RATINGS: 584   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7722) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 Bottle (2015). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Wha hoppened? Only two years ago a fresh batch had a vibrant, complex nose...this new batch with a new label doesn’t seem to be barrel aged anymore. The aroma is just the usual choco-vanilla-roast of every imperial stout you can think of, with no depth and seemingly no barrel character. Sharper alcohol, just as syrupy, etc. It’s still an ok beer, but just that. ***************************************** (2013). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, cake, coffee, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut extract, berries, sherry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. A surprisingly nice rendition, primarily due to the rich and varied nose...this isn’t just a dumb sugar-alcohol bomb, nor is the bourbon overplayed. All kinds of enticing aromas to draw you in. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as fun to drink, since it’s about as sweet and boozy as you might expect from the 11%. It’s not as fatiguing as a vast amount of its competition, but I still could not drink very much of it. Very good stuff even though I will likely never buy it again. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7


3.5
weihenweizen (3890) - 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 (4027) - 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 (806) - 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 (1690) - - 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 (1228) - 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 (3422) - 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 (719) - - 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 (3628) - 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.

3.6
tightslice (1356) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet dark malts and dark fruits with vanilla, marshmallows. Taste is sweet and boozy...not getting much of the coffee...maybe some dark chocolate. Has more of vanilla taste to me. Overall too sweet and unbalanced.


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