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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 207
Gots: 38 | 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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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

largadeer, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

johnnyboy76, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

kawilliams81, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

egrace84, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

msubulldog25, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Duff27, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of anteater
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Black with a deep tan head

S: Strong oak and bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit

T: Strong taste as well. It really punches you in the taste buds. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, cherry, dark fruit and a nice balancing bitterness.

M: Slightly thick

O: Really solid stuff. Best of 4 bourbon barrel aged stouts of the night and easily in my top 5 or 10 stouts overall

anteater, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

standardcherry, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

yourefragile, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Shaggy9356, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, 750 ml. cork and cage bottle into snifter. Nice label.

Pours thick and black with a nice creamy chocolate head. A quick swirl leaves dark lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma includes dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Secondary notes of leather and tobacco.

Taste is rich. Lots of chocolate and bourbon, with honey and vanilla as well. Velvety smooth but with serious a bourbon kick. Could sip on this for hours. After some time in the glass the leather and tobacco notes come through and meld with the bourbon to really take this to the next level. Slow sipper.

The creamy texture is big part of this beer. The oatmeal rounds out the heat of the bourbon.

My favorite bourbon barrel stout from Oregon. Block 15 nailed it with the 2013 Super Nebula. The only thing better than having this in the bottle is having it on nitro tap at Les Caves!

cavemanlawyer, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

digita7693, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

billab914, Jan 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

nescientia, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

IrishColonial, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 11, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

AlexFields, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

phingdong, Dec 15, 2012
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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!

Jeffo, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

juliusseizure, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

imperialking, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Sarlacc83, Aug 10, 2012
Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.