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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3727) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Dark beer with a foamy beige head. Big rich coffee and and chocolate nose. Very smooth, oily mouthfeel. Great melted chocolate, sweetened coffee, subtle bourbon and rich dark fruit flavors. Very nice sipping beer not overpowered by the barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9361) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Sample at Aces & Ales Tenaya. Opaque brown-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate, charred malt, black licorice and coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering malty aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (983) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark dark brown, not quite black with some ruby or garnet showing through. There is a small darker khaki head that fades down, just leaving a ring. The aroma is very strong on a barrel presence. I love the roasted malt and a beautiful dark fruit and licorice. The flavor is just as good. It's more based on the malts and dark fruits. The coffee isn't really apparent until the back end. I love the woodiness and the subtle vanilla. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, with a medium carbonation and a lingering roasty aftertaste that is part coffee, part malt, and all delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (344) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Aroma is bourbon barrel, dark dried fruit, some coffee. Appearance is dark dark dark brown, tan head. Taste is sweet, dried fruit, bourbon barrel, coffee, lots going on here. Mouthfeel is real thick, nice carbonation, oily. Overall, quite well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (15646) - 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 (261) - 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 (57) - 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 (1538) - 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 (1184) - 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 (1329) - 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.

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