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RATINGS: 577   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6086) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, mämmi, licorice, hints of oakiness and vinous notes. Taste is vinous, slightly roasty and sweet with loads of licorice, hints of oak, wood and berries. Finish is heavy with vinous notes, sweet syrup, licorice, oak, wood and vanilla. Quite vinous and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5783) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
650 ml from Cigarette City, Seabrook. Used motor oil color with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, deep roasted grains, burnt coffee grounds, dark fruits. Mild bourbon notes/ leans more on oak rather than bourbon.

Flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malts, anise, light char underneath a mild bourbon treatment. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisins, red grapes, figs. Mouthfeel is nice and full with an oak finish. Very nice, wanted more coffee but I also have no idea the age of the bottle. Still a fine sipper overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (1033) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2015
08/30/12 bottle. Pours nearly black with some fine sediments. Aroma has smooth notes of oaky wood, roast, whiskey, and a very slight vineous note. Taste is balanced. Dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, peanut shells a slight alcohol, and a touch of coffee bitterness at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Creamy and full in the mouth with a slightly dry finish. Overall really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1578) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle (2011?) to pint glass I’ve been sitting on this for a few years and I was so happy to open and share this. So exicted in fact that I knocked the bottle sideways and it toppled over onto the counter and stove. Thankfully it didn’t break and I was able to scoop it up and and place it in the sink immediately. We lost about 70 mL, but no matter. The aroma that filled the kitchen was wonderful. Soy, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, rum, oak, maple, and a little campfire. Deep reddish brown with a thin, very creamy dark tan head. There’s some boozy lacing on the glass too. Taste is currants, blackberry, molasses, smoked oak, bourbon, brown sugar and coffee. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, but I think because of the booziness, the flavour doesn’t last quite as long as I would like. A great beer. Thanks Humboldt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (10794) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Lots of rich chocolate notes and toasted coconut. Deep jet brown with a nice brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, coconut, marshmallow and a sweet cocoa finish. Long finish with more complexity, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Draft at Gnarly Barley. Pours nearly pitch black in color and topped a thick head of tan colored foam that slowly recedes to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, espresso, hints of bourbon from the oak, and sweet vanilla and a touch of roast. The flavor follows with more dark chocolate, espresso, and oak laden vanilla. Just a touch of toasty bitterness on the back end. The bourbon barrel seems to smooth things out, but the bourbon flavor isn’t quite as noticeable in the flavor. Full bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation leading to a lengthy finish. This one was on the sweet side for me and needed some more bitterness to balance things out. Still a nice barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle: Poured a deep black with a light brown 2 finger head. Aroma is metallic, malt, and light chocolate. Taste is huge dark fruit, sweet burnt molasses, malt, very sweet. Drying metal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (2161) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
(tap) clear, dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of coffee, chocolate; sweet, complext flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Draft at crunchy's. Deep brown with a small head. Sweet and a bit thin white lots of brown sugar and molasses.

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