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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Black Betty Imperial Stout
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86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 07-03-2009)
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-08-2014 05:01:49 | More by RDW
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-22-2014 03:52:16 | More by rbrefbeerman
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-02-2014 00:31:27 | More by MaseFace
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mattsmith413

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-09-2014 19:19:52 | More by mattsmith413
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-04-2014 05:26:22 | More by Herky21
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2013 04:17:08 | More by BillRoth
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2013 14:23:17 | More by KevinGordon
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-17-2013 17:06:17 | More by dhbiker0889
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-15-2013 00:29:35 | More by FLBeerGuy
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

08-27-2013 19:06:37 | More by dfhhead25
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APB

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-16-2013 07:04:59 | More by APB
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jroberts8811

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-22-2013 17:09:29 | More by jroberts8811
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brewdog444

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-12-2013 02:44:22 | More by brewdog444
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2013 14:22:53 | More by drgonzo2k2
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-08-2013 13:42:29 | More by tommyguz
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Spectre

California

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

A.Black with a two finger tan head.

S.Whiskey with a hint Coffee.

T.Mostly whiskey with malt, coffee, and coco.

M.Alot thinner than I expected. Not smooth in any way.

Overalls I feel this beer is overrated. It's not bad but did not meet the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:14:58 | More by Spectre
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-02-2013 04:59:00 | More by UltimateLivewire
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 04:27:32 | More by kawilliams81
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-25-2012 14:06:08 | More by ejimhof
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-26-2012 17:45:55 | More by THECPJ
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 rich and dark pour into a snifter with a slight head with full dark bubbles
S: 4.5the whiskey comes out first on the nose followed by the oak
T: 4.5 sharp fruit taste followed by all of the oaky whiskey-ness that you could want from a beer.
MF: 4.0 very full body that does not disappoint
O: 4.5 this is a beer that I would always drink when someone else buys it. At $21 a 750 ml it is hard to justify to wife that it is NEEDED but it is still a great beer and I am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 21:01:33 | More by brewdude1982
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Oh my. There's the whiskey!" my wife exclaims after her second sip of Black Betty. The dark brown head of this Russian Imperial Stout falls quickly with a bit of lace. The whiskey is apparent in the nose. And familiar. According the Nebraska Brewing website, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels is the source.

We did the Stranahan's tour earlier this summer and the whiskey is smooth and strong, which leaves a robust imprint on the beer. The 9.3% alcohol shows with light legs on the side of the swirled glass. As it warms, the whiskey actually smooths out and compliments the oily slickness of the ale. Very sweet and malty, it keeps from being cloying by the 83 IBUs bringing a sharp bite the flows through the end.

A slightly imbalanced RIS that's heavy on hot alcohol from the beer and the barrel aging, but I like it a lot. If you haven't read me in the past, I readily admit that I lean toward the big, bold, and slightly over the top.

Side note: At the Stranahan's tour, they mentioned that they let breweries use their barrels, but I understood that the Stranahan's name wasn't to be used. Obviously I misunderstood since it's listed on the website; however, the bottle says "fresh whiskey barrels," so maybe the limit is to the actual beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:08:06 | More by FightingEntropy
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71gto

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74%

05-02-2012 02:53:47 | More by 71gto
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-11-2012 19:55:41 | More by Pencible
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-23-2011 11:40:50 | More by Stouttyme
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Black Betty Imperial Stout from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.