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 (181) - 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.
vandc01 (160) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Carmel notes and malty.
Had over Christmas with family. Wouldn’t need to have it again
clueo (159) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer has a nice aroma and is a nice dark brown upon pouring. Overall this is a nice easy Winter beer to drink.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oooh, what a nice aroma! Toasty, roasty, warming! Very inviting!Color is deep brown and carbonation is moderate with a thick tan head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smooth malt taste profile. Hops are well balanced. This is a rich, but highly drinkable winter beer! This is probably Summit's finest Winter Ale in several years!
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer did not have any head. It tasted a little bit like coffee or carmel. It had a nice smooth taste with on bitter finish.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Tan head that my girlfriend described as looking like lake foam. Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. The taste could have stood more complexity, heavy on the raisin and malt flavors with some citus mixed in. Liked the level of hops at the end. Finish was long and wonderful, and the body on this beer full, and for me these factors helped compensate for a somewhat uneventful taste.
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 (149) - 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.