Little Betty
Nebraska Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #697
Ranked #17,253
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our take on a robust Americanized Russian-Style Imperial Stout. Moderately hopped to liven up a richly malted classic. This is the base beer for our insanely popular barrel aged Reserve Series variants.
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I grabbed a can of Little Betty from the 504 Craft Brewery and it was pretty good. I went back the next week and they were sold out. Oh well, I should have know Little Betty wasn't going to wait for me. This is not the A Class for Imperial Stouts, but I would give it a strong B +. At the end of the day, I knew I had an stout and Little Betty was gone.

May 16, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rich. A bit basic for an imperial stout, but then it seems Nebraska is brewing this to be a base beer for barrel aging markups anyway, so it stands to reason. Dark malts and chocolate specialty malt dominate throughout, culminating in a sugary but not cloying finish.

More roasted barley would help even this out a bit balance-wise, but it checks all the boxes an imperial stout ought to. Some charred malt/burnt sugar notes would help lend needed bitterness.


Feb 18, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut-hued mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Roasty as can be, a little dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, some smokeyness as well, plenty of dryness. Some wooody hop notes along with dryness as this warms with plenty of roastyness, a slight bit of vanilla too. Finishes roasty & dry

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Well put together Imp Stout. If you like them dry & roasty, this one is on point

Aug 16, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a thick, dark, utterly black beer. The head is tan, slim, but with tightly packed bubbles. Intense aroma...licorice, coffee, cocoa, even some tobacco. Balanced taste, with lots of bitterness and thick roasted malt flavors. Some smoke and charcoal as well. Full, thick body. Nice Stout.

Jun 30, 2018
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BucBasil from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. The beer is an almost black color with just a bit of brown coming in on the edges when held to light. The head was 2+ fingers, frothy and dark tan.

S: Chocolate sweetness, hint of coffee and a bit of licorice. A little vanilla and caramel as well. Hugely malty.

T: Starts mildly sweet with milk chocolate over a bit of coffee, then the alcohol shows up. Slight brown sugar and vanilla. There is a nutty note in there as well.

Overall: This was a pretty average imperial stout for me, but still good. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste but that's to be expected.

Dec 14, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Thick frothy tan head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of tan foam and complete layer of lacing on the glass.

Aroma has notes of hops with a slight citrus tinge, some roasted and chocolate malts, and licorice. Very hop forward to the point of almost resembling a black IPA.

Taste has notes of roast malts, chocolate malts, bitter hops, licorice, tobacco and dark fruits. Very hoppy on the back end - grassy and slightly citrusy. Burnt ashy notes come through on the end.

Feel coats the mouth but does go down easy. Moderate carbonation.

Its not a bad beer per se - its just not great RIS. This is so very hoppy, I'd guess its a black IPA in a blind tasting.

Nov 20, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 1/31/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and piney/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of ark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice hop/char malt/bitterness balance; and minimal acrid/astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/chalky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Slight warmth of 9% ABV. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on, even with the increasingly bitter/charred/drying finish. Very rich and well rounded malt complexity; nice hop presence, without being too aggressive. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example.

Aug 19, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours black with a brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: There are aromas of roast and citrus that makes up the initial impression. There are low levels of chocolate and some dark fruits.

Taste; The citrus hops and roast mix together with a bit of a burnt flavor. The hop flavors are sharply bitter. There is a bit of sweetness to the flavor. Dark fruits are low and mostly masked by the increased hoppiness.

Feel: It has a heavy feel and features a low lasting, sharply bitter hops finish with the roast.

Overall, the hopping makes this taste more like a black ipa than an imperial stout; however, it has good flavoring overall.

Jul 07, 2017
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kencarman from Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I LOVE Russian Imperials and, yes, I understand the can says "Americanized;" which usually translates into more hops. But when you have trouble tasting the Imperial Stout because the grassy, bitter over hopping masks what I think may have been a great recipe, that's a problem. If I want this I'd get a Black IPA. I might even have labelled this fresh hop BIPA. Labelled an Imperial Black IPA I would have given this brew more slack. Now I must go and mow my tongue. I think a patch of thick grass sprouted after drinking this.

Jul 05, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with small bubbly tan head.
The aroma is mostly roasty with some chocolate and a little dark fruit.
It's a very roasty stout with some nice dark chocolate and a little molasses. There is still enough sweetness to hold up to the intense burnt roast.
It's a very good imperial stout that is priced right. I bought a single for around $2, and I'll be buying more next winter.

May 22, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, dated 11/11/16, big circular tab. Pours transparent reddish brown with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells of piney/earthy hops, roasted malt, char, caramel, and some dark fruit. The taste follows exactly with hops, roasted malt, caramel, char, and dark fruit. More hop-forward than a typical RIS. Fairly strong bitterness/dryness and subtle sweetness. No noticeable alcohol. Somewhat thin body and above average carbonation. Overall, while not very fitting of the style, it remains drinkable and tasty for a strongly hopped RIS. Would be interesting to cellar for a year.

Feb 19, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours stark black with a mere finger of caramel head. Head is foamy with okay retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted and toasted malts. Slight bitterness to the aroma, but otherwise good. A sip dunks the tongue in malts, with roasted and toasted malts ruling the day. There is a little hop bitterness to it in the form of earthy hops. Otherwise, it's a straight forward imperial stout. Mouth feel is a little bubbly, but otherwise medium-thick. Overall, a great RIS coming from the can. Despite the bitter hop qualities, it's an easy RIS to drink. At 9%, it's neither easy nor difficult to drink. A solid choice for an RIS.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Feb 11, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is chocolate, fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, fruit, chocolate, a hint of spices/chilies and an acidic/slightly dry finish.

Feb 01, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bridge, STL.

A - Poured an opaque, black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled a little fruity - almost like raspberry. Good dark chocolate notes with a strong roasty character.

T - It tasted of rich roasted malts with dark chocolate and burnt molasses. There was a slight raspberry taste here, too.

M - It was crisp, sharrp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a clean finish.

O - This is really good. Not sure why it is listed as retired since it was on tap.

Jul 02, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking excellent beer. Served with a nice sized, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy, tan/brown head that soon settles to a light cover that lasts all the way down and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is like the rest of the beer qualities: well balanced, with no off characteristics - roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, old leather, earth, molasses, burly tobacco. Flavor's like nose, with not quite as much going on - faint malt sweetness balanced just so with the hop, bitter malt, yeast, carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are dead on. Finish is like flavor and of average length and just a smidgen of alcohol warmth at the very end. Fabulous beeer!

Dec 31, 2011
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jslot38 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger NYC. Was able to find online that this is a one off non barrel aged version of black betty.

App: Barely top covering dark khaki head over a pitch black head.

Smell: A faint nail polish remover smell. Dark fruits and heavy roasted grains cut through. Molasses are faint. Nice.

Taste: a touch astringent, but very nice medly of stout flavors. Soft roasted flavors, a bit of baker's chocolate, some coffee. Not sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel, great level of carbonation for a RIS. Well done.

Nov 23, 2011
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 53 ratings