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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2010
750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels, served in a snifter.. Pours black but just short of pitch. There’s a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there’s very little lacing. Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it’s pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma. Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer. Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough. Tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.

yoxik75 (460) - Wroclaw, POLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Piana obfita, drobna, powoli opada, zdobi szkło. Kolor czarny. Aromat wanilia dębina, baczka dominuje w tle czekolada, estry lekko słodko. Smak tu balans jest zachowany, wyraźna gorzka czekolada, palonosc z lekkimi kwaskowymi nutami, delikatna słodycz estrowa no i beczka tutaj bardziej czuć dębinę potem wanilię. Wyraźne chmielenie z wysoka pasującą goryczką, ciało średnie lekko się pije, alkohol ułożony szlachetnie wyczuwalny. Bardzo Dobre WOW

dorain (714) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2017
Aus der Flasche im 2017-10 getrunken. Dieses IStout BA Whiskey Cask wirkt durch ein sehr überraschend schwachen Körper sehr dünn und man würde auf ein einfaches Stout und nicht auf eine Imperial Version tippen. Die Kakao- und Kaffeearomen sind recht ausbalanciert, doch der Einfluß vom Barrel Aged ist so gar nicht zu entdecken. Am Ende wirkt es trotz seinen schwachen Körpers recht alkoholisch. Es bleibt ein sehr schönes Stout mit deutlichen Potential nach oben - sehr schade!

MetalNHopHead (2264) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2017
Black Betty is Nebraska Brewing’s lovingly-made Imperial Stout. It’s one of the select few brews that puts the brewery, and Nebraska as a whole, on the map. In my typical ass-backward way, I had most of the other Betty variants before I had the one that preceded them all. While unorthodox, it just might have been the best way to really appreciate the matriarch of this series. Black Betty is a pure American-style Imperial Stout. It’s as black, opaque, and thick as wet soil. Roasted grain aromatics with some coffee-like qualities. Rich, full-bodied barley char on the palate. Bittersweet malt that clings to every surface of the mouth. Long, dry finish. A hint of American, resinous hops come from the huge malt foundation. It’s one of the best things that Nebraska Brewing Company will ever put their name on.

wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Shared 750ml bottle. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aroma and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey, oak. vanilla, coffee notes. Whiskey is very subdued, which is a large plus. Very good.

wekker84 (2530) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle a black colored beer with a beige head aroma roasted malts laurel smoke alcohol tabacco spicy oak whisky alcohol some caramel dried fruits oak and hops flavor malts roasted malts spicy laurel tabbaco spicy oak fruits dried fruits some caramel oak dried frutis and bitter hops

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Beczka rządzi i dzieli, nie da się ukryć.

BlazerT (1335) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 28, 2017
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with densed, light brown head. Very long head retention and excellent lacing. Light heavy malty profile - mainly roasted, dark chocolate. Also light to moderate woody, vanilla, some tabbaco and dirty earthy notes in the end. Taste is semi-sweet with some dry and bitter character in the end. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, finish is bitter, dry with nice barrels accents. In general the appearance, head formation and lacing is a "gold standard" for other imperial stouts here. ABV is also extremely well hidden here. Too many earthiness and roastiness here with dirty accents in the end. All in all good and creamy brew with nice whiskey barrel notes.

Yorker (2117) - Holstebro, DENMARK - APR 13, 2017
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice - with a slightly bitter finish.

Beachmaster (580) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2017
On draught. Pours black, with a moderate brown head that is dense and persists. Nose is dark malt and cocoa. Taste follows, with a creamy mouth feel and a long finish. Very good example of the style.

mzaar (3742) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2017
Fat. Svart med ett beigt skum. Dofter av kaffe, choklad och trä. Smakinslag av choklad, vanilj, whisky och kaffe. Fyllig kropp.

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