Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A longtime favorite of mine, once a regular in my fridge, still is, from time to time...
Appearance: fully opaque, dark brwon color, big, booming cocoa-tan head, leaving lovely lace, slowly simmering down.
Aroma:bittersweet, espresso notes, hints of earth and spice, deep and still lively , just about perfect for the style.
Taste: bitter hops, coffee tones, and chocolatey feel returns on the palate, a good bite that softly fades, but resides long enough in the mouthfeel, then softly rounds off, a bit dryly. The overall character never wanes, and this remains an earthy, gritty, dark and tasty porter. I've had many others in the years since this was once my one-and-only, and one that enjoyed in different ways, with other charms, but Summit's GNP remains true. An alternative to the smooth-and-creamy, chocolatey-style porter that are more easily favored by many, but this interpretation is one that I favor. Let the others cringe away from the dark, if they must, but I'll always cling it closely.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque mahogany body capped with a full tan head that leaft some lacing. Coffee in the aroma and a bitter coffee in the taste, Smooth and creamy to the mouth. Enjoyable.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is my favorite of the summit beers. i've had it several times before, but today i tasted it fresh at the brewery. this ain't no anchor porter or anything, but.... sweet coffee and chocolate with significant hops. well balanced. i just wish the flavors were more prominent and it was a bit smoother on my pretty pink tongue.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with reddish brown highlights, good head. Aroma was rather faint, hints of roasted malts. Good flavor, emphasis on coffee, with a bit of chocolate and pine oriented hops on the finish. An enjoyable, well made porter, thanks wawood!
Gmku (296) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Not as smooth as Boulevard's Bully, but not bad. In fact, pretty good. Nice roasted coffee aroma, great color. Tastes a bit like dark unsweetened chocolate. Notice a smokiness as the glass warms. Has a lingerging sweetness. A good mouthfeel. More complex as you drink it down than a first impression from that first sip. All in all, a porter worthy of its name. Nice for the winter season, and a fair price for the cost conscious beer drinker.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted coffee aroma. Looks incredible with its chocolate-brown color and light tan frothy head. Roasted grain, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. A little to pungent to me, but not bad. A good beer to sit indoors with and sip away the winter blues.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beers like this are/is why Porter was my favorite style years and years ago. Greet looking beer with a ton of sweet dark grain flavors backed by a lot of bitterness and an odd twang. Very complex beer--I assuming it's unpasteurized. Sort of in the Sierra Nevada Porter tradition. A great one from the great outdoorsman, Slikwily.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a great smell of roasted coffee. The taste a is a little thin. I has definite tastes of sweet and a little smokiness.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle pours deep amber brown with a beautiful rocky head and lots of lace. The aroma is toasty and bread like. The flavor shows some coffee roastiness and chocolate in the front end and goes through to an almost smokiness and finishes with a sweetness that lingers. The palate is quite nice and rich like I expect from the style. Overall, I think this is one of Summit's better products.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Porters are not one of my favorite beer styles, but this one was actually pretty good. It poured a medium sized light brown frothy head and it had fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was uncarbonated and the hue was dark brown. The nose was that of coffee and the flavor was roasted coffee that left an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth on the palate and medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.