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Summit Black Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
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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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark ruby red colour, crystal clear, finger of soapy tan head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Leafy citrus, earthy cedar and pine notes, hints of burnt cocoa and chocolate malts.

T - Nice hop presence, though somewhat subdued. The flavourful roasted malt follows with burnt caramel, chocolate and hints of espresso. The earthy hops bring in a nice bitterness that nicely complements the malts.

M - Medium bodied, though a tad prickly going down and a lip smacking dryness.

O - Quite tasty and nicely balanced, though could easily amp up the hop flavours. Definitely drinkable and at 6.5% you could make a good night out of a 6-er.

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bhayle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of samie85
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GarretD
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of THEFRANCH15E
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer: Summit Black Ale (Unchained Series)

Serving Type: Bottle (12 oz) (poured into pint glass)

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a finger's width tan frothy head.

Smell: I was expecting a stronger smell as I was pouring it but it has a really soft, subtle aroma to it. A bit of a malty aroma.

Taste: It has a strong bitter flavor to it and lingers a bit on the tongue. There's a nice balance to the hops and malt flavor and a bit of dark roast to it. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet dry on the tongue.

Overall: After hearing about a new Summit "Unchained Series" released this week I tried finding it and found this instead. I must say it is a very drinkable Black Ale and glad I was able to try it before it disappears.

Photo of yokken
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of djohnse
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always have a thing for Summit's offerings and found this their limited release Black Ale so here goes.

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Very dark, held up to a light some dark brown but mostly light just can't get through.

Smell - Not getting a huge aroma, some maltiness and a wiff of hop. Get a bit of spice as well.

Taste - Strong bitterness as it sits on the tongue. Definite get the roasted malts coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, my tongue feels like it's completed coated from the beer.

If I see it come up again I'd definitely pick up another, nice way to break free from a pale and amber ales.

Photo of ponbon63
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mcorwin
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown / black color from the keg with little to no head.

Smell is hoppy as expected, but it doesn't overpower. Grass and chocolate on the nose as well.

Taste is citrus and spice, with some chocolate once again. Rather complex brew but balanced. Enjoyable.

Photo of BierStein711
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught in shaker pint glasses

A: Four finger head, jet black with white head
light carbonation

S: See taste below

T: Herbal, piney, malty, and boozy=pure pleasure

M: Heavy, filling, and a tad overwhelming.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that is well worth trying. I hope this is made available in six packs soon.

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Yummmmiller
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phocion
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of SurlyTwinsFan pours a near-black color with a few reddish highlights. Head is nice and rich, creamy and dense. Great lacing.

Nose is roasty and orange-pithy with some pine and chocolate aromas in tow. Smells good.

Taste is not as bitter as I was expecting, which is nice. The hops kinda flow all the way from flavoring to a sharp middle and lingers long on the back of the tongue. Roast is the main malty component and could use a little depth and boost...maybe some chocolate or caramel flavors would be nice? The malt side of the beer is a little flabby, but not a bad brew. Solid but does not have any 'zing' factor that makes some of the other Black IPAs keep you coming back for more.

Photo of time4abeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another oddball shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Tan foam quickly settles to a few wispy patches, thin collar, and tiny spots of lace. Very dark brown body with a few lighter glints here and there.

S - Plenty of sugary malts, light roast, black patent malt, and earthy and herbal hops. As it warms there's a touch of smoke and citrus as well.

T - Perhaps a tad chalky, but otherwise a solid blend of roast, black patent, and light chocolate malts. Hop flavor imparts some light citrus character, and there's surprisingly low bitterness for the style. This grew on me the more it warmed up.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, lightly grainy texture, and a fairly clean and dry finish.

D - I was a tad disappointed with the aroma, but this is one of the better takes on this style that I've had recently. If you dig Black IPAs grab a sixer, or check this out if it shows up on draft.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Summit Black Ale from Summit Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.