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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 87
Gots: 79 | 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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. Consumed with about a year and a half of age on it.

A: Deep, impenetrable black on the pour with a one-inch brown head. Retention is reasonably good given the time in the barrel. Spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate syrup, black cocoa powder, chocolate cookies. Faint whiff of black licorice. Complex estery aromas of dried fig, black currant, and baked apples. Well hidden spike of alcohol. Barrel is subtly integrated with a slight charred oak and whiskey scent.

T: Black cocoa powder, brownies, dark chocolate truffles, fudge. Hints of smoke and barrel char. Whiskey flattens things out a bit on the mid-palate. A subtle caramel backing begins to emerge with time. Spicy alcohol. Estery black currant and dried fig climb to the forefront as the whiskey taste dies. Things pick back up again as it finishes strong with long, lingering fudge, chocolate covered black raspberry, blackstrap molasses, and slight char.

M: Thick and slightly sludgy with a very chewy mouthfeel. No carbonation whatsoever. It isn't missed too sorely, but it could help to add that last extra bit of dimension that would make it perfect. Ghost-like trace of whiskey heat and spiciness.

O: This is my second go around with the Reserve series Black Betty, and I enjoyed it more this time. The base beer is exceptional in its own right, but the whiskey barrel still flattens things out a little bit rather than having the seamless integration that the elite barrel-aged beers flaunt. That still isn't enough to derail this beer though. It really takes its time opening up on the palate, on both the nose and in the taste, but once it does reach its crescendo it never falls and finishes on a very high note. In this case it's the strong finish that leaves a lasting impression and ultimately saves this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:25:19 | More by ryan1788a5
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richj1970

Alabama

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
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durlta

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-05-2014 18:45:17 | More by durlta
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2014 20:40:53 | More by KAF
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KFBR392

Illinois

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
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Arizona

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Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.6%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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treznor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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DrJones

Iowa

5/5  rDev +25.6%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.