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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1184) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Pours black with a khaki head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and soy sauce aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, pine and soy sauce flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate and soy sauce finish.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardaxe (293) - - JAN 6, 2015
Poured from bomber into teku glass. At first this beer was fairly underwhelming, but it was entirely due to temperature. I'm not sure I've had a beer that has changed so much as it warmed. Once it did, it was a beautiful melange of flavors. Very subtle bourbon and wine barrel mixed to produce a slightly tart, intensely sweet booziness that was layered under licorice and chocolate. There was some major flavor depth here that had me finding new things on each sip. Decadent mouthfeel too that was thick and velvety (and a touch overcarbonated). Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. This is a thick viscous and complex brew with a lot going on in the background.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber. Pours an oily pitch black with a medium sized tan/beige cream colored head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, light bourbon, coffee and roasted malts. Taste of bitter chocolate , coffee notes, bourbon and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsadich (21) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Black in the title delivers on the pour. A nice sting on the first taste without a boozie taste. A nice smooth finish for a high abv. Nice finish of chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (111) - - DEC 18, 2014
Bomber - pours black with light creamy head. Nice well rounded aroma of roastiness, charcoal, licorice and dark chocolate. A mouthful is delicious, coating and complex. I taste espresso, dark coffee, hints of bourbon, anise and molasses. A slight booze flavor is present but subtle for a 11% ABV beer. Solid!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Full bodied and creamy with some heat in the finish. This brew has rich chocolate flavors perfectly blended with big roasty notes, coffee and lets not forget the bourbon. A very nice Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Didn’t realize that this was in Georgia until I saw it on the shelf. Dark brown pour with medium mocha head. Smell is rich chocolate, sweet cocoa, molasses, sweet vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, a bit of booze, splash of aged fruit, tiny bit of char, earthy. Sweet, decadent, big. Exceeded expectations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, some caramel and wood. The taste was malty with sweet notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla and some licorice. Awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3409) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/12/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with outstanding balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt. coffee, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial stout. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A world class imperial stout offering.


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