igneous1 (1496) - 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.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 The best thing about this beer is the color; black with some red. Mild aroma of hops. Uninteresting flavor of a standard bitter with a poorly done sweet malt in the finish. There is no way this should be called an English Strong Ale.----Rerate April 2011. This beer has improved considerably. Still a black beer, but now there are good aromas of roasted malt and a fair amount of hops. I would probably call it a porter, but the palate, aroma, and flavor are now much better than they were a few years ago. score increased.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2004 Update - Holy crap, this used to be good, now its great! Better than last years. Now more balance in flavor and a better body. Thanks Horace! New 2003 vintage... Bottle pours a deep dark amber color really only seen through back light with a decent tan head and some lace. The aroma is quite grapefruit and malt. The flavor is quite hopped - a rather nice surprise. A sweet chocolate like finish and a bit of a lingering bitter. The palate is fine with a nice cleansing carbonation. Hey, I like this local brewer, but I now like it even more.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice super dark amber or i guess you could say reddish brown color.Foamy long lasting tan head.Spicy malt aroma,with mild hints of coffee.Very strong coffee flavor little bite to it with a mild hint of vanilla in the tail end of the taste,slight amount of hops in the flavor but the most pronounced flavor is the coffee and possibly some dark chocolate.It also has a some what thin feel in the mouth.Not bad,but id rather have a great divide hibernation over this one.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours an enormously deep garnet color; the head is medial in size, creamy in texture, the color a light tan, as it evanesces the lace forms a covering sheet upon the glass. Malt dominates the lightly sweet nose, fresh and clean to the senses, with the start nicely malt and somewhat sweet, top middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent acidity, the hops deliberate in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste. Quite a nice drinkable beer from a brewery that is new to me.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a dark, ruby brown color with a small, off-white head that lingers. It has a nice malty aroma of caramel with a good hoppy background to it. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is mostly malty and finishes with touch of caramel and spices. A very good and quite enjoyable winter ale.
Ernest (6219) - 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 (3465) - 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.