MOAB (Mother Of All Bettys)
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #328
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,796
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
26
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Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
 
Nebraska, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  0
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Bourbon BARREL AGED Imperial Stout. This beer takes 'Betty' to a whole new level. In brewing this Monster Imperial Stout, we've used twice as much grain and double mashed it, so this beer gets all of its stickiness, sweetness and alcohol from the malt, and not any extra sugar additions. We then we add an aggressive amount of Warrior hops to balance the sweetness of all that malt! Finally, we aged this beer for 6 months in a careful blend of 3 different American Craft Bourbon barrels.
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Reviews by BobbyOlson:
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 12, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour that's borderline black in color. Light lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate roast, some char / light charcoal with delicate smokiness, bourbon, and oak.

T - Oak, some cherry, dark roasted chocolate, light char, and bourbon.

M - Thick and velvety, sugary sticky on the lips.

O - A very nice barrel aged stout!

Jun 23, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of dark chocolate, burnt molasses, oak and vanilla. Rich chocolate, coffee, wood and vanilla flavors.

Dec 17, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2017 Bottle from AirforceHops, thanks for the opportunity!
Inky dark black with a creamy frothy tan head. Roasty chocolate and dark dried fruit. Sweet a little sugary with some balancing alcohol. Light bourbon and bits of earthy wood. Tasty but a sipper.

Oct 25, 2018
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Giggy from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 12, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 21, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2017
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 13, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering oily black with no head. Bourbon, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, wood, leather, vanilla, and a boatload of malt in the nose. Taste is more complex than the malt bomb smell lets on: add to the aromas sugarcane, tobacco, char, fudge, slight dark fruit and licorice. Sure it is malty and boozy, but the feel has it done so well that it invites the complexity of texture from the flavors. All things dark, pretty heavy, a sipper to slowly enjoy

Nov 14, 2017
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GarbageMan10 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 18, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018. Double barrel aged stout. Deep black obsidian. Tall creamy head of 2 fingers.

Aroma of black licorice, road tar, tobacco, fresh leather, dark black cherry, figs, and surprisingly very little barrel.

Flavor is a bit hot on booze, with Ash, leather, and tobacco following. Piney/Earthy hops, dark chocolate, and Baker's cocoa. Slight cola finish. Lots going on here.

Feel is smooth and creamy, under current of sharp carbonation, and a bone dry finish.

Overall a touch too bitter for me but the complexity is there in spades.

Aug 24, 2018
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Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 16, 2018
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StormAles from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 25, 2018
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TheHopsman from Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 02, 2018
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frasergrove from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 15, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours like a thick syrup but surprisingly see through brown. No head on the pour, justba ring around the edge
S: weak bourbon presence but big oak with molasses, black licorice, bitter chocolate. Dry oak dominates.
T: much like the nose huge dry oak that is lacking bourbon. Molasses and black licorice and bitterness throughout.
F: nice thickness and syrup feel, coats my mouth and teeth well.
O: I feel what holds back many stouts is that they are too thin, but this nails that. But the lack bourbon surprisingly bad.

Mar 28, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki-white foam that foams up after an aggressive pour. Aroma is roasted and toasted malts with a smack of bread, caramel, char, smoke, and bourbon. It smells dark and complex, with the smoke really adding to the complexity. Flavor profile is roasted and toasted malts with smoke, char, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. The alcohol melds well into the background. It has a complex stout taste that turns a little odd with the addition of smoke, but otherwise drinks well. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, semi-grainy texture. Overall, a splendid, dark brew that mingles a slew of stout qualities together into a single glass.

Served in a Teku 3.0 from a 16.9oz bottle.

Jul 21, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2019 vintage.
Poured from 500 mL bottle I just picked up from the brewery today. Per sticker, bottled on the 323rd day of 2018.
A: Pours a fairly dark brown with 1/2 inch dark mocha head with good retention.
S: Can start smelling the sweet bourbon from a foot away. Nice smooth dark chocolate, dark roast coffee with cream, leather, tobacco, vanilla, anise, and a hint of wood char. Potent!
T: Smooth dark chocolate, dark roast coffee with cream, and vanilla hit first followed by leather, tobacco, molasses, anise, and wood char and finishes with a good shot of sweet bourbon. Lovely progression across the palate.
M: Mouthfeel isn't quite up to the rest of the brew. Medium body; drinks a bit lighter than I would expect for style. Darkly sweet with a decent bourbon alcohol burn. The sweet bourbon note lingers nicely.
D: Overall, an excellent brew with a minor stumble on the mouthfeel. Nice late winter/early spring sipper.

Mar 24, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another victim of my violent raid on the Omaha, NE beer scene in mid-May; I’ve been asked to do another. Soon. 500ML bottle I picked up at the brewery, 2019 label.

Black, just like the several samples I had on draft, with a big head for a big stout. The smell is about 95% malt richness, with just inklings of char & roast. Nice.

Mother Of All Bettys is a Wang Chung mosh pit of malts & barrel. The barrel is old school – a slow, building wave of bourbonish goodness that doesn’t empty its clip in your teeth, but saves some barrel for the throat & stomach. Underneath is a fine stout that’s raised on stilts of pure malt, sweet, slightly roasty, with a strong component of broken-in first baseman’s glove. The finish holds a bit of char then a rush of chocolate that’s almost enough to fulfill my daily addiction needs. Thick, sticky, & I’ll have no issue getting through the bottle. Pretty sure I had 20 ounces in my last brewery visit.

Nebraska has an underrated barrel program & this is an excellent beer.

Jun 05, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger creamy tan head. soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very solid bba stout. Very nice sipper for cool night.

Oct 26, 2019
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szmnnl99 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 08, 2020
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WilliamD from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

N'bond

Apr 08, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only got this to try a Nebraska brewery and what disappointment it was. Reminded me of Bells Expedition Stout, not the barrel aged but the regular. Now don't get me wrong I like Expedition but that's what this tasted like just an imperial stout, where the hell's the bourbon? No bourbon whatsoever. The warrior hops played well in this beer but I needed some bourbon in the aroma and flavor and it just wasn't there. For the price and flavor this is just an okay beer, nothing special and nothing complex.

May 11, 2019
MOAB (Mother Of All Bettys) from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 26 ratings