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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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%

jazz88's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. An old vintage brew but unsure of the date. A black color with a laced brown head. A smooth aroma and flavor with sweet chocolate and bourbon notes. The aging has mellowed this beer quite a bit but it still has a nice coffee, chocolate and bourbon pop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
batneil (619) - - AUG 18, 2016
Smooth and strong tasting, but doesn’t taste of alcohol despite the strength. A bit of a chocolate flavour. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2843) - GREECE - JUL 28, 2016
650 ml bottle shared with Nightfall at his place. Thank you Alex!! Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, dark fruits. Very bitter in the beginning, then it becomes sweet and bitter like aroma but much better. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (1001) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1321) - Montreal, 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: didn’t enjoy the nose that much, not much of a molasses guy. Taste and mouthfeel on the other side is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5686) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - 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 Joe’s. 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. Can’t 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+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1681) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1355) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2016
32 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $15.99 Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (1438) - 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

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