Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged
Nebraska Brewing Company

Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel AgedSexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,938
Ranked #10,341
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel AgedSexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged
Notes: A sweet nose greets the adventurous in this marriage of our Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout and a 6-month aging in 50 year old American brandy barrels. From the Black Betty base, rich chocolate aromatics play delightfully against a coffee-like impression. An elegantly pleasant surprise wakes the palate, which migrates from a hint of brandy into a wonderfully lingering roasted malt character.
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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bomber a deep, dark brown with a big tan head that persists and lots of carbonation.
Aroma is chocolate, plum, roast coffee, molasses.
Chocolate is up front on the taste with plummy dark fruit. Roast and char with a bittering and fruity finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam after softly pouring straight into the glass. Head retention is superb with fair lacing. Aroma is huge notes of roasted and toasted malts right up front. They carry a little bitterness. Brandy, cherries, and barrel show up next. Brandy compromises about 90% of the aroma. It's a touch boozy, but not overly so. Flavor profile is smooth notes of toasted, roasted, and nutted malts with an earthy finish. Brandy is apparent throughout the flavor profile, but leaves a lingering, semi-boozy taste on the tongue. Heavy malts carry a bitter power. Charred barrel shows up as well towards the end. Mouth feel is thick, with a filling, hearty texture. It's not velvety, nor creamy, just thick. Overall, a mighty powerful stout. It's aroma and flavor profile would suggest a higher ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bru in Philly, pours pitch black color with a 1 finger creamy tan colored head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides as it receded.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, molasses, brown sugar, faint piney hops, fudge, dark fruit and chocolate syrup. Sweet by not cloyingly sweet, it's pretty bold and in your face yet maintains a nice level of balance.

Tastes of brandy, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, soy sauce, brown sugar, maple syrup, candied sugar, raisins, plum, candy, licorice, charred wood, and black cherry cola. The ashy roasted notes tame the sweetness. Nice level of bitterness and sweetness, it goes down easy and hides the ABV well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Air force hops, thanks. Rich chocolate and roast with Vinuouss Apple and earth with lots of vinuous fruitiness. Very tasty rich impy stout.

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Photo of mjwellman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark brown with a thick creamy brown head that last forever (like a Saison).
S: Wonderful sweet aroma with a strong brandy smell.
T: First taste that hits you is the sweet taste of brandy. That is followed by a chocolate with a little bitterness. It's a wondeful balance of flavors and is wonderful Imperial Stout
F: Smooth with a bit of bitterness but with lots of flavors.
O: Very nice Imperail Stout and you definelty get the Brandy. Very happy with this beer

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a Belgian stout, with a billowy three fingers of beige foam topping the fudge colored liquid; the retention was so strong there was hardly an ability to check the lacing

Smell: The warmer the beer gets, the more the Brandy tones dominate the aroma, with their fortified grape character; underneath I sense chocolate, blueberry and, to a lesser extent, caramel

Taste: Chocolate, blueberry and coffee tones forward, with caramel adding a layer, underneath; roasty and slightly hoppy, through the middle with the Brandy barrel building; more Brandy and some roast in the finish

Mouthfeel: As the appearance forewarned, the beer has a Belgain stout mouthfeel, with a buoyant carbonation masking the full body

Overall: I was hesitant to buy this bottle, given the rating and the price, but I am glad I pulled the trigger as the beer has a lot going for it; I like the mouthfeel as well as the blueberry impact; the Brandy barrel really adds a nice dimension here

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Photo of Morte
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one a few times, but have not gotten around to rating it. I remember having it for the first time and being quite impressed. Needless to say, I am still, quite impressed.

Looks great! Pours a deep black shade with a dark tan head that is thin and even, lasts a while and then does not quite go away. Hangs sleepily around the edges. and atop the beer.

The smell is quite nice. Lots of char and and a really sharp, bright boozey grape sort of smell. Surprisingly a bit tart and sweet smelling. You get some cherry notes as well with a bit of dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and light roasted coffee.

Taste is quite nice! A sweeter stout in my opinion but perfectly off-balanced by the bitterness of the charred wood tones and the hops that come in at the end. I definitely get the brandy barrel. It is not in your face but lends nicely to the beer. It is a bit boozey that gives the beer an almost spice note with all the subtle tones of dark chocolate and sweetened black coffee going on. The grape tone of the brandy is well integrated.

The mouthfeel is perfect and a bit deceiving. At first I thought it was a pretty damn thick beer. But then I realized upon the second sip that some of the thickness was really do to the very fine carbonation. The body overall is just pretty fantastic. A bit smooth. A bit heated with the alcohol. But it my opinion, very good. It all comes together so nicely.

