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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahanís 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 Ė held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties.

2013 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout
2012 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood/Barrel Imperial Stout
2012 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Imperial Stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Plenty of nutty, vanilla oak aromas coming off of this beer. Sweet on the nose. A bit bitter on the finish, also roasty. Expecting this to be. A bit sweeter, perhaps chocolatey given the aroma. But overall a strong effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle at Danís courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!!! Pour is pitch black with a two-finger brown head and great lacing. Molasses, coconut, light peat, wood, anise, light cocoa, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is really smooth, light roast, dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, anise, vanilla, and coconut with a lightly bitter finish. Mouth coating mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of foppa78. Pours a deep black appearance with a nice, thick brown head. Rich dark chocolate, dark caramel, burnt woody, a bit charred, light candy aroma. A little boozy, dark grape, whiskey, somewhat boozy, dark chocolate, a touch tart fruity, roasty flavor. Pretty tasty but not elite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayhawkbbfan (2) - - SEP 16, 2012 does not count
Nebraska Brewing Companyís Black Betty is a wonderful Imperial Stout. Definitely on my top ten list of favorites. Has a small bite, but generally smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, wood and sour dark tobacco aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted malt sweet & sour flavor with a medium s sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer did not meet my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (8175) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks fine; a little thin though. Smells okay; nothing special though. Tastes infected. Not the best on the palate either. I think itís infected, so Iíd give it another chance, but this doesnít impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Black Betty was a beer, bam-a-lam, that poured almost black with a medium chocolat milk head, bam-a-lam. OK Iíll quit but one hazard of drinking this is youíll have the song stuck in your head. Aroma sweet malts with noticeable hops. Taste initially sweet with whiskey, malts and slight chocolate, then slight roast and oak. Finish mild but prolonged hops. palate medium, could be a bit more full.

Pretty good with nice flavor but balance could be a little better. The hops were by no means strong but seemed to over shadow the malt profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours an oily black with a small tan head. No lacing left about. Nose promises loads of chocolate with a hint of whisky and loads of vanilla. Although sweet, it balances out nicely. Heaps of vanilla in the taste with the whisky and chocolate tones cutting through. Cuts short with a hint of bitterness. Short and thin palate. Nice beer, the palate lets it down a little though

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head that leaves great lacing. Has a great roasted malt aroma with chocolate and fruity undertones with coffee mixed in as well. The bourbon/oak aroma is nice well balanced. Sweet initial taste of chocolate, coffee and fruit with a nice smooth bitter backend of bourbon and oak. The alcohol is smooth and barely noticeable. The Mouthfeel is heavy but not too much so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a perfect black witha nose of whiskey, oak, and wood. Flavor is chocoalte whiskey caramel aged in oak with a light marshmallow and Kahluah finish. Thick on the tongue. Great beer.

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