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Summit Black Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-31-2011)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

TrayD, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

BBnum3, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Timmah11, Nov 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

dmadsen, May 01, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

served from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass

A: Deep, dark black with so much head I thought it might be infected. Even with a glass giving and extra 8 oz. of space, it took me 10 minutes to pour this all in the glass. strong lacing throughout.

S: Had precisely the effect you want a beer's aroma to have -- an instant desire to tip it back and taste some more. A rich, heady combination of coffee, vanilla and caramel.

T: Glorious. So rich it transcended an ale and jumped straight to stout. A marvelously complex blend of coffee, vanilla and caramel with a bitter bite on the back end.

M: The head did not eat all the carbonation, which made the amazingly rich taste of this brew refreshing and surprisingly light. A heavy tingle on the tongue and a clean, crisp aftertaste.

O: I'm thoroughly disappointed to learn that this was a one-off and won't be available again. A thoroughly unique and tremendously enjoyable beer. If you happen to stumble across some left on a shelf, snap it up. The carbonation and complexity indicate it should survive some age and it's well worth trying if you haven't already had the pleasure of doing so.

LCB_Hostage, Apr 23, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

Dark, dark clear auburn body. Very little light transmits through, but it does shine a nice auburn hue in the light. Thin light brown head leaves patchwork, spiderweb like lace about the glass walls as I drink. Awesome aroma of rye, chocolate malt, and grundgey pungent hops. (This is the closest aroma I've smelled to the original black IPA that was so incredible that I had 6 or so years ago...Alpha Klaus). The taste follows suit with the nose....very, very nice. Perfect blend of hop bitterness, hop flavor and roasted chocolate malt notes. This is a great one. Take note, Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA lovers.

Bighuge, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of momoagogo14
4.53/5  rDev +15%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Thick, creamy tan head that lasts. Strong retention

Smell: Dark, roasted malts; piney; some faint hop aromas, not as smell-icious as I was hoping

Taste: More dark malts; herbal with distinct pine, maybe even mint...tastes foresty. Hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick with some carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. It might have had more carbonation if I had drank it sooner. I have a feeling this is past its prime since it’s off most liquor store shelves and Summit’s next Unchained Series beer has been available for a long time.

Overall: I would have loved to have tried this back at its peak freshness, though it’s still a very good beer. Good balance of malt and hops and a fun, herbal taste.

momoagogo14, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

reyolb, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bigbeers84, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

yokken, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

billhelm, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

GarretD, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

brycelarson, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mcorwin, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

olafphysics, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bhayle, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

CP20, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Wow this is a good. A little research shows this is the same brewer that made up the very very tasty India Rye Ale last year. This beer does what many dark ales fail, or at least fail to master, the balancing the lighter upfront hoppy notes with the rich dark malts. This beer smells like fresh grapefruit and citrus fruit sitting on top of toasty cocoa barley. Yum. The flavor follows up with a bigger malt kick and hint of wheat and caramel sneaking in as the pine and orange peel build on the chocolate malt throughout the finish. This is one of the best black IPAs I've had, right up with, maybe above, Deschutes' Hop in the Dark.

tempest, Nov 20, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a qaurter inch cap of solid foam that lingers. The aroma is of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine resin, and chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a nice balance of roasted and chocolatey malt, and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and light carbonation. Overall, this is a really well crafted beer that I will be drinking a lot of while it is around.

KarlHungus, Nov 06, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brownish black with a tint of ruby red at the edges of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger light tan foamy head with very good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. Very noticeable smell of dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. Smells bold and balanced.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a very good combination of bold hops and dark malts. Big taste of citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango is followed by a solid presence of pine resin. Midway the dark elements come with some roasted malts. Hints of caramel, toffee, bitter dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. The malts add a little sweetness to help balance the bitterness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat bitter but still pretty creamy and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good black ale and another great beer from Summit's Unchained series. Flavors are bold and very well balanced.

MattyG85, Nov 13, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep black with crimson light penetration and a khaki-colored, one finger head adorning the top. Lacing is left with each sip.

S- Hops, chocolate, and malts

T- Chocolate up front, bitter hops, then more chocolate with a hint of coffee at the finish.

M- Light to medium with a fluffy, almost nitro-like carbonation.

O- One of the best two beers I have had from Summit (and I have tried everything they have bottled). The only one I could put ahead of this (my opinion, of course) is the Unchained #3 (the Rye).

Ungertaker, Nov 07, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours jet black with a huge, frothy light-brown head and excellent retention. Thick, sticky lacing.

Roasted and chocolate malts are at the forefront of the aroma. Piney and citrus hops as well as a subtle rye-like spiciness.

The aroma was malt-forward, but the flavor is definitely more hoppy. Pine with a slight citrus background. The malts are still here, of course, and provide an excellent contrast, balance, and complexity. Roasted, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Interestingly, it almost tastes like there's a bit of wheat used in the malt bill as well.

Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall, this is an incredible beer. Balanced, drinkable, and full of flavor. I'm sure it won't score that amazingly on here since it's not a DIPA, Quad, sour, or RIS, but I really wish this could be added to Summit's year-round line-up.

Phocion, Feb 02, 2012
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Summit Black Ale from Summit Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.