Super Nebula
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #281
ABV:
11%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,272
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
44
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Notes: 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.

58 IBU
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Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black, like really even when held to the light. Some visible white star like carbonation, and a finger of beige head.

Smells of creamy coffee, pencil shavings, liquorice, and umami soy sauce.

Tastes of dark toasted malts, umami soy sauce, and dark chocolate. A little sweetness with almost no bitterness.

Smooth and velvety body, with a perfectly balancing carbonation. Pillowy even.

I got this in Medford, OR, drinking in Redding, CA, Jan 27th, 2019. Great mouth feel, very smooth brew.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m just getting to know Block 15 and I’ve been very impressed, particularly with this excellent stout. Deepest, darkest brown but not black, it builds a lovely two finger head, pretty good for this ABV. The aroma makes big promises: lots of chocolate, a little espresso, salt caramel, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of char. Then the taste steps in and says “That’s nothin’; try this!”. Yep. The chocolate, caramel and vanilla bloom beautifully and the bourbon really comes into its own, strong but perfectly in balance with all the other flavors floating around. The feel is exactly, precisely what a BA Imperial Stout should feel Iike. A real knockout beer - right at the top of the game. I’ll be cellaring a few of these for sure!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a slight that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light, slippery lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt , bourbon and a hint of cocoa; mild. Flavor more intense, with dark toasted malt with light char, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and dates. Finishes with lightly carry toasted malt and lingering bourbon. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice, toasty stout that has had a fine barreling, picking up good bourbon notes that do not overwhelm the flavors. Cocoa and dark dried fruit character is more subdued. Pleasant interplay between the malt char and the bourbon, well integrated and enjoyable.

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Photo of bret717
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- pitch black like motor oil, light brown 1 finger head, a little lacing

Smell- bourbon, wood smoke, chocolate, and vanilla. Also something fruity in there, maybe fig?

Taste- similar to the nose, leads with chocolate, smoke, vanilla and that fruity thing mentioned in the nose. the bourbon comes in the middle and finishes the taste out, along with some lingering chocolate.

Feel- medium to full bodied, very creamy

Overall- very complex and enjoyable. Flavors compliment each other really well.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown with a creamy, cocoa colored head. Streak lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate oak, and spice. A slight smokiness. Flavor is similar, with hints of vanilla and molasses. Dry finish, very smooth. So delicious. I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017-04-27
500ml bottle served in a large snifter. 2017 bottle.

Pours black with a smallish brown head, not a lot of active carbonation. Smell is bourbon, wood, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is very nice -- perfect sweetness, not overpowering, very smooth, lots of vanilla to balance chocolate. Bourbon is clear. This is a surprisingly well balanced bourbon barrel stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately thick, a bit still. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of Dustin013
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage

A- pours super black with dark brown 1 finger head
N- chocolate, vanilla, bourbon
T- I get a lot of chocolate upfront, with vanilla, bourbon, and caramel finish
M- silky smooth feel, but not to sticky like some heavy stouts. Not that there's anything wrong with that
O- great beer. I opened it about 9 months old. I hope I can get a few next year to see how it ages past 1 year.

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Photo of Greeneye
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A top notch imperial stout: well balanced in spite of the alcohol, dry and fragrant. Pours with a short dark head and leaves lace up the glass. Tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little bourbon. Opens up as you drink it. Can't believe how easy drinking given the ABU.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a snifter, 2014 vintage

A- pours a pitch black color with a barely traceable foamy khaki colored head that quickly disappears, leaving nothing behind

S- plenty of barrel aroma on the nose with some spicy oak, barrel juice, caramel, vanilla, slightly smoky malt, cocoa nibs & fig

T- lots of barrel flavor up front follows the nose, with plenty of bourbon, toasted spicy oak, dark cocoa, prune, charred smoky malt, slightly tangy finish

M- medium body with virtually no carbonation leads to a flat mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- this one has potential, but I'm wondering if something went wrong with this batch. It's tasty, but almost completely flat

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Photo of GregJ
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malt up front, chocolate throughout, fades to fantastic bourbon flavor and slight boozy aftertaste. The bourbon flavor does an excellent job of masking the higher alcohol content. Heavy bodied and delicious.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Episode IV, 2012.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but I think this one was probably better when it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.89/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour is jet black with no head at all. Nose is wood, bourbon, cocoa, hint of licorice, black olive. Body is a bit thin especially in the finish, fairly rich malt and cocoa with a decent bit of bourbon. Back has a lot of charred malt and wood and gets a bit acrid. Flavor is much thinner than I thought and body hurts it there as well. Finish is also quite sweet and seems to have a good bit of sugar left over.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Brian. This the the 2012 vintage, released early 2013?

