MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark. Good - pretty sweet with plenty of crystal malt flavor. Somewhat rich flavor.
miyauchi38 (545) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drjohnrock (544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Biggs. Sweet aroma with hints of licorice, spices and alcohol backbone (even though at 5.9% it isnít THAT strong), dark ruby/brown color, minimal but lasting head with no appreciable lacing, light to medium body, light to medium bittersweet flavor with spicy notes, nice bittersweet finish.
This isnít the biggest or boldest winter brew you can find but itís pretty decent--Iíve paid more for some other winter season beers and gotten less.
commonmac (537) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Luce Hopkins. Dark black winter variety. Very faint aroma and light head. A common option in Mpls and traditionally one of the better winter ones. Light roasted flavor, heavy on malt. Good sweetness. No coffee to be found in this one. Kind of like a comfortable winter sweater. Enjoy when applicable.
commonshawn (535) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pint. Black with tan head and good lacing. Slightly sweet aroma. Starts bitter, with typical winter flavors. Has some toffee notes, then finishes clean. A Minneapolis winter staple.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Brown, Good Head, Lots of Lacing. Roasted and Bitter Taste although it does not last for long. A little thinner than expected. Decent.
BeerKurve (512) - - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Clear Brown with a semi fluffy head, sparse lacing and very light carbonation. The nose is mainly spices, caramel, toffee, a touch of vanilla and some mild hops. Taste is Rich Chocolate, Toffee, Coffee flavors with some barley and yeast notes. Fairly lightweighted body and mild carbonation so itís very easy to drink. Good Beer!
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!
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, medium lacing, strong, malty aroma and firm body good malt flavor wkth slight roast.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Deep red color, aroma is malty with a slight caramel note. Flavor is mostly hoppy with some roasted caramel coming through. Finish is bitter/hoppy. **re-rate Had some of this on tap at Bostonís last night and it was really good. I got a lot more of the roasted/nutty/chocolate flavors out if it.