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Summit Porter is very dark, but lighter-bodied than you’d expect, with a robust, malty character and a delightfully sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Beautiful dark brown with thin off-white head that laces gently down the glass. Looks awesome.Nose is coffee ground from last nights last pot. Big bitter bite and a sweetness on the sides of my tongue. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Opaque red with a thin khaki-colored head. Head fell quickly, but left nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, but not overly so. Flavor is moderately roasted, lightly malted, and the finish is moderately hopped, coffeeish, and a tad bittersweet. Too carbonated for my tastes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Porter light. It is a dark beer but it has none of the other characteristics of a porter. Very thin, watery, with not much roasted flavor. A porter for the macro lite crowd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
mmm. hoppy. this beer combines two of my favorite things. hoppy goodness and deep darkness. not as heavy as a lot of porters, which makes it a good choice for more than just a few.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Was served at a colder temperature than normal porters, or other darker beers, at the bar I had it at. Strange as it may sound, I liked it this way. It cuts down on the dry, bitterness that this beer finishes with. When cold, it's just the right amount of kick to give character, but when it warms the bitterness gets overbearing. It looks delicious and had an OK tawny head and the initial malt taste is quite nice balancing the roasted character and creamyness. It is light bodied, and I'm not sure why that's in the description of the product. Porters are usually full bodied, deep and dark, and people drink them because of this. Overall, just too much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Dark brown, with a thick long lasting head. Not getting much of an aroma. Coffee flavor, with each sip being sweet, but a bitter aftertaste. Lighter bodied than many porters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2003
What a beautiful beer! Rich dark walnut stain with red undertones and the dark head that I’m always a sucker for. The rest of the beer isn’t as beautiful, but it’s a decent effort - sweetish, with barely enough bitters to keep it honest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Thin head, hints of sweet chocolate and molassas. Hoppy bitter finish. A good domestic porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2002
This is an excellent brew, Summit’s best. I know my rating is quite a bit above the norm, and perhaps I am being skewed somewhat by A) the aforementioned fact that this is the top product in Summit’s line and B) I am comparing it to the Port Washington Old Port Porter I just rated, which was good, but without a solid bite. Great Northern provides that sharp, bitter bite, which balances and cuts the rich chocolate malt beautifully. This brew also scores very well in the intangible categories of Aroma (dark chocolate, strong coffee, heavy hops & cask wood) and Appearance (excellent lace). One of the best porters I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 4, 2002
dark color with a thin beige head. pleasant porter,the strong sweetaroma hints at chocolate and lots of malt, but the taste is surprisingly mild dominated by a malty sweetness. nice butter finish.

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