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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey BarrelsBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels

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BA SCORE
89
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 204
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%


Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy upon release and perfect for extended cellaring.

83 IBU

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 01-05-2010)
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notes from flight tasting

Fairly typical nose bit of a dark beige head. Nose alludes to caraway or actual rye bread in a way that I've never noticed from an Imperial stout. Very thin mouthfeel and rather lacking in the whole presence department as well. I'm glad I didn't spend 9 bucks on a glass. Some fruit sweetness that matches well with the chocolate sweetness but pretty much craps out on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 05:02:33 | More by artoolemomo
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown approaching black color with a good sized light brown head, fades quickly but leaves some patchy lacing on the glass as it depletes.

Smell has a surprisingly strong dark fruit aroma, plenty of raisins, roasted malt backing, not much hop presence but this bottle has been in the cellar for some time so it's not surprising.

Taste is not your typical RIS, the dark fruit is similar to the aroma meaning it has a strong presence, very raisin-y, not overly roasted or bitter, carbonation is way too high with the body being on the thin side, hops have faded but would likely show up quite well since this isn't a heavy stout at all, decent wood character without being overbearing, strength was quite hidden and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 14:31:53 | More by deltatauhobbit
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sethcroisant

Nebraska

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- even with a slow pour, it has a beautiful cascading effect. colossal brown head with lacing that cannot be rivaled. very impressive start.

S- very spicy, mostly from the hops and booze, but partly from the roasted malts.

T/M- creamy, almost sludgy feel with low carbonation. whiskey flavors are immediate and provide a bit of sweetness that lingers. the spiciness is very present and is pretty powerful. good amount of hops combat the sugary flavors well. bready characteristics are in the aftertaste.

O- an impressive and surprisingly balanced beer. hopefully brews like this will start to get Nebraska Brewing Co. noticed a little more.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:20:58 | More by sethcroisant
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a jet black color. A large beige fluffy and somewhat spongey 3 cm of head foaming up, fades very slowly. Large windowpane lattice develops as the head recedes.
Aroma is some dry wood and raisins with black licorice or anice notes mixed in. I actually dont get any booze on the nose, nor much of, if any hop presence. Texture is very smooth and gentle rolling carbonation makes this beer amazingly easy to drink considering the umph it is packing in calories and alcohol.
The flavor is similar to the nose with big dark malt, roasted grain and a hint of dark fruit. Moves to some dark chocolate and dark fruit, again raisins fit. Finishes with just a little heat and I find this to be an enjoyable beer for a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 13:10:00 | More by sulldaddy
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jpro

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter...

A: Pitch black with a massive head of tight, khaki foam; leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Roasted malt and bourbon / oaky notes; the whiskey aroma isn't overpowering at all.

T: Follows the nose; crisp, roasted malt and dry oak notes; not much chocolate malt - more dry than sweet.

M: Very lively carbonation which makes it feel a little light.

O: A nice barrel aged imperial stout; the slightly lower abv enhance drinkability along with it not being a bourbon / barrel bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 20:39:43 | More by jpro
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. Consumed with about a year and a half of age on it.

A: Deep, impenetrable black on the pour with a one-inch brown head. Retention is reasonably good given the time in the barrel. Spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate syrup, black cocoa powder, chocolate cookies. Faint whiff of black licorice. Complex estery aromas of dried fig, black currant, and baked apples. Well hidden spike of alcohol. Barrel is subtly integrated with a slight charred oak and whiskey scent.

T: Black cocoa powder, brownies, dark chocolate truffles, fudge. Hints of smoke and barrel char. Whiskey flattens things out a bit on the mid-palate. A subtle caramel backing begins to emerge with time. Spicy alcohol. Estery black currant and dried fig climb to the forefront as the whiskey taste dies. Things pick back up again as it finishes strong with long, lingering fudge, chocolate covered black raspberry, blackstrap molasses, and slight char.

M: Thick and slightly sludgy with a very chewy mouthfeel. No carbonation whatsoever. It isn't missed too sorely, but it could help to add that last extra bit of dimension that would make it perfect. Ghost-like trace of whiskey heat and spiciness.

