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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 208
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Imperial stout matured in 9 & 10 year old bourbon barrels. Additionally aged on house roasted Papua New Guinea & Ghana fair trade cocoa nibs. Deep black brew, with a brown creamy head. Excellent wood, chocolate, caramel, light smoke and bourbon in the nose. Complex flavors, with notes of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, roast fig and wood. Huge depth with a warming balanced finish. 11% alc/vol 58IBU's"

(Beer added by: GreenWBush on 02-24-2009)
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Reviews by bbb099:
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Motor oil black with a mocha colored head. Not a lot of retention, but moderate amount of lacing.

S - Boozy bourbon aroma dominates with a little bit of vanilla and roasted malt.

T - An incredibly smooth combination of bourbon, cocoa, and coffee flavors. The 11% abv was not detectable and it has a somewhat vanilla-ish sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and moderate amount of carbonation. A little watery for an imperial stout, though it doesn't detract much from it.

O - A great, smooth beer that will knock you out quickly with its alcohol content. Not for everyone as the bourbon aroma and flavors were definitely quite strong.

bbb099, Feb 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

chossboss, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

standardcherry, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

HoppySeb, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

switzer, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mdaschaf, May 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Denzo, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of hopsbreath
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

hopsbreath, Feb 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

GRG1313, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SpdKilz, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Devi0us, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

LotsofLupulin, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

lescavesmorgan, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cistercian12, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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!

cavemanlawyer, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

largadeer, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.