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RATINGS: 491   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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1718) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
pours oil black, with an oil slick head to boot. toffee, tobacco, black coffee, bourbon is light. sludgy body that feels thin at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2014.02.01 - Nectar Ales Blank Xantus - 22oz (?) bottle in tulip glass. Bottle not marked but presumably 2013 vintage. Aroma: coffee, chocolate, vanilla Appearance: Pours super dark, little if any light gets through, little if any highlights. Very little head, a brief attempt that fizzles quickly. Taste: espresso, coffee, chocolate/cocoa Palate/Mouthfeel: not nearly as creamy or heavy as one would expect. It’s moderately creamy, and pretty slick light mouthfeel. Aroma 7/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 15/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1048) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Black pour with a nice khaki head that slowly fades down to a film. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla, and molasses. Taste has a ton of different flavors all mingling with each other well. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon are all in there and show through at different times with each drink. Slick velvety texture. Alcohol shows as a slight warmth on the way down. This is a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2244) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Not much lacing. Big coffee aroma. Some malt. Taste is sweet malt with some coffee notes. A little warm. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours black with very small tan head out of bottle. Aroma of chocolate. Strong flavor of cocoa with a light body finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 22 oz bomber. Pours a viscous, tar-like dark black with a thin but persistent mocha colored head. Aroma is full of chocolaty goodness with a hint of Kahlua, some creosote roasted notes. Flavor is delightful with a heavy dose of bittersweet chocolate up front, some deep dark espresso notes, a touch of licorice to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Superb.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Suzi (1) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
Black Xantus, this season, has been reduced to a stout much like all other mediocre stouts! It is no longer complex with full-bodied flavor! I purchased the beer in two distinctly different locations with similar results. What has happened to the brew? So very disappointing! Not worth the price. Thank goodness Goose Island Bourbon County Stout made its brief appearance to the west coast so that I could once again delight in a magnificent stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled. A dark brown beer witha a small tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and wood. Taste is malty, sweet, notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Full body and milky texture. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (525) - Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2013 bottle. Strong, boozy nose of bourbon, oak, coffee, and sweet molasses. Pours flat obsidian color with a dark khaki head. Lovely coffee and malt-forward taste with malted milk, sweet chocolate, a hint of cinnamon and allspice, and a slightly hot bourbon finish. Moderate body for a stout. An old standby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, coffee, barrel age/fruit and a hint of heat. The flavor is dark fruit/vinous, malts, coffee, fruit/barrel aging and a mix of sour/tangy/alcohol in the finish.

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