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RATINGS: 459   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%


jazz88's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2527) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2014
Pours basically black with a small head & not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pretty sweet, it’s got a nice vanilla & bourbon character but seems much more dominated by dark fruit & raisin. The coffee is mild but very well integrated.

The flavor is far more bitter than the aroma lets on and has nice notes of espresso and bitter chocolate. It doesn’t leave the sweetness, the dark fruit, or the bourbon behind though.

Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1265) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Nose is rather sweet - bourbon, oak, cane surp. Pours a solid black with quickly disapearing tan head and no lacing. The taste is malt, oak, bourbon, and bitter coffee. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, a Nice example of an imperial stout. Would drink again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
4/6/2014. 22 oz. bottle. pours black with a tan head that quickly disappears. Sweet bourbon aromas with roasted malt and hints of coffee. The flavors are sweet at first, then booze and the bitter finish set in. Nice balance, low to medium carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3069) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black cor with a small tan head on it. Nose has a lot of roasting on it, with just a hint of some dark fig in there. Taste is roasty and very chocolatey and super smooth. Very much like velvet. Yum

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 bottle, cellared. Near-black with red tinge when held to light with moderate beige head. Aroma of leather, figs, and coffee. Flavors include dark fruits, with a touch of coffee and chocolate. Booze is slightly hidden, but you can certainly still pick up the heat. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (753) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Smooth cocoa aroma with some minor vanilla and roasty almond. Light tan head and very dark brown body. Dark roasted dry cocoa and sight warm vanilla and minor coffee notes. Smooth and creamy on the palate

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HellesBunny666 (77) - Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Complex chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, espresso, super syrupy body,vanilla, burnt sugar, coffee, bourbon, wood.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Appearance: inky pour with a short ring of dark brown head, syrupy legs. Aroma: licorice, dark chocolate, soy sauce, coffee grounds. Taste: bitter chocolate, black licorice, soy sauce, bourbon, espresso. Finish: dry, bitter, syrupy, with a lingering unsweet molasses note. Notes: Not very good, compared to others in the style. Decidedly one-note level of bitterness, it could have used substantial smoothing and balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (556) - Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Super dark, off-color, small foamy head. Smells of malt and coffee. Chocolatey, dark fruit taste. Thick palate.


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