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RATINGS: 551   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%


Ernest's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 Bottle (2015). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Wha hoppened? Only two years ago a fresh batch had a vibrant, complex nose...this new batch with a new label doesn’t seem to be barrel aged anymore. The aroma is just the usual choco-vanilla-roast of every imperial stout you can think of, with no depth and seemingly no barrel character. Sharper alcohol, just as syrupy, etc. It’s still an ok beer, but just that. ***************************************** (2013). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, cake, coffee, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut extract, berries, sherry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. A surprisingly nice rendition, primarily due to the rich and varied nose...this isn’t just a dumb sugar-alcohol bomb, nor is the bourbon overplayed. All kinds of enticing aromas to draw you in. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as fun to drink, since it’s about as sweet and boozy as you might expect from the 11%. It’s not as fatiguing as a vast amount of its competition, but I still could not drink very much of it. Very good stuff even though I will likely never buy it again. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Draft at Gnarly Barley. Pours nearly pitch black in color and topped a thick head of tan colored foam that slowly recedes to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, espresso, hints of bourbon from the oak, and sweet vanilla and a touch of roast. The flavor follows with more dark chocolate, espresso, and oak laden vanilla. Just a touch of toasty bitterness on the back end. The bourbon barrel seems to smooth things out, but the bourbon flavor isn’t quite as noticeable in the flavor. Full bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation leading to a lengthy finish. This one was on the sweet side for me and needed some more bitterness to balance things out. Still a nice barrel aged stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle: Poured a deep black with a light brown 2 finger head. Aroma is metallic, malt, and light chocolate. Taste is huge dark fruit, sweet burnt molasses, malt, very sweet. Drying metal finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1662) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
(tap) clear, dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of coffee, chocolate; sweet, complext flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1605) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Draft at crunchy's. Deep brown with a small head. Sweet and a bit thin white lots of brown sugar and molasses.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2761) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle. Great aroma. Dark chocolate, brownies, coffee, burnt marshmallow, and tobacco. Tastes very chocolaty with lots of coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, nuts and marshmallow. Also get some light red wine and oak. Light sweetness throughout. Some spicy hops in the finish too. Great stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted chocolate licorice nutty tar coffee a bit vinous aroma. Roasted chocolate coffee risins flavour with some citrus notes. A really nice one :-)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Average appearance but excellent flavor and body. Flavor is nicely bittersweet with the bourbon, roast, and cocoa to perfectly compliment. Body has a round fullness yet enough carbonation to balance and boozy warmth to remind you of its power. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast and coffee. Medium mouth, rich chocolate malt, light wood and bourbon with nice boozy finish, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1153) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Near black with little head. Coffee and a slightly smoky bacon aroma. Rich coffee and caramel, slightly boozy but very nice. Oak and almost a light chili, despite not having any. Very delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1277) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
A very good imperial stout. Pours a beautiful deep red-black with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, coco, malts. Taste is very creamy and boozy, with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, a bit of hops in the finish, and a whiskey-like booze in the after taste. Had on tap at Billcos.


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