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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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4.1
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750 mL bottle from Nikki’s 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
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap at Zeno’s. 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
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
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
jcos (1855) - 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: I’m 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
jcnielsen (3416) - 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
Huhzubendah (3775) - 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

3.7
mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown black with large tan head. Aroma is wood and coffee some brown sugar. Taste could be thicker very bubbly bourbon and oatmeal flavor

3.8
dlinn (144) - 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.

3.8
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle at Dan’s 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.


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