My bottle is about a year old. I can easily see the further aging potential in it. I think I am a bit more of a fan of the Black Betty but I am a sucker for bourbon and beer together. The Sexy Betty certainly has it's place though. It's a good stout when you want something a bit more mellow, but still bountiful with flavor.

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thin tan head towers above this jet black brew, slowly breaking apart, and leaving thick lines of lace behind. Has a strong aroma involving black licorice, milk chocolate, brown bread, cherry, currants, faint oak and even unexpected notes of peppercorn. Superbly complex and so promising. Tastes sweet and smooth up front with plenty of milk chocolate, black grape and cherry that are quickly followed by palpable notes of pine and charred wood. A hint of vanilla and brandy booze is noticed in the background. Medium to heavy in body. The alcohol heat is almost lost in the mix of other flavors, but does peek out from time to time.

I'm not sure how sexy this burly Betty is, but with lots of character and flavor she sure will keep you warm and your tummy full, and there's really no wishing for much better than that.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


LOOK: dark black, big white head.
AROMA: brown sugar, barley.
TASTE: charrred malt. Apple.brandy. wine.
FEEL: smooth.
Not as good as black betty, but not bad either.


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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great looking brew, nice tan head and lacing on top of deep, black body.

Aroma has hints of fruit and sweet boozy notes with the roster malts.

Taste is nice too, it's well done but lacking some wow. Probably loses most for feel, finished really dry and quick.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate malts and bits of roast are present in the nose along with notes of brandy, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. Some hints of licorice are also perceptible.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and bits of chocolate with notes of brandy from the barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount carbonation.
O: This beer tastes first and foremost like a stout because the brandy isn't too strong, but rather accentuates the taste. It also is rather drinkable considering the strength because it does a very good job at hiding its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ccg
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle, no idea how long it's been on the shelf.
3-4 inches of foam on initial pour. Not a gusher, but I thought it might overflow the glass. Tons of lacing. This is a barrel-aged stout?
Smells like roasted malt and some bitter hops. Hint of chocolate, hint of smoke.
Similar flavor. Roasted malt, some bitter hops, some sweet chocolate, a little smoke, some brandy booziness.
Moderate carbonation, light feel on the tongue.
Overall: Solid stout. Brandy barrel adds a touch of sweetness and oak char that balances out the chocolate from the malt and the bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big overflowing tan head, robust, rock solid. Body is almost black.
Nose is toasted malt and some cocoa powder.
Taste is charry barrel, lots of barrel. Some coffee and cocoa buried in there too, and a brief hint of fig. But the brandy barrel does dominate.
Feels creamy and medium-thick, a bit chewy, a crisp type of burn, ends toward dry.
Not a complex imperial stout, but a decent one if you're into trying those that are barrel-aged.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An absolute world class stout

L: Jet black with a head that is not very pronounced. The appearance is akin to a black brandy of sorts
S: The Aroma is BRANDY BARREL, the barrels that Nebraska has used seem to be of unbelievable quality. Notes of Figs, Coffee, Mollasses, and Chocolate round out the nose
T: A big Brandy Barrel backbone to this otherwise very traditional tasting Imperial Stout
F: Very heavy and chewy. Nice to share with someone and sip--like a brandy!
O: This is by far the best offering from Nebraska I have ever had. GREAT JOB!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

all of the beers in this 750ml series from these guys that i have had have been unique and impressive, this one is no different. its not overly lovely on the pour, but its shimmering black and quite viscous, with an aroma of brandy for sure. licorice and tobacco and bitter roasted barley and espresso all come out at me too, but the barrel has obviously had its way with this one. label says its a 50 year old brandy barrel, thats pretty cool, and the beer is indeed sporting a maturity. the alcohol comes through a lot on the taste though, and its there in the finish going down. it cuts some of the sweetness, but i like the dried fruit imparted by the barrel, and i love the sweet oak glide of the texture. raisin and dried cherry and belgian dark chocolate are all there too. a very delicious beer overall, but one that might be aided by being but back to about 8% abv, the extra booze does little for the overall makeup of the beer, and is somewhat of a distraction as it warms up. this is a sipper, a glass all evening as the snow falls. im glad i let this one sit as long as i have...

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Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed August 12th, 2014 from a bottle purchased in February 2014 and kept in the non-beer fridge (aka the food fridge) ever since. Poured into a Klokke Roeland snifter.

Beer pours black, topped off with a medium tan head two finger thick. Head subsides to clingy, patchy foam on the sides of the glass and a thin skin atop the liquid in short order.

