deyholla (8348) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has lots of bread with a bit of sweetness and light spice. Flavor has bread, toffee and sweet grains with a bit of spice underlying.
MNAle (66) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, 1/2 inch tan head with a "drippy" lacing. Moderate to light carbonation. Pleasant malt-fruit-tinged aroma. Thickish body and mouth feel. Take a drink and the hops bitterness hits first, followed by lightly roasted malt flavor. Then more bitterness comes through, but not overly so. This remains a nicely balanced ale front to back. Aftertaste is a mild lingering bitterness fading on the tongue.
bytemesis (4762) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear rich chestnut, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, dark breads and a bit of smoke. Flavor is similar, medium sweet, light bitter, a bit smoky, nutty, pumpernickel, molasses, touch of orange zest. Medium body, low acidity and a bit creamy in the mouth. Solid beer.
vandc01 (198) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Carmel notes and malty.
Had over Christmas with family. Wouldn’t need to have it again
Block (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent winter beer. Malty and sweet. Caramel notes throughout the body. A dry finish with a bit of alcohol coming through.
csaso (1736) - Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap - good size creamy head, very dark Amber color, pretty malty aroma and flavor, good earthy hop balance, smooth finish, good overall
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MtnMan3155 (13) - - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this one once and liked it quite a bit. I wish there was another! Might have to acquire some the next time I go shopping.
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Obfuscate (294) - Minneapolis, - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Living in Minnesota my whole life I have had many of these, however, it’s been years since I had my last one and couldn’t remember the taste. Great balance and drinkability. Light spice, nice ale, Summit is a fine brewery.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel and sweet toffee aroma. Taste is similar, yet not heavy or boozy as some ESAs can be. Some spice. Lower ABV, easier sipping winter warmer here that still packs good flavor.
DrSilverworm (8708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to Vince! Enjoy by 3/20/15. Clear red, sort of brown color. Pours with a good finger of khaki head. Good retention, and leaves nice ridges and spread of lace. Up front, first sip... Impressive chocolate and nutty aroma; some raisin. Nice toasty malt, some caramel malt, and mild spice. Pretty impressive so far, a lot better than expected. The surprisingly full body helps with that. A medium-plus body, with a full feel. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter; good earthy hop balance. Impressive stuff, a lot better than expected. I guess I just love the UK way of doing a winter beer -- Hibernation is one of my favorites, and my local brewery MadTree recently impressed me with their scottish-style winter. I guess the darker and toastier malt and more mild spice work well for me, so long as there’s enough hop bitterness to balance things out. Which there usually is for these American examples. Just a sort of spicy edge to the taste is the only thing I don’t love.