Imagine - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A little information about the beer itself. Imagine was released earlier today at Block 15 in 12oz bottles. They're identifiable by a black cap with "imagine" printed on it. No label is on the bottle but instead it was packaged in a brown cardboard box that again say's "imagine" on the side. Limit 6 per person, $7 a bottle.
Had a small taste at the brewery today to decide if I wanted any bottles for myself. Quickly bought my full allocation seconds after just one sniff/taste. Sitting at home now with a bottle to enjoy more thoroughly. Shared with TulipSnifter.
A: Very dark brown in the glass with translucent edges. A near complete cappuccino cap slowly recedes to a glass ring. Moderate legs with surprising lacing makes this appear to be a winner. 4/5
S: What a nose. I'm not just using flowery language, but authentic bitter cocoa infused baked goods are detectable. Beautiful barrel notes full of vanilla and oak lend a compliment to the sweet caramel alcohol. Huge and unabashed on the booze. One of the richest stouts I've ever smelled. 5/5
T: Big peppery dark fruits and raisins by the truck load. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee, obvious bourbon... A decadent dessert in a glass to be sure. No coffee in this guy, but that's not really his bag. Deep and lush, I can't find a flaw. 5/5
M: Fairly light in body with soft carbonation and an only slightly sticky finish. The high ABV would suggest it should be heavier than this. Very smooth on the palate with honest tongue numbing qualities. 4/5
O: It's light color (for the style) and light body (again for the style) has me thinking either the yeast was a beast, or quite a bit of sugar was used in this beer given it's alcohol content. The fact that I'm not picking up any acetone or other off-flavors I associate with high sugar usage is truly remarkable. I didn't have any expectations going into this beer and I was blown away. One of the best beers I've had all year. Super Nebula was a very tasty Imperial Stout from the boy's at Block 15, and it appears that was no fluke. Well done guy's. 4.5/5
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2011 06:52:20 | More by hopsbreath
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2.98/5 rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Big thanks to Doodler for this long time want. Cheers!
From an unlabeled bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades quickly to a swirly wisp and ring. Bistre brown body with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring with splotchy wisp remain leaving no lacing down the glass. Decent head, but the body is too light and transparent for the style.
SMELL: Lots of oak and booze. Bourbon, vanilla, light milk chocolate, sweet cream and cookie dough even. Some oak, alcohol and light cherry notes too. Dark fruits and brown sugar come out from the strong alcohol presence as well. Very bold and boozy, Lots of complexity, but this is very alcoholic.
TASTE: Very strong. Oak, bourbon, sweet caramel and cherry flavors up front. Alcohol and dark fruit sweetness through the middle with a bold and boozy finish of barrel flavors, sweet caramel, dark fruits, sweet, slightly tart cherries and lots of alcohol. Not much in terms of bitterness or roasted flavors at all. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and toffee sweetness, candy sugars and dark fruit flavors, all over a massive bed of spicy alcohol. Sweet and oh so boozy.
PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and somewhat prickly on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a bite and finishes sticky. Lots of heat lingers. Very thin, prickly and hot.
OVERALL: Not really my thing. There's a lot going on here, mostly in the sweet malt and fruity, spicy booze categories, but very little in terms of roasted grain and bitterness. This is definitely complex and interesting, and if you're into ultra high ABV stouts, this might be right up your alley. As for me, I'm glad to have tried it, but I think it stops there. Thanks again for giving me the chance to try this Doodler. I've been interested in this beer for a long time. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 13:38:21 | More by Jeffo
4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
355ml bottle poured into tulip 15/12/13, 2011 bottle, thanks OakedCanuck for this one
A looks black with a very deep edge, lighter then I expected, a finger of mocha foam falls rather quickly leaving no lace and at 15% that's to be expected, some legs and color left on the glass after a swirl
S lots of bourbon, some wood, smoke, molasses, hard toffee, a little coffee and licorice, some soy and teriyaki sauce, there's a little booze but no where near 15% worth
T lots of sweet chocolate syrup, a little more booze then the nose but still well concealed, charred wood come out a little, everything on the nose is still there in one form or another, some dark chocolate covered cherry adds to the mix
M thick and syrupy, a couple bubbles, oily, a little heat but you feel it in your chest and head more then your throat, sticky for sure, lots of char, bourbon and chocolate syrup on the finish
O solid stuff, the 15% plays a part but they did a great job hiding it, the barrel plays a big part and shes easy to drink for such a monster
I don't mind them sweet and boozy with some woody bourbon here and there, perhaps I should've sat on this for a while but I'm not upset that I opened it at all. I think if I had another bottle I might age it for half a decade but I'm just glad I got to try it
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 03:55:59 | More by wordemupg
Imagine from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.