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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 206
Gots: 37 | 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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5/5  rDev +16.6%

nescientia, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

IrishColonial, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Rhettroactive, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AlexFields, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

phingdong, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%

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!

Jeffo, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

juliusseizure, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

imperialking, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Sarlacc83, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

brystmar, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%


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.

HopHead84, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

3Hops, Jul 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Cowcakes, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

cosmicevan, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

lescavesmorgan, Jun 06, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this beer in a trade!

drank 4/20/12. reviewed from notes.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark oily black bodied beer with a dense almost two fingers head rusulting from an aggresive pour. Decent lacing coats the side of the glass. The head drops down to a ring around the beer glass.

Smell: really nice smelling BA Imperial Stout with barrel notes that are balanced very well with the stout. Nothing thats unique from the nose, but it sure smells good.

Taste: The beer starts off almost moderately sweet. Prominent notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Hints of oak, coconut, molasses, smoke, and some earthiness is hiding in the back. The beer has a mild bitterness and roastiness to it as you reach the middle of the beer. Then the beer finishes with more chocolate that is well balanced between sweet and bitter with some roast and smoke lingering around with the chocolate. Really well integrated BA stout with nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels that is fairly close to a moderate carbonation level. Silky, slick, creamy, mellow, and smooth. Practically no boozey heat to this beer and the alcohol is so well hidden it rediculous!

Overall: This is a really wonderful BA Imperial Stout. The beer has it all going on. Big robust stout and barrel notes, mellow & silky mouthfeel and it looks nice in the glass! Block 15 really impressed me with this stout!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

calmond72, Apr 05, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -16.6%

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.

Arbitrator, Mar 28, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to HeyCurly3 for a chance to taste this one! Sampled 3.3.12. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

A - black and oily with only a cinnamon colored, bubbly ring for a head; light, spotty lacing

S - toffee, whiskey, peat, fresh earth

T - rum, toffee, chocolate, warming alcohol, blackberry, molasses

M - thick and chewy with moderate carbonation; chocolaty, slightly bitter aftertaste

O - extremely tasty and unique imperial stout. nice barrel level. bold, rich flavors that are featured by the Buffalo Trace rather than covered up by it. the earthy, blackberry flavors are outstanding. highly recommended!

cwguy5, Mar 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

ChugginOil, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GehenHerzog, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

marine1975, Mar 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

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
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

drabmuh, Feb 17, 2012
Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.