Pouring black with no head, this beer has nice reddish brown highlights. The nose is boozy, chocolatey decadence. Plenty of malt is present - malted milk balls, some cheerios, A little bit of buttery oak, a surprisingly light fruity character - sultana raisins, a touch of pear cider? Sugar cookies with a touch of burnt sugar are also present on the nose. The cacao nibs add a rather fatty chocolate aroma, making me wonder if this was best fresh.

The palate opens moderately sweet with sugar cookies, chocolate, brown sugar, a little burnt sugar and even some butterscotch? Caramel sauce, chocolate pecan cookies, and a moderate oak presence are noted. There's something about the bourbon presence here, the way it blends with the oak and cacoa nibs, that make the body fuller than it is, and lends an oiliness to the palate. Vinous in ways, especially in the fruitiness. The bourbon character itself is sweet with burnt sugar, toffee and an almond like nuttiness. Full in body with a boozy finish thats got a little oaky astringency, chocolate and bourbon, this beer is solid. Carbonation is light, appropriately so, but I have to admit the fattiness of the palate does bother me some. It makes me think of the buttery, oaky character of a Chardonnay but in an imperial stout and it doesn't wholly work.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky viscous black. Not much head. A few surface wisps.

Smell - Bourbon is very strong. Lots of liquor. Vanilla and fudge all throughout. Awesome

Taste - Even more bourbon. Less fudgy, but still delicious. Bourbon flavor throughout. A little bit of fruitiness. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Thick and viscous. Low carbonation.

Overall - Straightforward fudge and bourbon. Good stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kscaldef for this bottle, 750ML, split with my wife. 2011 vintage.

Pour is black as any plastic computer keyboard. Carbonation is low but evident. Nose is luscious chocolate cake, with nice sideboard of vanilla. Oak big enough to threaten your house in a high wind. Great nose.

Super Nebula brings a constellation of...no, that's dumb. Even after elapsed time, coffee & roast is on this with every tentacle, big dose of both right in the kisser. Plenty of chocolate of course. Vanilla, more of that lovely oak, bourbon has dropped to the level of subtle, but it dominates the aftertaste as a tongue-number. Really nice aftertaste. Sips like a stout half it's weight. Looks good in yoga pants, too.

Very good beer. Has an odd note that I tasted in the other Block 15 beer I had too, & I can't quite put my finger on it. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle split two ways on 4.7.13

A - Pours a dark motor oil black with a very small dark brown head that sticks to the glass.

S - Lot of bourbon, chocolate, and some subtle vanilla.

T - Similar to the nose. It hits you in stages; Bourbon, Chocolate and then some light vanilla.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - A really treat. Layers of Pappy bourbon barrels, vanill and chocolate. How can you beat that?

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2012/13 vintage. Poured form a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a half finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing speckle the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, bourbon, and some vanilla.

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, slight spice, and bourbon.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slick and syrupy.

O- Very good BA stout. Lots of chocolate with some nice roast.

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Photo of anteater
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station

A: Black with a deep tan head

S: Strong oak and bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit

T: Strong taste as well. It really punches you in the taste buds. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, cherry, dark fruit and a nice balancing bitterness.

M: Slightly thick

O: Really solid stuff. Best of 4 bourbon barrel aged stouts of the night and easily in my top 5 or 10 stouts overall

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Photo of standardcherry
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for this one Andy!

A: Pretty standard for a barrel aged stout. Pitch black/dark brown with a small mocha head that recedes after a few minutes. After that it keeps a tiny head.

