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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 ďbig-beerĒ 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 (7244) - 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 doesnít 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. Itís 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 isnít just a dumb sugar-alcohol bomb, nor is the bourbon overplayed. All kinds of enticing aromas to draw you in. Unfortunately, itís not nearly as fun to drink, since itís about as sweet and boozy as you might expect from the 11%. Itís 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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet dark malts and dark fruits with vanilla, marshmallows. Taste is sweet and boozy...not getting much of the coffee...maybe some dark chocolate. Has more of vanilla taste to me. Overall too sweet and unbalanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1103) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle shared with Guillaume. Aroma: intense molasses, candied fruits. App: extremely dark brown, medium brown head, ok retention, good lacing. Taste and palate: full body, medium sweetness, a tad creamy, moderate bitter finish. Overall: didnít enjoy the nose that much, not much of a molasses guy. Taste and mouthfeel on the other side is pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Black pour from 22oz bottle at the Lakehouse. Off white head. Huge tobacco, coffee and slight fruit kick to it. A massive beer, mouthful to take down. Good overall. Sneaky little guy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: 8-oz. (I think) clear cognac snifter glass From: Cost Plus World Market in San Jose, Calif. Price: $10.99 ($1 off regular price) Purchased: April 16, 2016 Consumed: April 16, 2016 Misc.: No BOD on bottle; Think it was bottled in 2015 though Bought this on a whim after not finding anything I really wanted at Trader Joeís. Once I got back to the hotel I realized that this was on my want list. Sounds really good (barrel-aged for six months in combination of bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels and infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local roaster Jobella) and it was a dollar off the original price. Poured a very dark brown, dark mahogany color with two fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50) First whiff was a bit unbalanced and a bit all over the place. Settling down I got sweetened dark tea bags (somehow), java coffee, dark milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, espresso and roasty malts. (Smell - 3,75) Taste followed the nose somewhat, kind of reminding me more of an imperial milk stout. Got roasty coffee malts, dark milk chocolate, tea bags (still), dark espresso, hints of smooth bourbon, burnt molasses, dark cocoa nibs, caramel and light vanilla. Canít believe this is 11 percent. (Taste - 3.75) Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. Best part of the beer by far. So smooth. (Feel - 4.50) This was not as good as I thought it would be. Disappointing overall. Good, just not great. (Overall - 3.75) 3.81 86 B+

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1648) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2016
dark orange brown slight red. Smells like bourbon and apple cider. tastes like burnt caramel, hay horse grain super syrupy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2016
32 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $15.99 Very good!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1186) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Holy thick and full Batman. Heavy tobacco and leather. Sweet and thick sugars, but has the bitter even barley that is balancing it out. Dark black. Bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pagvan229 (14) - panama city beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Beer tasted as described. The aroma made me want more. It pour black with little head. Great beer to try, is not over powered in any way.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollsrace (81) - - DEC 26, 2015
Pours very dark brown almost black with a chocolate brown foam head. Like most imperial stouts. Rich and creamy first impression. Followed by some bourbon and alcholol and maybe chocolate. Follows then with some coffee flavors then finishes with a bitter aftertaste.


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