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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 201
Gots: 38 | 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:
"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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-05-2014 00:27:24 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:20:49 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-04-2014 23:48:35 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-12-2012 01:17:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

03-26-2013 19:02:44 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-10-2013 06:04:31 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:31:16 | More by drabmuh
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-15-2012 17:30:15 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-24-2013 02:46:48 | More by yourefragile
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-25-2013 22:53:01 | More by BARFLYB
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John_M

Oregon

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft version served at the Wildwood beer dinner. After a full meal and 6 previous beers, this beer still asserted itself and impressed most of us at the beer dinner.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with considerable lacing and impressive head retention. On the nose, I get considerable dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, tobacco and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the licorice and dark chocolate clearly dominating. There's more than enough going on in this beer so that one is not overwhelmed by the sweetness and considerable alcohol. On the finish, I pick up some bourbon, along with some light bitterness which helps to counter the sweetness. The bitterness dries out the sweetness on the finish in this very full, very smooth and long RIS. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not at all intrusive in this fine stout.

Very impressive RIS from the folks at Block 15.

From 2/18/13. Sampled again at the recent Hop and Vine release event, and if anything, the current version is superior to what I sampled previously. The beer just seems richer and more decadent, and there seemed to be a lot more bourbon on the nose and palate this time around (a good thing in my book). This is a really fine beer, competing now with some of the better stouts made (Dark Lord, Kate, KBS, BCBS; yes, it REALLY IS that good!).

Just tried the current batch on draft at the brewpub (on 2/9/14), and if anything, it's even better than what I tried last year. SN would now get my vote for the best BA RIS made in the NW. I have adjusted my score accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 18:52:39 | More by John_M
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-23-2014 00:01:16 | More by mdaschaf
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dirtylou

Washington

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:16:22 | More by dirtylou
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/23/2012

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:46:49 | More by HopHead84
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-28-2013 12:59:39 | More by billab914
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ccrida

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-12-2014 05:06:20 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:00:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2013 00:22:04 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:20:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2013 13:12:01 | More by ShanePB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-12-2014 12:59:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 07:00:02 | More by DefenCorps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-25-2014 15:37:42 | More by claspada
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-11-2014 23:51:38 | More by chippo33
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-10-2013 00:56:07 | More by Duff27
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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.