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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6152) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (653) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
On tap @ Chuckís 85th. Pours deep brownish black with thin oily mocha-colored head. Aroma is dark charred roasty malts, lighter notes of dark chocolate, soy sauce, and coffee. Taste is similar, though the dark chocolate, mocha, and espresso notes come on much quicker and stronger. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected, but does not affect the taste as tons of rich flavors come through. Some notes of port and bourbon on the finish, though not the huge barrel-aged flavors you often see in the style. Amazingly rich imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1856) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 17, 2014
On tap at Frisco Tap House & Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, brown-black with a small th very good lacing. Aroma of mocha, raisins, toffee, bourbon and licorice. Taste of mocha, raisins, licorice, bourbon and quite sweet roasted malt. The bourbon flavor is obvious, but the alcohol taste is comparatively subdued. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (293) - 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 (56) - - 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 (3220) - 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 (43) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Absolutely amazing! Moca, Moca, Moca! Sweet, rich, deliciousness. I donít even like coffee...not the smell, not the taste, but this was one of the most incredible taste experiences of my life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crompt (109) - 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, Iím 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 (1529) - 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 (1582) - 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 (7935) - The íSham, Surrey, 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.

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