Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gift from those who know winter to those of us that have to bear the cold. Thank you, Summit. I actually look forward to winter, in part because of this fantastic beer. Malty, slightly sweet malt aroma, wonderfully robust, yet crisp. The sweetness is nicely balanced by a slight bitterness. Better on tap, but still great at home.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep Brown color, little-no head or lacing. Subtle roasted aroma, not overpowering as I expected. Very smooth for being as bitter as it is (If that makes any sense). Lingering spiceyness. Not too exciting, not much action. Very drinkable because of mellowness.
hondajunkie (76) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Winter Sampler 12 pk. Pours a dark, coffee like brown with a 2 finger dark khaki head with some decent lacing. Has aromas of cereal grains, a subtle hint of toffee, touch of pine. Medium carbonation on the tongue if roasted malt, touch of spice with a smooth creamy texture. Aromas and flavors more pronounced as the beer warmed up. Good beer.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This broad gives weak head wearing minimal amount of lace. I like my beer like I like my women...and she is dark but a little disappointing in taste, other than the roast I taste and smell nothing else.
peteysmu (63) - USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summit is probably one of my favorite breweries, as they can do no wrong. This is a creamy, frothy tasting darker treat for the cold winter nights.
beoir (51) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown very little head. similar to a porter. light carbonation. strong malt coffee caramel flavors with a subtle sweetness in the finish. 12oz bottle.
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Expirienced this beer in the bottle so this rating probably doesnít do it the best of justice. The flavor has an interesting malty/caramelly flavor that works really well for a winter ale. Dissipates pretty decently although it does leave a bit of an undesirable flavor on the center of my tounge.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Hey, its good! Its got hops but doesnít bite too much. Its got legs, but doesnít knock you on your ass. Its got richness, but doesnt taste like sorghum syrup. Its even got a little bit of class, but not terribly distinctive. This is a reasonably pleasant beer with a decent kick to it.
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a short beige head...gone quickly. Smells mostly like coffee with a little roast malt. Well carbonated and not as thick as it looks; which strikes me as odd for a stout "winter ale".
ders0 (28) - , Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is the definition of a creamy beer. Iím surprised by all the lower ratings, because I really like this beer. Itís not super complex, but itís full bodied and the abv is masked quite well. A very sessionable dark beer which is a great thing to have in the winter time.