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

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90
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129 Reviews
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 | website

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
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
440
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
24.57%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
156
For Trade:
11
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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third time I am trying to type this damn review - stupid interwebs. Thanks to pantanap for sharing - my first tick from Nebraska. Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku glass.

A - Poured with a small tan foam that settled to some film, a thin ring, and left behind spotty lace. Dark brown body that is transparent at the fringes.

S - Oaky, tannic, whiskey, fusel alcohol, notes of burnt malt and smoke - pretty intense and slightly harsh nose here. There's a bit of sweetness in the form of coconut and vanilla, but they are well in the periphery.

T - The taste is better, but doesn't do much to differentiate itself from a increasingly crowded field. Thankfully there is less harsh alcohol and more sweetness in the form of chocolate, as well as some nuttiness. Finish is bitter and roasty.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation, sticky finish. There's some heat that seems out of place for an Imperial Stout on the low end of the ABV spectrum.

D - This was merely decent, but it's probably amongst the best offerings from a much-maligned beer state. If you're looking to tick the states there are probably far worse ways to knock off the Cornhusker state. I'd try it again if offered to see if it mellows out some, but I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain this one.

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Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date of 2009.

Tight tan lacing, pitch black. Yeah, the whiskey says hello with oak and alcohol with some vanilla burnt sugar in the nose as well. Smoothness takes it time moving through this heavy liquid. Creamy and slightly viscous. Booze flavor is right up front but never becomes hot even with the beers higher alcohol level in play. Big roasty flavor in the middle unfolds as the beer warms up, unsweetened dark chocolate and espresso comes to mind. Burnt currants, vanilla, more chocolate and a whiskey note wrap up the finish which lands bitter sweet coming from all aspects of the beer and its barrel aging.

Bulls-eye! While the craft beer movement is still maturing there are times like these that is pure proof that the movement is advancing quicker that the beer industry has a whole would ever think. Keep it up Paul, I love what you do!!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is coffee with roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with some oaked character as well. Not a real strong whiskey character in the beer but still a very good imperial stout. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels.

Pours black but just short of pitch. There's a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there's very little lacing.

Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it's pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma.

Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough.

tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.

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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.
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