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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 187
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 221
Gots: 47 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: GreenWBush on 02-24-2009

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.

58 IBU
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Reviews by corylew:
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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample during a recent trip to Block 15.

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thin, tan lacing head.

Smells amazing. Strong coffee at the nose with roasted malt, molasses, vanilla and chocolate. Small amount of hops come through, slight hints of boozy whiskey flavors as well.

Tastes like coffee with slight booze. Lots of malt flavor but mostly burnt malt, coffee and a small amount of chocolate. Very sweet.

The mouthfeel is thick from sweetness, but come on. It's 11%. For how strong it is, this stuff is very well balanced. It's very easy to finish a pint or a bottle of this stuff.

Overall one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had. And that's saying a lot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Raziel313
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Absolutely no carbonation. So difficult to enjoy when the mouth feel is like water

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of standardcherry
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of hopsbreath
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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