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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6345) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (48) - - DEC 18, 2014
Bomber - pours black with light creamy head. Nice well rounded aroma of roastiness, charcoal, licorice and dark chocolate. A mouthful is delicious, coating and complex. I taste espresso, dark coffee, hints of bourbon, anise and molasses. A slight booze flavor is present but subtle for a 11% ABV beer. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schwarzbart (23) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Full bodied and creamy with some heat in the finish. This brew has rich chocolate flavors perfectly blended with big roasty notes, coffee and lets not forget the bourbon. A very nice Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1830) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Didnít realize that this was in Georgia until I saw it on the shelf. Dark brown pour with medium mocha head. Smell is rich chocolate, sweet cocoa, molasses, sweet vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, a bit of booze, splash of aged fruit, tiny bit of char, earthy. Sweet, decadent, big. Exceeded expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2753) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, some caramel and wood. The taste was malty with sweet notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla and some licorice. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2837) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/12/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with outstanding balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt. coffee, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial stout. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A world class imperial stout offering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DavidMauch (3) - Agua dulce, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014 does not count
This beer is a definite sleeper and when I say that I mean why under the radar this beer is absolutely fantastic from the chocolate coffee notes to the barrel flavors that pull through this beer hands-down is one of the best outs on the market say what you will for the price point and availability this Stout is fantastic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Aroma: not bad but more suggestion of woody roots than expected. Flavor: rich and strong, even for style. Essentially no burnt qualities but very dark roasted grains dominate. Black coffee jumps in in the aftertaste. Feel: very full body with proper carbonation. O: a rich, strong sipper worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle from Dorn's in Gainesville. Pours black with a creamy mocha brown head. Very sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is oh so smooth with definite roast notes, bit of coffee, sweet chocolate and molasses, beautifully integrated yet subtle vanilla from the barrels, and only a hint of the bourbon notes. Slightly vinous thing going on here alongside the sweetness. Great, super smooth mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Man, this is really good. And to think I let it sit on the shelf so long because of the awful label. I don't really get the Nectar Ales line, or the Firestone Walker acquisition or whatever, but this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (8983) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle shared by Countbeer. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium sized beige to slightly brown colored head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, slightly earthy, a hint of coffee, light to moderately roasty, a hint of liquorice. Taste malts, coffee, bitter, subtle roast, the perfect slight influence of liquorice, some chocolate. So rich and full of flavor. Oh my lord. Extremely full flavored, smooth, subtle yet rich. Incredibly well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4728) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle@HWTí14: Served in a taster: Black beer with a beige to brown lacing. Aromas of earthy, bourbon, liquorice, roast, marzipan and coffee. Flavours of bourbon, earth, coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, some raisin, sweet wood roast, bitters and dough with some roast (no thatís not it but itís so smooth, itís delicious!) Aftertaste is a mix of coffee, mocha, roast, bitters and sweet wood roast. Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy texture. D-Fucking-Licious!

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