lawman834 (193) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the group that i dined with in MN ordered it. not that impressive for the style. roasted malt. smoky. metallic finish.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Gah! Not a big winter beer drinker, but i can usuall handle it. This stuff, however, is not too good. Summit has a lot to learn i think.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a nice chestnut red with a pretty big near brown head. Aroma is pretty milod--rost malts and only a little spice. Taste is burnt caramel malts with a little smoke flavor. Subtle spice. Finish is smooth mild smoke. Not too bad for the first winter beer I’ve had this season.
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, almost coffee like, color with a very small, quickly dissipating head. Malty chocolate nose. Very creamy, caramel malt flavor that is extremely full with almost no carbonation. Smooth finish, very good beer.
bobbyberbiglia (171) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle A - Pours reddish brown with khaki head. Good lacing. S - Nice
nose. Bitter chocolate, vanilla, & slightly yeasty. T - Bitter chocolate M - Silky, light/medium bodied, a bit watery, little carbonation, dry finish O - Good winter seasonal.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oooh, what a nice aroma! Toasty, roasty, warming! Very inviting!Color is deep brown and carbonation is moderate with a thick tan head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smooth malt taste profile. Hops are well balanced. This is a rich, but highly drinkable winter beer! This is probably Summit's finest Winter Ale in several years!
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer did not have any head. It tasted a little bit like coffee or carmel. It had a nice smooth taste with on bitter finish.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Tan head that my girlfriend described as looking like lake foam. Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. The taste could have stood more complexity, heavy on the raisin and malt flavors with some citus mixed in. Liked the level of hops at the end. Finish was long and wonderful, and the body on this beer full, and for me these factors helped compensate for a somewhat uneventful taste.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More of a party winter than a nightcap, (like Winterhook in this respect), but still quite drinkable.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
About the best thing Summit has done. Robust and flavorful with a nice hop balance. Well Worth putting a half barrel in your keg fridge.
I do get the feeling that consistancy or shelf stability must be a problem by the diverse ratings this beer gets.