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Review by tavernjef on 03/05/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2010
Deep auburn copper color and semi clear bodied with a tall inch capping of ivory tinted firmly lathered foam. The head keeps its seat planted like a weed in a rose bush. It eventually fades, slowly, to a super thick remaining topping, not quite a skim, but slim and tons of thick curtained lace coat the glass.

Booming aroma, could smell it while pouring and can smell it from a distance while it percolates in the glass. Big toasty rye which gives off a nice rounded center of something similar to pumpernickle with a spritzed slicing of citrus that's seemingingly lemony orange but also pulls in white grapefruit, unripe mango, and leafy/weedy cannibus. Upon bringing it closer just before it enters the lips I swear there's a bit of coffee and cocoa to it too. Quite the wiffer!

Oooo...yah...taste is quite the display of crunchy toned rye; crisp, rounded with a seepingly smooth and sweet after thought of roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, and dried caramel. Hops dash in towards the end as it gets a smack of something citric(dried and crushed orange and grapefruit peels) and leafy fresh cannibus. Smokey and weed-like whole hop cone and off-the-vine leaf tones of dryness tenderize a very intiguing mix of the rye and hops as it softens lightly into a welcome finish of bitterness that encourages another sip. And another...

Crisp, nearly full bodied with a smooth smack of malts while a crunchy nip sits perfectly at the front with the rye. Hops then get all up in there and create some complex earthy, smokey tones while lightly floating off into a calmly twisted, toasty bittered finish. Drinks down with good ease but those rye toned hop burps catch up to ya.

A surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting they'd pull this one off so well. But damn; fitting in quite well with the whole 'Unchained' series that Summit has been putting some real craft and thinking into. Looking forward to picking up more of this and the next in the series.

Served In: Pint Glass