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

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey BarrelsBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels
BA SCORE
84.7%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 476 ratings
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey BarrelsBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

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

Added by RedHaze on 01-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,857
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
476
Liked:
403
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
12.81%
Alströms:
4.54
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
158
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary, rich and complex malt, chocolate malt, some roast, huge head. Big black body.Roasty and whiskey aromas. Whiskey was so boozy for mid-day, but hey it beats bourbon. Thick and tasty.The 83 IBU hops is in the finish and builds up for quite a hopfix as I finish the bomber.The 9% seems like 13%. Points for not being overally coffee.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of rich chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon, vanilla, wood, and the whiskey alcohol scent. A very nice set of smells on this one. Taste is surprisingly sour on the first sip. I am getting roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, vanilla, and a very woody flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good RIS but the sour flavor in this one is somewhat off-putting. I am not so sure this was intended by the brewer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I don't mind paying a lot of money for a beer thats really going to knock my socks off. What I really don't like is when I spend a good chunk of money on something like this brew... I want to start off by saying that it's a good beer, there's no doubt about that. However, I feel there are beers out there, of this style, that are far cheaper and are possibly better tasting all around. Now that I got to vent I'll begin my review.

Black Betty pours out as a nice deep looking black color. Oily thick looking body to this brew with a dark brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer is heavily roasted and has some burnt chocolaty aromas to it. The taste of the beer is also pretty good also, plenty of chocolate flavors with some coffee and wood notes to it. The mouthfeel was smooth but could have been a little thicker I think. Overall this beer is good, but it's just too freakin' expensive in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high as I usually love the style - though this is me first beer from this brewery. I was raised in Denver and quie fancy Stranahan's whiskey for what it is.

Allowed to warm after removal from the refrigerator - and considerably moreso thereafter. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

9.0%. I believe I acquired this at Wally's Wine in Westwood California.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki-light tan colour head of very good thickness, good cream, and excellent retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Coffee, delightful roast, dark malts, whiskey, biscuity yeast, light woods, chocolate, vague complementary floral hops, cream, and light subtle caramelization. A mild strength aroma.

T: Subtle coffee and subtle chocolate over top an unobtrusive dark malt foundation. Hints of warm whiskey (themselves featuring light hints of peat). Not as much roast as I'd like, but some is there - and that's more than I can say about most imperial stouts. It's got body, but isn't as bold and overbearing as most beers in the style. I wouldn't refer to it as complex, but it has a reserved subtlety that I like. Very tasty. Hardly any heat or alcohol at all. The balance is pretty well-executed, but no note is dominant - a feature I find off-putting. The flavour profile lacks direction and focus as a result. You have to commit to a direction; you can't amble around with many of the components of a good imperial stout without choosing which to emphasize.

Mf: Nowhere near as thick as most beers in the style, which is a good thing. Nicely coarse, but nowhere near dry enough. This is wrong for a stout.

Dr: Quite pricey relative to the quality - which is still high but not so much as to justify the expense. Hides its ABV quite well. I look forward to trying more (hopefully more affordable) brews from Nebraska. Quite drinkable in any case.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a relatively thin beige cap that doesn't hang around for long but leaves a nice swath of lace behind

Smell: The barrel is most prominent in the aroma, leaving a strong whiskey element with vanilla in the background; overwhelms the expected imperial stout aromas

Taste: Rather boozy, up front, with burnt brown sugar and roasted malt flavors joining the whiskey and vanilla; the booziness continues, after the swallow, overwhelming the other elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth; lacks the full-bodied mouthfeel for the style

Overall: This is a decent beer but just doesn't measure up to great examples of the style; in and of itself, that is not necessarily bad but the beer is priced as if it belonged in the top echelon

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left streaky trails of lace on the glass.

S - Good aroma of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla and oak.

T - Delicious balance of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and an oaky/woody flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really tasty aged RIS. Nebraska does some good stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite powerful with some light coffee notes. Taste is also a slightly unbalanced mix of bourbon with clear vanilla notes with some roasted malt notes and a dry finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Unfortunately this one was not as balanced as I would have hoped for but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into several glasses. Thanks to sholland119 and vickster529 for breaking this one out during a tasting.

Pours black in the glass, with a thin head of foamy froth. This stay rich around the edges, with a nice flare-up to it that leaves back thick sticky lacing that rings the sides of the glass. The bourbon stands out in the aroma fairly prominently, smelling of charred stickiness and wood. Chocolate sweetness burnt malt, and roasted coffee notes show themselves as well, but the barrel really controls this as the oak is really starting to show a green tannic character to it as this warms up more and more.

The taste is heavy with char and roast up front, as a flush of cocoa, caramel, and brown sugar comes out from behind the darkness. The bourbon has a nice mellowness to it and feels much more integrated in with the Stout flavors than it did in the nose. Burnt wood green tannic dryness lingers past the finish on this. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a carbonation that is initially slick feeling on the tongue but then gathers up a creamy foaminess to it that flares up and spreads out into the mouth. This is pretty darn smooth for the size overall, as most of the warmth here is coming from the bourbon flavors.

This was a little strong with the barrel in the aroma but it rebounded nicely in the taste and combined with the base RIS to form a complex and powerful but still smooth mix of flavors. Good effort here from the NBC.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 476 ratings
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