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RATINGS: 579   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10357) - 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 (1104) - 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 (3012) - 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 (896) - 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 (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, 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 (3909) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
[2/12/15] Draught at The Sycamore in San Francisco. Black with a tan head. Big coffee beans aroma with some roast and wood. Bitter roasty flavor with some sweetness, lots of coffee and vanilla. Quite full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (622) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Shared bomber, snifter. Bourbon/coffee/chocolate characters were all subtlety displayed. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No booziness. Very nice, really like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
bearohs (14) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Interesting brew.. deep lingering tones of tobacco and malt. Some front light coffee taste but no aroma. Very high abv but not in your face with it. Pretty good brew for sure.

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