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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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%


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
From a bottle,a very dark red color,very sweet chocolate note.,medium to thick beer.I would buy this beer again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2059) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Une grosse bombe de chocolat noir avec une bonne corpulence. Tabac, orge torréfié également mais tout en douceur avec une légère amertume juste à point.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Had this last night at an imperial stout party here in Boise. Great beer that I was really excited to get my hands on. Smooth and rich. Actually richer then I originally thought it would be. Color was pitch black and had a great looking head that stayed with it. I would love to get my hands on it again. Serving type: bottle

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Markkind (43) - - MAY 10, 2013
Deep, rich chocolate and coffee notes. Black as the witch's heart. Definitely a proper session beer. Not too much bitterness, so has a good amount if drink ability for its style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gerbeer (1788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, sour black coffee, heavily roasted malts, and some spice. Rich flavors of chicory, dark fruit/figs, vanilla, sweet chocolate and light coffee. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Hearty aromas of chocolate, coffee, and slight booze. Black with dark ruby highlights and a lasting khaki head. Mostly dry with a touch of raisiny sweetness, strong, redolent of port wine. Full bodied, chewy, moderately syrupy, thick and smooth, warming alcohol sensation, finishes quite clean especially considering the complexity.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Underdogs88 (97) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Aroma of coffee, roast, chocolate with moderate esters. Appearance is black with a tan head with poor head retention. Flavor coffee is present and not overpowering. Roast is smooth. Bitterness balances the sweetness of this high gravity beer. Mouthfeel is silky and medium-high. Carbonation is medium-low. Overall, a great smooth tasting imperial coffee stout. Will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Aroma is bourbon barrel, dark dried fruit, some coffee. Appearance is dark dark dark brown, tan head. Taste is sweet, dried fruit, bourbon barrel, coffee, lots going on here. Mouthfeel is real thick, nice carbonation, oily. Overall, quite well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
(thanks to ryan,jack,and jason at country club liquors.)black body with a dark brown head that leaves small lacing on the glass.the aroma is complex yet very balanced.i pick up roasted malts,smoke,some spice,vanilla,oak,and slight coffee.the flavor is much like the aroma.smooth yet complex.the vanilla from the barrel really stands out at the end.but not in an obnoxious way.the 11 percent is also well hidden.this is an outstanding ba impy stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Booyah! Better then the reviews state. Give it a try, you might actually be surprised.


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