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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winter’s night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. They’d share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. We’ve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured a clear deep chestnut color with a thin off-white head. Strong caramel malt aroma with some frutiness. Light sugary notes and some chocolate. Full malty flavor with notes of caramel and cola. Hint of hops and a fruity finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
2006 bottle. Poured a clear, darker reddish-brown with a beige head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma starts off nice with some chocolatey notes... devolving to less-desirable notes of baby poo and garbage... really odd transition... some sharper spices are buried, appearing intermittently. Flavor was rather ugly with veggie mash-infused semi-sweet chocolate, dry yet sticky sharp spices, and some floral hoppage. Tacky on the palate, strategically trapping unpleasant flavors where my best taste buds lie.. spicy warmer finish. This beer was just a mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigglassobeer (4) - USA - MAR 18, 2007 does not count
Pours a deep amber color. Finger worth of head and lacing. Flavor is of chocolate and nuts. Very nice, in my opinion its better than Summit’s extra pale ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Was a little strange for me at first, but I eventually warmed up to it. Flavor of chocolate, malt, floral, spice, a slight sweetness, and some hop bitterness. REally interesting flavor, and would make an excellent winter beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Draft. This beer had a unique flavor and I could not identify the style for awhile. Eventually I decided it was malty mixed with bitter chocolate flavors. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle (12oz). 20th anniversary edition 2006. Very deep clear ruby, smallish tan fizzy/creamy head. Like a spicy porter - moderate coffee/chocolate roast malt, spice, plenty of cereal grain, some floral hops. The taste follows, very mild, some raisin notes with the cereal grain, muted roast malt, slight cocoa bitterness in the quick finish. Average, slightly chewy body, dry and a touch astringent, weak carbonation, quick finish but a slightly dry cocoa powder aftertaste. Quite good - more a full-bodied brown ale than an English strong (there’s really no alcohol character here at all) - but a very nice winter beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
averyblund (19) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
A yummy and heavy winter ale. Not a casual drink but one to be savoured and contemplated. Plenty of depth with a nice duel of sweet and bitter. A good choice for winter ale lovers and those new to Summit who enjoy these types of brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to captain cougar for sending as an extra. This was a little better than I thought it would be. Aroma was rich and malty and maybe a little smokey. Flavor was kind of sweet, a light bitterness, caramel maits and maybe a hint of some chocolate malts. I guess I could see some of the spice too. Easy to drink and not to bad.

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