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Summit Unchained 08 Black Ale

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Medium bodied ale with a pronounced citrus/passion fruit/mango aroma, slight astringent/burnt character from the black malt. Think black colored hoppy ale.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1611) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasty and some citrus. Taste is roasty bitters with a sweet finish. Lighter then expected mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours nearly black with a small light beige head. Aroma is aggressively hopped, some citrus but much piney herbal notes. A bit of a crisp fruity, slight roast and cocoa character but mostly hoppy. Flavor starts hoppy tons of pine some citrus but really just herbal and earthy. Finally some notes of roast and chocolate in the finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
This is something of a really hoppy porter or maybe a brown ale. It is a transparent red-brown color w/ a small head of fine bubbles and tenacious lacing. The nose is nice and hoppy w/ lemon and citrus being the predominant aroma along w/ a bit of melon and a rich coffee note from the roasted grain. Unfortunately, the roasted grain expresses itself more as an ashy bitterness once the beer is tasted. It doesn’t ruin it but this just doesn’t taste as nice as it smells. Texture is medium bodied w/ prickly carbonation. Not a bad beer overall but one w/ some flaws.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. Dark black color with no head. Nice hop presence in the aroma. Burnt malt in the flavor. Not a whole lot of fruit character to speak of, at least that’s what I gathered. Still very good and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (897) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle. The second from a six-pack that I have consumed. Strong, sharp, tart, complex aroma features chocolate muffin, dark chocolate, rich caramel, raspberry, and salt scents. Pours an apparently clear dark brown with a ruby hue. Large amount of uneven taupe head. Produces good, somewhat extensive lacing. Hoppy taste features coffee with milk and cranberry juice flavors. I alternate between enthusiasm and indifference sip by sip. Light, dull aftertaste. Moderate body. Silky and not particularly lively in the palate. Decent but forgettable and uneven overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Superb outing from Summit. Strong aroma of hops. Pours a dark, dark brown, with a foamy tan head. Taste is of hops, very similar to an IPA. Somewhat of a bittersweet finish. Medium body on the palate with decent carbonation on the tongue. Overall, an easy drinking black ale from Summit. Would definitely drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Another really nice unchained series from Summit. Pours completely black with a nice thick head and plenty of lacing. Sweetish aroma. Flavor is nicely roasted, a bit of smoke undertones. Finishes medium dry with a long lingering roast and slight bitterness. Well done.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle courtesy of nuplastikk, thank you! Black, bright tan head, delicate lacing. Aroma of intense pine, charcoal, burnt cocoa. Taste is bitter coffee, pine resin, dark chocolate. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Brown pour with red hues and fluffy tan head. Grassy pine hop aroma faint roasted/toasted malt and caramel. Moderate skunky pine hops and mild caramel/toasted malt backbone. Malt profile not particularly well-paired with hopping. Average palate. Style dying quickly in my mind.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2469) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Black pour with tan head. Aroma seems roasted and earthy. Roasted malt with earthy and grassy hop tones.


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