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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 208
Gots: 39 | FT: 5
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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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.83/5  rDev -33.9%
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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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of slaintemhor
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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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3.85/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.