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Brewer's Brunch Blend (2013) - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 31
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 09-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Super Nebula, Nebula, and Imagine matured in bourbon barrels with Tahitian vanilla pods and organic Peruvian coffee beans. A deeply complex combination with notes of cocoa, chocolate and bourbon. The sweet body is gently balanced by the roast and slightly acidic Peruvian coffee beans. Good morning!
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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 31
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 375ml bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks. 2013.

A: Pours black with a 1/2-inch thick tan head which fades to the rim and leaves spots of lace.

N: Chocolate cake, vanilla, malts, mellow bourbon, coffee, a slight cardboard note.

T: Coffee frosted chocolate cake, sweet vanilla cream filling, roasted caramel, bourbon and wood. Complex and balanced.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Creamy and smooth coffee finish.

O: Very nicely done. A treat for sure. (478 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for the bottle(s). I opened one to share at a recent tasting.

Thick black pour, with a small mocha head that receded to a ring. Some dots of lacing stuck to the glass, and a few legs as well. Great aroma, chocolate, dark malts, vanilla and bourbon, hints of dark fruits, sweet mostly, with just a little roast to it. Taste and texture was right up there with the big boys of the style--BCBS, KBS, DOS. Caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, bourbon-soaked oak, lighter notes of smoke, tobacco, red licorice. I almost regret sharing this, because I wanted the whole bottle to myself! (Oh well, I have another.) Smooth mouthfeel, full body, a great drinker overall.

I wasn't a big fan of Imagine...even after sitting for 2 years, that one was hot as hell, almost like straight bourbon. But I think blending it with some "lighter" beers was really the way to go. Brunch was a major success. (916 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Rathakem for this crazy extra! Thanks Sean!

375ml bottle with pressure cap.

poured into tulip glass.

Description/blend ratio stated on label of the bottle:
40% Imagine
30% Super Nebula
30% Nebula
with Tahitian Vanilla Pods & Aeropressed Organic Peruvian Coffee Beans in 20 yr old Bourbon barrels.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with 1 full finger of mocha colored head. Drops down to a thin and uneven cap; eventually just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Nice lacing sticks to the glass; it a little better than spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of bourbon and smokey oak notes. Hint of vanilla sweetness. Fruity and nutty coffee beans. Milk Chocolates. Not much roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, and milk chocolate; smokey and slightly chared oak barrel. Great finesse with the barrel aging! Its got a bold flavor, but is still smooth. Tobacco and a slightly vinous stout flavor to the beer; thats definately from the Imagine portion of the blend. Also has a little bit of milk stout influence that adds more chocolaty flavors to the beer. Also hints of a mildly roasty coffee that tastes like it smells; with fruity and nutty coffee beans. Lingering smokey and charred barrel notes in the finish with a little bit of sweetness from vanilla that almost has a rootbeer "esk" taste. Delicious complex beer here!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. The beer is slightly oily, creamy, and a little bit of smooth silkyness. Hides it ABV very well.

Overall: I am assuming this beer is aged in 20yr PvW barrels since thats the same barrel that Block 15 uses to age Super Nebula and Pappy's Dark. I am a huge fan of Block 15 and this one did not dissapoint at all. This is the best Block 15 barrel aged stout that I have tried yet! The sum of the parts is better than both Super Nebula and Imagine. This really is a wonderful beer and I hope its not a one off! It should be Block 15's signature stout! They did a really good job of blending and barrel aging. (2,022 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.69/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks seem somehow inadequate for this, but thank you, my friend, thank you Dale

Occasionally I taste a beer so exceptional that it seems foolish to use the normal dissection of characteristics that is a traditional review. This beer is one of those. To properly describe it needs a review of pure admiration. I will try to add some of what I taste.

It is black with a thin light brown cap and a bouquet that literally sets my nose hair's to attention, and triggers spasms in my salivary glands. Sheer lovely essences of clean and staggeringly bright aromas caress the touch capsules. Electric impulses of desire and ecstasy spark across synapses.

When the first sip settles on my tongue, into back of mouth, flowing across flavor sensing areas, I have the feeling of trying something new that is the culmination of a process designed to produce taste that ancients may have imagined reserved for gods. So many clean and stupendously delicious flavors combine in this, as it empties from glass, at times fruity, coffee, chocolaty, vanilla, light bourbon, full of dark roasty goodness, nicely sweet, and hints of tart yeast all combine.

Thick, but easy drinking, this is the part impossible to believe of this. It is almost syrupy looking but nothing like that on the palate. Brilliant and clean in a way I rarely have experienced in a stout, nay in any beer. Clean finish and just right carb. This is perfect.

Gosh what to add, except this is the finest stout I have tasted in a looonnngg time. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A: Great head retention. Nice legs. Black, black, black.

N: Vanilla, and caramel in spades. Chocolate, smoke, char. Belgian yeast is present.

T: Sweet a lof o the oak and char. Bourbon is pronounced.

M: Thick and oily. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: A well balanced and complex stout. Impressive. (314 characters)

Brewer's Brunch Blend (2013) from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.