Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

IMG_0865 Whether you are celebrating the landing of cupid’s arrow or the feast of a mysterious saint or whether you prefer to observe Galentine’s Day, I hope you are doing so with a beer. Nothing better than raising a pint of lovely craft beer to toast your friends, your mom, your partner, your daughter’s birthday, your own awesomeness…you name it.

For such a special occasion, you may want to consider a 22oz bottle of Block 15’s Super Nebula.  We just enjoyed the 2011 Vintage and it is just God Damn Beautiful!

From the pour I could tell it was going to be dark and rich. I was not disappointed by the powerful vanilla, sweet malts, booziness and oak notes in the aroma. As we took a drink, the table went quiet. Then we all agreed it was like eating a piece of chocolate cake or milk chocolate. There was a very light breadiness, lots of cocoa and sweetness, balanced by the roasted malts and alcohol. And there was a big, beefy mouth feel…reminding us of a giant Cab or California Zin. A gorgeous beer that would be perfect paired with with dessert or a Cuban cigar.

Given the complexity and boldness of this beer, and its graceful aging, I started reading about Nebula. Apparently a nebula is created at the end of a star’s life where its core becomes more energized and radiates a shell (the nebula).* Nebulae are extremely complex, have varied morphologies, and return material back to the galaxy playing a crucial role in its equilibrium.

I will congratulate Block 15 for making a beer that stands up to that kind of name! Complex, beautiful, bold, and dynamic it is. This beer is an example of a bourbon barrel-aged chocolate stout at the top of its game.  And with another in the basement, I hope it ages well! Although, Wikipedia warns me that nebulae are relatively short-lived…hmmm….lasting only a few tens of thousands of years – OH! well in that case – we’re good!

Happy drinking and Happy Galentine’s Day to all my ladies!!

* This is by all means the super simplified and bare bones explanation – don’t’ expect me to get all technical and super smarty pants while I am drinking beer, a’ight?? If you want to know more, or you want to argue with my statement, don’t bother, just go Google it yourself.

2 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Sister Schoultz February 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM #

    How about oregon’s statehood day? We had an oatmeal stout for the occasion.

    • Miranda February 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM #

      Doh! I was totally gonna include that! I can’t believe I forgot! Glad you celebrated! I hope the kids wore their heart Oregon shirts!

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