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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winter’s night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. They’d share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. We’ve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3336) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
I had this on tap at the St. Paul airport. Dark amber color with a big root beer head and lots of lace and a sweet, grainy nose. Dark brown sugar sweetness and an almost roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed higher than the 5.9% listed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Was a little strange for me at first, but I eventually warmed up to it. Flavor of chocolate, malt, floral, spice, a slight sweetness, and some hop bitterness. REally interesting flavor, and would make an excellent winter beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2009
bottle by way of moelikebeer...

the pour is very porter-esque... ruby dark brown with a creamy off white to grayish head. sporadic drippy lacing noticed. the aroma also reminds me of a porter... without a whole bunch of character... coffee, lactose, mild sourness, brown sugar and faint pepper. there’s a light sourness on the palate as well... especially toward the finish. flavors of chocolate, coffee nuttiness, brown sugar, malt and mild spice are noted. light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a somewhat harsh mouth feel. this seems to me a weak porter masked as a winter warmer? 6/4/6/3/12/3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel, spice, and a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Deep red wine appearance, topped by a thin tan head. Dry, toasty aroma with chocolate notes. Toasty, chocolatey body with woody tannins that hint at dark fruits that never quite develop, although there is a red grapeskin characteristic to this beer. Aha! This is very, very similar to New Holland Dragon’s Milk, as a bubblegum sweetness develops as the beer warms. Me likey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Quite the sweet little winter warmer-definately not the best from my night at old chicago for their holiday beer tour-huge malt with sweetness with a touch of hop bite at the end. not bad, but there are better winter beers out there

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3125) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Deep dark brown pour. Nice off-white head, quickly diminished. Average lacing. Only light wafts of malt, practically no aroma. May be due to temperature (cold) of brew. Ultra caramel and burnt sugar. Like a luscious dulce de leche. Wonderful burnt malt. Very sweet, rich, and smooth. Flavor seemed a little off and eggy to me, like the tap was bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3081) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel malt. Flavor is malty with some weird souness. Finish has some cocoa and roast. Ok but nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3013) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Draught at Ginger Man. Poured a bronze, brown colour with a medium off-white head and foamy lacing. Not a big aroma but some malt and coffee. Enjoyable sweet flavour that gives way to some bitterness in the finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Sampled from 12 oz bottle at Jungle Jim’s on 10/18/2006... Summit Winter Ale was a nice surprise. It pours a dark amber brown with a creamy off-white head and lively carbonation. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is roasted malt, hints of coffee and molasses, and an almost hidden bit of something spicy. Overall the flavor is quite robust and enjoyable. Medium body and quite smooth. This was a good one to kick of the Winter Ales for the season...

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