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RATINGS: 493   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%


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (274) - Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Smooth cocoa aroma with some minor vanilla and roasty almond. Light tan head and very dark brown body. Dark roasted dry cocoa and sight warm vanilla and minor coffee notes. Smooth and creamy on the palate

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HellesBunny666 (186) - Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Complex chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, espresso, super syrupy body,vanilla, burnt sugar, coffee, bourbon, wood.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1269) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Appearance: inky pour with a short ring of dark brown head, syrupy legs. Aroma: licorice, dark chocolate, soy sauce, coffee grounds. Taste: bitter chocolate, black licorice, soy sauce, bourbon, espresso. Finish: dry, bitter, syrupy, with a lingering unsweet molasses note. Notes: Not very good, compared to others in the style. Decidedly one-note level of bitterness, it could have used substantial smoothing and balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (594) - Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Super dark, off-color, small foamy head. Smells of malt and coffee. Chocolatey, dark fruit taste. Thick palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (359) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Amazing imperial. Almost no head and pours almost total black. Strong pipe tobacco and bitter chocolate predominate. Great balance. Just a little sweetness and proper bitterness for counterpoint. A bit of coffee in the finish. Faint bourbon character.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (366) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Here we go! A little more head and a little more lacing, and this could’ve been a high score for me. Perfect dark brown color, and the aroma is terrific... mocha and caramel. Nice strong coffee and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luvystypotables (667) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Aroma of coffee and bourbon, an ebony colour with a small transient head. Rich complex taste of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate, a slightly bitter palate of chocolate and malt with a hint of phenol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (923) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, short lived small tan head. Bourbon and sweet caramel malt aroma. Smooth creamy slight phenol flavor with rich malt accents and a mild bitter malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3260) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a dark cola with a thin ecru head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of caramel, bourbon, oak and dRk fruits. Thick. Is ous mouthfeel. Sweet roasty and boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
From bottle to glass. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is amazing coffee chocolate bourbon and sweet. Taste is like a sweet desert. A must try beer if you like stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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