KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown, clear with a reddish tint. Hints of coffee, carmel, cherry, prune and licorice. OK, but not one of my favorite winter ales.
johnnymusky (99) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Draft pour....pours dark brown...nice head....some lacing....tastes of roasted biscuits caramel hint of coffee....great beer.
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pumped draught at Clark Street, Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a finger of head. Smells of chocolate and malt with hints of spice, maybe nutmeg or cinnamon.
hondajunkie (87) - 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.
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.
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 doesn’t 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.