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RATINGS: 545   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle in Vegas, baby! Hotel tasting. Very dark maroon brown color, beige head. Aroma of huge roast, stewed figs, raisins, vanilla. Nice chewy body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Underdogs88 (253) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Aroma of coffee, roast, chocolate with moderate esters. Appearance is black with a tan head with poor head retention. Flavor coffee is present and not overpowering. Roast is smooth. Bitterness balances the sweetness of this high gravity beer. Mouthfeel is silky and medium-high. Carbonation is medium-low. Overall, a great smooth tasting imperial coffee stout. Will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JerseyBrew (55) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Amount off coffee is great but I would like a different bean or roast. but lacking in head retention. That is understandable. Coffee gives enough bitterness on its own. with saying that I would like less bittering hops. One if the best coffee RIS I have had ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1502) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2014
22 ounce bottle, date stamp on bottle says 11/22/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (cherries, plums), vanilla, wood and some bourbon. It tastes like milk and dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, dark fruit (plums, raisins), red grapes/wine, molasses, coffee, and a bit of bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is hidden well, doesn’t seem too boozy to me. Overall I liked this brew, it’s a good imperial stout. I think the flavors seem more fruity and sweet than roasty. I’d like to try this one again in the future. $15.49 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1108) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Black with foamy beige head; aroma is chocolatey semi spicy; Flava is spicy licoricy mildly chocolatey; feels creamy silky foamy; finishes semi dry semi sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1228) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Taster at Aces and Ales. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, brown bread. Taste is fairly sweet and malty with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Grassy hop bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2819) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with some ruby highlighting at the stem, decent, brownish tan head foam, and spotty cling to the lacing. The nose was roasted, with subtle notes of coffee & cocoa, sweetness, and dark fruit as prune. Medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste offered some molasses sweetness, then boozy warmth, and lingering, pronounced hop & barrel astringency that were both smoothed just enough by some creaminess to the mouthfeel. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (917) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours deep brownish black with thin oily mocha-colored head. Aroma is dark charred roasty malts, lighter notes of dark chocolate, soy sauce, and coffee. Taste is similar, though the dark chocolate, mocha, and espresso notes come on much quicker and stronger. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected, but does not affect the taste as tons of rich flavors come through. Some notes of port and bourbon on the finish, though not the huge barrel-aged flavors you often see in the style. Amazingly rich imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2286) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 17, 2014
On tap at Frisco Tap House & Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, brown-black with a small th very good lacing. Aroma of mocha, raisins, toffee, bourbon and licorice. Taste of mocha, raisins, licorice, bourbon and quite sweet roasted malt. The bourbon flavor is obvious, but the alcohol taste is comparatively subdued. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (414) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Poured an opaque dark brown with near zero head. Aroma of raisins, sweetness, wood, whiskey. Taste is heavy up front with whiskey, chocolate, raisins, transitions to booze laden oakiness and finished with taste of wet coffee grounds. Large, very large taste and an interesting ride from front to middle to back.

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