RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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%

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3.8
Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2017
22 ounce bottle
A respectable imperial stout does everything it says on the label. It falls just shy of being exceptional though if you like beers packed with flavor that is one thing it can deliver. I'm not excited enough to wish I had another bottle. If you're looking for a South Carolina rate and cannot score an alternative buy one. If you want to knock out another imperial stout give it a short. Otherwise check the shelves first before you pick up a bomber.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep oily black base crawls downwards with the body profile that is standard for all high gravity stouts. Raspberries, dark fruits, burnt chocolate, and coffee emerge from the pockets of mocha head that attempt to smother the core.

Flavor / Palate - Smoke, black coffee, and dark fruits permeate the palate with a strong forward focus. The booziness never becomes distracting but you will not mistake this for a session beer (or even an average java stout). The dry malty finish cements its place as a typical well executed imperial stout. If you haven't tried hundreds of others it might make a good benchmark for the style's baseline of "average".

3.5
weihenweizen (4042) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Refrigerated brown bomber 2013 poured into a glass. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, lower carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, dark malt, and tobacco.

3.6
bartlebier (4118) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2017
650ml, 2014 Vintage from a Chicago trade, merci! - Had this cellar a few years, having read the reviews. Generously sampled and then used in a vanilla ice float. - Thick Viennese Java and chocolate raisin berriness in aroma with a generous dollop of aged vanilla surfing on a spiky bourbon abv wave. Even if the wine barrel and time have flattened out the sugary and abv edges a bit, this is still a heavy sipper, thick and dense with that typical paratactical complexity of (West Coast?) US ImpStouts: treacly-thick layers of chocolate, coffee bean and molasses have been slathered on top of each other in the hope that more will become more - all the while the yeast is dead and has stopped unifying all added sugars into true ex-pluribus-unum goodness. - The barrels do their best to keep all the sweetness contained (some oak, vanilla, spirit wafts), but its diabetically decadent pancake syrup ground layer still screams for accompaniment. - A treat to be shared and enjoyed over several sitting for sure.

4
ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2017
strong malty choolately aromas. black in color with huge long lasting brown head. fully body, silky mouthfeel. intense taste of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley, faint hints of vanilla.

3.8
Johnsense (1734) - - APR 8, 2017
UPDATED: APR 9, 2017 Deep brown pour, moderate sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light soy, dark chocolate, molasses, light smoke. Dark chocolate and roasted malt up front, tobacco, molasses, treacle. Thicker body. Slick mouthfeel

4
DenverLogan (1239) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle into a St Bernardus chalice. Pours black with brown head and lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, cark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, molassas, slight tobacco. Overall big, bold, rich and flavoful.

4.2
DandyWolfFloyd (1212) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Aroma - sweet chocolate, sweet malt, cherry, big alcohol, roast, coffee, and spice. Appearance - the body is black, the head is beige and around 2". Head fades slowly. Alcohol cloying, with suds wash. Taste - sweet with a mix of bourbon, roast, chocolate, molasses, caramelized sugars, tobacco, and spice. Palate - full body, slick and sticky texture, the carbonation is average, the finish is sweet and astringent, with very potent alcohol.

3.9
JefVerstraete (3558) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle @ home from a trade. Vintage 2014. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Well balanced, not too sticky. Earthy bitterness. Nice stout!

3.5
batneil (751) - - AUG 18, 2016
Smooth and strong tasting, but doesn’t taste of alcohol despite the strength. A bit of a chocolate flavour. Very tasty.

4
rouhlas (3736) - Thessaloniki, 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.


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