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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle from Dorn's in Gainesville. Pours black with a creamy mocha brown head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is oh so smooth with definite roast notes, bit of coffee, sweet chocolate and molasses, beautifully integrated yet subtle vanilla from the barrels, and only a hint of the bourbon notes. Slightly vinous thing going on here alongside the sweetness. Great, super smooth mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Man, this is really good. And to think I let it sit on the shelf so long because of the awful label. I don't really get the Nectar Ales line, or the Firestone Walker acquisition or whatever, but this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle shared by Countbeer. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium sized beige to slightly brown colored head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, slightly earthy, a hint of coffee, light to moderately roasty, a hint of liquorice. Taste malts, coffee, bitter, subtle roast, the perfect slight influence of liquorice, some chocolate. So rich and full of flavor. Oh my lord. Extremely full flavored, smooth, subtle yet rich. Incredibly well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle@HWT’14: Served in a taster: Black beer with a beige to brown lacing. Aromas of earthy, bourbon, liquorice, roast, marzipan and coffee. Flavours of bourbon, earth, coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, some raisin, sweet wood roast, bitters and dough with some roast (no that’s not it but it’s so smooth, it’s delicious!) Aftertaste is a mix of coffee, mocha, roast, bitters and sweet wood roast. Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy texture. D-Fucking-Licious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elbernays (918) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2014
Pint bottle from local liquor store orlando. Pours oil black with wispy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, lactose, tobacco, leather with some dark fruits- cherry. It’s like a new car. Great. Flavour is velvet smooth creamy lactose, chocolate, vanilla, coffee with a sweet cherry aftertaste. This is really great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
22oz bomber shared by Ben. Very easy and drinkable. The coffee, bourbon, and massive malts combine quite nicely. World Class. Oaky niceness. Smooth bakers chocolate. Coffee, approaching peaty smoke. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2031) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-11-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer has tons of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Along with these smells are some wonderful oaky and bourbon aromas mixed with a good dose of caramel and vanilla sweetness. Some other lighter aromas of a more dark fruit nature are thee as well with smells of cherry, raisin and plum all there. Overall the aroma is big roasty and sweet producing a nice warming aroma overall.. Taste – The taste begins with a huge sweet chocolate flavor with tons of caramel and vanilla mixed within along with a decent sum of a roasted malt flavor. While described from the bottle as a coffee stout, I got much more chocolate and sweetness out of this then coffee. From the onset with the big roasted, chocolate and sweet flavors does however come some notes of a coffee flavor as well as a bit of a oaky flavor. Some lighter alcohol flavors, for a brew of 11% abv, come to the tongue at the end of the taste, which are accompanied by some fruit flavor of raisin and fig, end up mixing with the other flavors that had come up throughout the taste profile to leave a nice smooth and sweet, chocolaty roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both were fantastic for the big chocolate, and sweet flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation only accentuating these and making for a nice slow drinker that is surprisingly easy to drink. Overall – A nice and “easy drinking” Imperial stout at 11 % abv. It has tons of nice smooth flavors that make it a real pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 poured jet black with a dark chocolate head. i was aggressive w the pour, so it was thick as well. smell was cocoa, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, licorice. nice mix. feel was riiiiiidiculous. smooth as snot on a glass eye, with no hint of heat for an 11% beer. wow. flavor great as well. lots of coffee and chocolate, but so much more. the barreling (bourbon and wine) was evident, but not overdone. a great rich balanced beer, dangerously easy to drink too. my favorite FW beer after the amazing 13th anniversary. For $15 it may be a while for another, but it was worth the price for this one." lost a step in recent years, but just a lil one. Not sure how to score this anymore. It just is NOT the beer it used to be Maaaaybe 4.1-4.2. used to be as high as 4.5-4.6. I guess 4.3 meets in the middle. Too bad...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2014
bottle shared by Thomas Marshall at BBF’14. Ppurs opaque deep dark brown with no head. Intense areoma’s od dark chocolate, some wild cherries and covered with lots of vanilla. Thick body with an non-typical* high balance and creamy mouthfrrl (* for a BBA American RIS). Taste of chocolate cake and mocca cream. Love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
At BBF 2014 . Pours black, nearly no head . Smell is bourbon, vanilla , sweet . Taste is sweet , bourbon , wood , much vanilla , dark malts , bit bitter . Very balanced , and damn good !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (313) - USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours into a stout almost black, small, khaki head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dried cherries. Not very boozy, despite the high ABV. Great beer! Will look for it again.

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