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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/12/15] Draught at The Sycamore in San Francisco. Black with a tan head. Big coffee beans aroma with some roast and wood. Bitter roasty flavor with some sweetness, lots of coffee and vanilla. Quite full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (554) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Shared bomber, snifter. Bourbon/coffee/chocolate characters were all subtlety displayed. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No booziness. Very nice, really like it.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
bearohs (11) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Interesting brew.. deep lingering tones of tobacco and malt. Some front light coffee taste but no aroma. Very high abv but not in your face with it. Pretty good brew for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (490) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2015
It pours black with a brown head that produces a lot of lacing. It has coffee and roasted aromas with bourbon and alcohol with smokey notes. It flavor combination of bourbon and coffee is complex and pleasant. It has a smokey taste and a wee bit of chocolate. The bit a bitter tinge on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (1253) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Super dark. Super thin head. Very boozy. Woody, some bourbon flavors. Not my favorite stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (256) - Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Not a roast bomb, nice and complex. I can taste the wine barrel. Just the right amount of coffee, not overwhelming. Beautiful black color with virtually no head. Drinkable at 11%. Good offering from a brewer that’s not known for their imperial stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4517) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle: Pours nearly black with a small, light tan head. Smoky chocolate, bourbon, tobacco aromas.... Taste is dark, bitter-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco and coffee malts.... Woody, sweet, big and bold... A really well done Imperial Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3994) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, and coffee. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2015
One hell of an American imperial stout. Boozy aromas float up from the glass. Thick, black pour. Complex and long on the palate, but with a shot of bitter hops at the end. Beautifully roasted and rich.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (762) - - FEB 22, 2015
Bomber, 2014 vintage. Rich dark chocolate malt aroma with notes of roasted malt, molasses and red wine. Pours oily black with one finger of light brown head with good retention and lacing. Starts with rich dark chocolate malt flavors with notes of molasses and roasted malt with a really thick body and viscous mouthfeel. Finishes really smooth with dark chocolate notes melding nicely with some light red wine flavors. Excellent imperial stout!


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