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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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very good

262 Ratings

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 95
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 01-05-2010

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
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black! A mountainous, blooming chestnut head transitions from a foam to creamy mousse as it slowly settles leaving a thick coating of lace on the glass. But wait, the carbonation also clings to the Dogfish Head snifter below the head.

Opens with rich chocolate syrup immediately followed by aromatic bourbon. Espresso is here too, though delegated to the background.

Initially strong roasted espresso beans followed by a lesser dose of bourbon than the nose had suggested. Chocolate is akin to the high cocoa variety with malt bitterness ever present. Subtle sweetness is brought out with warmth as are dried dark fruits. The finish is long and perfumed with alcohol.

The alcohol is a major player, but as expected in this full bodied beer with a velvety texture, has modest carbonation and a long dry finish.

This is a true sipping coiffure, well suited to a book or deep contemplation. It would also do well with a cigar, especially during the cold months. Black Betty does the style proud. I’m currently reading about Theodore Roosevelt and thinking he might well have enjoyed this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mindspin315
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge shimmering light brown head. Massive and fluffy. Body is very dark brown to black. No light getting through but not pitch black. Lacing all over.

The first aroma coming through is whiskey. Smells like whiskey in a glass. Notes of brown sugar, chocolate, oak, and burnt sugar. In the back of the nose a faint roasted malt aroma comes through.

Smooth whiskey flavor covers the palate. Roasted espresso, vanilla, molasses, and light bitter sweet chocolate flavors counter balance the wash of whiskey. Middle of the mouth the roasted quality comes up strong, but blends back in as a sweet whiskey perks up in the finish. Light hop bitterness on the tongue at the finish. Highly carbonated makes this pretty drinkable being such a big beer. Medium to full bodied, slightly sticky and syrupy, and alcohol is barely noticeable.

This beer is big but really drinkable. The overall qualities keep you coming back for more to enjoy with each sip. Very well crafted beer indeed. A great whiskey and stout marriage!


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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter; split with a couple of friends

Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy mocha colored cap. Some mild lacing, decent retention. Head fade to form a thin layer of bubbles. Slick coating on the inside of the glass.

The nose is full of dark chocolate, oak, piney hops, bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of smoke/char. Robust and bold.

Rich dark chocolate, almost like Hershey's syrup, is the most prominent. Oak, bourbon, pine, and vanilla all come through in equal doses. I would like to see a little more of the bourbon come through. The char/smoke comes through more-so on the palate and serves as a foundation for all of the other flavors.

Velvety smooth medium to full body with low carbonation. Extremely smooth considering the thickness. Not as thick as some in the class, but it's toeing the line.

This was a pleasant surprise at the tasting and my first Nebraska offering. I enjoyed this beer. Solid RIS on all fronts.

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.