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Unchained #16: Herkulean Woods - Summit Brewing Company

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Unchained #16: Herkulean WoodsUnchained #16: Herkulean Woods

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ryancl on 09-02-2014)
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.
8.2% ABV, Enjoy by 03/04/15

A - Brilliant copper amber in color, this bright clear beer pours with tall off-white cap of foam that leaves globs of chunky lace clinging to the glass as it slowly lowers.

S - Rich toasted maltiness brings a doughy smell to the forefront while suggestions of smoky maple syrup and woodsy spruce tips poke through the earthy hopped finish.

T - Aggressive hop bitterness slaps the tongue with earthy flavor, quickly followed by spruce pine-yness. The aromatic suggestions of maple syrup come through in flavor, adding slight sweetness to the hefty malt base.

M - Big and bold, the body remains smooth with a sharp pine and bitter hop bite on the finish that wonderfully evens out the feel for a round lager.

O - Herkulean Woods, as the name suggests, is a big and bold earthy beer with deep malt and maple syrup complexity that underlines it's aggressive hop bite and sharp spruce addition!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked up a six pack of this because spruce tips & maple syrup, both of which I would eat daily given the chance. Plus, it sounds vaguely like something Short’s would brew, except there’s no prehistoric fungi found exclusively within 30 yards of Bellaire involved. 12 oz. stubby, after my own heart.

Pour is so amber I expect to find something prehistoric stuck in the stuff. Repeated swirling & twirling brings almost nothing to the nose. Faint yeastiness, sweetness, but nothing to put my finger on the play button.

Herkulean Woods is more like Frankenstein Woods. What is this monster? Why the big ABV from a Summit beer, of all people? And what is that I taste? Big piney hops burst through the line like Adrian Peterson uh, well, used to. Spruce tips hold hands with the hops & cannonball my taste buds, bringing an interesting twist to the beer’s bitterness. Residual sweetness that might be syrup, might be malts, but whatever syrup’s in here is the Invisible Man. Spicy hops take over the finish; this could try out as a rye IPA & get good marks. Nary a hint of the lagering, except that it’s going down like it’s running right out the bottom of my feet.

Nice job, Summit. A touch disappointed that the maple syrup was evidently spilled on the brewery floor – must have made quite the mess – but what’s left behind is a very good beer. Will have no trouble putting a couple of these down with my winning poker hands tomorrow night.

maximum12, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Piney, spruce I suppose, eh?

Taste: Starts bitter then mild maple sweetness. Transitions back to pine and a bitter finish.

Overall: I was expecting this to taste a little weirder than it did. It mostly tasted like a pretty standard pale ale to me. Worth a try.

Mdog, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Unchained #16: Herkulean Woods from Summit Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.