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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
90
outstanding

107 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 351
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 101
Gots: 120 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 01-05-2010

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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 351
Reviews by mdcrouser:
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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moved from a previously incorrect version of the Black Betty, which was never publicly released.

This version is with the black/tan label and black script, "Aged in Whiskey Barrels."

This bomber bottle has been resting in the basement fridge since I picked it up at the brewery a couple of months ago - a rainy night is right to break it out.

Dark chocolate brown, pours thick from the bottle, with two full fingers of head mounting initially, leaving behind a thick canvas of fractured sandy brown lace.

Intensely deep on the nose, with obvious chocolate, alcohol, some floral notes, hints of smoke.

A good char is most present, like the deep smoke you get from a winter's fire. Dark yet somewhat tart fruits, sitting heavily on the outside of the tongue. A strong bitterness is underneath, holding a floral hoppiness and a touch of greenery.

Velvety smooth, wrapping itself around the tongue, wholly consuming. Just a bit syrupy to close.

Outstandingly good beer - I could drink it morning, noon and night. (1,022 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Ben7773
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date of 2009.

Tight tan lacing, pitch black. Yeah, the whiskey says hello with oak and alcohol with some vanilla burnt sugar in the nose as well. Smoothness takes it time moving through this heavy liquid. Creamy and slightly viscous. Booze flavor is right up front but never becomes hot even with the beers higher alcohol level in play. Big roasty flavor in the middle unfolds as the beer warms up, unsweetened dark chocolate and espresso comes to mind. Burnt currants, vanilla, more chocolate and a whiskey note wrap up the finish which lands bitter sweet coming from all aspects of the beer and its barrel aging.

Bulls-eye! While the craft beer movement is still maturing there are times like these that is pure proof that the movement is advancing quicker that the beer industry has a whole would ever think. Keep it up Paul, I love what you do!! (885 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is coffee with roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with some oaked character as well. Not a real strong whiskey character in the beer but still a very good imperial stout. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (329 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant black under a pillowy 1” dark tan foam collar that paints the glass with a thin sheet of lace.
S: Cocoa, dark dried fruit, faint whiskey.
T: Creamy with more chocolate than coffee supported by dark dried fruit, vanilla and grain. Long chocolate aftertastes and a big creamy dark unsweetened chocolate bitter on the finish.
M: Fine soft carbonation produces a rich creamy texture with a medium full body. Slightly warming. The alcohol is big but not hot or solventy.
O: This beer stands out for its rich, creamy texture and the incredible balance between the different elements. (596 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Big two finger tan head that slowly settles into a smaller creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt forward aroma with a big scent of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Big barrel presence with bourbon whiskey hints of vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. Also some light earth hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a very rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven taste with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt toast, smoke, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Good barrel presence with nicely boozy notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet taste of molasses sugar. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, and dates. Subtle notes of earthy hops. A really good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly syrupy. Some booze heat is felt as expected but it’s not too hot.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Big rich chocolate, coffee, and whiskey flavors. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerexplorer1973
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: brown, thin head; long legs; rich dark color, almost black

Smell: mild whiskey but sweet nose

taste: Very mellow on the pallet. Character improves as it should with a quality stout as it airs and warms. The whiskey surprisingly subsides as it warms. Hard to believe its 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: medium body

Overall: I was very hesitant to buy this at $20 for the bottle. I, as well as my beer exploring friend, was very glad that I did. If my income would support it, I would buy a case next time I had access! (520 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tappangordo
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brooklynbrews
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JMS1512
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with “vigour” into my Lucifer snifter

Sight: Inky, dark black body with a dual-layer head, brown head. Yup- two layers. First, a small, thick top on which a host of big sudsy foam sits, plus a thick underpinning of extremely fine bubbles. This one sticks around, like a trusted friend.
Aroma: Lots of vanilla, and a hint of wood and booze. I don’t detect much else.

Taste: In the taster’s opinion, the barrel has not taken over the beer, but it is present. Lots of dry wood, vanilla, and booze greet the mouth. Chocolate, malt, and coffee says hello once the beer warms up a little bit. It’s the cleaner, slightly spicier burn that says “whiskey” not “bourbon.” The end finishes with a little bitterness and a little dash of hops.

Feel: Sugary syrupy sweet and oily. Tiny bubbles provide good carbonation, but the density of the beer- definitely chewy, and I hate using that word.

Overall: Fantastic high-end offering from Nebraska Brewing. I appreciate they went with the slightly less conventional whiskey barrels rather than bourbon. (1,080 characters)

Photo of RDW
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Jackp_43
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nkersten
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, finally. Thanks to the Chicago crew for sharing this one with me. Pours black into a stone glass with brown hues and a bubbly tan head that sits in the center. Smell is of oak, lots of bourbon, caramel and chocolate malts. Lots of oak and bourbon dominate the flavor, dark malt, roasted coffee, some bitter bakers chocolate, and alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is coating and sweet with a light carbonation. A bit hot but drinkable for a barrel aged stout. This one is a "boozer" as I put in my notes. I would happily drink this again, but I dont think i would go out of my way to get a bottle (611 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary, rich and complex malt, chocolate malt, some roast, huge head. Big black body.Roasty and whiskey aromas. Whiskey was so boozy for mid-day, but hey it beats bourbon. Thick and tasty.The 83 IBU hops is in the finish and builds up for quite a hopfix as I finish the bomber.The 9% seems like 13%. Points for not being overally coffee. (344 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (436 characters)

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