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RATINGS: 459   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmellison (368) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Appearance is black, totally opaque with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa and dark fruits. Flavor is almost like fruitcake, really rich and smooth with vanilla and chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Massive vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate milk aroma. Solid black appearance with a thick brown foam rim. Very thick, smokey bourbon notes with a ton of chocolate, coffee, espresso, mocha and toffee flavors. This is very smokey, with a touch of oak and I can get the tobacco flavors mentioned in the description. The finish hits your palate with massive alcohol and bourbon burn on the throat. Overall, this is a massive beer with strong malt flavors and intense bourbon alcohol on the throat. I’d give this an A+ rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (642) - USA - SEP 22, 2013
Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate some coffee like acidity. The wine barrels peak though with the dark fruit touch that seems slightly tannic. It’s a nice touch. Appears black with a slight tan foamy ring. Mouthfeel is thin taste is chocolate coffee bourbon still slightly boozy. Sticky sweet mocha like flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeLimpert (33) - - AUG 29, 2013
Had this beer sitting for a while. This beer poured with a nice head and wonderful aroma. The mouth is smooth and creamy with a wonderful mix of coffee, vanilla, and almond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
bomber shared, poured almost black with minimal head. the aroma was pretty good. lots of deep roasted malt, lots of chocolate and cofffee touches, was just sitting there enjoying the aroma when i snapped to and said i must drink. the flavor is strong and bold. lots of chocolate and coffee mixed with this roasted malt made for a very good beer. alcohol hidden well so you dont get that boozy taste on the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmerz (665) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle drank at The Loft NYC. Pours black with a huge head. Aroma is deep boozy licorice, raisin, malt, chocolate. Flavor is similar deeply sweet , boozy, dusty, dark roast coffee bitter. Body is light but feel is both sticky and tannic dusty. Love it. So intoxicating in its richness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Poured black with good tan head. Nice choco molasses aroma. Quite smooth slightly bitter taste. Balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottled October 30, 2012.
Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, but it pours a clear mahogany, not very dark at all, with a thin tan head that quickly settles into a thin coating with a dense ring.
Aroma: Tobacco and chocolate come to mind with hints of coconut and bourbon. After a moment roasted malts appear, very enticing.
Taste: Tobacco, coconut and bourbon are strong, the finish is a bit watery with hints of bourbon. Hints of coffee underlay the barrel notes. The finish is bourbon.
Palate: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a bit thin and lacking in malt backing. Too much barrel here, almost fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimjongill (207) - - JUL 21, 2013
From bottle. Black pour with light tan head. Crisp scent of molasses, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is sharply crisp, with a tobacco bite, strong bourbon, and coffee. Mouthfeel is lighter than I’d prefer for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
dark brown, small tan head with short retention. soy sauce, coffee, chocolate, toast. tons of soy. alcohol. medium-heavy sweet, medium-heavy bitter, salt, umami. full body, fairly warm. i wish i could say that i noticed the bourbon, but i honestly didn’t.

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