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Super Nebula - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 205
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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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

muchloveforhops3, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

chossboss, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

kscaldef, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

artoolemomo, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

FrankHammer, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

riemster, Jan 13, 2014
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djrn2, Jan 05, 2014
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acurtis, Jan 04, 2014
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RyanCave, Jan 04, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mpayne5, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
94 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.