Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2006 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Boring but ok.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, opaque. Small frothy head, moostly diminishing. Malt nose, touch of hops, slightly sweet. Not bad but I prefer the other offerings from Summit.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at the St. Paul airport. Dark amber color with a big root beer head and lots of lace and a sweet, grainy nose. Dark brown sugar sweetness and an almost roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed higher than the 5.9% listed.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad, but not great either. light on the flavor department. Some light sweet taste but thats about it.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany red. Medium body with mild bitterness. Nice toasted caramel malt with hints of chocolate. Smooth and very malty with subtle hop accents. Still, less flavor than I expected.
Nuffield (3623) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had this side-by-side with the Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout and it was difficult to tell them apart--creamy, off-white head over a deep mahogany body, very attractive. Slight hop presence in the aroma, then very little of anything in the flavor. Creamy palate, rich carbonation, though a bit watery for a beer of this style and strength. Ultimately the absence of real flavor depth left me very disappointed.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet roasted malt aroma, with an off-note of wheat. Small, creamy, off-white head..mostly lasting...leaves excellent lace. Dark reddish hue. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, long, dry finish with hints of oak. A pretty solid offering from a pretty solid brewery.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s dark enough, but a tad thin in "flavour".
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
So my impression of this brewer is that they make very pretty brews where the loveliness tends to be skin deep. This one is remarkably unremarkable, save for the odd confluence of candy and burnt bark.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice bronze color, thin nice hop bite a little smokeiness sweet finnish. decent but not quite a winter warmer