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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours dark brown / amber with a small off white head. Dark sweet fruit and malt aroma (maybe prune)? Flavor is mildly bitter malts and ripened fruits. Has a dryish finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (659) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2012
TAP. Dark, brownish red pour. Hops, coffee, chocolate, malt flavors come through in this drinkable winter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and tan head. Rich tasting bale with flavors of hops, chocolate, coffee, and malt. Delicious ale, especially for the winter months.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Great nose. Kinda bland in comparison to other winter ales. Drinkable but not overly impressive. Bells winter is tastier in my opinion

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours mahogany red with a soft beige head. Smells malty, creamy, roasted, nutty. Tastes like roasted coffee, some malted grains, sweet, but I dont taste anything to make me think this is a inter brew. No seasonal spices that I expected. Disappointing, but it doesnt taste bad, just not festive.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Portlike ruby-brown and glear as glass. Tired head is composed of large bubbles. Gentle caramel, maraschino, and smoke scents. Surprising nutty flavor with cream soda, raisin, and fenugreek. Body is creamy and on the light side of medium, but a little chalky and drab. Zero carbonation. Subdued aftertaste sports roasty coffee-chocolate and seasalt flavors. Not bad, but not that good either.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
roasted flavor, can’t shake the resemblence to coors winterfest, carbonation throughout, another decent summit product

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. A - Dark garnet brown color with a decent sized, foamy, light, frothy, off white head. Nice retention leaving a nice creamy lace. S - Roasted barley and caramel are quite strong. Sweet but a good amount of spice. A touch of earthy and floral hops. T - Roasted barley, caramel and some baker’s chocolate. Quite porter like. Mid sip some earthy hops come out and maybe a touch of floral hops. A touch of nuttiness. Spice shows up later in the sip with an earthy and slightly wintery spice flavor. Similar to a hoppy porter. M - Fuller side of thin body with average carbonation. Smooth, but a little thinner than I would like. D - Goes down easy enough, but it isn’t overly interesting. Doesn’t quite do the warming job that I would really like in a winter warmer, but not a bad beer to sip on a couple on a cold night. Notes: Reminds me of a slightly hoppy and spiced porter. Mayber a slight English taste (hops or yeast possibly). Not bad, but nothing really engaging or intriguing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattShizzle (592) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Very dark. Good - pretty sweet with plenty of crystal malt flavor. Somewhat rich flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Very good craft form ol Summit! Quite sweet and coffee like taste, and I agree that it doesnt have the hop kick like some, but i have been drinking a lot of Surlys latley, and those are hop crazy! I would compare this the the Surly Bender though, quite similar and tasty!


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