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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 187
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 220
Gots: 48 | FT: 6
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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Photo of cpetrone84
2.89/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour is jet black with no head at all. Nose is wood, bourbon, cocoa, hint of licorice, black olive. Body is a bit thin especially in the finish, fairly rich malt and cocoa with a decent bit of bourbon. Back has a lot of charred malt and wood and gets a bit acrid. Flavor is much thinner than I thought and body hurts it there as well. Finish is also quite sweet and seems to have a good bit of sugar left over.

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the anniversary of Bailey's Taproom in summer of 2009. The colour was very dark brown with a very thin tan edge. The aroma was kind of a musty brown sugar with hops as well. On the palate there was scads and scads of hops that were a bit overwhelming for me ( and I'm a bit of a hop head). It's as though there wasn't anything else to balance the hops. Odd.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Opened as part of my St. Paddy's Day celebration. We're all a little Irish...

Generously gifted to me by ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: This pours a black, oily body as you'd expect from the style. Short-lived mocha colored head.

S: This is dominantly roasty, with a rough cocoa nib aroma that adds an earthy, bitter element to the otherwise caramelly bourbon and vanilla nose. Small hints of oak and coffee. Solid.

T: This is boozier than the nose suggested. Roast and bourbon dominate, with lesser elements of coffee and cocoa. Vanilla, oak, and a touch of molasses in the finish, with a small, lingering booze aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is good for the style, if a bit low. My biggest complaint is the booze, but it doesn't completely kill the beer.

O: I wouldn't put it in the top tier (aged BCBS, Rare, and a few others go in those spots), but I'd put this as a solid mid-tier alternative to something like Eclipse. I liked it. I haven't been totally wowed by anything from Block 15 yet, but I feel they're on the verge of greatness.

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Photo of craytonic
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to starrdogg for sharing.
Appearance - black with touches of mahogany, small head
Smell: Coffee, booze, bourbon, vanilla
Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, booze, vanilla
Mouthfeel: very hot and boozy, medium body
Overall: not that impressive

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Episode IV, 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but I think this one was probably better when it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Brian. This the the 2012 vintage, released early 2013?

Pouring black with no head, this beer has nice reddish brown highlights. The nose is boozy, chocolatey decadence. Plenty of malt is present - malted milk balls, some cheerios, A little bit of buttery oak, a surprisingly light fruity character - sultana raisins, a touch of pear cider? Sugar cookies with a touch of burnt sugar are also present on the nose. The cacao nibs add a rather fatty chocolate aroma, making me wonder if this was best fresh.

The palate opens moderately sweet with sugar cookies, chocolate, brown sugar, a little burnt sugar and even some butterscotch? Caramel sauce, chocolate pecan cookies, and a moderate oak presence are noted. There's something about the bourbon presence here, the way it blends with the oak and cacoa nibs, that make the body fuller than it is, and lends an oiliness to the palate. Vinous in ways, especially in the fruitiness. The bourbon character itself is sweet with burnt sugar, toffee and an almond like nuttiness. Full in body with a boozy finish thats got a little oaky astringency, chocolate and bourbon, this beer is solid. Carbonation is light, appropriately so, but I have to admit the fattiness of the palate does bother me some. It makes me think of the buttery, oaky character of a Chardonnay but in an imperial stout and it doesn't wholly work.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours black with a small head and some sparse lacing. The nose carries moderate smoke and a good bit of chocolate. Roast comes through in the background. The flavor has the same smoke character along with a roasted malt and chocolate background. Medium-full body and quite hot. Not a super nebula sort of beer, but pretty good.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pulled this one out as part of a Bock15 theme night. Cheers for the brews dude!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, looser, fizzy, light mocha head with decent retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Huge stream of bubbles up the center as well. A foamy ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of milk and dark chocolate on the nose, bourbon, oak, vanilla and smoky notes as well. Bold stuff for sure, with lots of nice chocolate fudge brownies, roasted malts and barrel notes. Aromatic and interesting.

TASTE: Oak and bourbon up front, with dark chocolate and smoky, roasted malts through the middle into the swallow. Lots of base beer still. Finish is big and boozy, with lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocoalte and roasted, smoky malts. Quite flavorful, and while the barrel is quite big, the base beer is anything but outdone. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, unfortunately, and not quite as creamy as hoped. A little prickly actually, but goes down okay, finishing slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Passable, but a little more weight would help not only the feel itself, but would push the flavor to the next level.