S: TONS of oak and bourbon. Smells boozy. A bit of rubbing alcohol at the end. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel save it from the burning alcohol smell.

T: Not as hot as the smell suggests. Boozy chocolate, oaky flavors. Roasty flavor dominates. Touch of vanilla, coffee and caramel. Chocolatey bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Silky smooth. Medium/thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great beer, I've been impressed by Block 15 so far. Can't wait to try more of their beers.

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, 750 ml. cork and cage bottle into snifter. Nice label.

Pours thick and black with a nice creamy chocolate head. A quick swirl leaves dark lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma includes dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Secondary notes of leather and tobacco.

Taste is rich. Lots of chocolate and bourbon, with honey and vanilla as well. Velvety smooth but with serious a bourbon kick. Could sip on this for hours. After some time in the glass the leather and tobacco notes come through and meld with the bourbon to really take this to the next level. Slow sipper.

The creamy texture is big part of this beer. The oatmeal rounds out the heat of the bourbon.

My favorite bourbon barrel stout from Oregon. Block 15 nailed it with the 2013 Super Nebula. The only thing better than having this in the bottle is having it on nitro tap at Les Caves!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pulled this one out as part of a Bock15 theme night. Cheers for the brews dude!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, looser, fizzy, light mocha head with decent retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Huge stream of bubbles up the center as well. A foamy ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of milk and dark chocolate on the nose, bourbon, oak, vanilla and smoky notes as well. Bold stuff for sure, with lots of nice chocolate fudge brownies, roasted malts and barrel notes. Aromatic and interesting.

TASTE: Oak and bourbon up front, with dark chocolate and smoky, roasted malts through the middle into the swallow. Lots of base beer still. Finish is big and boozy, with lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocoalte and roasted, smoky malts. Quite flavorful, and while the barrel is quite big, the base beer is anything but outdone. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, unfortunately, and not quite as creamy as hoped. A little prickly actually, but goes down okay, finishing slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Passable, but a little more weight would help not only the feel itself, but would push the flavor to the next level.

OVERALL: This was great, but the look and feel kept it from being as impressive as it wants to be. Lots of nice barrel notes and a base beer that can compete, this is a very good example of bourbon barrel aging done right. Good stuff Doops. Bock15 night was good times!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beermongers

A: Black of blackness. Or, you know, normal for an RIS. Pretty good mocha head defers to a ring.

N: Heavy fudge and chocolate. Coffee and cream. Bourbon rises up as this warms.

T: Fudge, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and tons of roasted coffee beans. There's plenty of pepper from the oak, and I really get a lot of the Buffalo Trace lost barrels this was aged in at the back end of the palate. There is definitely some alcohol sharpness here.

M: Good, oily mouthfeel. Coats the palate rather nicely.

O: I've told a couple people this was one my favorite beers ever, and it holds true: on nitro. On tap, I was a bit letdown this wasn't as gigantic and huge as the aforementioned, but I think this is partially because the non-nitro version has a ways to go before some of the alcohol disappears leaving this complex stout to shine.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/23/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Now, that is black. A finger of dark brown foam crowns the liquid.

S: The nose really opens up after ten minutes. There's a pretty awesome amalgamation of caramel, cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla going on. The aroma is boozy but inoffensive. Plum meets grape, it's somewhat port-like. Pleasantly roasty with molasses, brown sugar, coffee (restrained), and almond-like nutty notes.

T: Huge cocoa presence with notes of fudge. Rich and tasty yet terrible in its potential to make me miss obligations tom morrow morning. Dark fruit notes bring to mind grape, plum, and prune. Bourbon is present throughout, blending with oak and restrained vanilla notes. I'm picking up a very light tartness on the back end. The beer has a pervasive bitter coffee profile that borders on acridity, it's also rather boozy, though neither quality deters this advocate.

M: Full in body with upper low to lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, viscous, and smooth with some warming on the palate.

Overall: A nice barrel aged Imperial Stout with a great aroma and a very nice cocoa presence in both flavor and aroma. There's a lot of alcohol flavor, but I think positive attributes partially offset that aspect of the beer.

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Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 227 ratings