Super Nebula
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #660
Ranked #1,886
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Apr 17, 2022
Feb 24, 2009
Super NebulaSuper Nebula
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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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: January 2021
Palate Contaminants: rich red wine

Expected dark brown color. Not a whole lot of medium-fine brown head. Minimal lacing.

The scent has non-sweet brownie, Brazil nut, and mahogany. It's a little honey-ish toward the end. Good, intriguing balance. The dark wood-type smells increase with temperature. Makes me thing something really pleasant is in store.

The nutty/mahogany tastes are really strong, then comes black coffee with a little creamer. There's some bitterness with that, but that Brazil but, with a little hazelnut, isn't that far behind. The sweetness that's related to honey shifts more toward brown sugar or molasses, although that's quickly overwhelmed by smoky and woody flavors. So, light sugar, light bitterness, merely moderate savoriness, and still it's got plenty of flavor. Good balance and pleasant flavors, let's say.

Moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is brown sugar and mahogany. Alcohol detectable, but reasonable for a thirteener. Medium weight.

Apr 17, 2022
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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at share. dark, ruddy brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma brings notes of roasty malts and bourbon. Taste adds light chocolate and vanilla with some minor savory spice. Strong but not overly boozy.

Mar 20, 2022
4.14 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 25, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Bottled January 2021, Bolivian cocoa nibs this year.

This is really well put together. Pretty dry overall, bitter cocoa rather than sweet chocolate and lightly spicy whiskey rather than sugary booze. Hints of figs and a nice oak note at the end.

Oct 17, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by tobelerone from New Jersey

A great barrel aged stout for those who enjoy whiskey and whiskey forward barrel aged (Basil Hayden) beers. It’s relatively lean and tight in execution, even with a pleasant sweetness from a generous addition of high quality Bolivian cocoa nibs, it feels well attenuated and finishes clean. Kind of reminds me of the limited central waters stouts. Very tasty and elegant, an antidote to the current trend of over the top sickly sweet dark beers. This is really drinkable and stays enjoyable for all 500ml, not a 3-4oz sharing beer. Opens noticeably as it decants and comes up to temp, with the nose in particular revealing deeper layers of vanilla and wood.

Jul 12, 2021
4.24 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Mar 24, 2021
4.42 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Oct 24, 2020
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

31 May 2020 - Beer #107

Corona Day #80

Price: $12.50 at Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle, WA

Appearance: 5 - a super nebulous black with a lovely, frothy, tan head.

Nose: 5 - there is a ton of chocolate on the nose. The barrel is complementary.

Taste: 5 - extremely chocolatey, wow! Dark chocolate up front, sweetens into milk chocolate on the back end. Bourbon undertones throughout.

Mouth: 5 - almost like a milk stout. Thick and smooth.

Overall: 5 - my first beer from these guys, and so glad I got a second chance at it. My first chance shattered on the way home from Portland.

Stay safe out there, my friends.


Jun 04, 2020
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 19, 2020
3.68 by dmk82 from California on Apr 24, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice malt coco and coffee with a touch of bourbon. Taste is also a nice blend of malt coco and coffee with a slight bourbon.

Apr 03, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Jan 28, 2019
4 by Gobzilla from California on Dec 31, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

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!

Sep 23, 2018
4.44 by rarigney from Washington on Sep 13, 2018
4.42 by Dankacheese from Illinois on Jul 30, 2018
4.26 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jul 08, 2018
3.85 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 16, 2018
4.25 by Benish from Wisconsin on May 30, 2018
4.29 by Samact from Vermont on Mar 18, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Mar 18, 2018
4.56 by tjhumphrey1 from Oregon on Mar 12, 2018
4.38 by shelby415 from Oregon on Feb 10, 2018
4.8 by Bonarek from Michigan on Feb 02, 2018
4.44 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 23, 2017
4 by cherche from Washington on Jun 25, 2017
4.46 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Jun 21, 2017
4.49 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2017
4.21 by CUBeerBuff from Washington on May 24, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Skrumpy from Oregon

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.

May 23, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

Apr 28, 2017
4.42 by EdwardAbbey from Washington on Mar 18, 2017
3.9 by NWHopinator from Oregon on Mar 15, 2017
4 by Bjlynch83 from Oregon on Feb 24, 2017
4.58 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Nov 26, 2016
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Dustin013 from Louisiana

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.

Sep 06, 2016
4.28 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Aug 14, 2016
4.1 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 13, 2016
4.35 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on May 13, 2016
Super Nebula from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 235 ratings