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 (12363) - 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 (1520) - 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 (202) - 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 (5127) - 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.