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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Big aroma and taste full of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate and hints of licorice. Not too sweet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle in the sun at Lords, Compton Upper, 2nd day of the test v Sri Lanka and celebrating a daddy century by Root, 13/06/14. Black with a good sized tan head. Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit peel, roast malt, light spice trail. Taste comprises rich chocolate, dark toffee fudge, spice, molasses, light tar, dark fruits. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light boozey wash and a pinch more spice at the curtain call. Solid impy affair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1156) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee and chocolate, but with subtle addition of some vanilla notes. Nice boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (321) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4379) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1732) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Very sweet and creamy, rum, caramel, marshmallows. Not too heavy, very smooth. Dark and delightful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3264) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3370) - Candiac, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1010) - 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.

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