Summit Unchained 08 Black Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Medium bodied ale with a pronounced citrus/passion fruit/mango aroma, slight astringent/burnt character from the black malt. Think black colored hoppy ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2011
(bottle) Pours black with ruby highlights when held up to the light and a medium tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Looks nice enough. Aroma is also a positive sign, with the hops rising through which showcases a cornucopia of scents including pine, grapefruit, lime zest, and honeydew melon. Slight scents of anise are also present which I believe is due to the fusion of the hop scents with roasted malt. The malt is dialed way back when cold, but suggestions of chocolate are present. Even though the aroma is pleasant, the flavor falls quite flat, with all aspects seeming watery and muddled. Theres only a subtle current of roasted malt from the beginning to mid, with this flavor taking a sharp and astringent turn towards the finish. The finish is very dry and astringent, with the grapefruit/pine/resinous hops combining with the charred notes from the malts to create a sensation that is not very pleasant. Turns towards vegetal territory with further warming. Somewhat salty as well. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is too. This is certainly one of the, if not the weakest release so far in the Unchained Series, and considering the style this comes as no surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
I didnt think of this as a Black IPA--as this is currently categorized--but as an ale-side version of a schwarzbier (which is a lager of course). The dominating quality of this is that it is very dry with a very strong burnt finish--charcoal, pure baking chocolate, etc. The hops and fruit are all obscured by the dry chocolate. Thinnish body. Fine but not all that enjoyable for me. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2011
It is black, with a long lasting ring of foam. Flavor has some fruit and light hops. Flavor is well hopped also, but balanced by well roasted malt. Dry, lightly charred quality to the finish. Not nearly what the pumpkin porter was last year at this time, but a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Tasted on 11/14/11 from a 12oz bottle. Pours clear, but extremely dark mahogany with an average beige head that leaves spotty lace with a bubbly collar. The nose is intense resin hops with some citrus peel, along with dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee malt and just a hint of earthy yeast. The flavor is features the malty dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee up front, with the bitter resin hops on the back of the palate. The body is medium with average, stinging carbonation, and a long bitter resin hops and coffee malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
I really liked the aroma of this one. Pine and citrus are evident, with a hint of malt. The flavor is pine and citrus also along with some pepper. Very bitter all around which is the way I like them. Not very balanced as I suppose a Black IPA should be but what the hell. I liked it anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Glassy black with a half cm of dense tan head. Aroma is sprucey with orange/citrus, and some tropical fruit. I was expecting more roasty malt in the aroma but theres barely any. Taste has a bit of very mellow roast, with light but bright hop character that trails off rather cleanly. $2/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a red tint, thick tan head. Aroma is roasty, coffee, pine hops, grass and citrus. Flavor is very hoppy, bitter pine. Not much malt apparent in the taste. Light to medium body, not too much carbonation. Long, dry, bitter hop finish. A nice IPA, just happens to be black.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eruizgarcia (330) - - NOV 23, 2011
Drinkable ipa that looks like a stout, so one is surprised by the light body and hoppy character. Makes me wish for a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Draft at Stub & Herbs. Red-hued, black body pour with tan head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops along with roasted malts. Taste is similar, although stronger on the hop side. The citrus and pine hops have a nice profile, but tend to dominate the roasted malts. Rather drinkable with a clean bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Aroma is of hops, slightly citrus. Pours black with nice tan head. Flavor is bitter and astringent. Very little carbonation and light mouth feel doesnt seem to go so well with the flavor.

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