jandd1983 (2414) - 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 (1406) - 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!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft - Crystal clear deep brown color with smallish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma has notes of hazelnut, oak, vanilla, lightly toasted caramel. Flavor is woody and dry, with touch of roastyness and faint dark caramel and vanilla, hints of cinnamon and anise. Finish is firmly bitter. This is decent, nothing overwhelming.
jhliesen (704) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle--drank this a little late. My kind of beer, dark brown color with a decent head. Aroma was caramel and malts. The taste was the same but chewier. I’ll have to try this again in the winter. Produce place.
AmEricanbrew (5575) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color/ light tan head. Toasted caramel, nutty, dark fruit aromas. medium bodied. Nutty, spicy toasted caramel, dark fruit flavors are lightly sweet--good.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark with an off white head. Aroma is musty and moldy with chocolate - interesting. Taste has chocolate and caramel flavors - pleasantly light for coming into the summer in Texas. Taste finishes with a bit of burnt malt or coffee. A good winter brew if you want something a bit lighter in the winter category.
cbfobes (2267) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin diminishing head, aroma was of slight malt with a hint of spices, the flavor is smooth but forgettable with nothing really standing out, some spices in the finish, just not great.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to NuBrewm for this brew. Served in a snifter.
Pours dark brown with a bit of reddish hue. There is a good head and quite a bit of lace. The nose is sweet caramel and some mild spice as well as dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet with a nice malt character. Good, light spice. The age has treated this one well. Finish is a bit dry and the spice comes through a bit too much. Overall, a nice balance between normal beer and an overspiced seasonal.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium dark brown with foamy tan head that disipates rather quickly. Aroma is not this beer’s strong point. Some roasted malt with a touch of caramel or perhaps molasses. Taste is fuller than the aroma, a nice mix of smoky coffee, caramel and chocolate. Very lightly hopped. Kinda reminds me of a porter but with a bit more carbonation and perhaps spice to it. A pretty decent winter warmer overall.