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RATINGS: 487   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottled 11-22-3013. December release. Bomber. Served at 65 degrees. Tulip glass. Balanced, well integrated aromas of dark fruit, raisin, sweet coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and subtle bourbon. Smooth, soft, round, full mouthfeel, though not heavy or syrupy. Soft, creamy, fine, subtle carbonation. Long, long, lingering finish of rum raisin, chocolate, coffee, sweet mocha, roasted malt and vanilla. Awesome! 11% is slightly noticeable, though well integrated with big flavors and should just get more integrated with time. Overall, a big, balanced beer, with a great mouthfeel, complex, well integrated flavors and a lasting finish. Definitely underrated... This is a great beer! --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Well, wanted to try this in a minimalist, lazy sense. Showed up at the local, figured I’d give it a try. Bottled: 30AUG12 Pours deep black, light khaki thin sheet atop. Smells of cocoa powder, nougat, some coffee, bourbon (amazing how much the signature FW smells come through), vanilla and a touch of roasted malts. Very sweet nose. Taste is vanilla, sharp alcohol, sweet marshmallow cream, roasted malts, toasted malts, some coffee, cocoa powder again, a hint of licorice and a little bit of leather. Full, viscous body with low carb and an off dry finish. A stout worth drinking, not worth the $15 I dropped on it. It’s about $5 too much. It is really reminiscent of a lesser FW beer. It’s not bad, but a little out of it’s realm. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1097) - 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 (2561) - 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 (10276) - 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_ (2726) - 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 (3667) - 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 (1737) - 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 (423) - 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 (836) - 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.

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