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RATINGS: 487   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (277) - Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
A mostly smooth 1.5" medium khaki head with a frothy crown over a black body with minute crimson highlights, splotchy lace all around

Mellow, somewhat sweet red wine flirts with subtle spirit notes, graham cracker barrel, light coffee, fudgey dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, and subtle dark fruit hinting at tartness layered on a smooth, lightly textured, warming medium plus body with well restrained carbonation and spicy alcohol accents, the whiskey chocolate combo is amplified in the finish and residual followed by a faint burst of citrusy hop notes as the larger components fade out, well orchestrated, very approachable for the style

22oz bottle code 11/22/13 20:10 served at 60º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4127) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Great, inky appearance, great tap handle and labeling. Coffee, cocoa, roast, a little vanilla and pencil shavings in the aroma. Rich, bittersweet chocolate, nicely boozy, tootsie-pop sweetness, coffee acidity. Slick, syrupy mouth. Fine grained carbonation. Long dark-bitter coffee roast aftertaste. Only complaint was that the acidity of the beer became a bit sticky. On tap, Baby Proof, upstairs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1722) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Very sweet and creamy, rum, caramel, marshmallows. Not too heavy, very smooth. Dark and delightful

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2014
This one poured a darker brown color with w beige head. Aroma was of coffee, vinous notes, and chocolate. Flavor was similar, bourbon, wine , coffee, chocolate, but a bit messy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3142) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bomber qui trainait dans mon frigo. Un liquide brun-noire. Peu de mousse mais c’est normal pour une bouteille recapsulée. Un nez de mélasse et de chocolat. Une bouche gluante avec des saveurs marquées par la mélasse. Les houblons et l’alcool jouent un rôle secondaire mais essentiel. J’aime cette proposition et encore plus lorsque je fais mon numéro du gars saoul dans la cage aux folles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Robe brune foncée et col beige qui quitte tardivement l’aventure. Aucune dentelle ne s’installe. De courtes jambes sont observées. Beau grand nez de café avec des parfums pimentés et des arômes doux de fruits foncés. Le goût est bien riche avec du chocolat, du café épicé et des raisins trempés dans le bourbon. Disons que cette concoction flatte mes papilles dans le bon sens du poil. L’alcool est assez intense mais ne fait jamais de faux pas. Il aurait pu être agressant mais il ne l’est pas du tout. En bouche, le liquide montre un corps majestueusement dense. Son effervescence est modérée. Sa texture est épaisse et légèrement collante. En finale, des notes douces de chocolat se font rapidement rattrapées par des touches bien poivrées et passablement chaudes. Gros stout impérial qui n’est pas fait pour les nains de jardin. J’aime le café qui apporte des notes de piment fort. J’aime moins son côté sucré. Une autre bouteille partagée avec mon pote Yan ou si vous aimez mieux rodenbach99, nommé ainsi lorsqu’il performe le jeudi soir chez Mado. Anyway, je ne m’étends pas trop sur le sujet car ce soir je présente mon nouveau numéro intitulé «Le lasso» au Stud et je dois me pratiquer devant mon miroir.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (965) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap, pour pitch black with a small white head, and thick lacing. Dense nose of alcohol, oak, whiskey, hints of espresso. Big taste, coffee, alcohol, sweet bourbon. Dry bitter finish, lingers in the back of your throat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (712) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 29, 2014
2011 vintage. Aroma is fairly chocolate forward with a bit of a low roast note. Medium light coffee note with a hint of green pepper. Hint of alcohol spice. Hints of dark fruit. Pours black with a small, thin mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges where it slowly disappears. No lacing and medium long legs. Flavor has moderately strong chocolate character with a hint of bitter chocolate. Medium light roast character with light coffee notes. Faint green pepper character with light dark fruit notes; plum and prunes. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty nice beer, but its better fresh when the coffee is brighter and the green pepper note hasn’t had a chance to develop. Nice chocolate notes with faint roast. Doesn’t finish too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2014
Pours basically black with a small head & not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pretty sweet, it’s got a nice vanilla & bourbon character but seems much more dominated by dark fruit & raisin. The coffee is mild but very well integrated.

The flavor is far more bitter than the aroma lets on and has nice notes of espresso and bitter chocolate. It doesn’t leave the sweetness, the dark fruit, or the bourbon behind though.

Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1425) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Nose is rather sweet - bourbon, oak, cane surp. Pours a solid black with quickly disapearing tan head and no lacing. The taste is malt, oak, bourbon, and bitter coffee. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, a Nice example of an imperial stout. Would drink again.


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