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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
This broad gives weak head wearing minimal amount of lace. I like my beer like I like my women...and she is dark but a little disappointing in taste, other than the roast I taste and smell nothing else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Hey, its good! Its got hops but doesn’t bite too much. Its got legs, but doesn’t knock you on your ass. Its got richness, but doesnt taste like sorghum syrup. Its even got a little bit of class, but not terribly distinctive. This is a reasonably pleasant beer with a decent kick to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Dark red color, no real head. A little chocolate flavor, a little spice. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Quite the sweet little winter warmer-definately not the best from my night at old chicago for their holiday beer tour-huge malt with sweetness with a touch of hop bite at the end. not bad, but there are better winter beers out there

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
About the best thing Summit has done. Robust and flavorful with a nice hop balance. Well Worth putting a half barrel in your keg fridge. I do get the feeling that consistancy or shelf stability must be a problem by the diverse ratings this beer gets.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Bottle. A dark brownish color that prepares you for a something complex, but it never arrives.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2002
Gah! Not a big winter beer drinker, but i can usuall handle it. This stuff, however, is not too good. Summit has a lot to learn i think.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigdave99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
hmm. difficult to rate a beer. everyone seems to rate the belgian strongs as the highest. does that mean that belgian stong ales are the best beer, or the best kind of beer? then imperial stouts? summit winter, when fresh, is a wonderful winter ale. incredibly good fresh off a good tap, this has big head, a lovely warm brown taste, balanced hop and malty flavor, and not too strong of an abv. i had this one night in duluth at a theatre bar on tap, obviously fresh, and i’d take that over any bitter i’ve had in london. is it the best beer? well, in many ways... yes. for everyday drinking, though, give me summit extra pale ale, best fresh out of a keg with a good clean line.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2002
Given Summit’s other brews, I expected this to be a pleasure. After getting a whiff of it, I knew I was going to be wrong. It smells almost like a cheap lager. Has an odd metallic taste, and touches of candy cane flavor. Some boring hop bittering round out this unimpressive offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought: it just wasn’t a beer I looked forward to every day.)

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