Imagine - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by stakem:
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2011 12oz bottle care of Joe, big thanks man! Crafty little brown box this comes packaged in wrapped with black tissue paper. Identifiable with no label, just a black cap that says "imagine" block 15 brewery 15% abv aged in bourbon barrels. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a creamy tan head that slowly fades down to a lacing atop the brew. Some spots of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of froth and paints some stringy lacework on the glass. When held to the light, some clarity is noted around the edges and a deep ruby coloration through the body.
The smell of this brew is pretty darn fantastic. It smells of brownie batter, thick with chocolate sweetness that blends into beautiful barrel aged character smelling excessively of bright vanilla and coconut. Oak is present with a plethora of soft bourbon notes that brings forward a dark fruity quality almost like raisins or prunes. A bit of licorice and coffee open up as this brew breaths. Spectacular the way the barrel presence was captured in this brew, I am really digging it.
The taste is boozy upfront with a big bourbon impact. Lightly tangy in flavor that mingled well with the bourbon accents of alcohol. Dark roast of the grain blends pretty well with dark fruity aspects like prunes and raisins. A touch of bitter chocolate and coffee with a presence of vanilla and coconut. Quite warming across the back but the flavors of this brew are very bold and interesting. The way the flavors of bourbon and the barrel are integrated here are pretty awesome.
This is a medium bodied brew favoring a bit on the lighter side with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think the overall feel of this comes across lighter than expected because of the lighter almost evaporative nature of that 15% abv. Overall, it is a solid, bad ass brew that I really enjoyed. It really warms you up but for 15% is quite easy drinking. My only gripe about this brew was the dark fruited quality was a bit excessive for me, I would have enjoyed this much more if there was more of a solid roasty bitterness instead of tangy fruit element that only got exaggerated by the bourbons presence.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2011 03:08:54 | More by stakem
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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
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