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

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259 Ratings

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 95
Gots: 82 | 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 womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, licorice, and char. There is definitely some booze/heat to it, too. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is no more impressive. Intense roast and booze flavor with a bit of molasses and licorice. Maybe some dark chocolate and astringent coffee. Meh.

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.

Photo of uvm2003
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice blackish brown color with a decent sized light tan head. I usually look for a darker colored head on a barreled aged imperial stout. The smell is slightly toasty and whiskey with a hint of sweetness. The taste is a fairly light whiskey flavor in the beginning followed by the roasted malt character and light sweetness. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would have expected as well as being low carbonation. Overall this is not a bad beer just not one I would go and buy especially considering the price.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50F in to CBS Snifter. No bottle date apparent.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with 2 fingers of thick, foamy espresso coloured head. Good lacing.

S - Big whiskey aroma up front that is the most notable aroma but doesn't dominate. Roasted malts, oak, vanilla and chocolate are also evident. A complex nose.

T - Whiskey up front, as the nose indicated. The middle had a complex array of flavours including charred malts, cocoa and vanilla. The whiskey returns in the finish and lingers on the tongue. My only complaint is the slightly over charred malts flavour. Otherwise a near perfect barrel aged imperial stout.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Carbonation is light to moderate. A touch watery for the style.

O - A nice change of pace from bourbon barrel aged stouts. We done.

Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, letting no light pass through. Has a two finger creamy medium tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. The smell of whiskey is pretty strong.

The taste consists of chocolate, dark roasted malt, whiskey, oak, vanilla, and raisins. The whiskey taste is not as strong as the aroma suggested, but is still noticeable. Not hot with booze like I thought it might be, which is a plus.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, with a bittersweet aftertaste. This is a very nice beer from Nebraska brewing, and makes me curious to find out what they will come up with next.

Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with an ecru froth. Chocolatey aroma, light roastiness, slight booziness. Piney hops atop dark chocolate in the flavor, plus a whole lot of whiskey. Right now I’m not interested in beers that need a hundred years of aging just to become approachable.

Photo of benpopper
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This gem was aging in my cellar for close to a year before I popped it open last night. The pleasant aroma leaps from the bottle at the moment it is opened. Scents of whiskey and bitter chocolate temp the nose before the first sip. The initial taste is an intense assault of whiskey, chocolate, and coffee. Like a good cup of joe in the morning, it hits all sides of the tongue before melting into an aftertaste. The aftertaste is warming, almost like a winter warmer. While the maltiness is strong, the hops promised on the bottle were not detectable.

This is an ideal beer for a cold day, yet it has the potential to be very drinkable. It is smooth with a moderately thick texture that shouts reminders to the drinker that this is a great Russian Imperial Stout. A hint of sweetness would make this pretty close to perfect.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle though it's not completely black. It settles in under a huge mocha head, very thick, with good lacing and retention.

Aroma has heavily roasted black malts, bakers chocolate and a ton of whiskey sweetness. Maybe some molasses and licorice as well, but the barrel is domninant.

The whiskey also dominates the taste with lors of oak and vanilla alongside molasses. There is an underlying roasted malt backbone with some cocoa powder. Big boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and a tad light for the style though at 9% it's not so surprising. Low carbonation.

This is a solid BA stout but is pretty hot right now. The barrel is the dominant character with only faint impy stout notes underneath.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JM03 for this! I've held onto this for probably a year I'd say. Pretty stressful work day, time for something big!

Pours stout dark, with a nice creamy medium tan head leaving lots of foamy lace trails. Aroma has a nice vanilla and oak smell, with a plenty of chocolate, a little booze and toasted malts. Plenty oak, vanilla, toasted wood, bourbon, chocolate, and hop bitterness in the taste. It's balanced, with no note over-powering another. Quite pleasantly surprised by this! Feel was good, and full bodied. I've heard this can be a hot mess, but I think the age as done good things to this, I enjoyed it thoroughly! Thanks John!

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with maroonish highlights when held up to the light that had a finger of brown head and left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to detect whiskey character with vanlla, molasses, some roastiness from the chocolate malts and hints of coffee.

T: the taste was even better than the aroma first the chocolate roastiness leads the way alongside vanilla, molasses, and oaky whiskey notes but with coffee accents; delicious.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, slight astringent, roasty, mild boozy, and chunky finish.

O: it was a very solid brew all around which was very tasty, drinking good, and was a highlight of the day.

Photo of GregSVT
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a nice combination of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, graham cracker, molasses, and whiskey notes.

T: The taste starts with a big blast of hops that is followed by smooth flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. I was not really expecting the hop presense in this one after smelling it. As it warms the other flavors come out a bit more and the hops add a bit more complexity to the beer.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium bodied.

O: Not a fan of big hoppy Imperial Stouts but this one was tasty. The other flavors really take over as it warms which helps tone down the hops a bit. Would love to see a bit more barrel aged flavor but overall that's a small complaint.

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. Black/brown pour with a light tan head. Not all that thick looking to be honest.

Aroma, Nice chocolate, roast malt, some vanilla and earth/oak.

Taste, Roasty malt, coffee dark chocolate. Oaky bourbon, vanilla comes later, especially as it warms a bit. Finishes with a woody cocoa and vanilla coffee.

As the appearance led me to believe, the body is a little thinner than I'd expect. Carbonation is present making it slightly more than creamy. Coats just fine. Alcohol warmth is there, certainly a sipper.
Solid, but wouldn't pay another $22 for it.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bomber into a tulip glass. Pours black along with a tan off-white head shows a moderate desire to hold its place at the top but is inevitably sucked back into the abyss. Smells of bourbon and chocolate right off the bat. Vanilla, licorice, oak and molasses are mixed with hints of burnt sugar. Some harsher alcohol comes out as she warms up, but I could smell this thing all night if you let me. The taste leans towards the sweet end of the spectrum. Creamy rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans dipped in bourbon then dredged into dark brown sugar just about sums up the flavor here. Lingering roast and bourbon on the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, thick body, and a light level of carbonation. A great sipper from Nebraska!

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.