Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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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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.