Black Betty
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #96
Ranked #6,004
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown with a red hue and a creamy tan blanket that slowly fades to a thin ring.

This smells like milk chocolate Raspberry Sticks, pretty exclusively.

Taste is raspberry, brown toast, sharp coffee providing a little bitterness, and chocolate.

Frothy soft with a full body and a semi-dry finish.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Aug 15, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a tulip from a 32 oz growler filled about 2 hours earlier. Appears a dark black, beautiful tan head. The head leaves just a touch of lacing.

The nose has hints of raspberry and barely a touch of vanilla. There is the expected roastiness from the dark malts and some nice chocolate as well. It all works together in a very interesting way. In the taste, the dark malts and chocolate lead the way, but the raspberry and vanilla are also present here.

The mouthfeel is on point here with medium-thick bodied and fairly low levels of carbonation. Overall this is a very well put together porter. The unique flavorings add an awesome aspect that keep you going back for more.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2008 vintage on tap at March 2, 2013 bottle release.

Smell is all blackberry, tangy juice blackberry pie w vanilla ice cream. Can't even tell this is a porter but it smells awesome. 4.25

Taste is less fruity, still lots of blackberry but also some mild chocolate dark malt, light roast. Good but not as good as it smelled, it's slightly confused. 3.75

Mouthfeel is slightly thin after four years of age but not terrible. 3

O 3.75


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AlexFields from Tennessee, Mar 03, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a tan head that left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Raspberries are present, but subtle. Nice notes of chocolate and some vanilla. Inviting, and sweet.

T - Good deal of chocolate and roasted malts, with a little bit of vanilla. The raspberry is detectable, but it's still pretty subtle compared to the big chocolate flavors.

M - Lighter carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Good beer, preferred the bourbon barrel aged version, but this is pretty solid and would drink it again. Nice dessert beer.

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AgentZero from Illinois, Sep 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful coffee notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. Coffee right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it. it was almost too good, and too easy to drink, this went down way too fast.

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mikesgroove from South Carolina, Jul 26, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lookie what I found. Reviewed from notes. On tap at the 5th Anniversary Party in December 2010.

Pours a very dark brown color with a short off-white head and a moderate retention time. A little bit of lacing and a collar as it sits in the glass. The nose brings some roast and a nice amount of raspberry plus some vanilla and a good dosing of chocolate. Flavor has chocolate, raspberries, and chocolate, all blended quite well. Mouthfeel is nice -- fairly creamy and low carbonation. Really nice beer.

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Thorpe429 from Illinois, Jun 16, 2011
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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

08 Black Betty has the 5th Anniversary party. I waited to review this until I had the BA version from the bottle... Looks like the ba version, dark brown with a light tan head, a little better lacing... The aroma is nice with vanilla, creamy chocolate and a touch of raspberries... The taste has a lot more chocolate than I expected, I was expecting and hoping for more of the vanilla and raspberries. They come through just not as much, guess I was hoping for some great vanilla like the Stone Vanilla Porter... Mouthfeel is too light, actually like he ba better.

The base has all the right components but missing something. BA + sour isn't it, maybe just a ba version would make this one world class.

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jrallen34 from Illinois, Mar 02, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes:

Pours with a tan head, the brew is dark brown with nice lace.

Ok roasted malt and raspberry, hints of vanilla.

Ok we have roasted malt intertwined with vanilla soaked raspberries with bitterness in the finish.

Medium body with a low carbonation, not super thick but fuller then most porters.

Super easy to drink with a hidden abv.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the 5th Anniversary Party. From notes.

A - Pours black, tan head which disipitates down to just the black base of the beer. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Raspberries, sweet chocolate, vanilla. Like dessert!

T - Chocolate, ripe raspberries, nice toasty malts.

M - Medium, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I liked this one, however, I preferred the -bal version a bit more.

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Sean9689 from Illinois, Dec 13, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was '08 Black Betty served on-tap at Jackie O's. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with a thin tan foam that settles to a thin ring. The body is a dark brown with faint transparency at the fringes.

S - Some over ripe raspberries, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a sweet malt backbone.

T - The taste is very chocolate and roast malt heavy, with some light berry character. There's a somewhat off smoky finish.

M - A little thin and watery. Some light carbonation, with a sticky and lightly tannic finish from the fruit. Alcohol is shocking well-hidden.

D - This is extremely easy to drink, and I could have gone for a full pour. That being said, it's not as good as the bottled barrel-aged version. I have a feeling this is probably better fresh as well. Hopefully I can re-visit this when Brad brews up a fresh batch.

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), Dec 06, 2010
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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a Jackie O's beer of course it came from markwise. Cheers to you Mark!

A: Pours a nice deep shade of brown with a pretty tall tan colored head. Nice retention with beautiful lace.

S: Wow like a chocolate covered raspberry. Lots of chocolate, raspberry puree and vanilla. Very decadent, very dessert like aroma.

T: Tasty could serve as a dessert. Nice sweet molasses with a hint of roast. Smack you across the mouth raspberry juice with a nice amount of tartness. Real vanilla beans as well. Tasty and unique.

M: On the thinner side, pretty good carbonation.

D: Really good. Love what Jackie O's is doing, glad we have Mark here in Tampa to bring them all in for our group to sample!

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tpd975 from Florida, Feb 21, 2010
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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this growler in a trade with Pecorasc..thanks for everything once again Sam!

