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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Aged in Whiskey barrels, this barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates and the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palate are the hops, held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouth-feel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy now and perfect for extended cellaring.

2010 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2010 United States Open Beer Championship Judges Award Most Creative Flavor
2010 World Beer Championships Gold Medal Imperial Stout
2011 World Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Imperial Stout
2011 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Wood Flavored Beer
2011 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
2012 United States Beer Tasting Championship Regional Champion Imperial Stout
2012 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
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
2014 18th Annual Great International Beer Competition Bronze Medal Strong Beer
2015 United States Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Stout

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1102) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On draft at Waldo Pizza. Opaque black with big pillowy khaki head with great retention and lacing. Caramel, vanilla, baking chocolate aroma with some coffee. Same flavors in taste with nice oakiness from barrel, alcohol apparent but not overwhelming, residual sweetness and a slight roasty bitter finish. Semi full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice beer. Great example of style and a barrel aged beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods, Pasadena. Pricey at $30. Pours very black with nice tan head. Wonderful mix of malts and burbons, followed by coffees and chocolates, with some well hidden vanillas. Slightly thin on the palate. Somewhat boozey with burn in the finish. Fine balance of flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
750ml Bottle A - Pours black with a coffee colored head. Mild carbonation. Good head retention. Good lacing. S - Sweet chocolate, vanilla and a bit of coffee T - Easy drinking @ 9 abv Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak with slight bittering from hops M - Smooth medium bodied O - Reaaly Enjoyable! Surprising reverved for an Imperial (In A Good Way).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750 mL bottle from Nikkis Liquors, Providence. Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, wood, leather and a strong hoppiness. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, oak, whisky and a hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Zenos. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey. Surprisingly tame and unique for an imperial stout. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
msuredwings (3) - - DEC 6, 2012 does not count
Black Betty is full of flavor. Chocolate, coffee, dough, leather, earthy, alcohol, butterscotch, licorice, raisin, smoke, vanilla, woody. On tap at Greenman Brewery Asheville NC. I think the owner said it was $350 for a pony keg. My hat goes off to Nebraska Brewing for one of the better beers I have had in the barrel aged style. Does not have an overpowering whisky flavor. Awesome flavor and very smooth. Surprisingly easy to drink for 9%. Well balanced. It will keep you warm on a cold December night.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Great example of a barrel aged imperial stout. Aged about 18 months...pours black with coffee head. Smooth, chocolate, mild anise, some vanilla and a sticky finish. Bourbon is blended and smooth in this beer better than most barrel aged stouts. Really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split Dave on October 26th, 2012.

Appearance:Pours dark opaque with red head.
Aroma:Aroma of whiskey, roast, nice amount but not overdoing it.
Taste:Medium roastiness, light bitter, faint oak, whiskey/bourbon.
Palate:Medium body, light lingering aftertaste. Not slick like other IS. Covers alcohol well.

Summary: Thanks for sharing this one Dave! I really enjoyed this one because it was a balanced, not as super aggressive IS. The whiskey is there but not killer, which is really nice. Wish I could have this more often.Note: Im shocked none of the people I follow on RB have had this yet. Wow. Yes, I know Dave will rate within two days.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Burnt, roasted, bourbon, licorice aroma. Burnt, bourbon, coffee flavor. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (3687) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle shared by Paul. Enjoyed while sitting on the dock of the bay. The beer is black with a giant, foamy tan head that completely costs the snifter in lacing. The aroma brings a healthy whiskey presence, followed by roast, vanilla, and oak. The flavor is very whiskey forward, though not hot. Smooth and well balanced. Good stuff. The price is a bit steep at $25 per bottle. I would have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-01-2011


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