redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown color with a small off-white head. A toasted caramel malt aroma, porter-like. A touch of clove in the taste with a bitterness up front. Mild aftertaste, not cloying. Average.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a nice chestnut red with a pretty big near brown head. Aroma is pretty milod--rost malts and only a little spice. Taste is burnt caramel malts with a little smoke flavor. Subtle spice. Finish is smooth mild smoke. Not too bad for the first winter beer I’ve had this season.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I used to drink the hell out of this beer when I first got into craft beer. It was the end all be all to me. My, how times have change. aroma is mildly malty and grainy with hints of yeast, dough and caramel. Pours a decent looking dark brown with rich ruby highlights. Flavor is malty with some euro hops, a hint of anise and juniper. Slightly sweet with some earthy undertones. Medium bodied.
markas101 (2295) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Dark amber heavy malt aroma, sweet caramel flavor with some sharp hop bite. Warming alcohol finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, 50 Beers on the Wall
clear dark brown, short lived beige head, drops of lace, dark caramel malt aroma with light sweetness, rich sweet caramel malt flavor, earthy bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark body with thin head. Aroma is of toffee, chocolate, mocha, and a certain kind of hoppiness. Taste is of chocolate, light coffee and cream, lots of sweet malt. Very enjoyable beer.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 11/25/06: Not one to let me down, I had a feeling Summit would have a nice winter seasonal. This is a fantastic strong ale. Abundant roasted aroma very rich and appealing. Awesome pour amber/brown color with a long lasting one inch light tan head and layers upon layers of lacing. Mouthfeel isn’t as full as expected but it’s smooth and gratifying. Flavor is a half step under the great aroma. Very malty almost drinks like a porter, if it were darker I would be fooled. Some smokiness with mild flavors of chocolate, licorice, and coffee. Small hop presence. Overall a great beer any time of the year.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown / amber with a small off white head. Dark sweet fruit and malt aroma (maybe prune)? Flavor is mildly bitter malts and ripened fruits. Has a dryish finish.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12 oz bottle, pours a clear dark brown brew with a medium sized light brown head. Fair lacing, Aroma of barley malt, smokey maple, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste sweet smoothness with a hint of nutty fruit and bread. Clean finish with a slight chocolate aftertaste.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a medium head. Aroma is dark fruit, toasted bread and a slight hint of grassy hops. Taste of toffee, black cherries, brown sugar and dark fruits. Medium body. Slightly sticky texture. I like this a lot.