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RATINGS: 562   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 (6749) - 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


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6491) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1086) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small fizzy beige head, non adhesive, unstable. Aroma: very rich, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, bit sourish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very alcoholic and boozy, bitter, roasted, caramel, molasses, bit smoky. Aftertaste: alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, bit hoppy, roasted, some coffee, a lot of coffee actually. Didn’t know anything about the beer beforehand, looks like i got a lot of it right. Sourness from the wine barrels, bourbon, coffee, ... So, even at the end of such a big tasting, still got my senses serving me right! ;-)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (885) - Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is roasted coffee and maybe some bourbon. Taste is bourbon and coffee with some smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7941) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours dark ruby red color with a small beige head. Quite appealing aroma, roasted malts, bourbon, ripe fruits, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate, some caramel too. Quite sweet flavor with vanilla, caramel, faint syrup and some ripe fruit notes, licorice, not that roasty, some coffee bitterness and dark malts. Alcohol it’s quite well hidden. Quite sweet, maybe a tad too sweet flavor, but the aroma is quite awesome. Excellent.
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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7481) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich caramel sweetness and bourbon. Flavour of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, vanilla, strong red wine notes, herbal notes and tart wooden notes. Full bodied. Oily. Aroma was excellent, but flavour is a bit overwhelming. Still nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7627) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has sweet bourbon tones and licorice. Flavour has licorice, sweet bourbon, vanilla and rye pudding. Also some porto. Very intensive, very sweet, very great. Reminds me of Bells Black Note - this is just more oaty and malty. I would love to have a bottle of this with a great two-hour movie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5102) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, mämmi, licorice, hints of oakiness and vinous notes. Taste is vinous, slightly roasty and sweet with loads of licorice, hints of oak, wood and berries. Finish is heavy with vinous notes, sweet syrup, licorice, oak, wood and vanilla. Quite vinous and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
650 ml from Cigarette City, Seabrook. Used motor oil color with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, deep roasted grains, burnt coffee grounds, dark fruits. Mild bourbon notes/ leans more on oak rather than bourbon.

Flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malts, anise, light char underneath a mild bourbon treatment. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisins, red grapes, figs. Mouthfeel is nice and full with an oak finish. Very nice, wanted more coffee but I also have no idea the age of the bottle. Still a fine sipper overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (929) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2015
08/30/12 bottle. Pours nearly black with some fine sediments. Aroma has smooth notes of oaky wood, roast, whiskey, and a very slight vineous note. Taste is balanced. Dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, peanut shells a slight alcohol, and a touch of coffee bitterness at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Creamy and full in the mouth with a slightly dry finish. Overall really nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1288) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle (2011?) to pint glass I’ve been sitting on this for a few years and I was so happy to open and share this. So exicted in fact that I knocked the bottle sideways and it toppled over onto the counter and stove. Thankfully it didn’t break and I was able to scoop it up and and place it in the sink immediately. We lost about 70 mL, but no matter. The aroma that filled the kitchen was wonderful. Soy, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, rum, oak, maple, and a little campfire. Deep reddish brown with a thin, very creamy dark tan head. There’s some boozy lacing on the glass too. Taste is currants, blackberry, molasses, smoked oak, bourbon, brown sugar and coffee. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, but I think because of the booziness, the flavour doesn’t last quite as long as I would like. A great beer. Thanks Humboldt.


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