Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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From:
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
 
Nebraska, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
109
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 24, 2020
Added:
Jan 13, 2014
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  27
SCORE
89
Very Good
Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel AgedSexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged
Notes: A sweet nose greets the adventurous in this marriage of our Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout and a 6-month aging in 50 year old American brandy barrels. From the Black Betty base, rich chocolate aromatics play delightfully against a coffee-like impression. An elegantly pleasant surprise wakes the palate, which migrates from a hint of brandy into a wonderfully lingering roasted malt character.
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Rated: 4.18 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

May 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Dec 15, 2018
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Reviewed by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours from the bomber a deep, dark brown with a big tan head that persists and lots of carbonation.
Aroma is chocolate, plum, roast coffee, molasses.
Chocolate is up front on the taste with plummy dark fruit. Roast and char with a bittering and fruity finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam after softly pouring straight into the glass. Head retention is superb with fair lacing. Aroma is huge notes of roasted and toasted malts right up front. They carry a little bitterness. Brandy, cherries, and barrel show up next. Brandy compromises about 90% of the aroma. It's a touch boozy, but not overly so. Flavor profile is smooth notes of toasted, roasted, and nutted malts with an earthy finish. Brandy is apparent throughout the flavor profile, but leaves a lingering, semi-boozy taste on the tongue. Heavy malts carry a bitter power. Charred barrel shows up as well towards the end. Mouth feel is thick, with a filling, hearty texture. It's not velvety, nor creamy, just thick. Overall, a mighty powerful stout. It's aroma and flavor profile would suggest a higher ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 13, 2017
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Bru in Philly, pours pitch black color with a 1 finger creamy tan colored head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides as it receded.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, molasses, brown sugar, faint piney hops, fudge, dark fruit and chocolate syrup. Sweet by not cloyingly sweet, it's pretty bold and in your face yet maintains a nice level of balance.

Tastes of brandy, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, soy sauce, brown sugar, maple syrup, candied sugar, raisins, plum, candy, licorice, charred wood, and black cherry cola. The ashy roasted notes tame the sweetness. Nice level of bitterness and sweetness, it goes down easy and hides the ABV well.
Jul 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Jun 19, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Air force hops, thanks. Rich chocolate and roast with Vinuouss Apple and earth with lots of vinuous fruitiness. Very tasty rich impy stout.
Jun 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by loganburgh from Michigan

May 24, 2017
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Reviewed by mjwellman from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Pours dark brown with a thick creamy brown head that last forever (like a Saison).
S: Wonderful sweet aroma with a strong brandy smell.
T: First taste that hits you is the sweet taste of brandy. That is followed by a chocolate with a little bitterness. It's a wondeful balance of flavors and is wonderful Imperial Stout
F: Smooth with a bit of bitterness but with lots of flavors.
O: Very nice Imperail Stout and you definelty get the Brandy. Very happy with this beer
Feb 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Feb 15, 2017
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours like a Belgian stout, with a billowy three fingers of beige foam topping the fudge colored liquid; the retention was so strong there was hardly an ability to check the lacing

Smell: The warmer the beer gets, the more the Brandy tones dominate the aroma, with their fortified grape character; underneath I sense chocolate, blueberry and, to a lesser extent, caramel

Taste: Chocolate, blueberry and coffee tones forward, with caramel adding a layer, underneath; roasty and slightly hoppy, through the middle with the Brandy barrel building; more Brandy and some roast in the finish

Mouthfeel: As the appearance forewarned, the beer has a Belgain stout mouthfeel, with a buoyant carbonation masking the full body

Overall: I was hesitant to buy this bottle, given the rating and the price, but I am glad I pulled the trigger as the beer has a lot going for it; I like the mouthfeel as well as the blueberry impact; the Brandy barrel really adds a nice dimension here
Jan 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by South2NW from Oregon

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Morte from Nebraska

4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Had this one a few times, but have not gotten around to rating it. I remember having it for the first time and being quite impressed. Needless to say, I am still, quite impressed.

Looks great! Pours a deep black shade with a dark tan head that is thin and even, lasts a while and then does not quite go away. Hangs sleepily around the edges. and atop the beer.

The smell is quite nice. Lots of char and and a really sharp, bright boozey grape sort of smell. Surprisingly a bit tart and sweet smelling. You get some cherry notes as well with a bit of dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and light roasted coffee.

Taste is quite nice! A sweeter stout in my opinion but perfectly off-balanced by the bitterness of the charred wood tones and the hops that come in at the end. I definitely get the brandy barrel. It is not in your face but lends nicely to the beer. It is a bit boozey that gives the beer an almost spice note with all the subtle tones of dark chocolate and sweetened black coffee going on. The grape tone of the brandy is well integrated.

The mouthfeel is perfect and a bit deceiving. At first I thought it was a pretty damn thick beer. But then I realized upon the second sip that some of the thickness was really do to the very fine carbonation. The body overall is just pretty fantastic. A bit smooth. A bit heated with the alcohol. But it my opinion, very good. It all comes together so nicely.

My bottle is about a year old. I can easily see the further aging potential in it. I think I am a bit more of a fan of the Black Betty but I am a sucker for bourbon and beer together. The Sexy Betty certainly has it's place though. It's a good stout when you want something a bit more mellow, but still bountiful with flavor.
Oct 20, 2016
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A thin tan head towers above this jet black brew, slowly breaking apart, and leaving thick lines of lace behind. Has a strong aroma involving black licorice, milk chocolate, brown bread, cherry, currants, faint oak and even unexpected notes of peppercorn. Superbly complex and so promising. Tastes sweet and smooth up front with plenty of milk chocolate, black grape and cherry that are quickly followed by palpable notes of pine and charred wood. A hint of vanilla and brandy booze is noticed in the background. Medium to heavy in body. The alcohol heat is almost lost in the mix of other flavors, but does peek out from time to time.

I'm not sure how sexy this burly Betty is, but with lots of character and flavor she sure will keep you warm and your tummy full, and there's really no wishing for much better than that.
Oct 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by sohearn from Alabama

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by bcsbeer from Florida

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by cmoore32 from Nebraska

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.93 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Skyjmpr from Missouri

Aug 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Jul 31, 2016
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
**
07/23/2016

LOOK: dark black, big white head.
AROMA: brown sugar, barley.
TASTE: charrred malt. Apple.brandy. wine.
FEEL: smooth.
Not as good as black betty, but not bad either.

**
Jul 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jul 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.68 by tubeyes from Texas

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.42 by videofrog from Texas

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by WritersBlock from Texas

May 23, 2016
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Great looking brew, nice tan head and lacing on top of deep, black body.

Aroma has hints of fruit and sweet boozy notes with the roster malts.

Taste is nice too, it's well done but lacking some wow. Probably loses most for feel, finished really dry and quick.
May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.27 by Duster1354 from Missouri

May 21, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap, 05/19/2016
May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by lemmy187 from Missouri

May 19, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate malts and bits of roast are present in the nose along with notes of brandy, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. Some hints of licorice are also perceptible.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and bits of chocolate with notes of brandy from the barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount carbonation.
O: This beer tastes first and foremost like a stout because the brandy isn't too strong, but rather accentuates the taste. It also is rather drinkable considering the strength because it does a very good job at hiding its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle
May 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by djrn2 from New Jersey

May 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.14 by M_chav from New Mexico

May 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

May 01, 2016
Sexy Betty - Brandy Barrel Aged from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 130 ratings