O: This is my second go around with the Reserve series Black Betty, and I enjoyed it more this time. The base beer is exceptional in its own right, but the whiskey barrel still flattens things out a little bit rather than having the seamless integration that the elite barrel-aged beers flaunt. That still isn't enough to derail this beer though. It really takes its time opening up on the palate, on both the nose and in the taste, but once it does reach its crescendo it never falls and finishes on a very high note. In this case it's the strong finish that leaves a lasting impression and ultimately saves this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:25:19 | More by ryan1788a5
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Split a few ways with some friends. Pours pitch black with a sludgy consistency. Two fingers of dark brown head sit on top with some nice retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted chocolate/coffee malts with a slight smoky undertone. Sweet whiskey, vanilla and oak are present from the barrel.

Similar flavor with only some subtle variations. A lot of the dark roast coffee and chocolate are noted along with the barrel characteristics. A little dark fruit not evident in the aroma makes an appearance. Barrel doesn't exert quite as much influence as I'd like and the whiskey seems to be a big on the sweeter side of things. Not my preference, but the roast malts prevents this from getting too sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. *Note* Had this right after BCBCS so probably not fair to compare. Low carbonation with alcohol present, but not overpowering.

Pretty solid although way overpriced for what it is. Enjoyable, but a little more viscocity would really enhance all the other good stuff going on and raise the grades considerably.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 17:37:16 | More by jmarsh123
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nebraska Brewing : Black Betty

LOOK: Dark brown bordering black with an off white head. Leaves an impressive amount of lace.

SMELL: Oaky whiskey, booze laced chocolate, a touch of sharp, spicy whiskey rounding out the finish.

TASTE/FEEL: Robust roasted malt, possibly a hint of booze soaked dark fruits. Chocolate, coffee and getting a rye like spice. Well balanced and heavy on the barrel notes. Dry tannins round out the finish. Finishes dry as hell. Lots of rye whiskey influence.

OVERALL: A tasty and decently complex sipper. Lets the barrel come shining through. Not huge on smoking cigars but this would be an obvious choice to pair with an oily robust stogie from far away lands.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:00:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a nice oily black coloration. No opaqueness is noted when the beer is held to light. A thick burnt nugget colored head towers above the beers body. Nice head retention noted. The beer leaves a trail of major lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma of the beer is darkly roasted and slightly smoked maltyness. Vanilla oaked notes combined with whiskey punch toward the for ground. I am really enjoying this beers aroma.

T- The beers flavor delivers on a layered darkly roasted coffee, cocoa, a nip of raisins and yes it brings a pleasing whiskey barrell flavoring. The flavors of the base beer are big enough to stand up to the barrels flavors.

M- The body of the beer is a weak point. The body is simply too thin for my taste. The body is on the thin side. The carbonation is on the low side. The alcohol is a bit assertive and wouldnt be a problem with a more viscous beer. In short the body reminded me of cough syrup.

O- The mouthfeel was the killer on this beer. A bit more thickness would have lifted the beer up to the next level. Not a drain pour but not really the experience I am looking for in a barrell aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 10:56:56 | More by nlmartin
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No vintage listed. 9.0% ABV. I believe this to be a 2010 bottle, possibly a 2011.

A: Pours a very dark brown but believe it or not, not pure black. Big, huge, super dense light brown head. Head fades away very very slowly with top notch retention. Just little splotches of fluffy lacing left behind.

S: Really nice whiskey aroma with burnt caramel and oaky vanilla. Roasted malt pokes through with some char and chocolate. Boozy.

T: Big whiskey up front. Caramel again. Less vanilla but still a touch. Lots of charred oak is heavy up front and continues through the rest of the taste. Dark chocolate in the middle with more char. In the finish, the rest of the flavors fade away and you get a little coffee but mainly charred wood, becoming a touch acrid and charry. Boozy bourbon, hints of dark fruit and chalky char lingers in the aftertaste. Belly warming.

M: A little thinner than you might expect from a 9% RIS. I think the bourbon is fairly strong in this and cuts the roasted malt a bit. A little chalky and drying in the aftertaste.

O: An good example of a whiskey barrel RIS. Whiskey barrel character is quite strong, this may have benefited from another year or two in the cellar. Charred oak is prominent, almost more than the whiskey itself. Would have preferred more of the roasted malt character but it's still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:19:22 | More by Dope
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-01-04 in Columbia, PA. This is a 2011 vintage.

