3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Deep black with a medium brown fizzy head that dies quickly. Smoky blck licorice sharp aroma, like oil, some hoppy pine and some mint. Pinecones come to mind. Thick and syrupy and a good smooth body. Black and smoky, with small hints of sweet fruit, the finish is an abrasive smoky oil flavor. Impressive. Some cherry evident in the long-lasting finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Reddish brown hue with okay tan head and good lace. The aroma is roasted and floral grains, butternut, coffee,light mocha, and some citrus notes. The taste is mostly bland malt and piney hops, which dominate, which is bad thing for most porters. An acidic twang and coffee snap is the only thing keeping this from becoming a drain pour. Weak mouthfeel, fizzy and chalky. A poor example of a Porter. The 2nd most overrated beer I have rated. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 A peat flavor. Nice smokey suggestion. Dark black, light body. Good entry into the porter family. UPDATE: Just had a bottle of this at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. It was from 1987! No head at all. Dark black and sweet. Low hops, no lace. This did not age well. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2004
Beautiful deep brown, almost black colour with a fine brownish head. A lovely roasted porter! Especially the great aroma stands out (coffee, chocolate). Slightly light-bodied. Ends with a pretty long, bitter "bite" which I think could be improved: IMHO a drier less "acidic" finish would make this porter truly outstanding! MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off white head that leaves a good lacing, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty burnt coffee flavors, nice dry burnt and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and round mouthfeel, a good porter.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2004
A longtime favorite of mine, once a regular in my fridge, still is, from time to time...
Appearance: fully opaque, dark brwon color, big, booming cocoa-tan head, leaving lovely lace, slowly simmering down.
Aroma:bittersweet, espresso notes, hints of earth and spice, deep and still lively , just about perfect for the style.
Taste: bitter hops, coffee tones, and chocolatey feel returns on the palate, a good bite that softly fades, but resides long enough in the mouthfeel, then softly rounds off, a bit dryly. The overall character never wanes, and this remains an earthy, gritty, dark and tasty porter. I've had many others in the years since this was once my one-and-only, and one that enjoyed in different ways, with other charms, but Summit's GNP remains true. An alternative to the smooth-and-creamy, chocolatey-style porter that are more easily favored by many, but this interpretation is one that I favor. Let the others cringe away from the dark, if they must, but I'll always cling it closely. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Opaque mahogany body capped with a full tan head that leaft some lacing. Coffee in the aroma and a bitter coffee in the taste, Smooth and creamy to the mouth. Enjoyable. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
this is my favorite of the summit beers. i've had it several times before, but today i tasted it fresh at the brewery. this ain't no anchor porter or anything, but.... sweet coffee and chocolate with significant hops. well balanced. i just wish the flavors were more prominent and it was a bit smoother on my pretty pink tongue. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Black with reddish brown highlights, good head. Aroma was rather faint, hints of roasted malts. Good flavor, emphasis on coffee, with a bit of chocolate and pine oriented hops on the finish. An enjoyable, well made porter, thanks wawood! Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Not as smooth as Boulevard's Bully, but not bad. In fact, pretty good. Nice roasted coffee aroma, great color. Tastes a bit like dark unsweetened chocolate. Notice a smokiness as the glass warms. Has a lingerging sweetness. A good mouthfeel. More complex as you drink it down than a first impression from that first sip. All in all, a porter worthy of its name. Nice for the winter season, and a fair price for the cost conscious beer drinker.