Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by HuskyinPDX:
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
2013 bottle split two ways on 4.7.13
A - Pours a dark motor oil black with a very small dark brown head that sticks to the glass.
S - Lot of bourbon, chocolate, and some subtle vanilla.
T - Similar to the nose. It hits you in stages; Bourbon, Chocolate and then some light vanilla.
D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.
O - A really treat. Layers of Pappy bourbon barrels, vanill and chocolate. How can you beat that?
04-09-2013 03:00:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.19/5 rDev -2.3%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for this one Andy!
A: Pretty standard for a barrel aged stout. Pitch black/dark brown with a small mocha head that recedes after a few minutes. After that it keeps a tiny head.
S: TONS of oak and bourbon. Smells boozy. A bit of rubbing alcohol at the end. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel save it from the burning alcohol smell.
T: Not as hot as the smell suggests. Boozy chocolate, oaky flavors. Roasty flavor dominates. Touch of vanilla, coffee and caramel. Chocolatey bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: Silky smooth. Medium/thick bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a great beer, I've been impressed by Block 15 so far. Can't wait to try more of their beers.
03-02-2013 04:21:00 | More by standardcherry
4.39/5 rDev +2.3%
3-year vertical: 2010, 2011, 2012
I'm going to review the freshest version - 2010 was a bit flat and heavy on the smoke/leather. 2011 was a little better, but 2012 was definitely the best.
Ebony body - nicely carbonated, fudge, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, nice barrel notes. This was quite good - happy to have a bottle. Not sure if it ages poorly or if the recipe has just improved over the years, but i likely wont sit on my bottle much longer
01-01-2014 21:16:22 | More by dirtylou
4.11/5 rDev -4.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Inky viscous black. Not much head. A few surface wisps.
Smell - Bourbon is very strong. Lots of liquor. Vanilla and fudge all throughout. Awesome
Taste - Even more bourbon. Less fudgy, but still delicious. Bourbon flavor throughout. A little bit of fruitiness. Boozy.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.
Overall - Straightforward fudge and bourbon. Good stuff.
04-23-2013 01:20:13 | More by Alieniloquium
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
Sampled at Block 15 night at Hop & Vine in Portland Oregon. A snifter with 10 ounces of barrel aged stout in it for $4? Sounds like a deal to me.
A: Very dark brown with lighter tan edges. Upon being served, a thin amount of cappuccino foam sat atop a quickly bubbled away to a very thin wisp ring.
S: Strong coffee aromas when it was very cold, much stronger essences of spicy bourbon with under-currents of fudge brownie came through as it warmed. Damn their -bals are nice.
T: Again with the strong coffee when cold but transitioning to some stronger caramel liquor, berry, and cocoa notes when it warmed. I swear there is only about a 2 degree window when some smoke is detectable. In that temperature range, this beer is sublime.
M: Low carbonation and full mouthfeel here. Right inside my personal wheel house.
D: My first experience with Block 15 beers tonight and I must say, this was the only one I found to be impressive. I will be paying close attention to this brewery from now on but only because of this singular, highly memorable beer. Well done guys. Bottle this soon!
02-13-2011 01:42:11 | More by hopsbreath
4.71/5 rDev +9.8%
2013 release, 750 ml. cork and cage bottle into snifter. Nice label.
Pours thick and black with a nice creamy chocolate head. A quick swirl leaves dark lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma includes dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Secondary notes of leather and tobacco.
Taste is rich. Lots of chocolate and bourbon, with honey and vanilla as well. Velvety smooth but with serious a bourbon kick. Could sip on this for hours. After some time in the glass the leather and tobacco notes come through and meld with the bourbon to really take this to the next level. Slow sipper.
The creamy texture is big part of this beer. The oatmeal rounds out the heat of the bourbon.
My favorite bourbon barrel stout from Oregon. Block 15 nailed it with the 2013 Super Nebula. The only thing better than having this in the bottle is having it on nitro tap at Les Caves!
02-17-2013 18:33:42 | More by cavemanlawyer
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
On-tap at the Hop and Vine. Poured into snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A- Pours an opaque black with a one-finger dark tan/light mocha creamy head. Head sticks around for a couple minutes before it dissipates to a thick creamy crown. Some lacing is left behind.
S- The bourbon barrel characteristics are the first thing that grab a hold of my nose. Bourbon, vanilla, coconut and subtle oak notes combine to create a really pleasing aroma. A slightly stinging booziness hits the nose too. Underneath all of that, I pick up sweet caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. I pick up a trace of molasses as the beer warms. The aroma is outstanding.
T- More bourbon, vanilla and coconut in the taste. Some coffee elements show themselves that I didn't really pick up in the aroma. Subtle roasty base with milk chocolate notes on the back end.
M- Full body with light carbonation. The body is bold and rich but also smooth. The alcohol is definitely present but it's not overwhelming.
O- Fantastic beer. A nice complexity to this beer that allows it to stand out. Reminds me a little of the Velvet Merkin I had at the PDX Holiday Fest. This is a must try if you find yourself in Corvallis or anywhere else in Oregon you can find it. I'd like to see what this beer becomes with some age.
02-16-2012 00:01:07 | More by Mahlik
Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.