Ernest (6262) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). 20th anniversary edition 2006. Very deep clear ruby, smallish tan fizzy/creamy head. Like a spicy porter - moderate coffee/chocolate roast malt, spice, plenty of cereal grain, some floral hops. The taste follows, very mild, some raisin notes with the cereal grain, muted roast malt, slight cocoa bitterness in the quick finish. Average, slightly chewy body, dry and a touch astringent, weak carbonation, quick finish but a slightly dry cocoa powder aftertaste. Quite good - more a full-bodied brown ale than an English strong (there’s really no alcohol character here at all) - but a very nice winter beer indeed.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, dark brown pour with wispy tan foam, aromas and flavor of weak
roast, chocolate, some figs, finish is watery
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....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...
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color/ light tan head. Toasted caramel, nutty, dark fruit aromas. medium bodied. Nutty, spicy toasted caramel, dark fruit flavors are lightly sweet--good.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in the MSP airport. Tan head on a black beer. Vaguely roasted aroma followed by stark toasty flavors with a coffee-bittered finish. Smooth.
thirdeye11 (5598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) pours medium brown, decent head and lacing. Nose of nuts, cream and brown sugar. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, and toasted sugar. Body is medium thick and quite roasty.
PorterPounder (5593) - 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.
b3shine (5576) - 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.
alexsdad06 (5570) - 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.