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Nebraska Little Betty Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Our Russian Imperial Stout. Draft only, non-barrel aged version of our Black Betty.

2009 US Open Beer Championship Silver Medal - Imperial Stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (1027) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2015
With 11.3% alcohol, I don’t know if"little" is a fair descriptor for this beer, but what the hell? Even with big flavors from coffee, cocoa, and booze, Little Betty is approchable and smooth. Little Betty is definitely a full-bodied brew with lots of richness, though. (See? Little and full-bodied in the same sentence - the name’s killing me.) While I’m glad I started here with Nebraska Brewing’s Betty series, I’m anxious to see her other forms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Draft/Fest. A- Mocha, cocoa, roasty. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasty, char. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- I actually liked this one better than I thought. I imagine that Black Betty would be too boozy considering how some of their other aged beers come out. This one is just right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18699) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Draft (or was it bottle?) at Great Nebraska Beer Fest. Clear dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Taste is roasty coffee and chocolate. A straightforward imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8913) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Tap at Brix in Omaha. Dark dense brown pour with a clingy brown head. Char roast, mild coffee, bitter roast. Smooth semi-dense palate. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (446) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
A huge frothy khaki head fills the snifter to the brim. A black body presents a thin auburn highlight at the stem. The vessel is decorated with a few soapy thick peninsulas of lace once the monstrous head dissipates.

Mildly assertive, very well integrated layers of lightly toasted nuts and whiskey are expressed in the initial aroma. The assertive spirit characteristics possess chocolate and heavy raisin notes, making them behave on different planes. The components are mingling very nicely, yet the party doesn’t seem to have quite started. As this one moves well into the sixties, a heavier coffee-chocolate layer emerges. This additional influence works exceptionally well with the fruity spirit notes.

A silky smooth medium plus body caresses the palate offering additional notes of vanilla, chocolate, and treacle, with a hint of smoke as the liquid breezes through. Bold fruity esters combine with the oak tannins creating an assertive spicy dryness. Residuals are a conglomeration of all the previously mentioned components. A bit of gooey chocolate chip cookie emerges late. As the serving layers up, some dark cherry flavors and a bit of stickiness forms.

Black Betty is silky smooth and harmonious. She’s definitely a smooth talker. However, I’m left wanting a bit more complexity and intensity.

22oz 2012 bottle served at 55º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 16, 2014
Served: 750 mL bottle Look: poured a dark black. Tan head that hung around. Smell: strong coffee aroma Taste: heavy coffee and chocolate flavor. Feel: thick, low carbonation Overall: First drank: Goetter's XMAS 2013 Not very good, but strong!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2309) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2013
Sample @ GABF. Pours pitch black, with a brown head. Huge, roasted aroma, coffee, licorice, chocolate, caramel, oak. Semi-sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. The taste reflects almost everything from the aroma, a complex taste with hints of tar and smoke. Just great! (2013-10-12)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours black with a massive beige head. Aroma of big roast, dark chocolate, soy, licorice and wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3680) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized beige head on top. Aroma has bourbon oak, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavour is woody chocolate, bourbon. Full bodied. Long, sweet sticky finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy dark brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was dryish and malty with notes of wood, whiskey, anise and a touch of cocoa. The flavor was strong wood and whiskey and was quite bitter with notes of anise, port wine, cocoa, nut, tobacco and a strong boozy presence. Long and boozy finish on wood and whiskey. Moderately full bodied though undercarbonated. Almost a chore to drink.

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