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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1032) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2009 vintage shared by Marcus. Pours black with slight head. Has a smooth roasted malt and chocolate taste. Some star anice as well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2013
Rating from 2010: Tiefschwarze Farbe, malzig-röstmalzig-schwerer Geruch. Der Antrunk ist alkoholisch-röstmalzig-trocken mit angenehm verbrannt-röstmalziger Notw. Zum Hauptteil kommen schwarze Schookolade, Espresso, dunkle Trockenfrüchte hinzu, die alkoholische Note hält sich wärmend, auch noch im Nachgeschmack lange auf der Zunge. Zum Nachgeschmack hin taucht auch noch eine deutlich herbe Komponente auf, die sich wunderbar in das Gesamtbild einpasst. Der Nachgeschmack selber ist alkoholisch-röstmalzig mit ganz leichter, aber angenehmer Süße. Sehr lang anhaltend, toffe-verbrannter Kaffee, brauner Zucker. herrlich. → Ganz tolles Bier! Vielen Dank an kappldav. Mir persönlich wären aber ein paar % weniger lieber gewesen, die dem Bier etwas von seiner alkoholischen Schärfe genommen hätten, die gerade nach einem halben Glas noch deutlicher hervortritt, als am Anfang, und schon fast etwas zu stören vermag. Dafür gibt’s für dieses fast perfekte Bier aber Punktabzug!
--> 11+10+10+12=11,25

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, licorice, nutcreme, vinous, creamy, tar, licorice, coffee notes, vinous, figs, some cocoa powder. Roasted chocolate flavor, coffee, raisins, nutcreme, chocolate, raisins, some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 Bomber courtesy of Kaj (non-RB). Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a frothy goldenish brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, sweetened dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, moist soil, green peppers, alcohol, sweet liquorice candy and caramel. Taste is sweet, malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, green pepper, black pepper corns, bourbon, charred wood vanilla fudge, hay, oatmeal cookies, caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, velvety, smooth and near full bodied. finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bourbon, bitter chocolate, charred wood, vanilla fudge and moist soil. Nice coffee stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3508) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
22 ounce whittle poured dark black with aromas of roast, light coffee, bourbon and some earth. Flavors follow suit, ok imperial stout, expected more but decent none the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (1664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, sour black coffee, heavily roasted malts, and some spice. Rich flavors of chicory, dark fruit/figs, vanilla, sweet chocolate and light coffee. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmellison (410) - 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 (808) - 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 (671) - 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.

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