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

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Brewer's Brunch Blend (2013)Brewer's Brunch Blend (2013)

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 25
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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:
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!

(Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 09-24-2013)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brewer's Brunch Blend (2013) from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
94 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.