Brewery: Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, Minnesota
Beer: Rebellion Stout
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Information: 8.5% ABV, 19°P, 70 IBUs.
Style: Foreign / Export Stout
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
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.
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 makes its way in, opening up as the beer warms.
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.
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.
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!
Score: 92 / 100 - Exceptional