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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

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:57:08 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown to black with a tan head and some lacing on the glass. Low carbonation.

Lots of chocolate, roast, and tobacco in the nose.

This is a good beer, carbonation is low, medium to heavy body, the whole beer is sweet and thick with great tobacco bitterness and other chocolatey flavors. The finish is moderately bitter from a coffee like roast with the tobacco. Very nice, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:24:41 | More by drabmuh
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-08-2013 13:42:29 | More by tommyguz
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-02-2013 04:59:00 | More by UltimateLivewire
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 21:19:17 | More by DeutschesBier
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 21:34:41 | More by starrdogg
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-22-2014 03:52:16 | More by rbrefbeerman
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2009 01:15:52 | More by RedHaze
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jroberts8811

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-22-2013 17:09:29 | More by jroberts8811
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 19:26:25 | More by Kaydogg
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-15-2011 16:36:27 | More by NCbeerpirate
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Black Betty Imperial Stout from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.