Summit Unchained 11 Old 152 Kentucky Common

RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Brewer Eric Harper has gone old school for Summit Unchained #11. As in, Old 152. Inspired by the Kentucky Common beer style that was popular before Prohibition, it actually uses a sour mash of maize and rye in addition to traditional malts and Cluster hops (just about the only hop available in the U.S. back then).
The results are anything but sour, yielding a chestnut-colored brew with a slightly spicy floral aroma, biscuit, caramel notes and crisp, clean bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5060) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Copper color with a large head. Aroma of grain, rye and dank hops. Corn, rye and grain-laden flavor. A bit smokiness thats more of an abundance of earthy vegetal flavor than bonfire smoke. Light spice. Moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (2049) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is fruit and malts. Flavor is malts with strong bitter hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Squat bottle from Capones. Pours hazy ruby/coppery colored with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, heavy resiny hops, fruit. Tastes of caramel malt, somewhat dry, with resiny hops, some fruit, and an earthy mild nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4328) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pour is a murky brown with a large white head. Aroma is earthy and peat malt with a decent floral hop. Flavor is about the same but the hops are even more pronounced. It has a very heavy mouthfeel with maybe some spicy rye malts appearing after the swallow. Deffinatly something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle pour is a fairly dark copper, white head, decent lacing. Aroma is slightly vegetal, lots of caramel malt, somewhat smokey/peaty even. Tastes is brown sugar, toast, caramel. Fairly long hoppy aftertaste. Not bad at all, fairly enjoyable addition to the series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark bronze in color with a medium sized white head. Really interesting aroma that is reminiscent of whiskey. Nice caramel and toffee aromas but there is a strange dust component. It smells like an old house that hasnt been cleaned in a while. Taste is bland. Slight whiskey character towards the finish. Not too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2354) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Coppery orange in color with a thick light tan head. Dark malt, hops, caramel, spices. Bitter and dry finish. Interesting and different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4142) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
I had this on tap without knowing its style. I considered it a double IPA--it has a substantial hop bouquet, softer than Cascades or other West Coast varieties but still citric, and an equally prominent malt backbone. A little bit demanding of the drinker in the finish but still well balanced. Rich palate, a bit sweet. (on tap at the Groveland Tap, St. Paul)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerKurve (520) - - NOV 16, 2012
Dark Orange/Brown with a foamy head. Rye, Sour Mesh, Yeasts, Wood and Barley. Rye and Malt aspects of the beer are imbalanced; Combine that with a stronger carbonation and you get a stingy feel to the beer thanks to the strong rye aspect; Couldve been Maltier instead of "Rye-ier". Its hard to rate a beer style Im not familiar with, however I wasnt really blown away by this beer. If the flavor had some more balance to it, I definitely wouldve enjoyed it more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pleasant light aroma, Old 152 is an extremely well rounded beer. Slight citrus on the nose, copper pour with full head, caramel and hops are immediately prevalent on your first sip.

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