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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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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:17:02 | More by mdcrouser
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A: Pitch black with a little brown tint and a gigantic 3-4 finger deep tan head that seemed to take forever to settle to a thin film on top. Some spotty lacing.

S: Big time whiskey aroma hits you right off the bat, but some oak, vanilla, and burnt sugar also promient. After it warmed up, a little coffee and chocolate makes an appearance,

T: Again the whiskey dominates the flavors, but also some bitter chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. A little hint of oak.

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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.