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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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -32.7%

on tap at devils den

Pours a nearly blacked out color with some almost reddish hues. Heavy, frothy tanned head sits on top, retaining well with layers of lacing on the glass.

Soft scents of citrus hops with roasted malts. Hint of light smoke and dark chocolate. A bit sweet, fairly muted though.

Really light touch of hoppiness up front with a touch of grapefruit. Unusual metallic smokiness wrapped up in roasted dark malts. Touches of dark chocolate and caramel. Light dryness towards the finish with lingering off-putting smoke.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, prickly and watery on the tongue. Drinks terribly. The smokiness wasn't enjoyable at all, and I struggled to detect hops in both the nose and taste. A-?? We must not be experiencing the same beer at all here.

11-24-2011 17:38:03 | More by xnicknj
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wac9

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -32%

too bad a great looking beer that the hops sticks in the back of your thoart, i tired but cant drink it too hoppy . wife thought the reviews sounded good and i gave it a shot too bad for me pours a great black in a glass but thats it , if you like black beer and hoppy then enjoy if not move on

01-07-2012 02:04:08 | More by wac9
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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kristenrae8

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.9%

12-03-2011 19:52:06 | More by kristenrae8
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benholmen

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.9%

11-23-2011 20:28:47 | More by benholmen
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-13-2012 21:20:16 | More by danjohn1234
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-28-2012 01:03:55 | More by jaidenjb
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TVolt1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-20-2012 01:57:48 | More by TVolt1
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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.9%

Finally found a 'black ale' that knocked me on my ass (in a good way), so back to the hunt. Picked up a single of this in a good Unchained series, 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is black, though a lighter black, probably nineteen minutes before midnight. Evident carbonation. Sehr schon roast & chocolate up the nose, drift-sock into porter territory.

Black Ale Unchained #8 is another gender-confused beer in the black ale vein. The hops & the roast clash like Atari 2600 graphics. Hard roasted coffee pine ash malt? Yes! Someone made this work, but here, it's just unsettling. Not bad, the sum of the parts just doesn't work.

Glad I only bought a single. Not bad, not good, just kind of a mess. Mediocre.

05-01-2012 03:01:06 | More by maximum12
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.9%

12-05-2011 19:08:38 | More by fuzzcherry
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.9%

06-28-2013 19:17:55 | More by redleg411
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samie85

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

Pours a very dark brown with red edges and two fingers of light brown head.

Smells of orange with some cocoa and light roasted notes.

Light roasted and cocoa notes with some light hints of orange and pine.

A little thin and moderate carbonation with a drying, dark chocolate finish.

Falls with the characteristics of the style but not my thing... I'd prefer a heavier body.

03-05-2012 01:47:07 | More by samie85
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cjgator3

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Poured about an ounce in the glass and the head swelled up to the top of the glass. I gave it a few minutes to simmer down a little and continued to pour slow and carefully. Pours a dark black color with a huge light tan head with lacing all over the glass.
 
S- The aroma is dark malts and some hops. The aroma seems a little diluted, I was hoping for a little more in the nose.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a nice amount of hops in the finish. The taste is definitely more flavorful than the weaker aroma would suggest.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a decent brew but not something I would purchase again.

03-30-2012 02:42:39 | More by cjgator3
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barczar

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid, half glass full of beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is fairly complex, with chocolate, roast malt, rubber, and floral hops surfacing initially. There's a hint of hairspray.

Flavor is strange. Hairspray is again evident, perfumey, with bitter roast malt in the background, finishing fairly bitter due to hops. There's some subtle chocolate that is overpowered by the bitterness present. Grapefruit pith emerges as it warms, and more citrus and piney hops surface.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation and a fairly astringent, harsh grainy finish. Carbonation lifts the flavor right off the palate.

Originally thought this may have been a bad bottle. Took 10 minutes to pour the full beer. But it opened up as it sat for a bit. Not one I'll revisit.

07-27-2012 05:49:08 | More by barczar
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -18%

Bottled 18 October 2011. Enjoyed 4 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown, clear at the edges but nearly black in the center. One finger of medium tan head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is faint. Not much hop presence - the dark roasted malts come through clearly. But I want more; more hops, more vibrancy, more something.

Taste is a step up, but still rather flat. I get bitter coffee in the back end, boosting the mild bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium body, enough carbonation. Not bad, not great.

I find this beer totally drinkable, but not much more than that. I don't get much from the hops, other than a medium bitterness in the taste. I'm just lukewarm about it all around.

02-09-2012 03:56:29 | More by zeledonia
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trstar87

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

06-04-2012 00:04:19 | More by trstar87
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

07-13-2012 03:23:14 | More by MN_Beerticker
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smogfood

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

06-11-2012 12:33:44 | More by smogfood
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-30-2012 18:43:03 | More by nheinzie57
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Beezee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-06-2012 07:10:38 | More by Beezee
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-10-2013 02:07:34 | More by jarrgal
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ryendavid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

12-08-2011 04:01:24 | More by ryendavid
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-08-2012 14:54:17 | More by doucmehu
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Served on-draught into a generic glass in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely soft cream lacing, fairly good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Nice chocolate and roast, with some coffee and cream. Hoppy above all else, which is surprising.

T: Hoppy. Very hoppy. But delightfully creamy on the finish. Very light roast is also present. A nicely built, surprisingly balanced black ale.

Mf: Very smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Wonderfully soft.

Dr: Very drinkable for how hoppy it is. As a black ale, it's a success. I'd have it again. It hides its ABV well.

12-18-2011 23:56:34 | More by kojevergas
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-22-2012 17:21:46 | More by zenwatts
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Summit Black Ale from Summit Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.