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RATINGS: 385   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle. BBD Mar 04. Well, if I’d have noticed the neck imprinted "enjoy by" date I wouldn’t have bought it, but as it was, this was one of the more interesting bottles available in Brookings, SD where I marooned for 5 days working. Mahogony with quickly dying head. Not much aroma, maybe some slight roasty smell. Decent body, slightly sweet with balancing dark malts and hops. Pretty mild overall in flavor, but a good body and solid malt make it enjoyable. But why does it seem like so many of the "winter" beers taste like this?? Redhook, Odell’s, Breckenridge, Summit, they are all about the same to me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 A fairly good spiced ale. Falls short of amazing when compared to Anchor’s efforts. Not a bad beer--good on tap when in town.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 I don’t understand the coffee and chocalate references. I get none of that. This a better than average version of minty winter spice style that I do not care for much. Gets tiring quickly.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Dark Brown, Good Head, Lots of Lacing. Roasted and Bitter Taste although it does not last for long. A little thinner than expected. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Poured deep amber with a tan head. Aroma -- roast malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste was mainly roast malt and iced mocha. Sweet without much bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. Not as fancy as some winter brews, but very well done. I will definitely try this one again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (520) - - NOV 21, 2013
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 it’s very easy to drink. Good Beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
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!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Dark brown, medium lacing, strong, malty aroma and firm body good malt flavor wkth slight roast.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2009
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 Boston’s last night and it was really good. I got a lot more of the roasted/nutty/chocolate flavors out if it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Dark red color, no real head. A little chocolate flavor, a little spice. Nothing special.


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