Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels - Nebraska Brewing Company
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Reviews by number1bum:
3.03/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Part of the NEPA BC split from back in November. Pours a pretty dark brown, darker in the glass than on the pour but certainly not the "black as night" noted on the label. Head is more bubbly than dense and produces about a finger and a half of foam, which settles to a bubbly, uneven lace without much stick on the sides.
Smell has a pleasing whiskey aroma up front, with notes of vanilla and wood. Behind it is some sweet malt, chocolate and caramel with some roasted notes and a hint of coffee as well. The malt base is pretty light, however, and lacks much depth. It smells thin, which for a barrel aged imperial stout does not seem to portend good things...
Taste is, as the nose predicted it might be, pretty thin. It just lacks the depth of flavor that an imperial stout, barrel aged or not, should deliver. It has some roasted and coffee notes, with a bit of sweetness, but those then wash almost completely away as the whiskey flavor asserts itself. It's not that the whiskey is overpowering, because it's not - it's actually pretty nice - it's just that the stout itself is very weak. The whiskey is pleasant and has some vanilla flavor as well, plus there is a woody quality in the finish. Just a touch of alcohol heat. The whiskey actually saves this from scoring even lower.
Mouthfeel is woefully thin for an imperial stout. It's a medium body, but barely, and lacks a creaminess to make it feel fuller. Carbonation is fine and it's pretty smooth, but I like my impys with more meat on their bones. This just does not cut it.
The whiskey qualities here are pretty nice, aggressive without being overdone, but the stout itself falls flat. It's too thin and lacks much character, making the final product pretty subpar, particularly in a category with so many outstanding beers. The whiskey saves it from being a complete disappointment in fact. Once I finish a sip and the palate is clean, it feels as though I'm drinking a highball of whiskey rather than a beer; that being the case, I'd rather just drink the whiskey.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 02:34:02 | More by number1bum
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3.98/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. Bottle dated 06/29/13.
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.
M: Suprisingly a little thin for a stout of this ABV, but still fairly full bodied. Finish is a little dry, and a touch bitter.
O: Nice stout. I wish the coffee and chocolate notes were more promient and the whiskey a little more subdued. It's a tad pricey, but I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 00:57:49 | More by richj1970
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: pours with two dense fingers of khaki, light brown head. The head looked like foam on top of an overpriced coffee concoction. Active carbonation is as bright and active as I've seen in a BA stout, continually regenerating the head.
Smell: bright oak, rye bread, and surprisingly bright fruits. Fruit accents of pears, white grapes, and apricots. Has a chardonnay type fruit profile. Touch of vanilla and caramel mesh on the body, almost too much so, with some slight booze. Fruits and oak are certainly the biggest standout.
Taste: Oak and dark fruits hit first. Vanilla and some toffee opens up on the body. A light touch of roasted malts with a sting of boozy bourbon. The huge carbonation I really feels hides many of the flavors and what flavors come through are slightly undistinguished.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is huge in this one, too much so IMHO.
Overall: This is certainly a unique stout, nothing like any other BA stouts I've had. The bright fruits are welcome but I would use more barrel character and a richer body. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't revisit it in the future.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 02:33:58 | More by KFBR392
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.