A - Very dark and opaque brown with a 2-finger tan head and good lacing. Very inviting.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, medium-dark roasted malt, touch of chocolate.

T - Bourbon, dark roasted malt, oak, some char, dark chocolate, dark coffee, dark, dark, dark. Alcohol. Prune. Astringent. A bit of caramel sweetness in the finish, which somewhat remains as the increasing roasted and hop bitterness makes itself well known for more than a minute.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy yet prickly. Dries out a bit. Not an oatmeal stout thickness but very nice.

O - Gotta say this is a well-done Imperial Stout. I like the dominant dark flavors with a hint of sweetness and bitterness to somewhat balance it out. This is the best beer I've had from this brewer and would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:32:52 | More by Tucquan
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Stemware glass at 55 Degrees.
2011 Vintage - 750ml bottle - 9% ABV - Imperial Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels for 6 Months

Appearance: Poured a jet black along with a small tan head that disappears down to lacing in less than a minute. Looks beautiful and intimidates me to start drinking immediately!

Aroma: A presence of spicy whiskey, bourbon and oak, coffee beans, roasted barley and malts, rye, chocolate, touch of smoke, new leather, and a slight fruit sweetness on the nose.

Taste: I immediately get the big rye whiskey and bold bourbon, charred oak, and a nice vanilla also from the barrels. The most present of all the elements in this is the bourbon/whiskey barrel characteristics but it doesn’t cover up or overpower anything else at all. Mixed with the barrel characteristics, I also receive the rich mélange of cocoa, caramel and roasted barley and malts together, the smooth bittersweet chocolate, sweet molasses, espresso coffee beans, anise, dark fruit, bitter hops on the back end and a very slight alcohol burn on the finish when it starts to warm up. The barrel characteristics and the base beer come together very well and really complement each other.

Mouth feel: In-between a medium/thick body, carbonation is minimal but is where it should be. This is another great big complex beer that persuades you to slow down, sip on this for an hour or two and just simply appreciate it.

Overall: Overall, this is right on-par with the other top-shelf barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts on the market and the best beer I’ve ever had from the state of Nebraska. This is the second whiskey barrel stout that I’ve had and is right on-par with the Flying Dog barrel-aged Gonzo Porter. In the end, this was an impressive RIS with really great barrel characteristics integrated with a really solid, robust yet smooth base beer. Big complexity, well-balanced, and well-crafted!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:31:44 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a thin brown head that has decent retention

S - earthy, roasted malts, anise, chocolate

T - chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts, licorice, sugar, woody, faint whiskey

M - full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantasticly balanced, drinkable stout. It will warm you up on a cold day, and has enough complexity that you could drink the 750mL by yourself without getting fatigued. This was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:15:23 | More by tdm168
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased late December, 2011 in MA. It sat in my cellar for about 6 months, then it made its way to my DBF. Consumed October 6, 2012.

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. It pours black with a small tan head that settles quickly.

S: Bourbon/whiskey over roasted barley malt and roasted coffee beans. Booze dominates, but it's not harsh.

T: Follows the nose, more or less: roasted coffee, coffee beans and whiskey. Lots of whiskey. Some notes of vanilla on the back end of the palate, and the alcohol heat is noted both on the palate and on the way down. Still, it's not "hot" in a harsh way; I could drink the whole bottle as a sipper (I split this one with a friend) and be OK with that. I can't say that about many overly boozy -bal-aged RISes.

M: First impression overall was with the mouthfeel - it seemed thinner than expected for this style. Call it medium in heft, with a slightly harsh feel to it.

O: Decent stuff. The whiskey is definitely noticeable, but it plays nice with the Stout characteristics and adds a layer of complexity to the beer without overwhelming it entirely. Not the greatest I've ever had in this style, and not worth what I paid for it (about $25), but solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:44:25 | More by Kendo
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high as I usually love the style - though this is me first beer from this brewery. I was raised in Denver and quie fancy Stranahan's whiskey for what it is.

