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

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Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey BarrelsBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head that coasters. Nice lace on the glass. Roasty malt aroma with a hint of licorice, a little barrel as well but not overpowering in any sense. The taste is malty roasted with some sweetness, earthy, and oaky. Some dark chocolate and vanilla notes as well. There is a bitter taste that is a little off putting but otherwise this is a decent beer. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of nkersten
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, finally. Thanks to the Chicago crew for sharing this one with me. Pours black into a stone glass with brown hues and a bubbly tan head that sits in the center. Smell is of oak, lots of bourbon, caramel and chocolate malts. Lots of oak and bourbon dominate the flavor, dark malt, roasted coffee, some bitter bakers chocolate, and alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is coating and sweet with a light carbonation. A bit hot but drinkable for a barrel aged stout. This one is a "boozer" as I put in my notes. I would happily drink this again, but I dont think i would go out of my way to get a bottle

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thursdy night tasting, thanks to Kan for bringing this over...750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey glass...Black with not a ton going on, light tan head, not much carbonation...The aroma is the highlight of this slightly above average ba stout. Nice light wood, bourbon, and a really nice vanilla that is not sweet which just shows off the natural vanilla and bourbon...the taste isn't as smooth or sweet, brings out some light coffee.

Think of Nebraskan beer, can't imagine anything decent. This surparssed by poorly concevied notions of Nebraska and was certainly a pleasant surprise. Really nice aroms, decent ba stout, but worth getting for state tickers if you need NE.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +12.4%
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%
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 +5.2%
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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