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RATINGS: 572   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1542) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
A very good imperial stout. Pours a beautiful deep red-black with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, coco, malts. Taste is very creamy and boozy, with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, a bit of hops in the finish, and a whiskey-like booze in the after taste. Had on tap at Billcos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1371) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2015
Sampled from a bomber bottle purchased at Champanes, this beer had a dark brown almost black pour and gave a small one finger or so off-white and light tan cover of bubbles, the bubbles receded quickly to a small island of bubbles and thin ring, the nose had aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, faint liquor in the background, roasted malt and molasses sweetness, the flavors were big roasted malt and some grain, coffee, a little chocolate with faint liquor in the background, the finish had a little roasted malt bitterness with a bit of astringency and a bit of warmth on the mouth, and molasses sweetness trailing, the mouth feel was sort of thick, it was a little creamy and had soft to average carbonation, the nose was not that big or exceptional, the flavor was bigger than the nose with a good bite of roasted malt, as I continued drinking the grit and malt astringency wore on my palate a bit, the liquor notes from the barrel aging were pretty faint, hardly noticeable, it could be worse, but it was not over bearing, a good imperial stout but I was expecting a better drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (678) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2015
Poured from bottle dark chocolate color with a 2 finger tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffe with a hint of booze. Taste is smooth with with notes of bourbon caramel and vanilla and a hint of coffee in the finish. An excellent drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9617) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. Chocolate fudge, light coffee/bourbon, malt and light wood aroma. Black with small head. Sweet bourbon, mocha malt and moderately bitter herbal flavor. Good body. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1082) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2015
22oz bottle - pours dark brown with thin tan head . Faint cocoa aroma , hints of cola and coffee . Taste brings bits of bourbon , licorice , vanilla , coffee and tobacco . Overall a good beer , though not worth the $ . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2783) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
From the waxed on 650 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Outer space blackness in the pour with a modest tan head that fades. The aroma is of roasted caramel and dark malts, coffee, and a little boozy backdrop. Full body and smooth. The booze brings itself forward a little more in the flavor which is why I knocked it down a touch. But it is 11%. Otherwise sweet, dark malts lead to a lingering bitter or slightly boozy finish. Still quite outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigtaster (873) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
From a 650 into snifter. Pours black with just hints of light coming through with an amber tint to it, medium fine head with soapy spots spread through it. Nose is intense dark dried fruits, fig, raisin, dates, licorice, caramel, malted barley. Very smooth body, medium to high sweetness, low bitterness to start moving to a nice moderate bitter finish, a bit of booze at the back of the throat, full bodied. There is a bit of pine in the finish, with more dried fruits. Good, but just not hitting the right spots for me, doesn’t seem very cohesive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pour is black with red hue, khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, booze, vious notes. Taste is big coffee, vinous notes, an interesting blend of tanins, vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrels and whatever the retired union barrels bring. Full bodied, 11%, can’t tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1368) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 20, 2015
22oz 2014 vintage bottle pours dark briwn black with a finger of light tan head. Nose is pretty nice with some dark charred fudgey roast, some dusty coffee, oaky vanilla cream, and soft fruity wine. Taste is medium bodied, pretty nice blend of flavors, subdued but with decent complexity of bitter chocolate cherry, coffee bean, wine, and vanilla. Finishes with a dash of fruity sweetness and bitter roasty dark cocoa dust. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3810) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2015
Deep dark brown pour medium beige head mild carbonation aromas bourbon caramel dark chocolate nit roast coffee dark fruit liquorice honey touch flavours toffee roasted coffee liquorice caramel dark chocolate bourbon medium bitter dried fruits love the rich malt taste caramel so nice hints of marzipan the finish goodness throughout best tastes fruits lasting bourbon richness of malts bitter taste roasted coffee lovely imperial

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