RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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 winters night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. Theyd share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. Weve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Portlike ruby-brown and glear as glass. Tired head is composed of large bubbles. Gentle caramel, maraschino, and smoke scents. Surprising nutty flavor with cream soda, raisin, and fenugreek. Body is creamy and on the light side of medium, but a little chalky and drab. Zero carbonation. Subdued aftertaste sports roasty coffee-chocolate and seasalt flavors. Not bad, but not that good either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
telefrog (2) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007 does not count
Bottle. Looks dark copper with a light brown one-finger head. Aroma is not much to speak of; some malt and spice. Tastes of mild spices and caramel. Finish is unimpressive and not too complex. A decent beer, but Ill be looking for other selections for my "winter mix".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours out a deep amner with a small white head that fades quickly. A nice roasted malt aroma. Taste is of malt, nuts, vanilla and mild spices. Light hop. A very nice medium bodied brew that goes down easy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Very dark brown color with a small off-white head. A toasted caramel malt aroma, porter-like. A touch of clove in the taste with a bitterness up front. Mild aftertaste, not cloying. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a nice chestnut red with a pretty big near brown head. Aroma is pretty milod--rost malts and only a little spice. Taste is burnt caramel malts with a little smoke flavor. Subtle spice. Finish is smooth mild smoke. Not too bad for the first winter beer Ive had this season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. I used to drink the hell out of this beer when I first got into craft beer. It was the end all be all to me. My, how times have change. aroma is mildly malty and grainy with hints of yeast, dough and caramel. Pours a decent looking dark brown with rich ruby highlights. Flavor is malty with some euro hops, a hint of anise and juniper. Slightly sweet with some earthy undertones. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2404) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2007
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Dark amber heavy malt aroma, sweet caramel flavor with some sharp hop bite. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10882) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark body with thin head. Aroma is of toffee, chocolate, mocha, and a certain kind of hoppiness. Taste is of chocolate, light coffee and cream, lots of sweet malt. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Rated 11/25/06: Not one to let me down, I had a feeling Summit would have a nice winter seasonal. This is a fantastic strong ale. Abundant roasted aroma very rich and appealing. Awesome pour amber/brown color with a long lasting one inch light tan head and layers upon layers of lacing. Mouthfeel isnt as full as expected but its smooth and gratifying. Flavor is a half step under the great aroma. Very malty almost drinks like a porter, if it were darker I would be fooled. Some smokiness with mild flavors of chocolate, licorice, and coffee. Small hop presence. Overall a great beer any time of the year.

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