Black Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

Black Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-AgedBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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From:
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
 
Nebraska, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #369
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,071
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 12.81%
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
359
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 10, 2021
Added:
Jan 05, 2010
Wants:
  108
Gots:
  148
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-AgedBlack Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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
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Rated: 4.44 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by chossboss from Oregon

Dec 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
2019 vintage poured from a bomber bottle purchased locally; pours out as a standard fare stout, dark and opaque with a creamy mocha-colored head with tight bubbles; I’ve had this beer on one other occasion and I think this vintage is better, there are flavors and aromas of subdued whiskey barrel, charred oak and caramel, smooth vanilla, chocolate, espresso, roast, black currants and other dark fruits, hints of molasses and licorice. and almost no booze. The body could be thicker for a stout this big but it is fairly oily and viscous. Overall a delicious stout.
Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.91 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by 5EKF from Illinois

Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.18 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Feb 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Feb 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark as night and a thin mocha head. Smells like coffee and chocolate albeit rather light for the style. Nice taste. Struggling with the all the flavors there seems so many. This taste is very remarkable. Mouthfeel is good. It’s a sipper but chewable in big sips. Overall they got lucky or they really did a great job on this recipe. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.
Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by MinerBob from Oklahoma

Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2015 bottle, properly cellared. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger brown head with great retention and nice lacing; actually built slowly over time, which is unusual for a BA beer in my experience. Aroma of dark toasted malt, whiskey, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and dark dried fruit. Flavor is dark toasted malt with moderate char, dark chocolate, whiskey, dates, coffee beans; somewhat boozy. Finishes with malt, whiskey and coffee. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Has everything I hope for in a barrel aged RIS: deep malt, some char, suggestions of dark fruit, coffee and chocolate and good barrel character. The whiskey is quite forward in this one, even after so many years and the malt seems a hair thin for the size of this stout, but overall it is excellent and warming. If I'm lucky enough to run across this again, I'll be happy to review a fresh bottle.
Oct 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2018
 
Rated: 1.9 by Oxtane from Nebraska

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by moose1980 from Germany

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Black as the name implies with a huuuge mocha head. Aroma of roasted coffee, hunt of oak, and an overload of hops. This is two years old I believe, but it still smells even bitter. Taste is petty harsh, and not whiskey-type harsh which would be ok. The high IBUs and roasted notes just seem to clash, almost to the point where it gives an astringent, burnt coffee impression.
Drinkable, but disappointing.
Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by mflamar from New York

Nov 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by BryantForestry from Texas

Oct 14, 2017
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Reviewed by omahawk from Nebraska

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drank in the taproom. Appearance is dark black and viscous with a thick dark head that lingers and laces. Smell is of chocolate, whiskey and roast. Taste is incredibly smooth for such a high alcohol beer. Chocolate, roast, with subtle whiskey and molasses sneaking in there. The only way I’m clued into the huge alcohol on this is the backend “warming” feeling I get. This a really smooth, well executed world-class beer.
Aug 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Claefalcon from Texas

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jul 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.45 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Jun 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by Tbulling from Nebraska

Jun 18, 2017
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
7-29
May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

May 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by haywoodjablonski from Texas

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love this beer. I first had the 2014 version, I want to say. That was fantastic, but the 2015 version was so-so. Needless to say the one I picked up a few weeks ago is a return to greatness.

More whiskey-aged stouts please!
Mar 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by brocktune from Virginia

Mar 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.52 by afinepilsner from Iowa

Feb 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BdM from Netherlands

Feb 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by deereless from Colorado

Jan 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Jrobb6 from Nebraska

Jan 23, 2017
Black Betty Imperial Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 497 ratings