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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

253 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of beerexplorer1973
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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!

beerexplorer1973, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +25.6%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

DrJones, May 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of MinorThreat
4.98/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 750ml bottle.

A- Dark, real dark. In the range of TenFidy used motor oil dark. Light tan head average lacing.

S-Boozy in all the right ways, Vanilla, smokey oak, beautiful bourbon intertwined with licorice, roasted chocolate and burnt marshmallow. Wow, it smells like Pappy Van Winkle and Dark Lord, NICE.

T-Lots of the nose carries over to beautiful bourbon barrel vanilla and leather. Chocolate, roasted marshmallow and caramel with a slight, desirable boozyness. I honestly don't think the booze comes from the beer so much as the barrel which works, well.

M-Light CO2 so the beer stays rich and creamy with a coating viscosity. Awesome

O-I am not sure if there is a consistency issue here or what but the low reviews could not be for the batch I tried. I have had Dark Lord, Darkness, Kate, CBS, Parabola and Hunaphu's and Black Betty is close, real close to being in the same league of the aforementioned RIS's. BABB flexes the bourbon barrel so well, it reminds me of Parabola (15 to a lesser obvious extent). Well done, seriously well done.

MinorThreat, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Whadawookie
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time trying this! Picked up from the local brewery and chilled slightly at home. This beer smells great, looks great, tastes great, is great. I'm quite proud such a great brew is made so close to home. I smell whiskey and yeast up front, then banana. Taste is just ridiculously good. Roasted grains linger while the carbonation bubbles on the tongue, then the whiskey kicks in... real hard. You are left with a caramel/bourbon coating in your mouth that is incredibly warming and pleasing for this Platte at least (couldn't resist the geographical pun, sorry)

Whadawookie, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

RDW, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

derrickfowler, May 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

ressling, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

pascilla, Jun 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

climbeer07, Oct 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jdhasse, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Wamba, Oct 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

teleforce, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of adman08
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours deep brown, almost black, with very little creamy, off-white head that does leave a small amount of lacing.
S-The most obvious aroma is the whiskey. It comes through strong but not overly boozy, more subdued with hints of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.
T-Slightly boozy, a strong whiskey flavor with some oak, coffee, vanilla and bitter dark chocolate. There's also a slight sweetness in the middle.
M-Full bodied but not super thick and syrup-like. Slightly sweet with fairly low carbonation.
Overall, a very delicious and well done barrel aged imperial stout. I feel like most barrel aged imperial stouts end up too boozy, like they just added straight bourbon to the beer rather than aging it in used barrels. The flavor profile is very complex and again unlike some imperial stouts this beer is nicely balanced and not overly sweet. Pricey but worth a try at least once.

adman08, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
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!!

Jason, May 05, 2010
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4.56/5  rDev +14.6%

Brew4Brains, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

nickhiller, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Diomede, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Stum-pub, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

DangerDawg, Apr 23, 2012
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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.