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
4.06/5
479 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:
#2,895
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
479
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
158
Trade:
12
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RAFH
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with whiskey and plenty of chocolate notes.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 20.56 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.810/oz) at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – very strong roasted malt, some chocolate
Head average (Maximum four cm, slow controlled pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to an irregular four to eleven mm creamy ring and a thin layer with a large rocky island
Lacing – excellent. Wide rings of tiny to small bubbles meld to coat the inside of the glass like a wool sock
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins with roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with cream; ends with slight alcohol burn and a slightly burnt malt/coffee bitterness; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Overall, good. However, that coffee with cream taste quickly becomes annoying, particularly for those of us who prefer our coffee black. So, in review, a pretty beer whose taste does not quite live up to appearances.

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coal black and topped with a finger of dense, dark tan froth.

An array of plum, dark chocolate, caramel, cotton candy, dried wood and grain in the aroma.

Notes of dark chocolate, sugar, plum, black licorice and pine go down surprisingly smooth. A definite charred woodiness lingers past the finish.

Heavier side of medium in body but silky before a bit of fusel edginess at the end.

A new favorite Imperial Stout in the works here.

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Photo of JCarson410
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickyDee21
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has almost two inches of foam on the first pour, which is surprising for a BA stout, but it settles very slowly, leaving behind a ton of lacing on the glass. The foam looks dense and creamy even though the base looks slightly thin. Still, it looks quite good once you get past that initial, over-carbonated-looking head.
Unless the look of it, the smell leaves no doubt that this is a whiskey-barrel-aged stout. It smells rich and sweet and decadent. Caramelized sugar, bourbon and rye, oak, chocolate, and a hint of hops in the background.
The flavor is similar, but noticeably subdued compared to the smell. I can still taste the whiskey, the grains, a bit of coffee and chocolate, some oak, and some hops on the finish, but it's all very mellow. It's well balanced, but I think it would be better if they turned up the volume a bit.
The feel is nice and creamy, as expected, but unfortunately also fairly thin, especially for a BA stout.
It doesn't really drink like a "big beer," but it's tasty, creamy, and velvety smooth. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but if I came across it again, I'd probably pick up another.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
07/23/2016
Look: dark black. Big head, but it was poured vigorously.
AROMA;: Malty...smooth
TASTE: pepper, malt,
FEEL: smooth. But astringent.

Very nice. Interesting. Better than sexy betty.

**

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

Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a thick, dark black with 1+ inch dark mocha head with decent retention eventually settling down to a thin, persisting skim. Small amount of thick lacing.
S: Potent. Sweet dark chocolate, whiskey, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, and smooth coffee.
T: Sweet dark chocolate and whiskey hit first, followed closely by brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, smooth medium roast coffee, and a hint of cream. In the aftertaste, there is a sharp up tick in the whiskey alcohol burn that lasts for several seconds which is a nice twist. With warming, dark dried fruit (e.g. prune) and leather emerge.
M: Amazingly smooth for such a behemoth. Medium-heavy body. Delectably and velvety sweet. Luscious. There is still an alcohol burn, but it is phenomenally well restrained. Lovely lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: This one started strong and only got stronger. Well done, NBC! The whiskey barrel aging perfectly complements the already solid base brew. I've got a couple more cellared for aging and I'm already looking forward to them!

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Photo of Skippy11
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid beer that just blows stouts out of the water. Rich chocolate, light coffee, bold roasted malt.

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

750 ml bottle. Pours black with nice tan head, minor lacing. Aroma of wood and whiskey. Big flavors in this stout with oak dominating the taste. Chocolate and bourbon came out as it warmed, but the wood taste continued to win out. Medium slick oily mouthfeel. Overall pretty good brew, would drink again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

750 mL capped bottle. This was a splurge from the local Total Wine store, $18.99 for the bottle, but definitely worth it. Poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass. Nice jet black color, a off-white foamy head on the beer. You get a little bit of everything in this one, some whiskey barrel notes up front, some booziness, dark roasted malts, and a relatively smooth finish for the abv. Top notch beer in my opinion.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black with a thick and creamy tan head.
S- Burnt oak and whiskey with sweet chocolate.
T- Chocolatey Roasty malts. Booze, oak, whiskey.
M- Creamy and slick. Oily and slightly heavy.
D- This surpassed my expectations. A rich heavy Barrel aged stout that was worth the money in my opinion.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottsoileau
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Reserve Series Aged In Whiskey Barrels from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 479 ratings
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