sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark garnet; small, frothy, off-white head; light lacing down the glass. Great aroma loaded with malts, and a touch of nutmeg and licorice; perhaps some dark cherry. Flavor, also, is mostly malts, with just a hint of chocolate; finish is chocolate and licorice and maybe even a little vanilla. Medium body but too thin for the style, in my opinion. A long way off from Anchor’s winter ale, but a decent beer; just a little weak in flavor and body.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Pours very dark with a fluffy light head that subsides quickly. Aroma is lightly hoppy. A bitter aftertaste is the best part of a less then average flavor.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gift from those who know winter to those of us that have to bear the cold. Thank you, Summit. I actually look forward to winter, in part because of this fantastic beer. Malty, slightly sweet malt aroma, wonderfully robust, yet crisp. The sweetness is nicely balanced by a slight bitterness. Better on tap, but still great at home.
auerbrau (3194) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown pour. Nice off-white head, quickly diminished. Average lacing. Only light wafts of malt, practically no aroma. May be due to temperature (cold) of brew. Ultra caramel and burnt sugar. Like a luscious dulce de leche. Wonderful burnt malt. Very sweet, rich, and smooth. Flavor seemed a little off and eggy to me, like the tap was bad.
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a keg of this and brought it to the cabin. It was a great drunk fest. Good dark brown to black beer color. Tan head. overall great
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown, thin head. Flavor is sweet, raisins and plum, with a hint of roasts. Hops are slightly spicy. There are a few things going on in the beer, but they don’t seem to be working real well together. It was OK.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark root beer complection to this still, heavy-looking liquid with a thin, lasting head; sweet, Christmas-spicy nose of allspice, anise and nutmeg...fairly dry body, tarry and full of dark licorice and hints of chocolate...bitter, somewhat acidic dry finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. BBD Mar 04. Well, if I’d have noticed the neck imprinted "enjoy by" date I wouldn’t have bought it, but as it was, this was one of the more interesting bottles available in Brookings, SD where I marooned for 5 days working. Mahogony with quickly dying head. Not much aroma, maybe some slight roasty smell. Decent body, slightly sweet with balancing dark malts and hops. Pretty mild overall in flavor, but a good body and solid malt make it enjoyable. But why does it seem like so many of the "winter" beers taste like this?? Redhook, Odell’s, Breckenridge, Summit, they are all about the same to me.
rajendra82 (988) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown body was clear and porter-ish , and the head very small and fleeting. The smell was that of powdered cocoa, roasted and burnt grains, and faint grassy hops. The taste was as anticipated, with chocolate, weak coffee, dark skinned fruits, brown sugar, and roasted cracked grains. Mouthfeel was medium-thin, and the aftertaste was slightly sticky. A decent porter released for the season where it is appropriate.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Why in the heck don’t these brewer’s talk to me before they go calling a beer "An English Strong Ale", wait don’t answer that! This is a good beer, but I think it taste more like a porter than a strong ale. Dark brown color, very little head to speak of. Aroma of chocolate, slight smoke and lots of sweetness(like figs or brown sugar). Flavor has some spice, maybe cinnamon and sweet. Watery body. Ever so slight english hop fix on the finish followed by lots and lots of sweet chocolate.