Allowed to warm after removal from the refrigerator - and considerably moreso thereafter. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

9.0%. I believe I acquired this at Wally's Wine in Westwood California.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-light tan colour head of very good thickness, good cream, and excellent retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Coffee, delightful roast, dark malts, whiskey, biscuity yeast, light woods, chocolate, vague complementary floral hops, cream, and light subtle caramelization. A mild strength aroma.

T: Subtle coffee and subtle chocolate over top an unobtrusive dark malt foundation. Hints of warm whiskey (themselves featuring light hints of peat). Not as much roast as I'd like, but some is there - and that's more than I can say about most imperial stouts. It's got body, but isn't as bold and overbearing as most beers in the style. I wouldn't refer to it as complex, but it has a reserved subtlety that I like. Very tasty. Hardly any heat or alcohol at all. The balance is pretty well-executed, but no note is dominant - a feature I find off-putting. The flavour profile lacks direction and focus as a result. You have to commit to a direction; you can't amble around with many of the components of a good imperial stout without choosing which to emphasize.

Mf: Nowhere near as thick as most beers in the style, which is a good thing. Nicely coarse, but nowhere near dry enough. This is wrong for a stout.

Dr: Quite pricey relative to the quality - which is still high but not so much as to justify the expense. Hides its ABV quite well. I look forward to trying more (hopefully more affordable) brews from Nebraska. Quite drinkable in any case.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 06:32:54 | More by kojevergas
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more interesting barrel aged stouts I can recall enjoying. There are no harsh and obnoxious tones that I get from so many other barrel aged beers. Very faint vanilla tones hit me. There is a booze tone to it, but it seems to chill out fairly quickly and translates to a minor burn. Something about it seems appealing and proper to me. I think this beer's reception will mostly depend on the drinker. You like really flavor forward in your face kinda beers? This may not be one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:58:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a billowing chocolate colored head. Nose is dark baker's chocolate with some nice bourbony spicy vanilla flavors hovering. On the palate, it starts off with sweet chocolates, and moves onto a bit of sweet vanilla flavors. Some dark chocolates then come in with a thunderous entrance and envelopes the tongue. Spicy bourbon replaces it toward the back, but the dark chocolates still stand strong...ends with some bourbony spiciness. Pretty solid palate. The mouth is full and coats the tongue as a beer like this should. Overall, I don't know if this is worth the price point it commands, however it is a pretty damned good barrel aged beer. Might be the first I have had aged in Stranahan's taboot. Recommended if you are flush with cash and don't mind dropping some coin on a good barrel aged RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 04:49:27 | More by birchstick
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notchucknorris

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a one finger khaki head that settles to about 1/4 inch. Leaves tons of speckled lacing down the glass.

S: Freshly ground medium roast coffee, chocolate syrup, roasted malt, licorice and some faint sweet whiskey notes.

T: Opens on the sweet end with some chocolate cake, dark chocolate covered espresso beans and molasses. Then progresses towards a drying finish of charred wood, whiskey and some burnt brownies. It definitely warms but it's far from what I would consider "hot." Mouthfeel is slightly heavy without weighing down the flavors too much. I don't know if I can justify the price, but this is tasty business.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 19:23:48 | More by notchucknorris
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Greywulfken

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tar pitch black, creamy head

S: drying whiskey among dark malts

T: nicely bittered and roasty with vapors of oaky whiskey wood; subdued sweetness and chocolate notes

M: smooth and creamy, some bite from the alcohol

O: a really good stout, very classy - somehow avoided a lot of the espresso/coffee and anise/licorice flavors that typify many RISs, which was interesting. Of Nebraska's Reserve series, it was actually my least favorite, so simply because of the price (~$25 in my neck of the woods), I would probably not re-buy, whereas their barleywine and Belgian IPA are a constant source of temptation.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 19:33:54 | More by Greywulfken
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from my Russian Stout Queen

It certainly is black: mean, thick and indubitably black. Fluffly beige head gives off lots of lacey fireworks. Hearty collar of retention.

Oak jumps out at the nose first. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate with whiskey as an afterthought.

Roasty and refined and full of complexity. Vanilla dominates but has a healthy supporting cast of coffee, dark chocolate syrup and whiskey sweetness. The flavors do a great job of complimenting each other rather than fighting with one another as in many big beers. Fluffy, tongue caressing body. Warm without being hot.

