RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   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

allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Black pour with a faint brown head. Roasty malt, raisins, chocolate, and molasses in the nose. Flavor is a little sweet, roasty malt, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with a sticky sweet finish. Very tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

GregMooreNH (264) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2017
Pours black with dark, dense head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a whiff of bourbon. Taste is sweet chocolate and roast, warming to coffee and a smooth bourbon finish. A very tasty imperial stout.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2017
Dark brown, rich and boozy, has a fruity note and lots of booze. Rich chocolate lots of alcohol. Happy.

fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle at Black Christmas 2017
Black color. The character comes from the dark malts, it has good body strength, some chocolate, hint of spices, and some acidity.

beerplace (2330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2017
A pour from the bottle on Black Christmas V. Pours a very dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is berries, leather, and lots of bready notes. Similar taste with fruity notes. Good one.

dambor (861) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 Pours dark brown with small head. Aroma: a lot or roasiness, caramel aroma, a touch of bourbon and a lot of cocoa and coffee. Taste: massively on the roastiness side, cocoa, chocolate, also dark fruit and cranberries. Palate is a bit warming from alcohol but also nicely bitter.

jgb9348 (6588) - 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.

Brigadier (3780) - 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".

weihenweizen (4209) - Charleston, 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.

bartlebier (4216) - 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.

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