RATINGS: 586   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
Great imperial stout. This beer has very strong notes of chocolate and coffee that offset the high alcohol content. This is a sipping beer that really comes into its own when enjoyed slowly because as the beer warms up the chocolate and coffee notes really jump out at you.


4.2
jgb9348 (6478) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2017
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall rich brown head that fades relatively quickly, still. Aroma of pure honey, roasted malts, hazlenuts, earth, grain, caramelised sugars, toffee and a bit of pure pit fruits like raisins and nice fresh figs. Full-bodied; Rich roasted malt flavour with a big dose of chocolate and some lighter coffee notes along with a touch of grain and earthiness near the backend. Aftertaste shows more of the alcohol warmth, some pungent grain, caramel, toffee, earth, roasted malt, burnt toast and some coffee hints and finishing with some more robust sweetness with the raisins and darker cacao notes coming through. Overall, a very complex and robust beer with the sweetness definitely hanging around, but this is all about the earthy notes - the roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, pit fruits and the alcohol warmth that hits throughout. Nice to sample and definitely well worth keeping this in the bottle for a while, perhaps I should have aged mine even longer! If I get another bottle of this, I'll keep it for 5+ years to see if the flavours get a little less harsh and more refined. I sampled this 65 cL bottle in celebration of bringing my newest son home, since he was born yesterday, while I purchased this beer just after my previous daughter was born. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 04-July-2015 for US$11,99 sampled at home in Washington on 03-November-2017.

3.8
Brigadier (3750) - 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 (4111) - 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 (4123) - 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 (912) - 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 (1754) - - 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 (1264) - North Bend, Washington, 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 (3635) - 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 (777) - - AUG 18, 2016
Smooth and strong tasting, but doesn’t taste of alcohol despite the strength. A bit of a chocolate flavour. Very tasty.


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