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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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 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 can’t speak for their other beers, I can say they achieved exactly that with their Winter Ale. May I have another please? Old man winter isn’t quite done yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3596) - 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 12/20
heykevin (1281) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. A very Good Offering From Summit. Spices. Very Decent Winter Warmer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Pours very dark with a fluffy light head that subsides quickly. Aroma is lightly hoppy. A bitter aftertaste is the best part of a less then average flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Brown, clear with a reddish tint. Hints of coffee, carmel, cherry, prune and licorice. OK, but not one of my favorite winter ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
A bit thin and watered down on the tongue. Has notes of chocolate, roasted caramel sweetness, and toffee, but also thin and disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Dark brown color, spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon (?), some chocolate in the finish. On the thin side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TerryR (387) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is roasted malt with an odd note (spice?). Roasted caramel flavor. A bit sweet. Nice hop finish.

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