Little Betty | Nebraska Brewing Company

Little BettyLittle Betty
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86.5%
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3.98 w/ 37 ratings
Little BettyLittle Betty
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
nebraskabrewingco.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jslot38 on 11-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,301
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
37
Liked:
32
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
9.8%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by jslot38:
Photo of jslot38
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tourdot
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magery
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BdM
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kerry4porters
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sayb
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Aoyoc
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of kencarman
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Little Betty from Nebraska Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.5% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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