific... mocha and caramel. Nice strong coffee and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables (387) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Aroma of coffee and bourbon, an ebony colour with a small transient head. Rich complex taste of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate, a slightly bitter palate of chocolate and malt with a hint of phenol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (664) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, short lived small tan head. Bourbon and sweet caramel malt aroma. Smooth creamy slight phenol flavor with rich malt accents and a mild bitter malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a dark cola with a thin ecru head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of caramel, bourbon, oak and dRk fruits. Thick. Is ous mouthfeel. Sweet roasty and boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
From bottle to glass. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is amazing coffee chocolate bourbon and sweet. Taste is like a sweet desert. A must try beer if you like stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22 ounce bottle, watery version of BOIS, palate busted. Soldier on, great share. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (250) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pours black with a little red around the side and a small light brown head. Large roasty java note on the nose, milk chocolate, caramel, an earthy and almost grassy note, and oak. The taste is booming with super rich dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, there is a tobacco note, maybe a hint of leather, coconut, caramel, oak and bourbon. Very full bodied, very heavy stout. The barrels just sort of accentuate a lot of the already delicious flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
pours oil black, with an oil slick head to boot. toffee, tobacco, black coffee, bourbon is light. sludgy body that feels thin at times.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (253) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2014.02.01 - Nectar Ales Blank Xantus - 22oz (?) bottle in tulip glass. Bottle not marked but presumably 2013 vintage. Aroma: coffee, chocolate, vanilla Appearance: Pours super dark, little if any light gets through, little if any highlights. Very little head, a brief attempt that fizzles quickly. Taste: espresso, coffee, chocolate/cocoa Palate/Mouthfeel: not nearly as creamy or heavy as one would expect. It’s moderately creamy, and pretty slick light mouthfeel. Aroma 7/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 15/20


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