My first beer from the Cornhusker state.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 13:17:15 | More by donkeyrunner
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SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black! A mountainous, blooming chestnut head transitions from a foam to creamy mousse as it slowly settles leaving a thick coating of lace on the glass. But wait, the carbonation also clings to the Dogfish Head snifter below the head.

Opens with rich chocolate syrup immediately followed by aromatic bourbon. Espresso is here too, though delegated to the background.

Initially strong roasted espresso beans followed by a lesser dose of bourbon than the nose had suggested. Chocolate is akin to the high cocoa variety with malt bitterness ever present. Subtle sweetness is brought out with warmth as are dried dark fruits. The finish is long and perfumed with alcohol.

The alcohol is a major player, but as expected in this full bodied beer with a velvety texture, has modest carbonation and a long dry finish.

This is a true sipping coiffure, well suited to a book or deep contemplation. It would also do well with a cigar, especially during the cold months. Black Betty does the style proud. I’m currently reading about Theodore Roosevelt and thinking he might well have enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:57:44 | More by SLeffler27
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MinorThreat

Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 750ml bottle.

A- Dark, real dark. In the range of TenFidy used motor oil dark. Light tan head average lacing.

S-Boozy in all the right ways, Vanilla, smokey oak, beautiful bourbon intertwined with licorice, roasted chocolate and burnt marshmallow. Wow, it smells like Pappy Van Winkle and Dark Lord, NICE.

T-Lots of the nose carries over to beautiful bourbon barrel vanilla and leather. Chocolate, roasted marshmallow and caramel with a slight, desirable boozyness. I honestly don't think the booze comes from the beer so much as the barrel which works, well.

M-Light CO2 so the beer stays rich and creamy with a coating viscosity. Awesome

O-I am not sure if there is a consistency issue here or what but the low reviews could not be for the batch I tried. I have had Dark Lord, Darkness, Kate, CBS, Parabola and Hunaphu's and Black Betty is close, real close to being in the same league of the aforementioned RIS's. BABB flexes the bourbon barrel so well, it reminds me of Parabola (15 to a lesser obvious extent). Well done, seriously well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:46:59 | More by MinorThreat
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge shimmering light brown head. Massive and fluffy. Body is very dark brown to black. No light getting through but not pitch black. Lacing all over.

The first aroma coming through is whiskey. Smells like whiskey in a glass. Notes of brown sugar, chocolate, oak, and burnt sugar. In the back of the nose a faint roasted malt aroma comes through.

Smooth whiskey flavor covers the palate. Roasted espresso, vanilla, molasses, and light bitter sweet chocolate flavors counter balance the wash of whiskey. Middle of the mouth the roasted quality comes up strong, but blends back in as a sweet whiskey perks up in the finish. Light hop bitterness on the tongue at the finish. Highly carbonated makes this pretty drinkable being such a big beer. Medium to full bodied, slightly sticky and syrupy, and alcohol is barely noticeable.

This beer is big but really drinkable. The overall qualities keep you coming back for more to enjoy with each sip. Very well crafted beer indeed. A great whiskey and stout marriage!

[95/100]

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 07:43:51 | More by mindspin315
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter; split with a couple of friends

Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy mocha colored cap. Some mild lacing, decent retention. Head fade to form a thin layer of bubbles. Slick coating on the inside of the glass.

The nose is full of dark chocolate, oak, piney hops, bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of smoke/char. Robust and bold.

Rich dark chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup, is the most prominent. Oak, bourbon, pine, and vanilla all come through in equal doses. I would like to see a little more of the bourbon come through. The char/smoke comes through more-so on the palate and serves as a foundation for all of the other flavors.

Velvety smooth medium to full body with low carbonation. Extremely smooth considering the thickness. Not as thick as some in the class, but it's toeing the line.

This was a pleasant surprise at the tasting and my first Nebraska offering. I enjoyed this beer. Solid RIS on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 16:09:01 | More by ColForbinBC
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Crass3000

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark as night with a little brown head with little retention.

Smell is chocolate, vanilla, a little bourbon, and roasted malt. Taste is every bit of the smell with chocolate, vanilla, and a really nice bourbon flavor. Really good!!! Mouthfeel is nice. Great beer if you love bourbon!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 09:33:08 | More by Crass3000
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