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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


Lubiere's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11237) - Ottawa, Ontario, - JUN 8, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth milk chocolate with nice alcohol. In mouth, a sweet chocolate with grassy resinous hops, molasses, licorice, loads if alcohol, apperitif like.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
Black, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, liquorice, vanilla and chocolate. Bitter flavour, roasted malts, coffee, light caramel, hops. Full, thick body. Bitter finish, liquorice root, light sour note. Bit sweet, quite boozy.
(from 75cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6492) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1086) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small fizzy beige head, non adhesive, unstable. Aroma: very rich, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, bit sourish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very alcoholic and boozy, bitter, roasted, caramel, molasses, bit smoky. Aftertaste: alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, bit hoppy, roasted, some coffee, a lot of coffee actually. Didn’t know anything about the beer beforehand, looks like i got a lot of it right. Sourness from the wine barrels, bourbon, coffee, ... So, even at the end of such a big tasting, still got my senses serving me right! ;-)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (885) - Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is roasted coffee and maybe some bourbon. Taste is bourbon and coffee with some smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7956) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours dark ruby red color with a small beige head. Quite appealing aroma, roasted malts, bourbon, ripe fruits, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate, some caramel too. Quite sweet flavor with vanilla, caramel, faint syrup and some ripe fruit notes, licorice, not that roasty, some coffee bitterness and dark malts. Alcohol it’s quite well hidden. Quite sweet, maybe a tad too sweet flavor, but the aroma is quite awesome. Excellent.
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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich caramel sweetness and bourbon. Flavour of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, vanilla, strong red wine notes, herbal notes and tart wooden notes. Full bodied. Oily. Aroma was excellent, but flavour is a bit overwhelming. Still nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7642) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has sweet bourbon tones and licorice. Flavour has licorice, sweet bourbon, vanilla and rye pudding. Also some porto. Very intensive, very sweet, very great. Reminds me of Bells Black Note - this is just more oaty and malty. I would love to have a bottle of this with a great two-hour movie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5116) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, mämmi, licorice, hints of oakiness and vinous notes. Taste is vinous, slightly roasty and sweet with loads of licorice, hints of oak, wood and berries. Finish is heavy with vinous notes, sweet syrup, licorice, oak, wood and vanilla. Quite vinous and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1226) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
650 ml from Cigarette City, Seabrook. Used motor oil color with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, deep roasted grains, burnt coffee grounds, dark fruits. Mild bourbon notes/ leans more on oak rather than bourbon.

Flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malts, anise, light char underneath a mild bourbon treatment. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisins, red grapes, figs. Mouthfeel is nice and full with an oak finish. Very nice, wanted more coffee but I also have no idea the age of the bottle. Still a fine sipper overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (929) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2015
08/30/12 bottle. Pours nearly black with some fine sediments. Aroma has smooth notes of oaky wood, roast, whiskey, and a very slight vineous note. Taste is balanced. Dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, peanut shells a slight alcohol, and a touch of coffee bitterness at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Creamy and full in the mouth with a slightly dry finish. Overall really nice.


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