Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged | Nebraska Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by CheapBeerBuzz on 01-13-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
112
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
27.79%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
For Trade:
4
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sintech
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Nebraska Brewing Co. during the Nebraska Hop Cup, served in a snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black.

Smell - Big chocolate, coffee and barrel nose.

Taste - Lots of dark chocolate,little coffe and plenty of barrel notes.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Low carbonation.

Overall - The brandy really shines here. Little bit of heat on this fresh batch. Should cellar nicely. Very nice stout!

Grade (A)

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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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