buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wilnatp (663) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP. Dark, brownish red pour. Hops, coffee, chocolate, malt flavors come through in this drinkable winter.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great nose. Kinda bland in comparison to other winter ales. Drinkable but not overly impressive. Bells winter is tastier in my opinion
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
roasted flavor, can’t shake the resemblence to coors winterfest, carbonation throughout, another decent summit product
MattShizzle (597) - 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.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!