Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to NuBrewm for this brew. Served in a snifter.
Pours dark brown with a bit of reddish hue. There is a good head and quite a bit of lace. The nose is sweet caramel and some mild spice as well as dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet with a nice malt character. Good, light spice. The age has treated this one well. Finish is a bit dry and the spice comes through a bit too much. Overall, a nice balance between normal beer and an overspiced seasonal.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium dark brown with foamy tan head that disipates rather quickly. Aroma is not this beer’s strong point. Some roasted malt with a touch of caramel or perhaps molasses. Taste is fuller than the aroma, a nice mix of smoky coffee, caramel and chocolate. Very lightly hopped. Kinda reminds me of a porter but with a bit more carbonation and perhaps spice to it. A pretty decent winter warmer overall.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled this from a friend since I usually don’t try dark beers. Was not able to drink a full one, had strong coffee flavor that was unpleasant to me.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brownish red, nice off white head on tap. Aroma has notes of toffee, molasses, spice, and some roast. Taste is full bodied, with hints of cinnamon, molasses, toffee and caramel, slight roast and earth, with a bread and warm rum soaked cake like finish. Good stuff!
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malt complexity yet still not too unbalanced, a pretty good American Winter Warmer.
peteysmu (63) - USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summit is probably one of my favorite breweries, as they can do no wrong. This is a creamy, frothy tasting darker treat for the cold winter nights.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Dark garnet brown color with a decent sized, foamy, light, frothy, off white head. Nice retention leaving a nice creamy lace.
S - Roasted barley and caramel are quite strong. Sweet but a good amount of spice. A touch of earthy and floral hops.
T - Roasted barley, caramel and some baker’s chocolate. Quite porter like. Mid sip some earthy hops come out and maybe a touch of floral hops. A touch of nuttiness. Spice shows up later in the sip with an earthy and slightly wintery spice flavor. Similar to a hoppy porter.
M - Fuller side of thin body with average carbonation. Smooth, but a little thinner than I would like.
D - Goes down easy enough, but it isn’t overly interesting. Doesn’t quite do the warming job that I would really like in a winter warmer, but not a bad beer to sip on a couple on a cold night.
Notes: Reminds me of a slightly hoppy and spiced porter. Mayber a slight English taste (hops or yeast possibly). Not bad, but nothing really engaging or intriguing.
vikingguy (804) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown. Pleasant roasted caramel malt aroma. Taste is big and malty, almost chewy. Caramel, toffee, spices,sweet roasted malt, bisquits and maybe even a hint of vanilla. Medium hops...nicely balanced. Can’t say anything bad about it. I think this is very good.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Expirienced this beer in the bottle so this rating probably doesn’t do it the best of justice. The flavor has an interesting malty/caramelly flavor that works really well for a winter ale. Dissipates pretty decently although it does leave a bit of an undesirable flavor on the center of my tounge.