barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) had a decent flavor, but there wasn’t much flavor to it. I kept getting hints of spices and such, but the hints faded as soon as I started to detect them. Good, but not great.
nellycale (210) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours a dark brown hue with a beige head. Decent lacing that slowly secedes. Aromas of dull spice, caramel, nutty and light dark chocolate and a hint of root beer, and cherry. Taste of chestnut, toasty malt, light smokey , moderately sweet, toffee, coffee, licorice and cola. Mouthfeel is light to medium with light to medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a light hop spice. Well balanced. Malty, nutty up front with some hop spice on the finish. First time I had this, hated it. 2nd time around it 'a actually a very enjoyable winter beer. Temp outside -10 degrees = perfect beer to be drinking
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WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a ruby red/mahogany with a modest off-white head and good carbonation. Aroma is spicy and full with roasted malt alongside cloves, woodiness, and a slight sweet tinge of chocolate. Taste is creamy, flat and full with a malty taste of nuts and coffee giving way to a chocolate finish. A solid winter brew even if it’s nothing special.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Poured very dark brown with tan head that shrunk down to just floating on top of the brew leaving some nice lacing along the way. Not much aroma that I detected, and the hops were not all that detectable. Slight maltiness but not overly sweet. I'd prefere a tad more carbonation, but what is there is sufficient. A decent brew.
POD (198) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. This was the best tasting beer in my seasonal beer sampler that I purchased from World Market. Rich dark brow ale with slight tan head. No big aroma. Flavor was like a watery chocolate stout. Lots of cocoa throughout and very dry "cooking chocolate" aftertaste. I’d buy this one again.
Obfuscate (198) - Minneapolis, - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Living in Minnesota my whole life I have had many of these, however, it’s been years since I had my last one and couldn’t remember the taste. Great balance and drinkability. Light spice, nice ale, Summit is a fine brewery.
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.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - 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.
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.