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.
joechristenson (147) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color with some hints of ruby. Small tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and some bitter dark chocolate. The taste is quite thin - roasted bread/yeasty malts, a faint caramel sweetness, and some hop bitterness masquerades as a bitter chocolate (explains the aroma). Too much carbonation. Watery and a bit metallic - underwhelming and too simple for my expectations.
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.
seuinoz (142) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good beer,
has a hint of spices and candy apple flavor in it.
sat very good on the palate with a hint of bitterness.
a very good winter warmer
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice bronze color, thin nice hop bite a little smokeiness sweet finnish. decent but not quite a winter warmer
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle liberated from a friend’s refrigerator (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Aroma: Toast, some spice, and some resin.
Appearance: A dark amber color with a small white head.
Taste: Light sweetness, light bitterness.
Palate: Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a dry finish.
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out a deep amner with a small white head that fades quickly. A nice roasted malt aroma. Taste is of malt, nuts, vanilla and mild spices. Light hop. A very nice medium bodied brew that goes down easy.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium dark brown with foamy tan head that disipates rather quickly. Aroma is not this beer’s strong point. Some roasted malt with a touch of caramel or perhaps molasses. Taste is fuller than the aroma, a nice mix of smoky coffee, caramel and chocolate. Very lightly hopped. Kinda reminds me of a porter but with a bit more carbonation and perhaps spice to it. A pretty decent winter warmer overall.
illiniphil (130) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with a nice tan head. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, mild chocolate, rye and hops. Nice flavor and easy to drink. Try it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured to glass. Deep red to almost brown brew with small tan head. NIce, creamy off-white head. roasty caramel notes. over all a ok winter brew. not spiced