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

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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

236 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 236
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 89
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.