M82 (371) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
FestDecBeet (407) - - APR 16, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
First drank: Goetter's XMAS 2013
Not very good, but strong!
TheJestersBeer (2197) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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)
kermis (6422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MrHangover (3064) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: Black Betty
Date: July 01, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: big roasted aroma, touch of sweetness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, hoppy, rich chocolate emerges, long bitter finish
Name: Black Betty
Date: August 26, 2012
Source: bruisin ales
Appearance: black, fine tan head, lots of sudsy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, dark chocolate, touch of sweetness brings out richness in the dark malts
Body: think creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of dark chocolate, caramel sweetness, plenty of hops, well tempered bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Fielding (58) - - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet nose! Not the aroma of your typical RIS. Flavor starts similarly with a strong candy sweetness, though quickly replaced by the bitter chocolates and coffees we all have come to expexct and love from a nice russian imperial stout.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a black with thin off white head. Aroma of coffee
Flavor of coffee with bitter after taste.
drpimento (2403) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Freaking excellent beer. Served with a nice sized, thick, foamy, fluffy, billowy, tan/brown head that soon settles to a light cover that lasts all the way down and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is like the rest of the beer qualities: well balanced, with no off characteristics - roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, old leather, earth, molasses, burly tobacco. Flavor’s like nose, with not quite as much going on - faint malt sweetness balanced just so with the hop, bitter malt, yeast, carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are dead on. Finish is like flavor and of average length and just a smidgen of alcohol warmth at the very end. Fabulous beeer!