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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 winterís night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. Theyíd share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. Weíve 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/07/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, 50 Beers on the Wall

clear dark brown, short lived beige head, drops of lace, dark caramel malt aroma with light sweetness, rich sweet caramel malt flavor, earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Twelve ounce bottle from Biggs. Sweet aroma with hints of licorice, spices and alcohol backbone (even though at 5.9% it isnít THAT strong), dark ruby/brown color, minimal but lasting head with no appreciable lacing, light to medium body, light to medium bittersweet flavor with spicy notes, nice bittersweet finish. This isnít the biggest or boldest winter brew you can find but itís pretty decent--Iíve paid more for some other winter season beers and gotten less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Drught at pub in Ida Noyes. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, caramel. Flavor is coffee, nutty and roast, very sweet. Seems a little out of balance and a bit thin. Nothing special but goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
The arrival of a new brewery to the neighborhood is always a joyous occasion, whether they are a local brewery or a distant brewery whose hand of distribution now reaches mine.

She poured clear copper-brown with amber shining bright where the light pierces through. Her peak is but a mere whisper of a dream which is quickly reduced to a thin patchwork of bubbly film. An encouraging swirl does nothing to stir her stubborn depths, though it does release a warm bouquet of winter spices and seasonal blessings. Pumpkin, ginger, brown sugar, nutmeg, and all-spice sway in a gentle rhythm with raisins, figs, and prunes while warm breads provide gentle support. She shows a sweeter side with maple, molasses, and crunchy milk chocolate. Spellbound, I am drawn in for a wet, lingering kiss which is full-bodied and contradictorily thick with a soft effervescence. While her nose was spice-forward, her palate is less-so. Dancing delightfully about my tastebuds are brown sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a pleasingly meaty note of pumpkin. After I finish my first couple quaffs, I notice the chocolate in her aroma with each finishing breath. A bright lemon zest tingles across the top of my tongue like a chill of electricity while thick, sweet, molasses mingles with spice. About halfway through I notice a pleasing dryness to my palate. A bit more chocolate as she warms along with some creamy pecans creeping into what has turned into an exquisite blend of spices, dark fruits and breads, pumpkin, and caramelized sugars.

I was not sure what to expect, but I was very pleased with the Winter Ale from Summit Brewing. Their goal is to create well-balanced beers with great flavor and easy drinking ability. While I canít speak for their other beers, I can say they achieved exactly that with their Winter Ale. May I have another please? Old man winter isnít quite done yet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3717) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice creamy biege head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste is similar with just a bit of spice. Liked it for the small amount of spices. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Dark copper brown with a creamy off white head. Malty caramel and roasted grain aroma and taste. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3046) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This pours a red brown color w/ a small head of fine bubbles. Overall, this is a subdued and relatively malty ale somewhat reminiscent of a strong bitter or maybe a less roasty brown ale. Nose is just a touch of roast malt and sweetness and a very mild tartness imply cherries and fruit once it is tasted. Full bodied w/ gentle carbonation, this feels like it is meant for moderate paced enjoyment and would go great w/ food. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Skyview. Pours a clear nutty brown with a beige head. Sweet nutty and caramellish aroma. Medium body, caramellish and nutty with a light hoppiness. 120412

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Had this on tap over thanksgiving, this beer had virtually no head and was dominated by an off malty sweetness. I really like to support Summit, but this is one I skip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Dark brown, opaque. Small frothy head, moostly diminishing. Malt nose, touch of hops, slightly sweet. Not bad but I prefer the other offerings from Summit.

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