Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Nebraska Brewing Company
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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sweet nose greets the adventurous in this marriage of our Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout and a 6-month aging in 50 year old American brandy barrels. From the Black Betty base, rich chocolate aromatics play delightfully against a coffee-like impression. An elegantly pleasant surprise wakes the palate, which migrates from a hint of brandy into a wonderfully lingering roasted malt character.

Added by CheapBeerBuzz on 01-13-2014

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
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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.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big overflowing tan head, robust, rock solid. Body is almost black.
Nose is toasted malt and some cocoa powder.
Taste is charry barrel, lots of barrel. Some coffee and cocoa buried in there too, and a brief hint of fig. But the brandy barrel does dominate.
Feels creamy and medium-thick, a bit chewy, a crisp type of burn, ends toward dry.
Not a complex imperial stout, but a decent one if you're into trying those that are barrel-aged.

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