A- Pours a nice hazy deep brown almost sludge color. When held to the light red hues show up on the sides of the glass. Hard pour resulted in a one finger mocha/light brownish head. This did not stay around for long leaving film across the top of the beer. Lacing of light and spotted but the whole liquid seemed to coat the sides of the glass.

S- I served this a little on the cold side so I let it warm up. I'm glad I did. Big aroma of raspberry and chocolate in this one. There was a light roasted malt this along with some more bready malts. The vanilla came as a light follow up with the rest of the aroma. Everything came together nicely and was mostly well balanced.

T- The taste on this was devine. I am not one for fruits in my porter but this was amazing. Nice chocolate upfront with some bready malts. Light coffee undertones along in the front to middle. Chocolate raspberry taste to me in the middle that fades into a light vanilla hint in the background. The ending of this is raspberry and light vanilla. This beer is amazing in the taste. I was simply shocked!

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking and while quite good in my opinion, there could have been a little more. Nice chocolate malts left on the palate with a light raspberry and chocolate flavor left in the aftertaste. Felt like everything it touched was left in a light coasting of this beer.

D- This was a very drinkable beer even with the higer alcohol. I poured myself multiple glasses without this beer being too filling or too much in any flavor. Would recommend to any porter lover.

I was quite impressed with this release from Jackie O's. I think they found a new fan in me. Can't wait to get the chance to try more from them!

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Described as an Imperial Vanilla Raspberry Porter. Served on tap into a snifter at the Pub & Brewery. Served very cold.

A- Dark brown with cherry colored edges that are noticeable even in the dimly light bar. Pours with a creamy tan or khaki colored head that recedes to a thin film before the beer gets to you. The thin film is attractive and allows you to see the beer below. The beer looks hazy. Bubbles on the surface pop slowly and randomly as I sit and wait for the beer to warm up. The thin film of head manages to leave lacing on the inverted edges of the tulip.

S- Chocolate and raspberries dominate this porter. The cold pour gave me quite a while to dissect the aroma, but I still had trouble picking up any vanilla. As the beer warms, more intense chocolate and raspberries with a sweetish, bready malt-backbone. No hops in this american porter.

T- Hits first with a tangy raspberry acidity and morphs into a slightly alcoholic chocolate shake. Even at such a high alcohol, this finishes crisp and dry. The flavors intensified and improved at higher temperatures, but I still couldn't pick up on any vanilla. Very nice rendition on a porter, a style that could probably use some creativity.

M- Stayed traditional with the thinner body of a porter and added some tingly carbonation. Could probably describe this as a thin bodied stout or a medium to heavy bodied porter.

D- Highly drinkable for 9%, even dangerously so. The flavors meld so well together and there is never an after burn from the alcohol. Nicely done.

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Pecorasc from Oregon, Jan 18, 2010
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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had the Black Betty both on tap and from a Growler. Very malty and sweet, the raspberries come through amazingly well without being overpowering. This beer is very smooth and hints of chocolate and vanilla bean come through for me. Wish it came around on tap more often!

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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this one for my girlfriend, so I only had a chance to sip, but *wow*; a great beer. So good, as a matter of fact, that the other girls (who ****do not, EVAR**** drink beer) wanted one each.

That really says it right there.

Totally opaque, slight sour backing if you know what you're looking for; quite dry and huuuge in malt character. A real double I Porter and well aged to boot. If I get the chance to drink a whole one myself I will update the review, but if you get there before me try it out; you will not be disappointed. (That is unless you like clear, watery beer, in that case you should just turn around and walk out the door)

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msemich from Tennessee, Feb 23, 2009
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4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black Betty

I got to drink both on tap and and out of a growler this week
I fortunately stumbled upon a beer tasting at Jackie O in Athen Ohio

and after smapling the 7 tastes i started talking to the brewer himself and he told me about this specially aged batch of beer called Black Betty

a great slow sipper
dark smooth
the raspberry comes through
you can smell then with the choclate
and then taste it
the after taste is fine

it was perfect to end the taste
and it has been perfect to end my evening everyday this week

I want to drive back and get more

If you happen to get lucky to try this beer take taste

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Big thanks to beveritt for obtaining and providing a sample of this at a recent beer tasting. Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A- Extremely dark brown and nearly black/ opaque. Light brown head. Head dwindles very slowly to a thin cap.

S- Roasty vanilla sweetness. Raspberry/fruity hints emerge as the beer warms.

T- Raspberry and vanilla notes, wouldn't you know it? Slightly acidic bitterness on the finish. High ABV is extraordinarily concealed and blended within the delightfully robust flavors.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D- Excellent. Dangerous. A beer with this ABV shouldn't be so easily quaffed, lest I find myself passed out in a cavernous cellar....

Future outlook: Too bad this one is sold some 60 odd miles from my current home, and near my old 4 years home in Athens. Nevertheless, with the aid of some ambitious cohort(s), I shall surely again imbibe this delightful brew! With this beer being such a rave, I am sure that I will also have to see fit to try their other offerings.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass. I had a snifter of this last time I was at Jackie O's and brought a growler home to serve at a porter tasting I held.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles slowly to a 1/4 inch coating. The beer itself is dark brown, almost black, with hints of mahogany around the edges. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet alcohol smell with hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Sweet mix of fresh raspberry and vanilla, yet very drinkable, not overly sweet. Roasted barley bitterness provides a nice backdrop for the sweeter flavors. Long lingering finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: I really, really like this beer. The mix of flavors is incredible. My 4th beer from Jackie O's, everyone a winner.

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Black Betty from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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