OVERALL: This was great, but the look and feel kept it from being as impressive as it wants to be. Lots of nice barrel notes and a base beer that can compete, this is a very good example of bourbon barrel aging done right. Good stuff Doops. Bock15 night was good times!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big thanks to hannont for hooking this up. enjoyed from my southampton IRS snifter.

a - de-caged and popped the cork, the brew poured like a black hole with a finger of milk chocolate creamy head that hung out for quite some time. it slowly thinned out, but remained a consistent thickness...pretty wild. swirling the glass left some spotty lacing that slid down the side of the glass...mostly oily and didn't leave much evidence that it was there.

s - malty with a really strong boozy smell. some cocoa nibs in the background, but booze is in the front. not so much bourbon as much as moonshine type smell.

t - flavor doesn't carry the heat that the nose suggests. this is a smooth and chocolate heavy stout with a great silkiness. the barrel definitely adds booze as opposed to bourbon. i don't get the wood so much or the buffalo trade, i get more vodka like alcohol. the afterfeel, however is divine. the more i sip the beer, the more the alc taste turns to some charred and bourbon wood. the chocolate is well balanced and very pleasant.

m - upon first sip, the thing that stood out above all was the feel. smooth and silky. but like no other. when i say that this beer has possibly the best feel of any beer that i've ever tried, i say it with sincerity. silk down the gullet. wonderful soft velvety thickness to it. truly a masterpiece in the feel dept. far and away, the BEST feel of a beer i've ever tried. the aftervibe is amazing and carries a good wood presence with some bourbon. my mouth just feels wonderful.

o - overall, this is an interesting brew. the feel is far and away the highlight. best mouth feel in any beer i have ever had, hands down. something magical about it in this beer. there is a great chocolatiness in this beer. it is quite solid, but in the land of BA stouts, this carries the limited availability and goodness, but doesn't stand up to some of the big boys in the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Starr, I enjoyed this. Beer is black with a thin cap of a brown head, small bubbles, low carbonation, low retention no lacing.

ARoma is sweet, vanilla, a little roast, nice.

Beer is medium in body and syrupy up front withi nice vanilla character in the midpalate, not great but a decent finish and an overall decent stout. I might have it again.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beermongers

A: Black of blackness. Or, you know, normal for an RIS. Pretty good mocha head defers to a ring.

N: Heavy fudge and chocolate. Coffee and cream. Bourbon rises up as this warms.

T: Fudge, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and tons of roasted coffee beans. There's plenty of pepper from the oak, and I really get a lot of the Buffalo Trace lost barrels this was aged in at the back end of the palate. There is definitely some alcohol sharpness here.

M: Good, oily mouthfeel. Coats the palate rather nicely.

O: I've told a couple people this was one my favorite beers ever, and it holds true: on nitro. On tap, I was a bit letdown this wasn't as gigantic and huge as the aforementioned, but I think this is partially because the non-nitro version has a ways to go before some of the alcohol disappears leaving this complex stout to shine.

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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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Photo of maximum12
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kscaldef for this bottle, 750ML, split with my wife. 2011 vintage.

Pour is black as any plastic computer keyboard. Carbonation is low but evident. Nose is luscious chocolate cake, with nice sideboard of vanilla. Oak big enough to threaten your house in a high wind. Great nose.

Super Nebula brings a constellation of...no, that's dumb. Even after elapsed time, coffee & roast is on this with every tentacle, big dose of both right in the kisser. Plenty of chocolate of course. Vanilla, more of that lovely oak, bourbon has dropped to the level of subtle, but it dominates the aftertaste as a tongue-number. Really nice aftertaste. Sips like a stout half it's weight. Looks good in yoga pants, too.

Very good beer. Has an odd note that I tasted in the other Block 15 beer I had too, & I can't quite put my finger on it. Definitely worth trying.

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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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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks! Snifter.

A: Now, that is black. A finger of dark brown foam crowns the liquid.

S: The nose really opens up after ten minutes. There's a pretty awesome amalgamation of caramel, cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla going on. The aroma is boozy but inoffensive. Plum meets grape, it's somewhat port-like. Pleasantly roasty with molasses, brown sugar, coffee (restrained), and almond-like nutty notes.

T: Huge cocoa presence with notes of fudge. Rich and tasty yet terrible in its potential to make me miss obligations tom morrow morning. Dark fruit notes bring to mind grape, plum, and prune. Bourbon is present throughout, blending with oak and restrained vanilla notes. I'm picking up a very light tartness on the back end. The beer has a pervasive bitter coffee profile that borders on acridity, it's also rather boozy, though neither quality deters this advocate.

M: Full in body with upper low to lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, viscous, and smooth with some warming on the palate.

Overall: A nice barrel aged Imperial Stout with a great aroma and a very nice cocoa presence in both flavor and aroma. There's a lot of alcohol flavor, but I think positive attributes partially offset that aspect of the beer.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another awesome pour from a generous ba in line at KBS release.

