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 (4303) - 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.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown, no head no matter how much i swirled it. aroma is big on roasted coffee. flavor is malty but overall, fairly thin
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. Big tan head that laces the glass. Aroma of wood and fruit. This beer has a smokey flavor, with sweet malt. Medium bodied.
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours a small head of brown colored mostly lasting fine to medium sized bubbles that leave behind a opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lacing. THe aroma is a very nice strong malt aroma with some chocolate and a lot of strong carmel. The mouthfeel is initially Tingly and finishes with a strong coffee tingle. The flavor comes on smoothly at first and I am thinking "Iam really going to enjoy this one", but then something in the finish bothers me. I take another sip and the stong coffee flavor hits me again. It gets a little better as time goes on. A hop bite begins to come though. This brew is full of coffee character and comes on quite strong. It is a bit rough around the edges, but very good brew to start my evening off with!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
While a very good porter in the bottle, this is a much better beer if you can find a bar that serves it from the tap. One of Summit's best beers, they do a good job.
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very coffeeish, roasty aroma, some grain and cocoa. Deep brown color with an uneven, lasting, creamy light tan head. Roasty and bittersweet flavor profile, more cocoa and coffee bean, with a bit of spicy hop entering towards the end. Malty, roasty and lightly toffeeish finish, with a light addition of dry hop bitterness. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and has a tad too much carbonation. Fairly tasty.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown, settles into the glass while blackening as speaker foam - fabulous head about an inch high and is a interesting light brown hue close to the color of bread crust. Speaking of crust, the head itself is crusty and lumpy with divets at first then settled slowly to a thin foam, leaves super curtains of lace. Smell is roasty of chocolate and coffeeish sweet. Taste is openly roasty and slightly burnt malts, has a sweet chocolatey tone and a bit coffee-like in its dryness. Smooth throughout and speaks a bit of bitter chocolate and hops. Super dark and rich - packed with nice robust flavors. Full medium body, texture attaching unique, nicely sweet & bitter drying hints.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tall head that had blackish tan color to it.The brew color was black.Malty,bitter sweet aroma with hints of coffee and mild hops,mild chocolate.Fairly smooth feel in the mouth,mildly malty coffee tones,hops and a slight gritty feeling on the tongue the after taste is burnt,chocolate malt and thin,fades quickly not bad but could be better i think.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with nice tan head, but goes away fairly soon---before halfway finished with glass-- and I drink fast ;) Molasses in the aroma and nice roasted malt taste. Alittle more hoppy than most porters I've tried and I like the change.