FestDecBeet (79) - - 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 (2032) - 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 (4741) - 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 (2449) - 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 (4763) - 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 (10886) - 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 (2151) - 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!
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Good Pie. Listed as "Little Betty", the draft, non-barrel aged base for Black Betty. Served in a Southern Tier tulip. Pours an opaque, super dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma doesn’t open up much, even as it warms- earth, molasses, metal, cream, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Flavor of rich coffee, super dark chocolate, earthy hops, tobacco, bitter orange rind, and just a whole lot of roast. Medium-full bodied, with an astringent, roasty, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Not as smooth as the Black Betty, and the barrel mellows this one a whole lot.