3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted before Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, and it lost that battle. It is nice, but different than most other winter ales... resembling an average stout or porter actually. Smokey hop flavor with a more wood-like aroma. Goes sweet over the tongue, has some maple and vanilla, and is quite abrasive and dry. Bland finish... almost fishy in the burps... stouty is what I wrote down... maybe should be a smoked porter.
alexsdad06 (9004) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have some roasted malt, caramel, some earthy bitterness, a mild nutty character, some fruitiness to the flavor actually better than I thought it would be.
b3shine (8107) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Best by 04/07/14. Looks good; an almost completely opaque very dark brownish black with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly sweet and malty with notes of winter spices. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
got in that stupid winter pack that took months to get rid of ... huge head .. fruits, caramel aromas .. mellow .. abv well masked .. a BMC winter warmer, simple .. . what are you doing? i’m bending my knees, that makes me bum go plonk on the chair, its called sitting...
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2006 bottle. Poured a clear, darker reddish-brown with a beige head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma starts off nice with some chocolatey notes... devolving to less-desirable notes of baby poo and garbage... really odd transition... some sharper spices are buried, appearing intermittently. Flavor was rather ugly with veggie mash-infused semi-sweet chocolate, dry yet sticky sharp spices, and some floral hoppage. Tacky on the palate, strategically trapping unpleasant flavors where my best taste buds lie.. spicy warmer finish. This beer was just a mess.
nimbleprop (7480) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.
Ernest (7318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2006 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Boring but ok.
PorterPounder (7317) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ft. Myers, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle - part of a 12 pack winter variety pack - great to see this stuff from my hometown reach this far south. Peanuty aroma awith hints of that Summit "house taste". Dark, murky brown pour with an off-white head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Flavor has some earthy notes, s bit of chocolate, some nuttiness and just a hint of that slightly off-putting home-brew-like house taste that all Summits seem to have. Mouthfeel is thick enough - but only par for the style.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick, forthy and nicely-lacing tan head. Nice rich toasty caramel toffee aroma has a touch of noble hops and some milk chocolate complexity. Body starts with good viscosity, nice, lightly sweet, full caramel maltiness and a smooth, lightly bitter dark chocolatey finish. A very nice and enjoyable winter warmer. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Summit yet.
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ a charity event. Deep amber pour with a small off-white head. Nice nose. Muted chocolate and a bit of caramel. Mellow spice, some red fruit, raisin. Similar flavor. Balanced chocolate, toffee and a some toasty malt richness. Slightly dry spiciness on the finish. Medium body, active carb. Enjoyable.