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Nebraska Little Betty Russian Imperial Stout

RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our Russian Imperial Stout. Draft only, non-barrel aged version of our Black Betty.

2009 US Open Beer Championship Silver Medal - Imperial Stout

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4285) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2016
A very nice imperial stout. Rich and chocolatey. The licorice makes it feel thicker than it actually is. Thin tan head. Tried with Brandon and Monica at the taproom in 2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4048) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2016
On Draught
Pours basically black with a small but well sustained head and some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is dark chocolate with some raisin like sweentess a big roasty malt character & a little bit of chalk. Its got a moderate alcohol character that works well with the light fruitiness of the aroma.

The flavor is pretty great, sweet but balanced with a reasonably big roasty bitterness. Its got plenty of chocolate & dark fruit with a lot of toffee.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MetalNHopHead (1573) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2015
With 11.3% alcohol, I dont 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 names killing me.) While Im glad I started here with Nebraska Brewings Betty series, Im anxious to see her other forms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1802) - 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 (22014) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (9774) - 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 (469) - 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 doesnt 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. Shes definitely a smooth talker. However, Im left wanting a bit more complexity and intensity.

22oz 2012 bottle served at 55 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 (2397) - 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 (11587) - Where the wild whales are, 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.

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