3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted before Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, and it lost that battle. It is nice, but different than most other winter ales... resembling an average stout or porter actually. Smokey hop flavor with a more wood-like aroma. Goes sweet over the tongue, has some maple and vanilla, and is quite abrasive and dry. Bland finish... almost fishy in the burps... stouty is what I wrote down... maybe should be a smoked porter.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasty aroma with a slight spiciness. Root beer color with a thin head and some rings of lace. Tastes of roasted malt and some spicy hops. Finishes slightly sweet. Hop flavor profile similar to Redhook ESB, but works well with the roasted malt flavor. Thinner mouthfeel and lighter body than it appeared it would have at the pour. Overall, very drinkable with no off flavors or aftertastes. Alcohol is hidden well(until you finish the sixer and try to function).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A perennial favorite I return to year after year, when the snow drapes the land, and I feel the need for some fortified relief against the chill.
Color, a clear russet brown, with attractive, creamy foam atop.
Aroma, spicy, fruity, nutty, very inviting.
Lands nicely on the tongue, and lightly, too, with a thinner body than I remember from past years samples, while still, say, medium. Dark fruitiness persists in flavor, with roastiness, spices, nuts, sweet caramely character. Malt is abundant, hops play it cool, and overall, a bit sweeter than I'd care it to be.
Nice finish. Not lacking in flavor, but a bit of a let-down, if my memory can be trusted to judge this against past year's batches.
I'll still be tossing these back this winter, but not with the volume of my past consumption. Please, give it a try, by all means.
seuinoz (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good beer,
has a hint of spices and candy apple flavor in it.
sat very good on the palate with a hint of bitterness.
a very good winter warmer
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oooh, what a nice aroma! Toasty, roasty, warming! Very inviting!Color is deep brown and carbonation is moderate with a thick tan head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smooth malt taste profile. Hops are well balanced. This is a rich, but highly drinkable winter beer! This is probably Summit's finest Winter Ale in several years!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark and rich. Alcohol shows a bit more as it warms (but is welcome). Exactly what I would expect from a Christmas beer. Big and soft and smooth. A rather sleepy feel to it, really. Nothing really stanidng out or demanding attention. Easy-going and flavorful.
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber/brown with a thin tan head. Descent tasting winter ale.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep dark cherrywood color with a deep ruby red glow, head starts about a finger high of dark tannish color, fades fast to a lighter almost ivory colored skim and lace which is in stringy sheets. Aroma is mild of light roasted coffee or old coffee lightly burnt-like roasted malts, notes of dry hops, dried wood, and plastic-like ethonal/alcohol notes. Taste is mild and plain with light notes of burnt roasted malts, a touch of old coffee and nutty dryness mixes over the top and in the finish. Has some woodish, dry hop notes. Nothing stands out but the dryness, which is a bit uneven and not all that good as it goes down. Feel is a bit thin with a drying texture midway through to the finish which coats the mouth and tongue with a dry spongy, spiked, lightly harsh cotton mouth. A slightly weak, boring, and a pretty unpleasant glass of beer. Smooth this out, get rid of the harsh dryness and texture and i might be interested in it again. Was hoping they changed this one much like the O-fest. But now I remember why I always skip by this one every year. I'll stick with the porter.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown with an orange hue when held to the light. very slight head. aroma is spicy, and smells like baked pastries with a slight roasted quality. flavor also has a roastiness to it and isnt nearly as sweet as it smells. this is the best beer i've had from Summit to date.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Poured very dark brown with tan head that shrunk down to just floating on top of the brew leaving some nice lacing along the way. Not much aroma that I detected, and the hops were not all that detectable. Slight maltiness but not overly sweet. I'd prefere a tad more carbonation, but what is there is sufficient. A decent brew.