hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head, hints of sweet chocolate and molassas. Hoppy bitter finish. A good domestic porter.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mohagany chestnut color with a dark bone colored head. Sightly soapy aroma. Molassas flavor with a dark toasted nut and bitter black patent finish. Slightly thin in the mouthfeel, but a decent porter.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a light mouth feel nut as thick as expected from black color noticeable hop bitterness small bumaltiness finnish with the bitternss
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Dark brown and red color with a thin head. Slightly charred coffee aroma. Bitter malts and chocolate feature heavily. Very light porter, but actually much tastier than I had remembered it. Glad I picked up a bottle to re-rate.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This felt a bit like a stout, with an aggressive bitterness. It eases up after the first contact with your tongue, making the finish kind of watery. Weird.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Semi-sweet with a very assertive hop aroma and flavor. Good color, but not much head. Could be a touch sweeter and thicker.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice tasting porter