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RATINGS: 549   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%


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3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Picked up a bottle mostly based off of Firestone Walker’s rep, $15. Standard stout appearance, the first glass I poured had a head but each subsequent refill did not. Aroma was weird, peanuts, touch of whiskey (or bourbon), and astringent alcohol, not nice. The flavor was better, very subtle coffee notes, whiskey and a really cool peanut butter and chocolate combo. Overall I was pretty let down by this after loving FW barrel aged beers. Maybe this was an old bottle and the coffee has faded? edit: just checked the bottle and it is dated 08/30/12 so this was not an old bottle by any means bummer Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 17:30:31


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1617) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
(tap) clear, dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of coffee, chocolate; sweet, complext flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Draft at crunchy's. Deep brown with a small head. Sweet and a bit thin white lots of brown sugar and molasses.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2709) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle. Great aroma. Dark chocolate, brownies, coffee, burnt marshmallow, and tobacco. Tastes very chocolaty with lots of coffee, tobacco, dark fruit, nuts and marshmallow. Also get some light red wine and oak. Light sweetness throughout. Some spicy hops in the finish too. Great stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted chocolate licorice nutty tar coffee a bit vinous aroma. Roasted chocolate coffee risins flavour with some citrus notes. A really nice one :-)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Average appearance but excellent flavor and body. Flavor is nicely bittersweet with the bourbon, roast, and cocoa to perfectly compliment. Body has a round fullness yet enough carbonation to balance and boozy warmth to remind you of its power. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast and coffee. Medium mouth, rich chocolate malt, light wood and bourbon with nice boozy finish, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1134) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Near black with little head. Coffee and a slightly smoky bacon aroma. Rich coffee and caramel, slightly boozy but very nice. Oak and almost a light chili, despite not having any. Very delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1271) - California, USA - APR 22, 2015
A very good imperial stout. Pours a beautiful deep red-black with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, coco, malts. Taste is very creamy and boozy, with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, a bit of hops in the finish, and a whiskey-like booze in the after taste. Had on tap at Billcos.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1318) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2015
Sampled from a bomber bottle purchased at Champanes, this beer had a dark brown almost black pour and gave a small one finger or so off-white and light tan cover of bubbles, the bubbles receded quickly to a small island of bubbles and thin ring, the nose had aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, faint liquor in the background, roasted malt and molasses sweetness, the flavors were big roasted malt and some grain, coffee, a little chocolate with faint liquor in the background, the finish had a little roasted malt bitterness with a bit of astringency and a bit of warmth on the mouth, and molasses sweetness trailing, the mouth feel was sort of thick, it was a little creamy and had soft to average carbonation, the nose was not that big or exceptional, the flavor was bigger than the nose with a good bite of roasted malt, as I continued drinking the grit and malt astringency wore on my palate a bit, the liquor notes from the barrel aging were pretty faint, hardly noticeable, it could be worse, but it was not over bearing, a good imperial stout but I was expecting a better drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (323) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2015
Poured from bottle dark chocolate color with a 2 finger tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffe with a hint of booze. Taste is smooth with with notes of bourbon caramel and vanilla and a hint of coffee in the finish. An excellent drinking beer.


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