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RATINGS: 536   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (402) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CardsFan25 (78) - - JUL 8, 2014
Dark tap with about a quarter inch of tan head. Slight coffee aroma but not much else. Sweet taste with heavy dark fruits and undertones of mocha and caramel. The taste reminds me of a sweet stout more than an imperial stout. They did a great job of hiding the 11% but missed on the Imperial Stout taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 red-sepia, white head drops to ring. Nose is toast and burnt sugar, minor cardboard oxidation. Flavor is FUCKING SWEET, light berry and licorice masked by burnt sugar notes that go front-back, dusty cardboard in the dead, slick finish, some heat showing. Literally, I gagged on both sips. Confirmed this was the right beer. Took a third sip and gagged again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shanoknowsfood (59) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 28, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 On tap at Mr. Beery’s, Sarasota, FL. Absolutely amazing! Mocha, Mocha, Mocha! Sweet, rich, deliciousness. I don’t even like coffee...not the smell, not the taste, but this was one of the most incredible taste experiences of my life. Savored every drop!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Had high expectations for this but unfortunately was a little disappointed. Smells really good like a nice roasty coffee stout base with bourbon and a little funk, I’m assuming from the wine. The only real problem I have with this beer is that the wine takes away from the delicious roasty coffee and bourbon that I love so much in stouts. I think this beer proved to me once again that wine barrels belong to wilds, sours and belgian style beers for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1839) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Pitch black pour with a solid off-white head that quickly reduced to almost nothing. Huge dark malts. Heady alcohol taste. Bourbon. Liquorice. Turkish coffee. The red wine barrels bring a slippery enveloping edge to the palate. All the notes are good, though it feels entirely due to the barrels and not the underlying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2043) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Big aroma and taste full of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate and hints of licorice. Not too sweet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle in the sun at Lords, Compton Upper, 2nd day of the test v Sri Lanka and celebrating a daddy century by Root, 13/06/14. Black with a good sized tan head. Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit peel, roast malt, light spice trail. Taste comprises rich chocolate, dark toffee fudge, spice, molasses, light tar, dark fruits. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light boozey wash and a pinch more spice at the curtain call. Solid impy affair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee and chocolate, but with subtle addition of some vanilla notes. Nice boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (353) - Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
A mostly smooth 1.5" medium khaki head with a frothy crown over a black body with minute crimson highlights, splotchy lace all around

Mellow, somewhat sweet red wine flirts with subtle spirit notes, graham cracker barrel, light coffee, fudgey dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, and subtle dark fruit hinting at tartness layered on a smooth, lightly textured, warming medium plus body with well restrained carbonation and spicy alcohol accents, the whiskey chocolate combo is amplified in the finish and residual followed by a faint burst of citrusy hop notes as the larger components fade out, well orchestrated, very approachable for the style

22oz bottle code 11/22/13 20:10 served at 60º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

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