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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Summit Porter is very dark, but lighter-bodied than youd expect, with a robust, malty character and a delightfully sweet finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Was served at a colder temperature than normal porters, or other darker beers, at the bar I had it at. Strange as it may sound, I liked it this way. It cuts down on the dry, bitterness that this beer finishes with. When cold, it's just the right amount of kick to give character, but when it warms the bitterness gets overbearing. It looks delicious and had an OK tawny head and the initial malt taste is quite nice balancing the roasted character and creamyness. It is light bodied, and I'm not sure why that's in the description of the product. Porters are usually full bodied, deep and dark, and people drink them because of this. Overall, just too much bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Dark brown, with a thick long lasting head. Not getting much of an aroma. Coffee flavor, with each sip being sweet, but a bitter aftertaste. Lighter bodied than many porters.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2003
What a beautiful beer! Rich dark walnut stain with red undertones and the dark head that Im always a sucker for. The rest of the beer isnt as beautiful, but its a decent effort - sweetish, with barely enough bitters to keep it honest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Thin head, hints of sweet chocolate and molassas. Hoppy bitter finish. A good domestic porter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2002
This is an excellent brew, Summits best. I know my rating is quite a bit above the norm, and perhaps I am being skewed somewhat by A) the aforementioned fact that this is the top product in Summits line and B) I am comparing it to the Port Washington Old Port Porter I just rated, which was good, but without a solid bite. Great Northern provides that sharp, bitter bite, which balances and cuts the rich chocolate malt beautifully. This brew also scores very well in the intangible categories of Aroma (dark chocolate, strong coffee, heavy hops & cask wood) and Appearance (excellent lace). One of the best porters Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - DEC 4, 2002
dark color with a thin beige head. pleasant porter,the strong sweetaroma hints at chocolate and lots of malt, but the taste is surprisingly mild dominated by a malty sweetness. nice butter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Deep mohagany chestnut color with a dark bone colored head. Sightly soapy aroma. Molassas flavor with a dark toasted nut and bitter black patent finish. Slightly thin in the mouthfeel, but a decent porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 6, 2002
a light mouth feel nut as thick as expected from black color noticeable hop bitterness small bumaltiness finnish with the bitternss

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5043) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 Dark brown and red color with a thin head. Slightly charred coffee aroma. Bitter malts and chocolate feature heavily. Very light porter, but actually much tastier than I had remembered it. Glad I picked up a bottle to re-rate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2002
This felt a bit like a stout, with an aggressive bitterness. It eases up after the first contact with your tongue, making the finish kind of watery. Weird.


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