mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ok but too biter for me. I found it a little hard to drink though I liked its coffee notes. Just too hoppy.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had at old chicago during their holiday tour. enjoyed the balance, wasn’t expecting the hops. nicely done.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown, almost black pour with small light tan head. Aroma is chocolaty, roasted malts, coffee and toffee. Flavor is much of the same. Good bitterness, creamy and thick. Good brew.
mybrainhurts (350) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full reddish brown pour, with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, nuts and fruits, with a tootsie roll chocolate note at the end. There is also some metal scraps in the aroma that isn’t very good (I had a couple of bottles with this issue). Chocolate, medium roast almost lightly burnt. Sweet and spicy finish. Slightly syrupy. This is a fair offering from Summit.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle Pours a deep mahogany with a small off white head that lasts a while. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Flavor is sweet malt and some acidic notes. Palate is nice, medium bodied.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, opaque. Small frothy head, moostly diminishing. Malt nose, touch of hops, slightly sweet. Not bad but I prefer the other offerings from Summit.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best enjoyed on tap, the open hops seem to approach the polecat in the bottle. Dark consistent color with a touch of burgundy. Medium pace across the palate, and a mid-decibel finish create a brew fit for IPA fans and porters alike. Not a rock star, but a pleasant performer nonetheless: the ticket price is rather fair for the show.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown, thin head. Flavor is sweet, raisins and plum, with a hint of roasts. Hops are slightly spicy. There are a few things going on in the beer, but they don’t seem to be working real well together. It was OK.
BrianHagmeier (296) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
large foamy head with a very dark brown pour. mild rosted malt nose is no warning for what your about to taste. Sweet roasted malt flavor that lingers into a slight bitterness at the end. One of these before bed will help with those long winters naps. Very nice.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Not spectacular, but defiinitely okay. Still a seasonal favorite I keep coming back to. It's not exactly a winter ale, in my book--not like Blvd's nutcracker, for example. More like a porter, or even a dark alt. Nice hoppy aroma and taste. Just a tad watery in the mouth, but then that's my experience with most domestics, even the best ones. Nice roasted flavors. A lingering bitterness. Clinging circles of lace. Overall, a nice brew for these dark and cold evenings. I've found it tastes best around 60 degrees F; more flavorful at a slightly warmer temp than where I normally drink beer (around 50-55F). Although there are other winter and dark domestic beers I might prefer over this, I still think this is worth picking up at the right price.