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Black Betty Imperial Stout | Nebraska Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for the "virgin" version (i.e. not barrel aged). It is a draught-only beer that is *occasionally* served at festivals out of unlabeled bottles.

Added by RedHaze on 07-03-2009

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Oh my. There's the whiskey!" my wife exclaims after her second sip of Black Betty. The dark brown head of this Russian Imperial Stout falls quickly with a bit of lace. The whiskey is apparent in the nose. And familiar. According the Nebraska Brewing website, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels is the source.

We did the Stranahan's tour earlier this summer and the whiskey is smooth and strong, which leaves a robust imprint on the beer. The 9.3% alcohol shows with light legs on the side of the swirled glass. As it warms, the whiskey actually smooths out and compliments the oily slickness of the ale. Very sweet and malty, it keeps from being cloying by the 83 IBUs bringing a sharp bite the flows through the end.

A slightly imbalanced RIS that's heavy on hot alcohol from the beer and the barrel aging, but I like it a lot. If you haven't read me in the past, I readily admit that I lean toward the big, bold, and slightly over the top.

Side note: At the Stranahan's tour, they mentioned that they let breweries use their barrels, but I understood that the Stranahan's name wasn't to be used. Obviously I misunderstood since it's listed on the website; however, the bottle says "fresh whiskey barrels," so maybe the limit is to the actual beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 rich and dark pour into a snifter with a slight head with full dark bubbles
S: 4.5the whiskey comes out first on the nose followed by the oak
T: 4.5 sharp fruit taste followed by all of the oaky whiskey-ness that you could want from a beer.
MF: 4.0 very full body that does not disappoint
O: 4.5 this is a beer that I would always drink when someone else buys it. At $21 a 750 ml it is hard to justify to wife that it is NEEDED but it is still a great beer and I am glad to have tried it.

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4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown to black with a tan head and some lacing on the glass. Low carbonation.

Lots of chocolate, roast, and tobacco in the nose.

This is a good beer, carbonation is low, medium to heavy body, the whole beer is sweet and thick with great tobacco bitterness and other chocolatey flavors. The finish is moderately bitter from a coffee like roast with the tobacco. Very nice, a great beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan froth. Smells of milk chocolate, oak, grain and black cherry. Quite smooth going down with a noticeable hit of fusel alcohol followed by black grape, candied syrup, pine, faint wood, prune and burnt sugar. Despite the complexity it still feels a tad weak, although some creaminess comes into play at just the right time. **Scored 4.1 on 4/21/16**

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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black and very tight, creamy team head.

Pit fruits, dark cherry. Fruity earthiness, especially espresso and tobacco

A little on the thin side. Not helped by a noticeable dryness that really paves way for ethanol.

Dark currants dipped in unsweetened chocolate. High bitterness level, roasted espresso and tobacco. Marshmallow type sweetness lingers in background.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a very, very dark brown color that borders on black with a moderate mocha head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a heavy amount of chocolate and roast with a tad bit of coffee. The flavor melds chocolate and roast together really well atop a medium-full body. Light carbonation. Feel and flavor go together quite well. Very solid brew from Nebraska Brewing.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Black Betty Imperial Stout from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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