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

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473 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
Ratings:
473
Reviews:
135
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
158
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of martyl1000
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JWhat
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, void of light. There is no doubt what style of beer this is by appearance alone. Head is a light tan which fades to a thin veil and lasts indefinitely. Color is a cola color at the very edge of the glass when held to light.

Aroma: bourbon and wood! Like Pavlov's dog, my mouth is watering. Damn this review, it is delaying my first sip!

Flavor: the aroma doesn't lie: bourbon and wood. However, I get flavors I can only describe as "windex." Little malt comes through, as the bourbon, although not overpowering, is unbalanced. Without the "windex" this beer would be amazing.

Mouthfeel: the body is near perfect. Not too thick to need a knife to cut through, but plenty of body to carry the abv.

Overall: very good! This is better than a lot of other imperial stouts with more hype. I would love to try this beer with a few years of cellaring. Beers like this one get me excited for cold weather.

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Photo of enelson
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buannaich
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHunter19
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - mocha colored head that sticks and leaves great lacing, dark brown/black beer that's opaque in color
s - roasty, espresso, creamy, whiskey, light vanilla, chocolate, wholesome, caramel
t - big whiskey notes, like the bite of taking a shot of whiskey without the burn or the bad parts, distinctly different from a bourbon barrel aged stout. roasty, oak, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla, caramel undertones, good base beer
m - thick, heavy beer. Alc present but appropriate, except for the whiskey notes. aftertaste is espresso, whiskey
o - pretty awesome beer. Would buy again, price point is kinda high but not too high to try again on occasion.

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Photo of aratcliffe
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Big two finger tan head that slowly settles into a smaller creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt forward aroma with a big scent of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Big barrel presence with bourbon whiskey hints of vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. Also some light earth hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a very rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven taste with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt toast, smoke, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Good barrel presence with nicely boozy notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet taste of molasses sugar. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, and dates. Subtle notes of earthy hops. A really good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly syrupy. Some booze heat is felt as expected but it’s not too hot.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Big rich chocolate, coffee, and whiskey flavors.

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Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of c-rum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of galuskan
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells good. Nice head on pour. Boozy up front. Whiskey is evident. Chocolate on the back end. Quality beer but not spectacular. There are other Russian Imperial Stouts that are better. And MUCH cheaper than this one.

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Photo of JEdstrom
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so good. It's pitch black in color. Smells like whiskey, fruit and chocolate mixed. Tastes like dark candied fruit, chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of whiskey. It is smooth, rich and very drinkable. I love this beer. It is one of my favorites now.

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Photo of Hoganlaw
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is styled the same way I like my coffee, ground up and in the freezer.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pluto901
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tappangordo
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardK77
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of churchillps
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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