Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged - Nebraska Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev +0.5%
750mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). A sticker style label on the back of the bottle leads me to believe this was bottled 9/23/13. Served in a Three Floyds teku.
Pours black with three fingers of densely packed frothy pale tan head. The head lingers before settling to a thin layer with a nice halo that leaves healthy sheets of lace.
Smells of rich chocolate, coffee grounds, green apple, dark fruit and a little oak.
Taste follows the nose but with more depth. Fudgey dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, fruity brandy, roasted malt, dark fruits, soft oak, sugar and a light bit of booze. More apple-like sweetness comes through as it warms. Perhaps a little too bitter but nice flavor profile and it hides it's alcohol well.
Creamy, medium full feel with fairly high carbonation for the style. Bittersweet dark cocoa, roasty malt and apple skins linger in the finish.
I was hoping for a little more sweetness but this is solid stuff. In our beer world so full of bourbon barrel everything, Sexy Betty brings a distinctive and welcome character to the imperial stout table.
07-12-2014 00:03:23 | More by ThickNStout
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Consumed August 12th, 2014 from a bottle purchased in February 2014 and kept in the non-beer fridge (aka the food fridge) ever since. Poured into a Klokke Roeland snifter.
Beer pours black, topped off with a medium tan head two finger thick. Head subsides to clingy, patchy foam on the sides of the glass and a thin skin atop the liquid in short order.
Aroma is more subtle than expected with the spirit component; it's faintly sweet with a charred wood and coffee backbone. I don't really get any brandy.
Flavor is nice. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate with balance over a moderately sweet brandy note (finally!). There's a wood bitterness somewhere between modest and strong on the finish. It doesn't have the same depth of flavor as some of the very best RIS's, but it is certainly respectable.
Mouthfeel is slightly warm with alcohol heat. Medium bodied: a little too thin for my expectations. Low to mid level carbonation.
Overall, you can do far, far worse. You can also do better. Nice effort.
08-13-2014 02:46:07 | More by charlzm
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date on it, but unfortunately I forgot to record it before I discarded the bottle. I think it might have been sometime in December 2013? Oh well. Poured into a large snifter glass.
Appearance - Pours a pitch black with a creamy two finger head the color of toasted marshmallow or cocoa powder. It's thick and rich looking, almost like a chocolate mousse topping. Retention is moderate, with the foam eventually dissipating to a fine film over the surface of the liquid, with a fairly large island of larger suds in the middle. Along the sides of the glass rests a one finger sheet of lace where the foam disappeared but left the evidence of it's size in the form of lace. Eventually, that sheet slinks away as well, leaving intermittent spots of lace residue.
Smell - Predominantly characteristics of dark chocolate and roasted malt with some char, however, there is also a subtle component from the brandy barrel--dark fruits and maybe licorice that gives this some additional intensity. Faint notes of vanilla and oak.
Taste - Again with roasted grain sweetness and dark chocolate imparting some faint bitterness, but it's far from overpowering. Makes me think of chocolate that has been infused with red wine, if that makes sense. There is a boozy dark fruit characteristic to the finish, but it's not overly hot--just a touch of a bite. The licorice is also here as it was in the smell, but more faint, allowing the oak and vanilla to come through a bit more. Quite tasty.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and moderate carbonation with a feel that I would describe overall as luscious or decadent. It's not thick and full like some imperial stouts, but more of a silky, velvety full. Really turns out to be one of the best parts of this beer.
Overall, this is an excellent beer, and much better (imho) than its Black Betty counterpart, due to the way the brandy barrels impart a really decadent, smooth note to the big style. I may have to go out and grab another bottle of this if there are any still sitting around on shelves.
07-03-2014 15:11:17 | More by LambicPentameter
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from the bomber to a snifter.
A: Poured black with a two finger tan head. Higher than average carbonation. Great lacing.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts. Fruity smell, maybe from hops, maybe its the brandy.
T: Taste follows the nose well. Slight bitter coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts. Some alcohol sweetness. I've only had brandy a handful of times, therefore I don't pick it up much, but I'm sure its there. Gets a little sweeter as it warms.
M: Medium bodied. Dry aftertaste and a little sticky. Higher than average carbonation. Flavors don't linger for very long.
Overall a good imperial stout. Very well balanced. I love how the roasted characteristics shine, somewhat bitter coffee and dark chocolate, which are also my favorite characteristics in a stout. Don't get a lot of the brandy, but I think it would be easy to overwhelm the beer with brandy.
02-01-2014 07:16:18 | More by Joshpu
3.71/5 rDev -5.4%
Notes from tasting flight:
Light nose that doesn't express much. Big coffee. Light cream beige head with standard imperial stout body. Doesn't show any indication of Brandy barrel aging. Fuller than the regular Betty. More chocolate. A little boring but also more solid. Does have alcohol tinges around the edge but nothing that I would identify as alcohol. Weak notes of fruit (raisins mostly) that do match well with the chocolate. Some alcohol note from the barrel aging but nothing that really defines itself. One of the least interesting barrel aged offerings I've ever had.
01-29-2014 05:05:16 | More by artoolemomo
Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged from Nebraska Brewing Company
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