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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pagvan229 (14) - panama city beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Beer tasted as described. The aroma made me want more. It pour black with little head. Great beer to try, is not over powered in any way.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollsrace (81) - - DEC 26, 2015
Pours very dark brown almost black with a chocolate brown foam head. Like most imperial stouts. Rich and creamy first impression. Followed by some bourbon and alcholol and maybe chocolate. Follows then with some coffee flavors then finishes with a bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kayres (810) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours black with a thin tan head. Sweet soy aroma. Smooth full bodied molasses, bit of soy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Dark brown pour. Aroma of strong dark malt and some chocolate. Taste has lots of malt as well, with mild red fruit, choco and some booze. Where is the bourbon? This beer has potential, but feels unfinished.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (476) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a rich dark brown. A thin head appears after the beer settles that is the color of coffee ice cream. Even though the head is relatively thin it looks right on this beer. Aroma of dark licorice, molasses and dark fruits. This beer smells very rich. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but the carbonation, rather than being bubbly, is almost sharp for a second and then disappears. Flavor of dark, rich chocolate and overripe cherries. Maybe just a hint of alcohol flavor, which isn’t surprising at 11%. The flavor isn’t as nuanced as some of the very best imperial stouts, but this is a solid entry in the category.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdheredia2 (27) - - NOV 1, 2015
Anis! I was really excited to taste this beer and then I realized it was mostly anis. Love dark, stout, imperial stout, etc, but this was overpowered by the black licorice flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (843) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Dark black color with thin light brown head and moderate lacing. Aroma is weak- nonexistent, maybe some malt remnants but otherwise nothing. Flavor is okay, well balanced with the bourbon and cocoa coffee notes but weak all around. Called Nectar Ales Black Xantus at the bar, but this says its retired....is this an old beer?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2598) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Bomber->snifter. Black with huge frothy tan head. A: chocolate malt, nuts, toffee, roasted malts, coffee, hint of booze. T: coffee grounds, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, booze. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
Black, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, liquorice, vanilla and chocolate. Bitter flavour, roasted malts, coffee, light caramel, hops. Full, thick body. Bitter finish, liquorice root, light sour note. Bit sweet, quite boozy.
(from 75cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1086) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small fizzy beige head, non adhesive, unstable. Aroma: very rich, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, bit sourish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very alcoholic and boozy, bitter, roasted, caramel, molasses, bit smoky. Aftertaste: alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, bit hoppy, roasted, some coffee, a lot of coffee actually. Didn’t know anything about the beer beforehand, looks like i got a lot of it right. Sourness from the wine barrels, bourbon, coffee, ... So, even at the end of such a big tasting, still got my senses serving me right! ;-)


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