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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Black Betty Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 07-03-2009

This listing is for the "virgin" version (i.e. not barrel aged). It is a draught-only beer that is *occasionally* served at festivals out of unlabeled bottles.
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Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a very, very dark brown color that borders on black with a moderate mocha head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a heavy amount of chocolate and roast with a tad bit of coffee. The flavor melds chocolate and roast together really well atop a medium-full body. Light carbonation. Feel and flavor go together quite well. Very solid brew from Nebraska Brewing.

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Poured from a growler into my Duvel Tulip.

Pours black with some very faints hints of crimson around the edges, and a dense two finger head. The lacing is thick and very sticky, leaving a nice webbing behind.

Smell; wow, very hoppy nose right out of the gates. Pnine and a little citrus, then fades alcohol. A touch of coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts meld with some dark fruits, such as prunes and black currants.

Taste; as with the aroma, the hops hit right away with a bitter pine resin and spicy alcohol. Fortunately they a fade some as the beer warms a little, which gives the roasted/sweet malts a chance to come through. Coffee and bitter dark chocolate, followed by prunes and just some faint hints of licorice, fading to a little bit of a sweet toffee.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice/fine carbonation. The drinkability is decent, but definitely is hurt by a high ABV (though I'm not sure what ir is). Reminds me of very fresh BR Big Bear Black Stout.

Edit: Finished the second half of the growler the next day, and it held up extremely well, maintaining a veryy good level of carbonation, with no real noticeable signs of oxidation. Will definitely be going back for some more.

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A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- whiskey dominates. Faint; chocolate, vanilla and oak.

T- whiskey dominates. Whiskey, dark fruits, bitterness, sour mash.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and effervescent.

O- bummer! Not sure why I waited to open this because time hasn't done it any favors. Way to one dimensional. Whiskey is almost all you pick up. This is why I will never buy Nebraska beer. Way overpriced for the product they put out.

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Black Betty Imperial Stout from Nebraska Brewing Company
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