Rebellion Stout | Summit Brewing Company

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Rebellion StoutRebellion Stout

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the limited-release Summit Union Series, we’re proud to offer Rebellion Stout. Single-hopped with a new UK dwarf hop named after a Celtic queen who led the fight against the Romans. Brewed with the quintessential Stout malt from fiercely independent County Cork, Ireland. Loosely based on a recipe from 1896 taken from the archives of an old Cork brewery.

Added by Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 109
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice dark khaki head. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt. Some milk chocolate.

Taste - Dark roasted malt. Coffee. Deep caramel. Some nuttiness. Lingering milk chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe a bit light for a "big" stout. Creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite drinkable because of its body. Flavors are pretty good if unremarkable.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a frothy chocolate head that slowly dissipates.

Coffee, tar, and nutty malt form the initial aroma, with chocolate and licorice adding complexity.

Flavor is sweeter than anticipated. Rich roast malt forms the backbone, with a hint of char adding bitterness at the finish. Dark cherries underlie a chocolatey, nutty profile.

Body is a touch light, with carbonation on the low side. Alcohol warmth does not overwhelm.

Great malt complexity. The dark fruit really sets off this beer. Wish there were more export stouts available. Love the contrast of roast and chocolate. Could use a touch more body.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is coal black with a dark cream colored head that retains a thick layer of foam. Bubbly world map lacing coats the glass. The aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts, charred grains, and a faint black licorice note. The taste is exactly like the aroma except a faint smokiness comes in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth for 8.5%.

Overall, a pretty beer and nothing to complain about.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, smooth, dark brown head. A nice acidic, roasted malt aroma. Black. Starts with a nice hop bitterness (a slight pineyness, too) and rich roasty flavor. Medium-high bitterness Moves into some acidity, then mellows into a nice finish of coffee beans.

This is quite nice. Very smooth. It's got a nice flavor profile; it blends toasted malt and hop bitterness quite well.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, opaque black with a mocha brown foam that fades quickly to a thin skein leaving rings of lace. Smells roasty and chocolaty with a bit of toffee. Taste is roasted and lightly charred malt quite delicious with semi sweet and milk chocolate, toffee. Coffee. Hints of hop flavor lurking perhaps a wash of pine and citrus and a trace of sourness like a dark cherry. Lightly sweet balanced well so as it's essentially dry and creamy. Mouthfeel is medium, velvety smooth with nice carbonation. This is a very well crafted export stout. A double export stout actually. Very good.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance- Jet black, tan head

Aroma- Earth woody and piney hops, light coffee and chocolate, molasses, slight fruityness, light alcohol present

Flavor- Bigger punch than the aroma, pine and woody hops, coffee, roast, fruity, molasses, slight chocolate, alcohol warmth although very drinkable for the abv.

Mouthfeel- medium, good carbonation

Overall- Really liked the hop notes throughout on this one. For the style the nose could be stronger and I would have liked more fruityness, but a great brew, glad I picked up 6.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with no date that I could find

look is dark, almost black, small khaki head. smell is toasted oats, chocolate, piney hops. smooth toasted barley, semi-sweet cocoa, oily piney hops with a sour tinge. a full medium feel and the alcohol is hidden well.

reminds me of a sheaf stout with some meat on its bones

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Photo of Mdog
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, big head.

Smell: I thought it was a little light on aroma, I could pick up a mild chocolate creaminess.

Taste: Dark chocolate throughout. From start to finish, it is mildly bitter dark chocolate, not much sweetness. Somewhat dry.

Feel: Light feel, lighter than expected for a stronger stout.

Overall: I had pretty high expectations for this one from Summit, as their Oatmeal Stout is excellent. I thought the Rebellion Stout was a little "one note" but still a high quality beer. A little more fruit or sweetness, or fuller body could have pushed this up in my opinion. Worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black it is, with a toasted tan head on top.

Aroma: very vast, deep and wide, rich dar malt is the key component, and all flavors fall out from there. Espresso and chocolate first, with anise coming in behind. A touch of molasses and treacle a little bit further back. Dry as charcoal.

Taste: Dry, roasty, toasty, deep and satisfying. Full bodied, long, malty finish. Very small amount of sweetness, quickly enveloped by dry, roasted malt flavor. Flavor is developing half-way through the glass, widening, growing in malty deliciousness.

Nothing but excellent, this one. Nothing but.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out thick and obsidian, with a big tan head. Not much retention. Aroma isn’t terribly potent but has nice bready and roasted components along with piney hops. Flavor features heavy doses of bitter roasted malt, resiny hops, with pine needle/juniper bitterness on the finish. Very dry. Part way through the glass I start getting more of a bittersweet cocoa flavor. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 8%. Body is somewhere between medium and thick and just a hair more carbonated than I’d prefer for this beer’s size.

After seeing the description for this release, I’ve been anticipating this one for awhile and happy to say that it does not disappoint as a bulked up dry stout. However it is disappointing to hear that it lacks the typical widespread availability of Summit’s other beers, including the prior Union Series (Meridian). Would love to have this as a seasonal. Hopefully they’re holding back a few kegs for next year as it will be interesting to see how this develops.

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Photo of Beerlover
1.92/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess I don't get this one...gonna have to try it again, I LOVE summit! Even their last union series "session Meridian Belgian pale" I thought was really good, but this is the perfect example of why I don't usually buy a whole 6er of a new beer I haven't tried, even when by one of my fav breweries. From the reviews I DEFINATELY need to try this one again but I am not agreeing one bit with any of the awesome sounding reviews on this beer thus far.