Aroma is more subtle than expected with the spirit component; it's faintly sweet with a charred wood and coffee backbone. I don't really get any brandy.

Flavor is nice. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate with balance over a moderately sweet brandy note (finally!). There's a wood bitterness somewhere between modest and strong on the finish. It doesn't have the same depth of flavor as some of the very best RIS's, but it is certainly respectable.

Mouthfeel is slightly warm with alcohol heat. Medium bodied: a little too thin for my expectations. Low to mid level carbonation.

Overall, you can do far, far worse. You can also do better. Nice effort.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of creamy beige head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet. Wood, spirits, lot's of rich malt, very nice chocolate covered cherry sorta element too.

T - Quite sweet again. Strong barrel notes. Not roasty, some coffee. Lot's of spirits.

M - Mild to medium carbonation, full body, sweet barrel noted finish.

O/D - Aggressive spirits there for sure. Nice stuff, but could be better with a toned down barrel presence and more balance towards the base stout. Interesting and tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). A sticker style label on the back of the bottle leads me to believe this was bottled 9/23/13. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours black with three fingers of densely packed frothy pale tan head. The head lingers before settling to a thin layer with a nice halo that leaves healthy sheets of lace.

Smells of rich chocolate, coffee grounds, green apple, dark fruit and a little oak.

Taste follows the nose but with more depth. Fudgey dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, fruity brandy, roasted malt, dark fruits, soft oak, sugar and a light bit of booze. More apple-like sweetness comes through as it warms. Perhaps a little too bitter but nice flavor profile and it hides it's alcohol well.

Creamy, medium full feel with fairly high carbonation for the style. Bittersweet dark cocoa, roasty malt and apple skins linger in the finish.

I was hoping for a little more sweetness but this is solid stuff. In our beer world so full of bourbon barrel everything, Sexy Betty brings a distinctive and welcome character to the imperial stout table.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date on it, but unfortunately I forgot to record it before I discarded the bottle. I think it might have been sometime in December 2013? Oh well. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a pitch black with a creamy two finger head the color of toasted marshmallow or cocoa powder. It's thick and rich looking, almost like a chocolate mousse topping. Retention is moderate, with the foam eventually dissipating to a fine film over the surface of the liquid, with a fairly large island of larger suds in the middle. Along the sides of the glass rests a one finger sheet of lace where the foam disappeared but left the evidence of it's size in the form of lace. Eventually, that sheet slinks away as well, leaving intermittent spots of lace residue.

Smell - Predominantly characteristics of dark chocolate and roasted malt with some char, however, there is also a subtle component from the brandy barrel--dark fruits and maybe licorice that gives this some additional intensity. Faint notes of vanilla and oak.

Taste - Again with roasted grain sweetness and dark chocolate imparting some faint bitterness, but it's far from overpowering. Makes me think of chocolate that has been infused with red wine, if that makes sense. There is a boozy dark fruit characteristic to the finish, but it's not overly hot--just a touch of a bite. The licorice is also here as it was in the smell, but more faint, allowing the oak and vanilla to come through a bit more. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and moderate carbonation with a feel that I would describe overall as luscious or decadent. It's not thick and full like some imperial stouts, but more of a silky, velvety full. Really turns out to be one of the best parts of this beer.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, and much better (imho) than its Black Betty counterpart, due to the way the brandy barrels impart a really decadent, smooth note to the big style. I may have to go out and grab another bottle of this if there are any still sitting around on shelves.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a two finger tan head. Higher than average carbonation. Great lacing.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts. Fruity smell, maybe from hops, maybe its the brandy.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Slight bitter coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts. Some alcohol sweetness. I've only had brandy a handful of times, therefore I don't pick it up much, but I'm sure its there. Gets a little sweeter as it warms.

M: Medium bodied. Dry aftertaste and a little sticky. Higher than average carbonation. Flavors don't linger for very long.

Overall a good imperial stout. Very well balanced. I love how the roasted characteristics shine, somewhat bitter coffee and dark chocolate, which are also my favorite characteristics in a stout. Don't get a lot of the brandy, but I think it would be easy to overwhelm the beer with brandy.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes from tasting flight:

Light nose that doesn't express much. Big coffee. Light cream beige head with standard imperial stout body. Doesn't show any indication of Brandy barrel aging. Fuller than the regular Betty. More chocolate. A little boring but also more solid. Does have alcohol tinges around the edge but nothing that I would identify as alcohol. Weak notes of fruit (raisins mostly) that do match well with the chocolate. Some alcohol note from the barrel aging but nothing that really defines itself. One of the least interesting barrel aged offerings I've ever had.

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Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 128 ratings