Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kendo:
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
More User Reviews:
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
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
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.