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

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254 Ratings

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 94
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Mantooth, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased late December, 2011 in MA. It sat in my cellar for about 6 months, then it made its way to my DBF. Consumed October 6, 2012.

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. It pours black with a small tan head that settles quickly.

S: Bourbon/whiskey over roasted barley malt and roasted coffee beans. Booze dominates, but it's not harsh.

T: Follows the nose, more or less: roasted coffee, coffee beans and whiskey. Lots of whiskey. Some notes of vanilla on the back end of the palate, and the alcohol heat is noted both on the palate and on the way down. Still, it's not "hot" in a harsh way; I could drink the whole bottle as a sipper (I split this one with a friend) and be OK with that. I can't say that about many overly boozy -bal-aged RISes.

M: First impression overall was with the mouthfeel - it seemed thinner than expected for this style. Call it medium in heft, with a slightly harsh feel to it.

O: Decent stuff. The whiskey is definitely noticeable, but it plays nice with the Stout characteristics and adds a layer of complexity to the beer without overwhelming it entirely. Not the greatest I've ever had in this style, and not worth what I paid for it (about $25), but solid.

Kendo, Oct 25, 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%

climbeer07, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MystikCelt, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Beeradelphia, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

nickhiller, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Schlais, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

3Hops, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Gambrinus1184, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high as I usually love the style - though this is me first beer from this brewery. I was raised in Denver and quie fancy Stranahan's whiskey for what it is.

Allowed to warm after removal from the refrigerator - and considerably moreso thereafter. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

9.0%. I believe I acquired this at Wally's Wine in Westwood California.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-light tan colour head of very good thickness, good cream, and excellent retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Coffee, delightful roast, dark malts, whiskey, biscuity yeast, light woods, chocolate, vague complementary floral hops, cream, and light subtle caramelization. A mild strength aroma.

T: Subtle coffee and subtle chocolate over top an unobtrusive dark malt foundation. Hints of warm whiskey (themselves featuring light hints of peat). Not as much roast as I'd like, but some is there - and that's more than I can say about most imperial stouts. It's got body, but isn't as bold and overbearing as most beers in the style. I wouldn't refer to it as complex, but it has a reserved subtlety that I like. Very tasty. Hardly any heat or alcohol at all. The balance is pretty well-executed, but no note is dominant - a feature I find off-putting. The flavour profile lacks direction and focus as a result. You have to commit to a direction; you can't amble around with many of the components of a good imperial stout without choosing which to emphasize.

Mf: Nowhere near as thick as most beers in the style, which is a good thing. Nicely coarse, but nowhere near dry enough. This is wrong for a stout.

Dr: Quite pricey relative to the quality - which is still high but not so much as to justify the expense. Hides its ABV quite well. I look forward to trying more (hopefully more affordable) brews from Nebraska. Quite drinkable in any case.

High B-

kojevergas, Aug 17, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more interesting barrel aged stouts I can recall enjoying. There are no harsh and obnoxious tones that I get from so many other barrel aged beers. Very faint vanilla tones hit me. There is a booze tone to it, but it seems to chill out fairly quickly and translates to a minor burn. Something about it seems appealing and proper to me. I think this beer's reception will mostly depend on the drinker. You like really flavor forward in your face kinda beers? This may not be one of your favorites.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

cfh64, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a billowing chocolate colored head. Nose is dark baker's chocolate with some nice bourbony spicy vanilla flavors hovering. On the palate, it starts off with sweet chocolates, and moves onto a bit of sweet vanilla flavors. Some dark chocolates then come in with a thunderous entrance and envelopes the tongue. Spicy bourbon replaces it toward the back, but the dark chocolates still stand strong...ends with some bourbony spiciness. Pretty solid palate. The mouth is full and coats the tongue as a beer like this should. Overall, I don't know if this is worth the price point it commands, however it is a pretty damned good barrel aged beer. Might be the first I have had aged in Stranahan's taboot. Recommended if you are flush with cash and don't mind dropping some coin on a good barrel aged RIS.

birchstick, Jul 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

fiedler84, Jul 14, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a one finger khaki head that settles to about 1/4 inch. Leaves tons of speckled lacing down the glass.

S: Freshly ground medium roast coffee, chocolate syrup, roasted malt, licorice and some faint sweet whiskey notes.

T: Opens on the sweet end with some chocolate cake, dark chocolate covered espresso beans and molasses. Then progresses towards a drying finish of charred wood, whiskey and some burnt brownies. It definitely warms but it's far from what I would consider "hot." Mouthfeel is slightly heavy without weighing down the flavors too much. I don't know if I can justify the price, but this is tasty business.

notchucknorris, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TomClem, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

phingdong, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Exiled, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

polishkaz, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tar pitch black, creamy head

S: drying whiskey among dark malts

T: nicely bittered and roasty with vapors of oaky whiskey wood; subdued sweetness and chocolate notes

M: smooth and creamy, some bite from the alcohol

O: a really good stout, very classy - somehow avoided a lot of the espresso/coffee and anise/licorice flavors that typify many RISs, which was interesting. Of Nebraska's Reserve series, it was actually my least favorite, so simply because of the price (~$25 in my neck of the woods), I would probably not re-buy, whereas their barleywine and Belgian IPA are a constant source of temptation.

Greywulfken, May 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from my Russian Stout Queen

It certainly is black: mean, thick and indubitably black. Fluffly beige head gives off lots of lacey fireworks. Hearty collar of retention.

Oak jumps out at the nose first. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate with whiskey as an afterthought.

Roasty and refined and full of complexity. Vanilla dominates but has a healthy supporting cast of coffee, dark chocolate syrup and whiskey sweetness. The flavors do a great job of complimenting each other rather than fighting with one another as in many big beers. Fluffy, tongue caressing body. Warm without being hot.

My first beer from the Cornhusker state.

donkeyrunner, May 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Rollzroyce21, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jdhasse, May 09, 2012
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.