A: best thing about this beer, very oily black in appearance with a nice 1 inch khaki head.
S: im not getting much of the hops that I was expecting for a 70 i.b.u. stout... I don't get any of the normal roasted malt aromas or chocolate or coffee aromas that are typical of normal stouts, especially one with this high a.b.v.
T: same as the aroma....very, very disappointing no hops, no roast malt, no coffe or chocolate, really nothing to speak of as far as flavors go, all I taste is carbonation which seems pretty high for a stout, on the good side the 8.5% is completely masked, but at least some booziness would give this beer some flavor.
M: some oily slickness which is a tad redeeming but too carbonated I'd say medium high to high low.
O.A.: hands down the worst and most disappointing summit beer I have ever had. its funny that everyone else who reviewed this beer wished they had more, I on the other hand don't have any idea what I'm going to do with my other 5...

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Photo of Pug
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rebellion Stout pours a deep rich black, impenetrable. The head on the beer has a tan or chocolate appearance.

There is a more prevalent aroma of hops from the beer than I would normally expect from a stout (an earthier, woody or pine scent, but definitely hops), but that hop characteristic is masked in the flavor and by the malt.

Rebellion Stout actually comes across as more what I expect from an Imperial Stout, with a bit of a burnt flavor and malted bitterness (as opposed to the very different hop bitterness).

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and only wish that I had a couple more bottles at home so I can give this beer another try or four. But, from what I have been told by people who I trust, this was brewed in much more limited volumes than most other Summit beers.

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Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a small tan head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Extremely hoppy aroma. Boadicea hops reminds me a bit of the more familiar Chinook hop. Pine, herbal, and earth. To go along with the hop aroma is heavily roasted malt with notes of wood smoke. A hint of alcohol as well.

The big malt bill balances the hoppy character of this stout. Export stout strength indeed. Roasted malt combines well with the earthy hop flavor. A real savory flavor. Hints of pine, smoke, and a bit of dark fruit. Some alcohol warmth in the finish. On the extreme bitterness end of the spectrum.

Big bodied and nicely carbonated. Creamy and soft texture contradicts the harshness of the bitterness in the flavor.

Definitely a big, bold stout. Lovers of sweeter stouts will hate this beer. But I liked it and a nice opportunity to try a new hop variety. This beer featured the highlighted hop better than the previous example in the Union Series.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle says best by 05/12/14.

Appearance: Pours an oily dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid one finger of deep tan head which fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very dark and roasty stout aroma with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and some spicy hops. Upfront dark roasted malts with a big scent of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, nuts, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Slight hints of molasses and cream. A quite noticeable presence of hops for a stout with earthy hints and pine resin. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some fig, plum, cherry, and raisin. A very solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a very roasty stout taste with big notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and a big presence of spicy hops. Big taste of dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, dark coffee beans, burnt caramel, toasted bread, toffee, nuts, biscuit, grains, cream, and yeast. Big presence of spicy hops with notes of pine resin. Enough hops that it almost tastes like a black ale. Also some notes of molasses. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, fig, plum, and raisin. A very good dark taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Nicely creamy with a pretty drying finish from the hops and roast. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good twist on the Export Stout style. Big and bold with the dark malt but also with a big spicy hop presence. Its like a cross between an Imperial Stout and Black Ale.

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Photo of bsp77
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black with moderate brown head and bubbly lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted aroma, with coffee, dark chocolate and molasses. Some spicy, floral and bitter notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, char, smoke and molasses. The finish is somewhat bitter, with lingering coffee and char, as well as some spicy hop bitterness. Overall, this is dry, strong stout, without the sweetness found in a Russian Imperial Stout.

Feel: Medium to full body. Carbonation is check. The finish is extra dry. Superb mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: Excellent Foriegn Stout, and very much of the Irish variety vs. the English. This kicks Guinness's ass - even better than their very nice Foreign Stout.

Additional note: I had to buy only two bottles of this, as most stores only got a couple cases. I hope there are more bottles coming. I would hate for Summit to start having limited offerings, as they should not go the scarcity=hype approach.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic.
8.5% ABV, 19°P, 70 IBUs.

A - The beer's label describes itself as "coal black" and I couldn't find a more fitting term. A tall pour reveals the thick beer to be quite inky as it pours without a sound, generating a short-lived mocha head.

S - Heavily roasted malt gives this black beer a fitting aroma of burnt coffee and dark, bitter chocolate as well as undercurrents of dark fruitiness. Raisin and plum drizzled with molasses and caramel make their way in, opening up as the beer warms.

T - Rich malt roast imparts bitter, burnt coffee notes and dark chocolate with hints of sweet dark fruit just as the nose suggests but the thick beer's flavor is relaxed and smooth, not bold or flagrant as it finishes out with hop earthiness.

M - High IBUs and alcohol make it a potent beer but this velvety-smooth beer doesn't show signs of either. Creamy-starting, and rich in body, this thick beer finishes out with mild bitterness derived more from the roasted malts than the hops.

O - Big and bold this export stout, Rebellion Stout from Summit, is as black as they come and it shows in aroma and flavor. A powerhouse of roasted malts, Rebellion Stout marries chocolate, coffee, and molasses notes with subtle dark fruit nuances for a perfect pairing with it's rich and creamy body; a wonderful stout fit for the cold months! I'll be putting a bottle or two away for next year!

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Rebellion Stout from Summit Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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