emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, toasting, and toffee. Poured deep amber/light brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Some medium and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, slight cocoa, slight chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, caramel finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice creamy biege head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste is similar with just a bit of spice. Liked it for the small amount of spices. Good.
Errl (1310) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tasting at Kegs and barrels- Aroma of Roasted Malts and coffee, Dark brown with light tan head..Taste is Bold with roasted malts and coffee, Warming on the palate with lingering roasted Malts..This is a good winter beer and the First beer I’ve had from this Brewery. I would try this again if it was on Tap.
r464 (1783) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is smoky. A malty base with some smoke, nut, and spice flavor. A bit of bitterness in the finish along with some woodiness as well. Interesting.
thegreenrooster (3082) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel malt. Flavor is malty with some weird souness. Finish has some cocoa and roast. Ok but nothing great.
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It poured a ruby brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark roast malt, light vanilla and some coffee. The taste was dark toffee sweetness, light coffee and some vanilla again with a burnt woody flavor in the finish.
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear mahogany color with a big sustained tannish head and leaves very nice lacing... malty lightly spiced... malt forward, medium bodied at best, dryer finish, lightly spiced, relatively easy drinking, though some chocolate notes finish... decent, but the flavor is not nearly bold enough for me...
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ohhh my this is one delicious brew!! Complexity in flavors makes this one a truly superb sipping brew! Very easy on the palate but go slow and enjoy this brew. Surely one of the best offerings from the Summit Brewery line-up. A delicious lingering of cocoa in the aftertaste as well. One of the best English strong ales (ESAs) that I have savored in quite a while!