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RATINGS: 494   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled. A dark brown beer witha a small tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and wood. Taste is malty, sweet, notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, licorice. Full body and milky texture. Nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (528) - Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2013 bottle. Strong, boozy nose of bourbon, oak, coffee, and sweet molasses. Pours flat obsidian color with a dark khaki head. Lovely coffee and malt-forward taste with malted milk, sweet chocolate, a hint of cinnamon and allspice, and a slightly hot bourbon finish. Moderate body for a stout. An old standby.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, coffee, barrel age/fruit and a hint of heat. The flavor is dark fruit/vinous, malts, coffee, fruit/barrel aging and a mix of sour/tangy/alcohol in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
todd_aka_rhino (10) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Dark fruit up front. Transitions into prickly heat. Roasted barley, toffee, more dark fruit, dark sugar syrup, oak, some bourbon element. Coffee picks up in the end, but it's much milder than I thought it would be. Alcohol warmth helps the dark fruit to shine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6401) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
22oz bottle. Shared with friends, over a game of Catan. Black color. Kind of dark brown / red. Head fades to minimal pretty quickly. Good spread and dots of lace. Bigger body. Good, chewy thicker texture. Lighter, smooth carbonation. Lightly slick. Good dark fruit, big roast, dark chocolate, light molasses. Bigger dark fruit, and light noticeable molasses. A big, chewy imperial stout for sure. Big bitterness. Light sweet. Gets very sweet as it warms up. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden, no bite at all here. Solid, big robust imperial stout. A lot more dark fruit, molasses, and sweet than I like though. Light sweet bite becomes more noticeable as I go. Awesome big thick texture, though, friends agree, pretty sweet, with some significant molasses and licorice character (that no one ever really cares for). Greg said Teriyaki sauce... Not sure I agree, but I’ll note it

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1316) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle shared by my friend. He said it was like $6. Black pour, aroma of smooth bourbon and vanilla. Taste is a straight up solid bourbon stout. Vanilla, touch of chocolately malt. Very smooth, no burning. This is a very competitive style, but for this price you cant beat it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2394) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
I DO DECLARE THAT THIS STOUT IS UP TO THE STANDARDS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT HERSELF. IT IS OF THE IMPERIAL VARIETY AND POURS A JET BLACK BODY WITH A MODERATE SIZED TAN HEAD, THE LACING AND RETENTION ARE BOTH GOOD. THE AROMA IS CHOCOLATE, ROAST, LICORICE, AND ENOUGH BARREL CHARACTER TO KEEP ME INTRIGUED. THE BODY IS FULL AND IT FINISHES WITH A LIGHT SWEETNESS. LICORICE AND ROAST DOMINATE, BUT CHOCOLATE AND THE WINE BARREL AREN’T TO BE MISSED OUT ON, IT’S QUITE DECADENT. THIS WOULD KEEP ME WARM THROUGH A COLD NIGHT IN STALINGRAD.

4.3
   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...

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1503) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1113) - 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


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