The look is deep, dark chocolate colored. Less than an inch of carMel colored head. Spotty lace.

The nose is pretty damn sweet with molasses, vanilla, and butterscotch. Minimal heat. Nice levels of aromas.

The tastes are similar but with a boozy, warming taste that has cocoa, caramel, and charred oak. Great barrel characteristics here.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick with low carb. Quite comfortable.

Overall, enjoyable, well balanced, and quite drinkable. Decent bba stout.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a thin, light, milk chocolate head right after it was poured. By the time I noticed I was half way through, the head was gone. After I took my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised. I tasted coffee with chocolate fudge chunk flavored ice cream, a true woman's delight. After it had warmed, it tasted more like a 50/50 or Parabola, which is also quite pleasing. Overall, I enjoyed this beer from beginning to end. I was pleasantly surprised with every sip. Get you some!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

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Photo of bbb099
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chocolate bomb!

Reminds me of Rogue's RIS before their consistency went out the window. I wonder if this is the one John Maier drinks when he's in town.

Lace oak-groves.

Bourbon? Cinnamon? Imagination.

Needs just a touch more bitterness to keep the package from dipping into glycemia.

Very good, and just the tip of the promise-iceberg that is B15.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Received with about a finger's worth of head which recedes fairly quickly. The head is a medium beige with a dirty hue to it. The body is an opaque, pitch chocolate black. I would guess that this beer isn't leaving any lacing. (It doesn't.)

Nose- I can already tell this is going to be a really interesting beer. Starts off with this almost searing formic acid note that has faint wine notes in the background. This mellows out and shows big notes of bittersweet chocolate, coconut, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Even a touch of truffles? Some cherry, some raisins. If the flavor profile is anything close, it is going to be quite enjoyable.

Taste- Huge amounts of chocolate that quickly moves into fudge brownie, cherries, some macaroons. This runs the gamut of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, and slight truffles. Raisins as well. Chocolate and cherry are the dominant notes with some roasted, bitter malt notes sitting in the background. Hints of oak but nothing that is too oaky. Definite bourbon but there isn't really any heat. There is the suggestion of heat but it really is the bourbon notes instead of actual heat. Some coffee but it's pretty light. It's really all about deep and bitter chocolate with notes of cherries and other red fruits. Somewhat of a vinous character. This is pretty much a really good to great beer. It's not a Parabola, KBS, or BCBS but it's in the tier below those. I was thinking at first that it might need some age but it's pretty close to perfect at the moment. It's incredibly close to being a great beer and I'm not sure what would push it into that class. Maybe some coconut? Some more coconut would be good.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied and usually I would consider this a little thin for an imperial stout, but the carbonation is very light and there is a grittiness that gives this beer a little more structure that makes it seem thicker.

Drinkability- Very dangerous beer. Almost none of the 11% shows- the bourbon aspects simply suggest it. I think it's a steal at 4.50 an 8 oz pour on tap. I would definitely get this again. Heat does start to show itself after a while.

Overall- Really good to great beer that is closer to great than really good. Just lacks those extra special notes that distinguish it from those that vie for the top. A must try and something I will be seeking out when it's released in bottle form. A definite treat.

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Photo of OhHerrooo
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BA Reino at Corvallis Brewing Supply for helping me acquire a growler of this tasty brew on my last trip up to Oregon.

A - Opaque black. Poured from a growler into a Delerium tulip. Little to no head at all, khaki in color with no lacing. Nice viscous drips down the side of the glass.

S - Bourbon, coffee and bitter chocolate up front (a pleasant, recurring theme with this beer). Big oaky and boozy notes. Sugary sweet smell, dark sugars.

T - Coffee and bourbon on the front pallet. Dry bitter chocolate and coffee residue on the mid and back. The bitter chocolate finds its way throughout, giving the beer a nice well-rounded smoothness with a sharp crispness that is very welcomed.

M - Perfect. Low carbonation and high viscosity. Super Nebula goes down with a nice warming sensation throughout.

D - I'd enjoy this beer over and over if I could. Again, big thanks to Block 15 and Reino for making this happen. This makes a great night cap, winter warmer, or a mid-day spring brew.

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Photo of GregJ
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malt up front, chocolate throughout, fades to fantastic bourbon flavor and slight boozy aftertaste. The bourbon flavor does an excellent job of masking the higher alcohol content. Heavy bodied and delicious.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2012/13 vintage. Poured form a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing speckle the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, bourbon, and some vanilla.

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, slight spice, and bourbon.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slick and syrupy.

O- Very good BA stout. Lots of chocolate with some nice roast.

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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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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.